The Arkansas Educational Television Network will accept entries for the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest through April 6.

The AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.

The contest empowers children in kindergarten through third grades to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

Each entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack.

In addition, first place winners will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes pre-loaded with educational games, music and videos.

Winning stories, as well as contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms, are available at aetn.org/writerscontest.

Additional information is available by emailing marketing@aetn.org.

Stories may be fact, fiction, prose or poetry.

Only one entry will be allowed per person, and stories must be by a single author.

Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Second and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words.

Text must be printed, written legibly or typed. Children who cannot write may dictate their story to be printed, written legibly or typed. Stories must have at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations.

Non-English text must be translated on the same page, and the translated text (English text) must adhere to the word count.

Each entry must be accompanied by an official signed and completed entry form, which can be downloaded from the website.

Entries must be submitted by mail to: AETN – Writers Contest, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Entries must be received by close of business April 6. Winners will be chosen in May and featured on aetn.org/writerscontest.

Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.