Creative Writing Contest Winners Revealed at Inaugural Phoenix Children’s Festival

The “What is Fun” Creative Writing Contest encourages a new generation of authors and foster a love for reading. We received over 600 submissions and awarded each participant with free PCF admission.

The grand prize winner and the winner for each K-8th grade, Manzanita Elementary School, received a family five pack to PCF, tickets to our exclusive WOW luncheon with our main stage talent, Disney’s Peyton List, invitation to be a part of the main stage WOW Experience with fun, and games with Peyton on stage. The class with the most submissions won a family four pack of tickets and an on stage experience with Peyton.  Manzanita Elementary School, the school with the most “What is Fun” submissions received a 100 book donation to their school library courtesy of Better World Books and Back-to-School Clothing Drive. All submissions were prominently displayed at the festival.

2017 Winners

Class with most entries – Ms. Faust, 6th Grade, Manzanita Elementary School

School with most entries – Manzanita Elementary School, Washington Elementary School District

Kindergarten Winning Entry – Kaden Brockman, Legend Springs Elementary School

First Grade Winning Entry – Jordan Houston, Sunset Ridge Elementary School

Second Grade Winning Entry – Kaysee Goodinez-Apodaca Stetson Hills

Third Grade Winning Entry – Madison Watling, Norterra Canyon

Fourth Grade Winning Entry – Ky’ron Hall, Sheely Farms

Fifth Grade Winning Entry – Yameen Sekandari, Challenge Charter

Sixth Grade Winning Entry – Ruby Reynolds, Lookout Mountain

Seventh Grade Winning Entry – Mykenzie McSpadden, Norterra Canyon

Eighth Grade Winning Entry – Emily Tsang, Norterra Canyon

Congratulations to all of our winning authors. Following are the details on the 2018 contest!

How do I participate in the 2018 “What is Fun” Creative Writing Contest?
You start by downloading the entry from at , and in 100 words or less describe what fun means to you!

Once you have completed the entry, submit your form to [email protected] or mail it to Phoenix Children’s Festival 99 E. Virginia Avenue, Suite 225, Phoenix, AZ 85004

What are the prizes?
Five Finalists will receive a family four pack of general admission passes to Phoenix Children’s Festival and exclusive backstage meet & greet passes with celebrity talents! The SCHOOL with the most participation will receive a donation of 100 books to the school library. The CLASS with the most contest entries will receive two (2) general admission tickets per student.

When do I enter?
The deadline is January 31, 2018, at 5 P.M. Submissions after that date and time will not be considered.

Official Contest Rules available at

Good luck!