Mrs. P.com celebrates 5th anniversary of “Be a Famous Writer” National Writing Contest for Kids

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Mrs. P, the award-winning literacy site for children is pleased to announce the start of their fifth annual Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest. The goal of the contest is to bring the world of a child’s imagination to life, demonstrating to participants just how much power is held in their thoughts and words.

The contest is free to enter and open to all K-4 classrooms in the United States with entries accepted from September 1, 2013 through November 15, 2013.

Mrs. P, is a character played by actress Kathy Kinney, best known for her role as Mimi, on the Drew Carey Show.  However, her new role as Mrs. P couldn't be more different. With a voice Kinney likes to call "west of Ireland," combined with her red wig and polka dotted dress, her goal is to remind kids of their favorite, eccentric Aunt.

Mrs. P invites K-4 classrooms nationwide to write a story about "Magic”, the theme of this year’s contest, containing no less than 250 words and not to exceed 1,000. It may be fiction or non-fiction and some of the things considered in selections are: Originality, creativity, compelling narrative, humor, sense of adventure and the development of a theme or point of view.

One story per classroom will be accepted and each entry can either be a collaborative story, or classrooms can vote on which child's story to enter.

“This year, during a roundup of stories on past winners, we learned that, of the past winners, many say that the Mrs. P writing contest was the first writing contest most students ever entered,” stated Kinney. “Our contest gave them the encouragement and confidence to continue exploring their passion for writing. Several students have gone on to win additional, big name writing awards and contest.”

In addition to the Mrs. P website, we have been fortunate to partner with companies that promote reading, writing and overall literacy.  Our sponsors, who include Tales2Go, myON, Polka Dot Publishing, Buyer Topia, and Powell’s Books have generously donated prizes ranging from gift certificates for books all the way up to whole school licenses to access their various solutions.  Please visit Mrs. P to learn more about the contest and prizes!

Mrs. P, also has a long standing relationship with Professor Garfield, who provides free delivery of innovative and motivational digital learning content with a primary emphasis on children’s literacy to school districts across the country. Teachers who use this website can also enter the contest directly at: http://www.professorgarfield.org

 To find out more about the fifth annual Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest, please go to: http://www.contest.mrsp.com

 To find out more about Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P, and her Magic Library, please go to http://www.mrsp.com