Visit the press page to read about this year’s winners: Sarah Smale (8) and Emma Stowe (12)
For Release: January 19, 2012
MrsP.com Announces Winners of 3rd Annual National Kids’ Writing Contest
Young authors from Alabama and Washington chosen over writers from 27 states
MrsP.com announced this week 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.
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. Emma Stowe, age 12, from Alabama, won in the 9-13 age group for Thinking Cap, a compelling and amusing detective story, set in a grade school, following the search for a lost gerbil.
“Every year I look forward to sitting by the fire with a cup of tea and reading what the kids have written. I was thrilled that the number of stories submitted continues to grow every year, and the quality remains so high,” said TV star Kathy Kinney, who portrays Mrs. P and is one of the creators of the website. “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.”