Wednesday, March 31, 2010

May I have the envelope please!

There it is, the folder containing the scripts from the Final Round and the overall results of the NJ Young Playwrights Festival. I met with the Selection Panel last Friday and contacted the winners of the High School Division on Tuesday afternoon. Junior HS and Elementary winners should hear from my by next Monday at the latest.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Malware removed!

My apologies for the brief take-over of the site by a malware program this weekend. I've deleted the offending gadget from the site and all should be well.

Check back for annoucements about the Festival in a few days!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Opportunities for continued writing...

As the NJ Young Playwrights Festival enters the final round of judging this week, I wanted to inform you of two additional writing opportunities for students that have been brought to my attention. Here is some very basic information about these programs taken from their websites:

2010 VSA arts Playwright Discovery
  • This is a contest sponsored by VSA arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to write an original one-act play with the theme of "disability."
  • One play will be selected for performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the winning playwright receives a $2,000.00 prize and travel to Washington to see the play performed.

Script Frenzy Young Writers Program
  • This is not a contest, but a sort-of online script writing marathon from April 1-30.
  • Open to students ages 17 and under (ages 18 and above should check out the Script Frenzy Challenge at
  • Student writers set a page count goal and write every day in April to try and achieve that goal.
  • Options exist for teachers to enroll classes of students into the program.
  • The website has great writing resources, too.

Check out both website and pay close attention to the guidelines and requirements for each. Do not hesitate to contact the programs with any questions, or to get more details.

Happy writing!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Madison Young Playwrights Festival

The 24th annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival is open to the public. There will be two performances on Saturday, March 6 - one group of plays begins at 1:00 pm; the group at 3:00. To purchase tickets please call the Playwrights Theatre Box Office at 973-514-1787, ext. 34.

Congratulations to all of the Madison Young Playwrights! We've enjoyed working on your plays this past week and look forward to the new works that you will create in the future.