GPB Education is thrilled to announce this year's PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! These winners were among hundreds of K-3 students in Georgia who participated in the 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Students submitted original, illustrated stories for the chance to win great prizes and be featured on GPB's website. 

A first, second, and third place winner was selected for each grade. Each grade level also had a STEAM winner--ones that best incorporated science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. 

While the awards ceremony is usually hosted at GPB's headquarters in Atlanta, a virtual ceremony was held on Saturday, June 27, due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19. During the virtual ceremony, winners and their families enjoyed a special story from storyteller Mama Koku, and celebrated each other during the awards presentation. 

2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

Kindergarten Winners



1st Place – “The Dino Heroes to the Rescue” by Ford Israel (Savannah, GA)


2nd Place –  “The Runaway Fruit” by Noa Rae Spurgeon (Evans, GA)

2nd Place –  “The Runaway Fruit” by Noa Rae Spurgeon (Evans, GA)

Emily Kang

3rd Place – “Find a Home” by Emily Kang (Atlanta, GA)

1st Grade Winners

Gemma with award

1st Place – “Pablo Pawdogso and the Masterpiece Mystery” by Gemma Fletcher (Marietta, GA)

Wren with awards

2nd Place –  “A New Home” by Wren Morgan (Atlanta, GA)



3rd Place – “Two Types of Cute Babies” by Maddy Eplan (Atlanta, GA)

2nd Grade Winners

Marley Gokey with award

1st Place – “The Night Halloween Came Alive” by Marley Gokey (Newnan, GA)

Cece Green with award

2nd Place –  “There’s a Monster in My House” by Cece Green (Sea Island, GA)



3rd Place – “The Fruit Bowl” by Vera Smith (Decatur, GA)

3rd Grade Winners

Aanika Das

1st Place – “The Legend of Mount St. Helens” by Aanika Das (Macon, GA)

McKinley Oliver with award

2nd Place –  “The Lost Princess of Candy Cove” by McKinley Oliver (Milton, GA)



3rd Place – “This Is a Holiday?” by Samuel Nickel (Forsyth, GA)

STEAM Winners

(These stories incorporated science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics.)

Greyson Lee

“Blown Apart” by Greyson Lee, Kindergarten (Mableton, GA)

Francisco Davila with award

“In a Galaxy Far Away…” by Francesco Davila, 1st Grade (Acworth, GA)

Ava with awards

“The Forest Fire” by Ava Kirby, 2nd Grade (Conyers, GA)



“Our Earth” by Riya Roopesh Nambiar, 3rd Grade (Cumming, GA)

Once again, GPB Education extends its congratulations to all of this year's winners!