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8th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest Winners Announced

January 13, 2017 The winning story, A Library...From a Book’s Perspective, from Ms. Garcia’s 4th grade class at Rye Elementary School in Rye, New Hampshire takes top honor in the 8th annual Mrs. P Be-a-Famous Writer national contest. Entries from K-4 classrooms were received from across the country. The theme for the contest this year was the word Library.

The grand prize was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that included New York Times best selling author, Chris Grabenstein (author of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics to name a few); Shannon McClintock Miller, author of the award winning The Library Voice blog plus international speaker and education consultant; and Mrs. P (T.V. Actress Kathy Kinney).

The judges unamiously loved that the story was written from the book’s perspective”, said Mrs. P (played by T.V. actress Kathy Kinney). “The word library brought a lot of very clever entries this year,” added Kinney.

As part of the prize, the story will be professionally illustrated by Robin Robinson and read by Mrs. P on her storytime YouTube Channel. It will premiere in early March so everyone can enjoy it.

The winning classroom will be filled with actual books, audio book and digital books thanks to the sponsors of the contest: Mackin Educational Resources, Tales2GO, Cantata Learning and Capstone Publishing. Chris Grabenstein is also providing autographed copies of his books.

4th graders at Meadow Ridge Elementary in MN in Ms. Hoffmann’s class took 2nd place with their entry, “The Winchester Library”, and 4th graders from South Elementary School in Jackson, MO took 3rd place with their story “The Tasty Librarian” from Mrs. Berghoff’s class.

Because the announcement came on Friday the 13th, Mrs. P also decided to acknowledge 13 lucky classrooms and help fill them with books by providing gift cards to Powell’s Books.

Now in it's eight year, the annual Be-a-Famous Writer contest is an opportunity for K-4 classrooms to spark their imaginations. The contest is for classrooms only and is FREE to enter. One story per classroom is permitted and it can be a collaborative story, or teachers can have the class vote on which child's story to enter, but either way it's the whole classroom that wins. Every year a new theme is selected for the contest. Stories submitted are no less than 250 words and are not to exceed 1,000.  Some of the things considered in the winning selections are: Originality, creativity, compelling narrative, humor, sense of adventure and the development of a theme or point of view.

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Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC, was founded in 2008 by Hollywood team Clay Graham, Kathy Kinney and Dana Plautz. After having built successful careers in television and New Media, the three creators of were brought together by a love of reading and a desire to help spark that same passion in young people everywhere. The company endeavors to expose young people to great books and stories through a celebrity storyteller and to spark their imaginations and creativity with on-line games and writing contests. Its production offices are located in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California.


Clay Graham, co-president, was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was the head writer and Executive Producer of The Drew Carey Show for seven years. The show aired on ABC for nine seasons and is now syndicated throughout the world. Clay wrote for Mad Magazine while still in college and wrote and produced the sitcoms Benson and Who’s the Boss? soon after. He recently developed an animated comedy pilot, Big Tow, for TBS and Sony Studios, and is currently a writer and producer on the new NBC sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea? Clay has written comic essays for The New York Times, Written Bymagazine and The Arizona Republic.

Kathy Kinney, co-president, was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and achieved international fame playing Mimi Bobeck on “The Drew Carey Show” for nine years. (Kathy is the only member of the Mrs. P team who has had a doll manufactured in her image.) Before and after playing Mimi, Kathy has guest starred on television shows too numerous to mention. She has also appeared in many films including “This Boy’s Life” and “Stanley and Iris,” Kathy may currently be seen in a recurring role on the ABC Family hit series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". She is also co-author, along with her friend Cindy Ratzlaff, of the book, “Queen of Your Own Life – The Grownup Woman’s Guide To Claiming Happiness And Getting The Life You Deserve.”

Dana Plautz, co-president, was born in New York and raised in Southern California. She spent 10 years in the Hollywood entertainment industry, holding senior posts at Norman Lear’s Embassy Communications and Hanna-Barbera Studios, followed by 13 years in high tech at Intel, Corp. specializing in the area of new media and emerging applications. But Dana's roots never strayed far from the entertainment field: she held a government appointment for 6 years,chairing the Oregon State Film and Video office. Dana is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and web producer and has a strong philanthropic and community volunteerism record, with a special interest in supporting the arts, education, and services for women and children.