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Posted Apr 5, 2019

APT Announces 2019 Young Writers Contest Winners

Alabama Public Television is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 APT Young Writers Contest!  The twelve winners will be honored at a special ceremony at the Alabama Book Festival , now part of the new three-day Anabranch Festival, on Saturday, April 13 at 12:00pm in Montgomery.

The APT Young Writers Contest encourages children in grades K-3 to write and illustrate their own book. Books may be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose. Parents are allowed to help younger children with putting the words on paper, but the stories and pictures must be entirely the child’s work.

The Young Writers Contest is one of many ways Alabama Public Television encourages reading and writing skills for children.  Research shows that early language exposure sets the foundation for cognitive ability, literacy, and school readiness — and it’s the strongest predictor of third-grade reading proficiency. The contest has been held every year since 1995 when it originated as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers Contest, an outgrowth of the popular PBS children’s series starring LeVar Burton.


First Place to Seth Schouten of Alexander City for The Brave Lion

Second Place to Ethan King Chatteron of Hoover for The Spaghetti River

Third Place to Sadie Claire Bishop of Kellyton for The Ocean Camouflage


First Place to Brennan Lockwood of Huntsville for A Dog in My Family

Second Place to Juliana Torres of Madison for The Short Princess

Third Place to Mary Michael Hardy of Newville for Slime Gone Wrong


First Place to Summer Lee for Lilly’s First Sleepover

Second Place to Anna Kate Allcorn of Cullman for Frogs, Flies, and Huckleberry Pies

Third Place to Alodie Hill of Arab for The Great American Ballerina


First Place to Abram J. Powell of Cullman for Camping Under the Bluff

Second Place to Sarah Ann Hicks of New Hope for Unicorn Diaries

Third Place to Margot Smith of Birmingham for Petunia & Clyde

APT Young Writers Contest winners will receive trophies, Barnes & Noble gift cards and other prizes. First place winners will receive tablet computers.  All of the children who sent in books for the contest will receive certificates of participation for their work.

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