Milwaukee PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2019
Contest Runs January 1 - March 15, 2019

Free Activities to Help Children Prepare at Storytelling 101

For the last 25 years Milwaukee PBS has encouraged children to use their imaginations in its writers and illustrators contest for Kindergartners through third grade. Darlyne Haertlein started the contest, then called Reading Rainbow’s Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, which continues to delight children, parents and viewers.

This year we honor Ms. Haertlein, the numerous school champions, the parents and generous supporters who have made it possible for children to be recognized for their literary and illustrating skills.

Unforgettable characters, exciting plots, and expressive illustrations make the difference between a good story and a great one. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest offers children in kindergarten through third grade an opportunity to build critical literacy skills by creating their own stories. Milwaukee PBS is honored to host the 25rd year of this event.

Children living in the following counties should submit stories to Milwaukee PBS: Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

The Milwaukee PBS KIDS Young Writers Contest is a local contest designed to promote hands-on, active learning. Students create their own stories and illustrations and submit their original work. The entries are due by 5 pm on March 15, 2019. Judging is planned for April. Winners will be notified, and their names will be posted on our website.

All other entries will be returned by May 31st if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included. Entrants may also pick up their books at Milwaukee PBS. Milwaukee PBS encourages all students in the viewing area, kindergarten through third grade, to participate. Milwaukee PBS appreciates the efforts of the participating students. Each entrant will receive a certificate of participation, a free pass for one visit to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee and other small thank you prizes.

Click on the links below for important contest information:
For more information contact Julie Hill Lehr, Manager-Marketing and Community Engagement at or call 414-297-7518 or Debra Kunath at or 414-297-7514.

Many thanks to Edvest Wisconsin’s College Savings Plan for its support of the contest.
Special thanks to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee for their prize donations.
Event sponsorship and support provided by:
  • Sponsor Edvest Logo
  • Sponsor Betty Brinn Children's Museum Logo
  • Sponsor Kiwanis Club of Greater Milwaukee Logo