"Be a Famous Writer" Contest Encourages Creativity
Most of you know me from the classic stories I read at my website, www.MrsP.com. While the works of some of the finest writers that ever lived are in my Magic Library, I have a little secret to share. One of my great joys as a storyteller is reading aloud stories written by children. Every year I host a writing contest for kids, my “Be A Famous Writer Contest.” The winners have their stories read by me on my website for everyone to hear. It’s so much fun, such an infinitely good time for both my heart and soul, to help bring to life the world of a child’s imagination! And what makes me just as happy is what the writing contest teaches kids: how much power they hold in their words and their thoughts.
The contest began September 1 and runs through October 15, 2010. This year I made a special video message to share contest news because so many teachers requested something they could share with their students. I am also Skyping with several schools to talk to kids in real time about the writing contest and the importance of reading.
I’m very excited about the contest’s judges this year, who are themselves some of the world’s most famous writers: #1 best-selling author Meg Cabot (“The Princess Diaries”); Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, the most popular cartoon strip in the world; and Danny Kallis, creator of the Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and “The Suite Life on Deck,” television’s top-rated shows for kids.The two grand-prize winners will have their stories read by me (Mrs. P) in videos featuring original illustrations and produced by my Hollywood production team. The videos will be posted for viewing by a global audience at my website. Each winner will also receive a bound copy of the illustrated story, as well as gift certificates to Powell’s Books (www.Powells.com), the largest independent bookseller in the world and the official sponsor of the writing contest.
Stories submitted for the contest may cover any topic, fiction or nonfiction, and should be between 250 and 1,000 words. It is open to children 4 to 13 years of age.
I can’t wait to start reading this year’s entries and see who’s going to be the next “Famous Writer”!
Enjoy my video message