Winners Announced

Alabama Public Television is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 APT Young Writers Contest!  The twelve winners were honored at a special ceremony at the Alabama Book Festival, now part of the  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.

As part of the awards ceremony, the children read their books out loud to an enthusiastic audience, which included popular Alabama children's book author Charles Ghigna (Father Goose). Ghigna later encouraged the children to keep up their great writing and autographed copies of his new book celebrating Alabama's Bicentennial, "Alabama, My Home Sweet Home" for the winners.


First Place to Bria Cecil Moses for Eagle Girl

Second Place to Brennan Lockwood for Story of Me and the Groundhog

Third Place to James Adams for The Goat and the Pig

First Grade:

First Place to Anna Kate Allcorn for The Golden Goat

Second Place to Ezra Kizer for Cosmo  

Third Place to Knox Irvin for Dinosaurs

Second Grade:

First Place to Owen Chatterton for Animals That Eat Ice Cream

Second Place to Knox Irvin for Fun to Run, Fly and Swim with Animals

Third Place to Ila Hardin for Bifocals

Third Grade:

First Place to Emma Rodgers for Sincerely Santa

Second Place to Aoife Martin for The Pencil That Couldn’t Draw

Third Place to Carmyn Thomas for Kangaroo the Helpful Dog

In addition to Charles Ghigna's book, APT Young Writers Contest winners received trophies, Books-A-Million gift cards and other prizes. First place winners received tablet computers.  All of the children who sent in books for the contest will receive certificates of participation for their work. Thank you to everyone for your great stories!