For Immediate Release
8th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest Winners Announced
January 13, 2017 The winning story, A Library...From a Book’s Perspective, from Ms. Garcia’s 4th grade class at Rye Elementary School in Rye, New Hampshire takes top honor in the 8th annual Mrs. P Be-a-Famous Writer national contest. Entries from K-4 classrooms were received from across the country. The theme for the contest this year was the word Library.
The grand prize was chosen by a panel of celebrity judges that included New York Times best selling author, Chris Grabenstein (author of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics to name a few); Shannon McClintock Miller, author of the award winning The Library Voice blog plus international speaker and education consultant; and Mrs. P (T.V. Actress Kathy Kinney).
The judges unamiously loved that the story was written from the book’s perspective”, said Mrs. P (played by T.V. actress Kathy Kinney). “The word library brought a lot of very clever entries this year,” added Kinney.
As part of the prize, the 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 book and digital books thanks to the sponsors of the contest: Mackin Educational Resources, Tales2GO, Cantata Learning and Capstone Publishing. Chris Grabenstein is also providing autographed copies of his books.
4th graders at Meadow Ridge Elementary in MN in Ms. Hoffmann’s class took 2nd place with their entry, “The Winchester Library”, and 4th graders from South Elementary School in Jackson, MO took 3rd place with their story “The Tasty Librarian” from Mrs. Berghoff’s class.
Because the announcement came on Friday the 13th, Mrs. P also decided to acknowledge 13 lucky classrooms and help fill them with books by providing gift cards to Powell’s Books.
Now in it's eight 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.