Neighborhood Play Contest

It's that time again! 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 18 plays each year to be staged and performed during the Festival of the Kid in May.  

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!

Come be a part of it! Tell us your story...

Do you have a story to tell? 

Do you want the world to know about something that happened to you? Stage West invites you to share your story for a chance to see your words brought to life during the 2017/18 Festival of the Kid

Contest Rules: 

WHO: You must be enrolled as a K-12 student in the North Central Texas region. 
WHAT: You choose:
1) Write it like a play! With dialogue and stage directions! 10 -15pages;  
  or 2) Write a short story in narrative form: 2 -3 pages;
  or 3) Write a poem or monologue.
WHEN: Entries must be postmarked or delivered to Stage West directly no later than Dec 19. 
Please send to Stage West, c/o Education, 823 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.

Want to be ON the stage?

You will have your chance to audition for The Festival of the Kid on Saturday, March 10, 10am-3pm and Sunday, March 11, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Performances will be May 7, 8, 9. Look for fliers with more info in the Spring.


Write about something that happened to you. 
Ideas? Stories about families, friends, teachers,   pets,holidays, food, culture, sports! ... YOUR LIFE!
•   Especially encouraged are stories that tell the world about your heritage, your beliefs, your dreams, your fears...anything that’s made you who you are.


  • We love stories based on actual events, but fiction is okay too!
  • Stories must have a beginning, middle and end.
  • Your name, contact address, phone number and email as well as your teacher’s name, school and contact information must   be included on your entry.
  • Want to write in Spanish? Muy buena.
  • Type it if you can :) 


More info? Andrea Gonzales education [at]