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A Writing Competition for Teens

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 15:36

Bay Street Theater has put out a call to teen writers to enter its Writing the Wave: The 2023 New Works Creative Writing Competition. Kids 13 and up from across Suffolk County can enter original works in the genres of poetry, spoken word, rap, monologue, song, or short scene.

The contest, in its ninth year, will be judged by three professional writers: Emma Walton Hamilton, Susan Verde, and Theresa Trinder. Entries are due by April 20 and can be sent in using an online form at Works must be no longer than five pages or five minutes in performance length. Texts must be sent in either PDF or Word formats, and performance pieces should be entered as YouTube or Vimeo links.

The first-place winner will earn a cash prize of $100, a subscription to Bay Street's Main Stage season, and an all-access pass to its Title Wave: New Works Festival from May 5 through 7. Second and third-place prizes will also be awarded. The top three finishers will be invited to read or perform their winning works at the festival, either themselves or with the help of award-winning performers.

Questions about the contest can be emailed to Allen O'Reilly, Bay Street's director of education and community outreach, at [email protected].

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