Neighborhood Play Contest

North Central Texas area students are invited to write a short play, narrative or monologue for our Neighborhood Play Contest.  Themes such as culture, neighborhood, family or school pride are encouraged.  We select as many as 18 plays each year to feature during the Festival of the Kid in May.  We have our winners for 2014; click here to see the results!

It's an awesome opportunity to let young people share what's on their minds in a creative and nurturing environment.  PLUS it is 100% free to enter (thank you Alcon and Arts Council of Fort Worth!) and aligns completely with TEKS standards (always good to keep the teachers happy!)  

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 - about 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 (ask your teacher!); 2015 deadline will be announced in the fall.  Please send to Stage West, c/o Education Department, 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 REALLY 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? Muy bueno. Type it if you can :)  

IDEAS: Write about something that happened to you. Stories about families, friends, teachers, pets, holidays, food, culture, 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.  

The entire event is 100% free and aligns completely with TEKS standards.
Questions?  Contact us at education [at] stagewest [dot] org.