Once again Mrs. announces the names of the two Grand Prize winners in its third annual “Be a Famous Writer” contest, a nationwide creative-writing competition for children held every September. The young authors were selected from Alabama and Washington. 27 states participated in this nationwide contest.
Sarah Smale, age 8, from Washington State, won top honors in the 4-to-8 year-old category for The Treasure Decision, an adventure story featuring a mysterious treasure, pirates and an unusual bookstore.
This is such a wonderful opportunity provided for children and it is not surprising that number of stories submitted continues to grow every year. TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P and is one of the creators of the website. She says, “I feel very good about this generation of kids and the great jobs their parents and teachers are doing educating them.”
The Grand Prize winners will have their stories produced as videos featuring Mrs. P, which will be presented on her popular, free critically-acclaimed website. Original artwork by award-winning Portland, Oregon-based 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.
MrsP.com announced that it will also produce two Honorable Mention stories from the contest as videos: Sally’s Poor Brain, written by 8-year-old Andrea E. Langholff from Wisconsin, because of its witty lesson about a brain that literally walks away in search of intellectual stimulation; and Eugene Fitz and the Impish Sly Mischievous Garden Gnome, by 13-year-old Jared Spry of Arizona, for its funny and clever depiction of a boy who suspects the family garden gnome has committed a crime.
The winners for this year’s contest were selected by a panel of celebrity judges: Bonny Becker, best-selling author of the Mouse and Bear picture books; David L. Ulin, literary editor of the Los Angeles Times; and Renèe Watson, author of the acclaimed novel A Place Where Hurricanes Happen; and Mrs. P herself.
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.”