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Dana Plautz, Mrs. P Enterprises Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest

Good News for New Jersey and Arizona announced today the names of finalists in the fourth edition of its popular Be-a-Famous-Writer contest, open to kids across the country between 4-13, and two states stood out from the rest.

“We had wonderful entries from all over the United States, and it was hard to narrow it down to ten stories,” 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. “New Jersey and Arizona both took the lead with two finalists each, which speaks well for their schools and educators. We weren’t looking for an East-West competition, but we’ve got it!” she added.

The Grand Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, including Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate Julia Roberts; Melina Gerosa Bellows, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic; and Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds, who teaches second grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake, CA.

The finalists for the 4-8 age group are: The Magic Piano by Grace Lane, 8, Vermont- The Horse Indeanna by Meridan Boyd, 8, Iowa- The Royalty Cat, by Calista Wilk, 7, Arizona- Girls vs. Ghouls, by Lily Ventnor, 7, New Jersey- The Talking Gingerbread Man, by Ethan Kur, 7, Arizona

The finalists for the 9-13 age group are: The Bread of Generosity, by Andrea Langholff, 9, Wisconsin- Moonshine, by Willa Lane, 9, Vermont- Home Perfect Home by Adithi Ramakrishnan,12, Virginia- The Mesa, by Caitlin Casady,12, Oklahoma- The Championship Game, by Lucas Daniel, 9, New Jersey

On January 15, 2013, the Grand Prize winner from each age group will be announced and will have their stories read by Mrs. P in videos featuring original illustrations and produced by a Hollywood production team. The videos will be posted for viewing by a global audience at the website. Winners will also receive a bound copy of their story, made possible by Polka Dots Publishing. Other contest sponsors include Powell’s Books and Sakura of America. Buyer Topia will donate books to the school libraries of the Grand Prize winners.

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.