We are happy to announce the winners of the 2013 KMOS Writers Contest!

(You can still see lists of finalists, and their stories, from 2012 and 2011)

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reads from one of the winning entries of the KMOS Kids Writing ContestA big" THANK YOU!" goes out to everyone who submitted an original story. This year, we had nearly 300 wonderful stories! All the stories will be returned either via US mail or sent to your school teacher for distribution.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the 2013 KMOS Kids Writers Contest. We send our sincere appreciation to each child who created a wonderful story, as well as to their families, teachers and other inspiring and supportive people in their lives. This annual contest promotes literacy skills by providing a showcase for the clever stories written by Missouri's children. Some of the top entries from the KMOS contest were entered into the national contest at PBS, but unfortunately they were not chosen for the top honors. Many of the stories from the past years, however, are online at PBS Kids, where you can find a list of the winning stories.

To recognize the top entries for each grade level, we held ceremonies at Green Ridge R-VIII, Columbia Independent School, in Boonville at Kingdom Kids Academy and at the Missouri State Library in Jefferson City. At each site we presented certificates for the winners, and recorded each author reading their story.

The visit to Green Ridge was notable for the large number of students from the school who participated in the contest, and the ceremony in Jefferson City was special due to the hospitality of our friends at the Missouri State Library. In the library auditorium, we hosted young authors from California, Jefferson City, Marceline, Stover, St. Charles and Warrensburg. Secretary of State Jason Kander (pictured right) took time from his schedule to help us celebrate, and he even read from "Crazy Daisy," with help from the author, Katherine E. of Stover.

Thank you all!

Michael O'Keefe
Interim Director, Broadcasting Services

The winning entries of the 2013 Young Writers Contest are posted below. KMOS-TV videotaped many of the young authors reading their stories, the links are below:

1st place - Sofia H., Columbia Independent School, Columbia Trust Me Read the story or let Sofia read it to you!
2nd place - Hayley F., Kingdom Kid's Academy, Boonville I Love You Read the story or let Hayley read it to you!
3rd place - Sophia W., Marceline Read the story or let Sophia read it to you!
Honorable Mention - Carter H., CIS, Columbia Read the story

First Grade
1st place - Molly A., CIS, Columbia Read the story or let Molly read it to you!
2nd place - Jack C., California Read the story or let Jack read it to you!
3rd place - Savannah N., Green Ridge R-VIII, Green Ridge Read the story or let Savannah read it to you!
Honorable Mention - Graham T., CIS, Columbia Read the story

Second Grade
1st place - Katherine E., Stover Read the story or let Katherine read it to you!
2nd place - Ella M., Columbia Independent School, Columbia Read the story or let Ella read it to you!
3rd place - Jaeden W., Centerview Read the story or let Jaeden read it to you!
Honorable Mention - Amy W., Chesterfield Read the story

Third Grade
1st place - Luke C., California Read the story or let Luke read it to you!
2nd place - Lauren H. , Jefferson City Read the story or let Lauren read it to you!
3rd place - Lexi B., Stover Read the story
Honorable Mention - Emma S., Warrensburg Read the story

First Place Entries to the National Contest
KMOS-TV will send the entries of the first place winners to the national Contest, where entries will be judged using the criteria outlined below. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review. Tie breakers will rely on creativity and originality category. National winners will be notified on or before August 31, 2013. Each national winner's story will be posted on the Contest Web site at pbskids.org/writerscontest in 2013. National prizes include tablet computers for four (4) first place winners (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $200 USD), e-readers (ARV $100 USD) for 4 second place winners, and MP3 players (ARV $75 USD) for 4 third place winners. PBS reserves the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of PBS. Prize recipients must allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks from notification to delivery. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-substitutable, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

National Judging, Awards & Notification Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. The sponsoring PBS station will empanel a jury of no fewer than 3 judges to judge local submissions. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
+ 40% Creativity and originality of plot and/or themes,
+ 40% Story structure and use of literary devices,
+ 20% Relevance, quality and originality of illustration

Return of Entries KMOS will make every effort, but is not required, to return mailed entries. PBS, and or its affiliates, are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, or mutilated mail.