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Arizona PBS KIDS 2022 Writers Contest Rules



The Arizona PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by Arizona PBS (KAET-TV) (the “Contest” or “Promotion”) and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED. The Contest begins on March 1, 2022 and ends on April 22, 2022. This Contest consists of one round of local judging. All entries must be postmarked April 22, 2022 to be eligible. Contact Arizona PBS for other exact local judging deadlines. These Contest rules are subject to modification by Arizona PBS at its discretion. This Contest is void where prohibited. This contest is sponsored by Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines

  • Entrants must be children in pre k, kindergarten, first, second, or third grade.
  • Children of employees of Arizona PBS, sales representatives, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion agencies, and judges are not eligible.
  • To be eligible, an entrant must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted in this Contest; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories).
  • Stories can be fact or fiction.
  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest.
  • No purchase is necessary.

Word Count Requirement

  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.
  • Text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
    Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed.
  • Text may be integrated into the illustration pages or on separate pages.
  • Non-English text must be translated on the same page and the translated text (English text) must adhere to word count.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.

 Format & Illustrations

  • Stories must have 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations.
  • Original art can include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.
  • Stories submitted by mail must be created on one side of the paper and numbered on the back of each page.

 Official Entry Form

  • Each entry must have an online submission form completed with the required permission release checked confirming parent/guardian consent.

 Judging, Awards & Notification

All entries submitted to the Contest will be judged using the judging criteria and percentages below by a panel of no fewer than 3 judges selected and coordinated by Arizona PBS. The judging criteria and percentages shall be scored and graded using a rubric based on the following criteria as follows:

40% Creativity and originality of plot and/or themes,

40% Story structure and use of literary devices,

20% Relevance, quality and originality of illustration

All decisions of the judges are final and binding and not subject to appeal or review.

Winners will be as follows:

(1) the entry with the highest score from among all eligible entries received per grade will be deemed the First Place winners;

(2) the entry the second to the highest score from among all eligible entries received per grade will be deemed the Second Place winners

(3) the entry with the third to the highest score from among all eligible entries received per grade will be deemed the Third Place winners.

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the creativity and originality category from among all tying entries will be deemed the winner from among all tying entries.

Winners will be notified at the conclusion of scoring and will be invited to a celebration (time and location to be determined).


Five (5) First Place Winners (One (1) First Place Winner per grade)

Five (5) Second Place Winners (One (1) Second Place winner per grade)

Five (5) Third Place Winners (One (1) Third Place winner per grade).

Arizona PBS reserves the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of Arizona PBS. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-substitutable, except at the sole discretion of Arizona PBS.

Return of Entries

The Contest administrators will make every effort, but are not required, to return mailed entries. To ensure your entry is returned, please submit a self-addressed stamped envelope with your work. Arizona PBS is not responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, damaged, mutilated, incomplete, returned, or illegible entries, or postage-due mail.

Rights Associated with Contest

Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission from the participant’s parent/legal guardian for Arizona PBS to use the participants’ name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs, and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of Arizona PBS. By entering, entrants’ parent/legal guardian agree to abide by the above stated rules, and warrant that their child’s/ward’s entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party, and grant to Arizona PBS the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use their entry materials without permission, notice or compensation.

No royalties will be paid at this or any time. By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to assign all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to Arizona PBS and warrants that the participant’s parent/legal guardian has the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. In the event that any applicable law requires certain formalities to be fulfilled to effectuate such grant of rights, each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to cooperate with Arizona PBS to achieve fulfillment of such formalities.

By submitting an Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of participant, agrees to be bound by these Contest Rules. Each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to release and hold Arizona PBS, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder.

Arizona PBS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time. Income and all other taxes are the responsibility of the prize recipient. Arizona PBS is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest.


Unless otherwise specified, any and all information in connection with this Contest will be used by Sponsor solely for the purpose of administering the Contest. Please note: If you circled “Yes” on the Entry Form to opt-in to receive the Optional promotional materials, Sponsor may share your contact information contained in the Entry Form with Contest promotional partners, or their agents, to fulfill the offers. To understand how Arizona PBS uses, stores, manages, and discards private information, visit the Arizona State University privacy policy at: https://www.asu.edu/about/privacy (Arizona PBS is operated by ASU).


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