2021 Writers Contest Winners

Congratulations to the young writers and illustrators who won our PBS KIDS Writers Contest!

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Everyone has a story to tell.

Nebraska Public Media is recognizing a dozen young authors for using their creative writing skills to tell their stories. They are winners in the 2021 Nebraska Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

More than 200 entries from 57 Nebraska towns came from students in kindergarten through third grade. The original works included illustrations.

First place winners in each grade level will receive an iPad. Second and third places winners receive a PBS KIDS prize package.


  • Kindergarten Second Place:
    The Day the Dolphins Looked for Food by Rowan Y., Omaha
  • First Grade Second Place:
    Toad and the Gold Coins by Brooks A., La Vista
  • Second Grade Second Place:
    Clean Park to Help Animals by Sophia M., Lincoln
  • Third Grade Second Place:
    Mia’s Great Pearl Adventure by Xylia G., Papillion
  • Kindergarten Third Place:
    The Problem in the Pyramid by Ava C., Auburn
  • First Grade Third Place:
    The Mystery of the Missing Mom and Dad by Ellie P., Columbus
  • Second Grade Third Place:
    The Friendly Cheetah by Kinzie B., Gretna
  • Third Grade Third Place:
    Yesterday’s Future by Natalie W., Gretna

For more information, contact kids@nebraskapublicmedia.org.