Thursday, September 2, 2010 Holds Second Annual "Be a Famous Writer Contest" For Children!

Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Magazine are excited to pass on the following information from Dana Plautz of is holding her second annual  "Be a Famous Writer" contest for children beginning September 1st. The contest will open for submissions on September 1st and will continue to accept submissions through October 15th 2010.

The contest is open to all children ages 4 to 13 -- and stories will be judged in two age groups, four to eight and nine to thirteen. Stories may cover any topic, fiction or nonfiction, and should be between 250 and 1,000 words.

Two grand prize winners (one from each age group) will have their stories read by Mrs. P herself and an artist will create original illustrations to accompany the story. Each winner will receive a bound copy of the illustrated story, as well as having it posted on Both grand prize winners and up to eight runners-up will also each will receive a $25 gift certificate to Powell's Books.

The judges this year include best-selling author Meg Cabot, Garfield creator Jim Davis, and Danny Kallis, producer and creator of Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Details at 

In addition, the new reading challenge game that just came out.

Both of these are wonderful ways to get and help keep kids engaged and reading.  Remember too that Mrs. P also has read along options on all of her stories to help early readers. And under her "Fun Activities" link, there are free coloring sheets and other fun activities for kids to foster creativity. has no advertising and is completely free, making it a fun and educational online destination for teachers, parents and children. The site also contains interactive games, coloring sheets to download, and activity guides to accompany chapter books like "Alice in Wonderland". Every story also offers read along options so children can see the words, which is helpful to early readers, and ESL students.  Mrs. P stars T.V. actress Kathy Kinney.

The website 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 the recipient of The National Parenting Center 2009 Seal of Approval and the American Library Association distinction of "Great Website for Kids."   The Professor Garfield Foundation learning portal also recently added to its fun, interactive online environment where children can safely explore, learn and creatively express themselves.

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