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15
Jan 13

MacCheeky News Flash: MrsP.com Announces Winners of 4th-Annual Kids Writing Contest

Great news to ring in the New Year for Vermont and Virginia!

January 15, 2013 – MrsP.com announced today the names of the two Grand-Prize winners in its fourth annual “Be-a-Famous-Writer” contest, a nationwide creative-writing competition for children held every September.

Grace Lane, age 8, from Vermont, won top honors in the 4-to-8 year-old category for The Magic Piano, a fantasy about a piano that can read its owner’s mind and mimic the sound of other instruments, weather conditions, and even the 12-Days-of-Christmas characters.

Vermont's Grace Lane wins top honors in the 4-to-8 year-old category.

Adithi Ramakrishnan, age 12, from Virginia, won in the 9-13 age group for Home Perfect Home, a fable detailing the adventures of a bird searching the far reaches of the globe for true happiness.

Virginia's Adithi Ramakrishnan wins in the 9-13 age group.

“This year, I’m pleased to give awards not only to these talented, young authors but also to their schools,” said TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P and is one of the creators of the website. “Each grand prize winner’s school will receive $300 to purchase books for their libraries from our sponsor, BuyerTopia. And what school in this economy couldn’t use more books?”

The Grand-Prize winners will have their stories produced as videos featuring Mrs. P, which will be presented on her free, critically-acclaimed website.

TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P, is one of the creators of the free, critically-acclaimed website.

Original artwork by award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan will help bring the stories to life. The videos will be posted on the website (www.MrsP.com) beginning in March. Each winner will also receive an actual bound copy of the story and illustrations made possible by sponsor Polka Dots Publishing. A copy of the book will be donated to the child’s school library in their honor.

The Magic Piano: a sample of artwork to come from award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan.

The winners for this year’s contest were selected by an über-talented panel of judges:
Julia Roberts, Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate;
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.

Home Perfect Home: a sample of artwork to come, also by award-winning illustrator Robin E. Kaplan.

MrsP.com was launched in 2008 to encourage a love of reading. The website is the recipient of the American Library Association’s “Great Website for Kids.”

It has been a real pleasure to partner with MrsP.com for this year’s “Be-a-Famous-Writer” contest.
Congratulations Grace and Adithi! What a great way to kick start 2013!
You are a true inspiration to all young writers everywhere.

Anita

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17
Dec 12

MacCheeky News Flash: MrsP.com Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest

Good News for New Jersey and Arizona!

December 17, 2012 – MrsP.com 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. Two states clearly 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.

Kathy Kinney, who stars as Mrs. P, couldn't be more pleased with the entries received for this year's Be-A-Famous-Writer contest.

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 MrsP.com 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.

The Grand Prize winner from each age group will be announced on January 15, 2013!

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 MrsP.com 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.

To all finalists: Congratulations on making it to this level and good luck!

Anita

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25
Sep 12

Mrs. P’s Writing Contest for Kids: Accepting Entries!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
~ Albert Einstein

Does your child or student want to be a famous writer? Mrs. P’s 4th annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest for kids is underway! Entries for children aged 4 through 13 are now being accepted.

On the judges panel:

Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds (teaches second grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake, CA);
Melina Gerosa Bellows (Executive V.P. and Chief Creative Officer, Books, Kids, and Family at National Geographic); and
Julia Roberts (Academy Award winner and mother of three).

Julia Roberts is on the judges panel this year!

There will be two grand-prize winning stories (two age competition categories: 4 to 8 years of age, and 9 to 13 years of age). If your child or student is a grand-prize winner, his or her story will be turned into a real hardcover book. The story will also be turned into an illustrated video that people around the world can enjoy at Mrs. P’s free website! How cool is that?!

Did I forget to mention that the top 10 finalists win fabulous prizes? Yup, they do. And prizes will also be awarded just for entering!

MrsP.com is an award-winning interactive digital storybook destination where classic children’s stories are brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P.

Mrs. P lives in a big house with a Magic Library.

Contest closes October 15, 2012. Please visit www.MrsP.com for full contest rules and list of prizes.

To help spread the word about Mrs. P’s 4th annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest for kids, kindly hit the retweet and/or FB “Like” button.

Good luck!

Anita

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