For Teachers - Information on my 10th Annual 2017 Writing Contest! The theme this year is the word HEROES! Please watch my special promo made for your students, but students.

Mrs. P's classic filled library offers classic stories and activities that help students develop reading, listening and speaking abilities. Each year Mrs. P also hosts an annual "Be-a-Famous-Writer" contest, which is a wonderful way to sharpen and encourage writing skills. The contest opens for entries October 15 and runs to December 15th. We hope you bookmark this information!

Your school could be filled with books from my wonderful sponsors and authors who served as past judges! See my prize page for all of the details.

Here's a quick summary of the Official Rules, but be sure to visit the page for full details on eligibility and how to enter

  • 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 “HEROES” in the story.
  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
  • Children of employees of, or their affiliates, and judges are not eligible.
HOW TO ENTER: 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.
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Writing Prompts for your classroom

I've created some fun playlists and blogs for your classroom to get their ideas flowing. Please look for my Imagination Launchers and Book Bits at my Teacher Page

Children’s literature is just FILLED with Heroes! From “Little Women’s” Jo March to Harry Potter and beyond! Not to mention, all those ANIMAL heroes, like Black Beauty and Paddington Bear! Why, there’s even a TOASTER hero… “The Brave Little Toaster!”. I was trying to come up with a fun and exciting theme for kids to write about, and know that kids are fascinated by superheroes, with their extraordinary powers and awesome adventures. AND we also celebrate the lives of real-life heroes —fireman, policeman, athletes, activists, fellow students, and for me it’s librarians and teachers,— the role models we look up too. The possibilities are endless!

What Teachers Say About the Contest

“Thank you SO much for this wonderful opportunity. I want to personally let you know how much my class enjoyed this contest. They researched dragons! They drew dragons! They studied all types of mythological creatures! And when it came time to vote on a piece to enter, it was a very difficult decision because they all did so well. The work you are doing to promote literacy and writing is more valuable than you can imagine. As both a teacher and a children's book author, I appreciate everything you do"  Best, Joy Keller, Brooks Hill Elementary School Fairport, NY

“Dear Mrs. P., My students are so proud to be in the top 5 of your writing contest. I should have recorded the cheers for you! We learned so much from this experience. Writing collaboratively on this project inspired some hesitant writers to write more confidently and enthusiastically! Thank you for being an inspiration to  our young readers and writers as well as their teachers! You're the best,  Cherrie MacInnes 4th Grade teacher Pond Cove Elementary School Cape Elizabeth, Maine

"More important than the mechanics of writing, is its composition and style. Sometimes we forget that. Mrs. P's Annual How to be a Famous Writer contest ignites creativity, style, voice and a connection to many genres of books for my students.  All readers can write, but my strongest writers are my strongest readers who use mentor texts to emulate structure of text and ways with words in their own unique pieces. Mrs. P connects reading and writing beautifully through her online storytelling, writing prompts and thrilling contests. My students are mesmerized by her Renaissance nature! Thank you, Mrs. P, for keeping writer's workshop alive and well."  Heather Garnett Fourth Grade Teacher The Collegiate School Richmond, Virginia

Dear Mrs. P., Thank you for creating this contest. Writing is my favorite subject to teach, and I set out on this assignment thinking it was going to be a lot of fun as well as educational. However, what I did not realize is how much all of this tied directly into our 2nd grade reading and writing curriculum (all learning points bolded below). You know there is nothing better than practical application of things taught, and I couldn’t have created anything better to model this to my students... Marti Langston Crossroads Elementary O’Fallon, MO

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