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1/4/2016 Announces Finalists of 7th Annual “Be a Famous Writer” National Writing Contest

For Release: January 5, 2015 – Today a panel of celebrity judges that included Peter H. Reynolds, children’s book author, illustrator, bookshop owner and founder of FableVision; John Schumacher, Scholastic’s Ambassador for School Libraries; and Mrs. P (T.V. Actress Kathy Kinney) announced the top five finalist in Mrs. P’s Be-a-Famous Writer Contest. 

5 schools hailing from Florida, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, and Virginia will now be competing to win the grand prize in the 7th annual K-4 Mrs. P Be-a-Famous Writer contest. The grand prize winner of the contest will be announced on January 15, 2016. 

This year K-4 classrooms were invited to write about the theme of Pets. “We had 28 states submit entries, and the quality of the stories this year were amazing.” said Mrs. P (played by T.V. actress Kathy Kinney). “In fact, we even have an honorable mention to give out, because it was so hard to narrow it down to just five stories this year.”, added Kinney.

This year’s five finalists are:

Strange Rabbit: A collaborative story written in groups using a Smartboard and many vocabulary words the students were studying from Ms. Bradley’s 4th grade at Brentwood Elementary Magnet School in Pensacola, Fl

The Runaway Hamster and Cat:  Mrs. Patterson's 3rd Grade Class at Shellsburg Elementary in Shellsburg, IA. 20 students collaborated together using a wide variety of technology tools, including Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Padlet to create their story.  

Classroom Pets:  A collaborative class project from Ms. MacInnes’s 3rd grade class at Brewer Community School in Brewer, Maine. 

The Five Dogs and a Little Bit of Trouble: A collaborative class project from Ms. Langston’s 2nd grade class at Crossroads Elementary in O’Fallon, MO.   

Milly, Molly and the Miracle:   Mrs. Garnett’s Fourth Grade Classroom at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. This class voted from 8 students’ entries to select this story to submit.

“There’s No Place Like Home” a poem from Ms. Grassi's 3rd Grade Class at Roberts Elementary School in Wayne, PA, was also named an honorable mention. It also was a collaborative class project.

The grand prize winning classroom will be filled with actual books, audio book and digital books along with some fun writing software thanks to the sponsors of the contest: Mackin Educational Resources, Tales2GO, and FableVision.  Mrs. P will also produce a video of the winning story illustrated by Robin Robinson that will premiere on Mrs. P’s YouTube storytelling site in March.  The four runners up will also all receive gift cards from Powell’s books.

Now in it's seventh 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 and entries are received between September 15th and November 15th. Stories submitted are no less than 250 words and are not to exceed 1,000.  Some of the things considered in 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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About Mrs. P Enterprises, LLC.

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.