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Ozarks Public Television kicks off annual writers contest

Friday, January 17, 2014

pbs-kids-writers-contest-bigOzarks Public Television’s (OPT) annual PBS KIDS writers contest is open to the southwest Missouri area. This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.

The PBS KIDS writers contest empowers children, grades K-3, to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own original stories.


Stories are now being accepted, and OPT will select local winners and award prizes in summer 2014.

The first place local winner will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries. National winners will be announced during summer 2014, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org.

Entries can be submitted online at http://www.optv.org/education/WritersContest.html.

For more information, contact Hannah Wingo, KSMU event coordinator, at (417) 836-8894.


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About Ozarks Public Television
OPT is an affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is dedicated to providing quality programs from national, regional and local sources. Each weekday, OPT provides 10 hours of educational children’s programming, viewed by over 50,000 kids each week. OPT spends over half a million dollars each year on children’s programming—more than a quarter of its annual operating budget.

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