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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Four Contests for Student Writers and Performers

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Four Contests for Student Writers and Performers

We’re excited to announce four major contest deadlines for NJ students looking for opportunities to write or perform. These contests are absolutely free and open to students in public and private schools, as well as homeschool and other alternative education environments, so please share this information with anyone who may be interested and visit us at wtnj.org to find out more about each contest, including prizes offered and how to enter.

We also have one-sheet flyers in Spanish and English that you can print and post or hand out.  Click here to download the flyers as PDFs:  English or Spanish.

All NJ Students: Grades 4-12

Three divisions: Elementary (4-6) | Junior School (7-9) | High School (10-12)

(Special categories are available through contracts with the VSA at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey Thespians Festival. Different deadlines may apply; please see our NJYPF page for details.)

Students whose work is selected receive:

  • Staged reading production of their play with actors, a director, and dramaturg from WTNJ
  • New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education (10-12 grades only)

Submission: Plays up to 20 pages or 20 minutes in length.

Opens: May 15, 2017

Closes: January 15, 2018

More Informationwtnj.org/nj-young-playwrights-contest

All NJ Students: Grades 9-12

Students whose work is selected receive:

  • Inclusion of five poems in the National Youth Poet Laureate Program Northeast Region Anthology
  • Entry into the National Regional Contest, the winner of which receives a “book deal,” an anthology of their work.
  • Consideration for the National Youth Poet Laureate Award
  • A New Jersey Governor’s Award
  • A special performance of the New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate winners.
  • Additional opportunities to perform throughout the year as ambassadors of the NJ Youth Poet Laureate Program.

Submission: Works of poetry, rap, and spoken word. To be considered for the Laureate award, students must submit five poems, including a poem on the theme: “Mind Your Elders,” about senior citizens. Students may submit less than five poems, but will not be considered for the Laureate award if they do.

Opens: May 15, 2017

Closes: December 1, 2017

More Information: wtnj.org/nj-youth-poet-laureate

A Brand New Contest for Student Fiction

All NJ Students: Grades 9-12

Students whose work is selected receive:

  • Governor’s Award
  • A special performance of their work read by professional actors.

Submission: Students must submit two pieces of fiction.

●     Maximum 1500-word piece on any subject of their choosing

●     Maximum 750-word piece of “Flash Fiction” on the subject of the Annual Prompt (see website)

Opens: May 15, 2017

Closes: December 1, 2017

More Information: wtnj.org/jersey-shorts

All NJ Students: Grades 9-12

Teachers can sign up to hold a New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Contest in their school. Each school that holds a contest can send their school champion to one of six regional semi-finals held in February 2018, where students vie to compete in the State Finals held in March 2018, and possibly, the National Finals, held in Washington DC in late April. National contestants compete for a first prize of $20,000 and second and third prizes of $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The school of the first place national winner also receives $500 to purchase poetry books.

The National Poetry Out Loud Contest is run by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. The NJ Poetry Out Loud Program is run by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Discover Jersey Arts, with six additional regional partners.

More Information: jerseyarts.com/pol/2016/getinvolved.asp

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