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Mrs. P Announces 9th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest Winner!

Mrs. P Announces 9th Annual “Be a Famous Writer” Contest Winner! Brywood Elementary in Irvine CA Takes top honors

January 30, 2018 The winning story of Mrs. P’s 9th annual Be-a-Famous Writer contest comes from Ms. Young’s class at Brywood Elementary School in Irvine California. The story is called: “The Royal Fondue Party”. The judges loved the creative problem solving of the characters, and how well the story flowed with it’s well written dialogue.

The theme for the contest this year was the word Dragon. It brought a lot of very creative entries from K-4 schools across the country. 16 states entered the contest and the most entries came from TX and NY.

The grand prize was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that included best selling author, Josh Funk (author of Dear Dragon, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, to name a few); Matthew Winner, elementary library media specialist and co-founder of literacy podcast All The Wonders; and Mrs. P (T.V. Actress Kathy Kinney).

The winning 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 books and digital books thanks to the sponsors of the contest: Mackin Educational Resources will provide a $500 gift certificate and audiobook company Tales2GO will provide a classroom values at $250. Author Josh Funk is also providing a copy of Dear Dragon. Cantata Learning will be providing 2nd and 3rd place winners with a box of beautifully illustrated books that include music CD’s. Award winning author Elissa Brent Weissman is also providing copies of her book Our Story Begins to the grand prize winner, 2nd and 3rd place and 7 other classrooms. Powell’s books is providing gift cards for the runners up.

Ms. Haber’s 2nd graders at William Floyd Elementary School in Shirley, N.Y. took 2nd place with their entry, “The Cursed Dragon”, and 4th graders from Mrs. Smith’s class at the Collegiate School in Henrico, VA took 3rd place with their story “Fly”.

Powell’s Books provided gift cards that were given to 4th place winner for the story “Tail of a Tofu Dragon” from Ms. Hogan’s 4th grade at Silver Oak Elementary, in San Jose, CA and 5th place winner “The Dragon, the Dragonfly and the Statue” from Ms. Macinnes 4th grade at Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Mrs. P will also be making runner up story “There be Dragons” from Ms Bish’s class in Germantown, MD into a video. Mrs. P is a strong advocate for antibullying and the inclusiveness theme of this story touched her so, that she thought it should have a place on her playlist.

The contest now in it's nineth 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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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.