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Last updated 9:56PM ET
September 20, 2018
WOUB Center for Public Media announces the WOUB Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest
(WOUB) - Calling all young artists and writers! WOUB invites youngsters to participate in the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest!

Children from kindergarten through third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories and enter them into this contest. Conducted by The WOUB Center for Public Media, applications are available from the station, the web site:, local libraries, and elementary schools in the WOUB viewing area. Entries must arrive no later than March 28, 2007. Sponsored by the award-winning PBS television series Reading Rainbow, this Contest attracts more than 200 participants locally and more than 40,000 entries nationally each year. WOUB, together with more than 100 other PBS stations nationwide, sponsor this event.

Entries are judged locally at the WOUB Center for Public Media. Every child participating in the Contest receives a special certificate of achievement signed by Reading Rainbow's host LeVar Burton. In addition, WOUB will conduct a station celebration for local winning contestants and their families. Each child who enters this contest will receive a brand new book, compliments of WOUB. First, second, and third place winners (12 total) will have their stories featured on Festivities involve the beginning creation of "WOUB Share a Story" where each child's original winning story will be brought to life through television and they will be interviewed for a program on WOUB-AM. Prizes provided by local businesses will also be awarded.

Three national awards will be awarded per grade level. In 2007, prizes will include a laptop computer (1st place), flat panel TV and DVD player (2nd place), and MP3 player (3rd place). National winners also receive three sets of Reading Rainbow DVDs and matching feature books one for their school, one for their library, and one for themselves. In addition, national winning stories are featured on, one of the most-visited national Web sites for children. To see previous national winners' stories, as well as sampling national submissions, visit

For additional information about the WOUB Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest or to submit stories please contact: Denise Birchfield, WOUB Kids Community Outreach, 9 South College Street, Athens, Ohio, 45701. Phone (740) 593-0113 or e-mail:

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