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Dana Plautz, Mrs. P Enterprises Announces Finalists for 3rd Annual Nationwide Kids’ Writing Contest

“Be-a-Famous Writer Contest Attracts Teachers Across America” announced today the names of the finalists in its third annual Be a Famous Writer contest, open to kids between the ages of 4-13, while noting a great number of entries from entire classrooms across America.

“Every year the contest continues to grow. This year entries came from 27 states, more than half the county,” said Kathy Kinney, who stars as Mrs. P and who, before co-creating the website, was best known as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show. “We also had teachers from across America use the contest as a class writing project, all the way from Kodiak Alaska, to Vermont.”

Finalists were selected by a panel of celebrity judges: Bonny Becker best-selling author of the Bear and Mouse picture books, David L. Ulin book critic of the Los Angeles Times and author, Renèe Watson author, educator and poet, and Mrs. P herself also acted as a judge. They looked at originality, creativity, compelling narrative, and humor to narrow the field to five finalists for each age category.

    The finalists for age group 4-8 are:
  • The Pranking Friends by Lucas Daniel, age 8, New Jersey
  • The Summer of Cousins by Willa Lane, age 8, Vermont
  • Sally's Poor Brain by Andrea E. Langholff age 8, Wisconsin
  • The Treasure Decision by Sarah Smale, age 8, Washington
  • Me and George Washington by Autumn Towne, age 7, Arizona

    The finalists for age group 9-13 are:
  • How Strange... by Sarah Dramstad, age 13, Vermont
  • Return to Super Sweet Sunday by Hillary Hao, age 12, New York
  • The Audition by Zijin Huang, age 11, Michigan
  • Eugene Fitz and the Impish Sly Mischievous Garden Gnome by Jared Spry, age 13, Arizona
  • Thinking Cap by Emma Stowe, age 12, Alabama

On January 16, 2012, the Grand Prize winner from each age group will be announced. The Grand Prize winners will have their stories read by Mrs. P in videos featuring original illustrations by artist Robin E. Kaplan and produced by a Hollywood production team. The videos will be posted for viewing by a global audience at the website. Each winner will also receive a bound copy of the illustrated story, as well as prize packs filled with goodies from Powell’s Book, and Sakura of America, the sponsors of the contest.

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.