Neighborhood Play Contest

All North Central Texas area students are invited to write a short play, narrative or monologue for our Neighborhood Play Contest.  Sample themes include: culture, family, social issues, and life struggles or accomplishments. We select as many as 19 plays each year to be staged and performed during the Festival of the Kid in May.  

2014/15 Neighborhood Play Contest Winners:

The Date by Viviana Lomeli (Trimble Tech High School

The Monster In Your Closet by Zoe Nichols-Payne (Applied Learning Academy

The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot by Elizabeth Allison (Richland High School)

Instantly by Alejandra Gonzalez (Paschal High School 

The Sky's Dilemma by Jamese Branch- (FWAFA)

The Big Nap by Hartley Wise (Booker T. Washington)  

That One Poem by Lauren Murphy (Watauga Middle School

Butterfly Effect #2 by Amanda Roden (Haltom High School) 

Blue by Joan Milburn (Booker T. Washington 

Lost by Matthew Courtney (FWAFA)

Basketcase by Joan Milburn (Booker T.Washington

The Rebirth by Matthew Aufiero (Fort Worth Country Day

Facing the Facts by Rachel Larsen (FWAFA

Waterloo Sunset by Bella Morris (Booker T. Washington) 

Why I'm Here by Reagan Shankland (FWAFA

Shooting Stars and Satellites by Joan Milburn (Booker T. Washington

Missing by Addie Morales (FWAFA

Wish Upon Rehab by Riley Hamburg (Fort Worth Country Day

The Actor's Greatest Fear by Brianna Ballow (FWAFA

*For a complete list of winners and honarable mentions, see the attachment at the bottom of this page! 

The Festival of the Kid is an opportunity to let kids and teens share their experiences through the use of creative writing and character development. PLUS it is 100% free to enter (thank you Arts Council of Fort Worth!) and aligns completely with TEKS standards. Are you a teacher? Contact us for a sample two-week curriculum for a playwriting unit at your school!  

Contest Rules:

WHO:You must be in enrolled in school, grade levels K-12, in North Central Texas.

WHAT: Choose one-

1) A short play- With dialogue and stage directions! 10 -15 pages.

2) A monologue - up to 2 pages - preferably about an event in your life.

3) A poem or a narrative.

WHENEntries must be postmarked or delivered to Stage West directly; the next official deadline is December 1, 2015.  Please send to Stage West, c/o Tonya Wilson-Brown, 821 W. Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76104 and label envelopes with the word “Contest!”  Here's a link to a cover page for your entry which you can print, fill out, and attach.

Important stuff to know:

  • We love true stories!
  • Stories must have a beginning, middle and end.  (*Conflict* is a key component to all good plays)
  • Want to write in Spanish? Type it if you can :)  

IDEAS: Create a play or monologue about something that happened to you. Stories about your dreams and aspirations, friendships, pets, holidays, sports... YOUR LIFE!

For example, you could write about getting your first pair of glasses.  The beginning might be about how you discovered that you couldn't see very well.  The middle could be your experience of getting an optical exam, picking out glasses, etc.  The end would be a specific experience that happened after you got your glasses - such as being able to participate in class, etc.  

Questions?  Contact us at education [at]