MOLINE, IL – WQPT received nearly 300 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

"We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate in the contest again this year," said Michael Carton, Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT.  “The judges had a hard time choosing winners because we had so many amazing entries.”



First Place: “The Toy That Got Alive” by Rohit, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place: “The Spider” by Logan Kunkel, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: “The Best Day Ever” by Vishnu Movva, Moline, IL

Honorable Mention: “The Mouse” by Eden Lovelady, Davenport, IA



First Place: “My Mountain Climb” by Madelyn Beyer, Moline, IL

Second Place: “Dewey Goes to the Talent Show” by Euladora Rose, Moline, IL

Third Place: “Super Lachlan vs. The Evil Robots” by Lachlan Gleason, Bettendorf, IA

Honorable Mention: “The Rat Who Could Fly” by Allison Korczak, Bettendorf, IA



First Place: “The Magic Spoon” by Shalini Chandupatla, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place: “The Adventures of Super Mya” by Olivia Fernando, Davenport, IA

Third Place: “Something Blue” by Lily Grace Travis, Muscatine, IA

Honorable Mention: “The Robot” by Jacob Schumann, Davenport, IA



First Place: “The Minecraft Portal” by Tanya Rastogi, Bettendorf, IA

Second Place: “Abby’s Adventure” by Abigail Johnson, Davenport, IA

Third Place: “Ellie’s Design Line” by Ellie Curnyn, Moline, IL

Honorable Mention: “A Dinosaur’s Hope” by August Speisman, Tallahasse, FL


All the entries (along with a certificate from PBS) will be available for pick-up at WQPT after the May 22 award ceremony. The winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 23 – June 2, Family Museum from June 3-17, and the Figge Art Museum from June 18 – July 1.  For more information about the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, contact Michael Carton at (309) 764-2400 or

The contest is supported by WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum in Bettendorf, Figge Art Museum and the Midwest Writing Center.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.


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