Be-a-Famous Writer Contest

The contest is now closed. Winners announced Jan 15, 2015

Calling all Teachers! Mark Your Calendars! Contest Runs September 1 to November 15th

Looking for a project to add a little "Magic" to your classroom? Have your class enter Mrs. P’s 5th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest. Mrs P invites your class to write a story on the topic of "Magic", no less than 250 words and not to exceed 1,000 words. It may be fiction or non-fiction. Any classroom from Kindergarten through 4th grade may enter. Just one story per classroom! It can be a collaborative story, or you can have your class vote on which child's story to enter. It is the classroom entering, not an individual student. The classroom will be recognized as the winner. For example "Mrs. P's 3rd Grade Class from Dreamy Valley" Everyone is the class that wins is winning books and prizes for their school. The stories are judged by a panel of celebrity judges. Meet them below! The winning story for the 2013 contest was "My Magic App", a story submitted as a collaborative class project from Mrs. Alicea’s 3rd Grade Class from WJ Gurganus Elementary in Havelock, NC.

How to Enter and contest rules!

  • Entrants must be kindergarten, first, second, third or fourth grade teachers on behalf of their classroom
  • To be eligible, the school must be in the United States, an entrant (teacher) must be a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, USVI and American Samoa). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify ineligible entries; such entries will not be returned.
  • Only one entry per classroom will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Stories can be fact or fiction and must use the theme “Magic” in the story.
  • Email the story to MrsPstorytime @ with the teacher name, grade, school name and address and a contact phone. Please state in the email that you have read the rules. If there is a twitter account for the teacher or school please include that. Please let us know if it is a collaborative class project or a story your class voted on as their favorite done by a student to enter. Remember just one entry per classroom.
  • Classrooms will be notified by January 15, 2014 if they have won the contest!

We know schools are all hurting with budget cuts, so Mrs. P found sponsors to help the schools and fill them with actual books, audio books and digital books. Books in every format! Meet my sponsors!

Meet Sponsor Polka Dots Publishing

Penelope the Purple Pirate & Polka Dots Publishing will be making possible 2 copies of the story made into an actual book with color illustrations created by Robin Robinson for the classroom & school library. And more books for classrooms just for entering the writing contest! Classrooms will be randomly drawn out of the computer .
  • Five schools will receive either Penelope the Purple Pirate, Gerry the Giraffe or Clarence and the Traveling Circus for their school courtesy of Polka Dots Publishing.
  • One lucky school will be selected to Skype with award winning author Melissa Northway, the writer and creator of the Penelope series along with many other unique stories.

Meet Sponsor Powell's Books

They are providing $100 in Powell’s Book Gift cards to the winning classroom. Plus two additional classrooms with each receive a $50 gift card.

Professor Garfield Provides Some Very Special Posters for the Classrooms

10 schools will receive Garfield posters autographed by creator Jim Davis.


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. Mrs. P is played by actress Kathy Kinney.

5th Annual Be-a-Famous Writer Contest