Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest



           Announces Finalists for 4th National Kids’ Writing Contest

This year we are excited to be participating as a sponsor in the Mrs.P National Children’s Writing Contest.  I feel it is so important to start the love of reading and writing at an early age – the earlier the better – so I was more than happy to be a sponsor again this year for the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest.  Mrs. P  is headed up by the very funny Kathy Kinney who played Mimi from the Drew Carey Show.  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. (Source: Mrs. P Press Release).

Good news mates!  This year marks their 4th annual childrens’ writing contest and they have determined who the finalists are! Apparently it is good news for New Jersey and Arizona as these two states stood out with the most finalists.

Kathy Kinney says “We had wonderful entries from all over the United States, and it was hard to narrow it down to ten stories.” “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 my very own Polka Dots Publishing.  I am excited to a part of this group that encourages young people to love reading and writing!  And I can’t wait to see who the two Grand Prize winners will be.  Good luck to you all and great work Mrs. P! 

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