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Dana Plautz, Mrs. P Enterprises

Celebrity Judges Set to Read Entries for New “American Idol” Contest for Young Writers, Kathy Kinney kick off national “Be A Famous Writer Contest”

Los Angeles, CA.—September 1, 2009—, the critically acclaimed, free kids’ entertainment site, announced today that from September 1 through October 15, 2009, is seeking great stories written by children 4 to 13 years old for its first “Be A Famous Writer Contest.”

Four already-famous writers will be selecting the Grand Prize winners: Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and author of dozens of bestselling books of fiction and non-fiction; Craig Ferguson, host of the CBS Late Late Show and author of the acclaimed novel, Between the Bridge and the River; Andre Bormanis, writer and producer of the popular fantasy series, Legend of the Seeker and author of Star Trek: Science Logs; and Diana Leszczynski, author of the novel, Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose, recently selected as a Smithsonian Notable Children’s Book and currently being developed as a motion picture.

Children are invited to submit their stories in one of two categories: 4 to 8 years old and 9 to 13 years old. Grand Prize winners will have their stories produced as videos with Mrs. P reading them aloud from her Magic Library. Original illustrations by professional artists will help bring the stories to life. The videos will be posted for a limited time on for viewers all over the world to watch. In addition, each winner will receive an actual bound copy of the story and illustrations.

“In the same way that American Idol discovers talented singers, we hope to find some great, new writers,” said co-creator Kathy Kinney, star of “The Drew Carey Show” and currently seen on “The Secret Life of An American Teenager”.

Powell’s Books (, the largest independent bookseller in the world, is the official sponsor of the writing contest. Gift certificates to purchase books will be provided to all the winners. For a complete list of rules, and to submit an entry online to the “Mrs. P’s Be a Famous Writer Contest,” parents and kids can go to

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.