ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Saturday Spotlight: Mrs. P's Be a Famous Writer Contest

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Spotlight: Mrs. P's Be a Famous Writer Contest

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We just found out about this exciting opportunity for all the writers you have at home, and we think it would be a fun contest for your child to enter! See the details below:, the critically acclaimed, free kids’ entertainment site, announced today that from September 1 through October 15, 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.

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


  1. Love your blog and ideas! I'm a children's author and have an interactive blog for teachers, writers, parents, and kids.

    I post frequent writing activities and am happy to meet individual needs. Please come visit!

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! My son is too young, but I think I'll tell my sister about this for my niece to join in. Thanks! :)