Be a Famous Writer Contest

Mrs. P’s 8th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest opened for Entries on SEPTEMBER 1, 2016. The theme to write about is the Library!

Meet the grand prize winning class from the 2015 contest!

THE CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR THIS CYCLE. The contest is for classrooms only and is FREE to enter. Parents you can still participate by telling your child's teacher about it.


Contest Closed: November 15, 2016

Winners Announced January 13, 2017 (because the 15th falls on a Sunday this year!)

For classrooms K - 4th grade

Mrs. P invites your class to write a story on the topic of the LIBRARY for the 2016 contest theme, 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. And there's no database to enter or permission slips to sign. You, the teacher, just need to email me the story. It is your classroom entering to win. Please be sure to read my "Official Rules" page for all entry details! Inspire your class by watching past winners of the contest on my Young Author playlist. Enjoy these amazing stories!

Meet my sponsors for the 8th annual writing contest! They are providing books galore that will benefit the schools of the winners! Books in every format, real books, digital books and audio books! See my prize page for details of what your classroom will win.

Meet my dog Spyri, named after the author of “Heidi,” a favorite book of mine when I was little. He’s the host of my latest creation, Imagination Launchers, to help kids jump-start their imaginations and get those stories started. Click here to see his tips and animated videos

I am very excited to announce two new sponsors this year - Capstone Publishing and Cantata Learning! Both these companies help children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level. Capstone's passion for creating inspired learning has made them the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for 25 years. Cantata Learning is the premier educational publisher of books and music that encourages and enriches learning for preschool and elementary school children. Their unique books foster early literacy skills through the combination of music, simple text, and age-appropriate illustrations. Through books and music, it is Cantata Learning’s goal to provide resources to educators, librarians and parents that support intentional and purposeful teaching and provide a joyful learning experience. Browse Cantata Learning’s entire catalog at

Mackin Educational Resources For more than 30 years, they have provided library and classroom materials for grades PK-12. Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, Mackin has access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of more than 2.5 million printed titles. Additionally, Mackin features a robust selection of more than 300,000 eBook titles and databases and close to 50,000 audio books and video resources available through their free, state-of-the-art eResource management system, MackinVIA. For more information, visit or call 800-245-9540.

Tales2Go is an award-winning kids' mobile audiobook service that streams thousands of name-brand titles from leading publishers and storytellers to mobile devices and desktops in the classroom and beyond. Tales2go is used as a literacy tool to develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills in a growing number of schools and districts across the U.S.

Powell's Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world.


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