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Writers Contest
The 2024 Contest officially begins January 1, 2024!

Download Rules, Entry Forms and More!

Download these Free Worksheets to Help Plan Your Story!

Contact PBS Fort Wayne’s Lauren Arnold via email or call her at 260-471-5363 for more information today!

The 2024 Contest is proudly sponsored by

Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union
The 2023 Winners have been chosen! They are ( by Grade, Name, Hometown and Story Title) as follows:


First PlaceMadalyn CraunFort Wayne, INThe Adventures of Mystery Girl
Second PlaceRowan BeitlerBerne, INThree Little Bears
Third PlaceAmelia SchwartzBerne, INAt Jungle George’s
First PlaceCapri RomanoValparaiso, INEverybody Is Different
Second PlaceRuben CardenasWaterloo, INSuper Diego Saves The Day
Third PlaceKohen LitwillerBerne, INMax’s Mission
First PlaceBrayden HoffFort Wayne, INThe Ninja’s Surprise
Second PlaceLeo OrtizFort Wayne, INThe ABCs of Giraffes
Third PlaceMaximus AndersonBluffton, INSpaghetti and Peas
First PlaceLydia WilhelmAngola, INThe Mystery of the Missing Bird Feeder
Second PlaceEvelyn SmithBerne, INThe Dream
Third PlaceElizabeth BuckinghamBerne, INTiffany Saves The Day
First PlaceMason CraunFort Wayne, INMy Pet XXX Dragon
Second PlaceAdelyn BaileyBerne, INThe Great Escape
Third PlaceVeronica MaxwellBerne, INThe Clumsy Elephant
First PlaceAmelia BrownHuntertown, INThe Adventures of Little Flamingo and Ally The Alligator
Second PlaceKathryn OrrBerne, INRabbits In My Room
Third PlaceVaeda SchwartzDecatur, INThe Hummingbird

The Writers Contest presented by PBS Fort Wayne is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The top stories from each location have been judged at the the PBS Fort Wayne Regional level. The contest officially concluded with a ceremony for the winners and their families.

This year, the winner’s ceremony was in-person, held on Wednesday, May 24 at PBS Fort Wayne.

Local Entry Points

Thanks to these local entry points for their participation in the 2023 contest!


Franke Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN

Emmaus Lutheran School, Fort Wayne, IN

South Adams Elementary School, Berne IN

Public Libraries

The Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, IN

The Adams County Library System

Public libraries throughout northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan can become entry points in next year’s contest!

Ask your local children’s librarian if they plan to take part, or have them contact PBS Fort Wayne’s Lauren Arnold via email or call her at 260-471-5363 for more information today!