A panel of regional judges will be comprised of educators, volunteers and story contest sponsors who will read and judge local stories based on these criteria:
40% creativity and originality of plot
40% story structure and use of literary devices,
20% relevance, quality and originality
First place winners will see their stories posted on our website and go on to compete in the national contest for tablet computers, e-readers and MP3 players. The national winners will be announced during the summer, and their stories will be featured on pbskids.org.
National judges include: Lisa Henson, chief executive officer of The Jim Henson Company; Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Kat Klimo, vice-president and publisher of Random House/Golden Books; Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of Lunch Lady and many others, Susan Meddaugh, author and illustrator of Martha Speaks; and R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series.