Writes of Spring

A writing competition organized by UCF Graduate Students

in partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre

Presented by

Submit your entries here!


    1. Writes of Spring aims to give K-12 students a platform to share their writing talents, contributing to a collaborative work of new theatre.
    2. Writes of Spring aims to gives students creative stimulation in their writing by opening the competition to a variety of written media.
    3. Writes of Spring aims to reward students of all ages by honoring winners of all grades K-12 and highlighting their individual talents.
    4. Writes of Spring aims to create meaningful new theatre works based on student submitted writings.

Description of the Event

    1. Writes of Spring is a three-part event in it’s 17th year with Orlando REP. The first component of the competition involves students submitting a one page written response to a prompt. For the 2019/2020 competition, that prompt is:

“How can your life change in just five minutes? “

    1. When all submissions have been collected, student works are sent to a panel of adjudicators who are given a rubric to evaluate each student submission. When all submissions have been scored, winners are selected to have their writing adapted in a brand new theatrical work. This piece is created by professional theatre makers and is presented as a new work in February.
    2. The third component is the granting recognition to the winners. Winners are notified in November that they have been selected. They are then invited to a winner’s workshop at Orlando REP to explore the themes and ideas associated with the new work. Winners are also invited to a performance of the new work and given a copy of the script in which they are given credit for their own words.


Date Event Notes
September 13, 2019 Submissions Open Students are invited to submit only electronic copies via Submittable.
October 18, 2019 Submissions Close Submissions are only accepted until 11:59 pm on this date.
November 8, 2019 Winners Notified Winners are notified that their works have been chosen via the email that is given with the “Submittable” submission.
January TBA, 2020 Winner’s Workshop A free workshop is held for the winners at the Orlando REP to explore the themes and ideas that have come out of the script.  More information forthcoming.
February 7, 2020 Invited Performance Winners are invited to a performance of the new work that has originated from their submissions.

Conditions of Entry

    1. Submissions are only accepted electronically through Submittable between September 14 and October 18, 2019. Submissions received via e-mail or postal service may be disqualified.
    2. Submissions must include text and be no longer than one page. Submissions over one page are only evaluated for the first page (though they will not be disqualified).
    3. Submissions must be original work. Citations of other published works are acceptable if credit is given and the submission includes more than just cited work. Submissions that do not meet this guideline will be disqualified.
    4. Submissions are accepted in English or Spanish only due to the limitations of our adjudicators.
    5. Written submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Interviews
      2. Short Stories
      3. Short plays, scenes or monologues and speeches
      4. Biographical or Autobiographical works
      5. Poems
      6. “How-To” guides
      7. Short Essays
      8. Obituaries
      9. Personal Letters
    6. Illustrated submissions are accepted on the basis that there is at least one sentence of text and that the image and text are limited to one page. Illustrations may be used in connection with the new text at the discretion of Orlando REP staff and associates. A limited number of winners will be notified for exemplary illustrated submissions.
    7. Submissions must not include personal information that could lead to the bias of a judge. This includes student name, school name,  contact information, grade. Submittable will provide the platform to include this information, and thus it should not be written on the work itself.
    8. Submissions MUST be received by October 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm


    1. Entries are coded to ensure transparent and unbiased adjudication.
    2. Entries are evaluated based on 3 points of criteria.
      1. Adherence to the prompt —There must be a clear line of connection to the prompt and the submission.
      2. Technical Writing Ability — The writing will be evaluated for adhering to language and grammar conventions appropriate to age and grade.
      3. Content — The writing will be evaluated for craft, and it’s ability to creatively respond to the prompt.
    3. A minimum of one winner will be chosen from each school that has at least 5 submissions. Home schools will be evaluated together as one school for the purposes of this competition.
    4. Each grade level will have at least one winner chosen, with no more than 15 winners from any one grade. A total of up to 120 winners will be selected.
    5. Adjudication will be done based on a rubric given to the judges. The judges will be over 21 years of age, have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and not be affiliated with any school that presented submissions to the Writes of Spring competition for the 2019/2020 year.

Note: The decision of the judging panel is considered final. No correspondence is entered into after the results are announced.

  1. Copyright
    1. Copyright remains with the author(s) though each entrant gives permission to Orlando REP, the Writes of Spring Coordinator and associates to use whole or part of the submitted short stories and CD recordings in printed and electronic forms as well as on the Internet in future promotional materials and/or as curriculum resources
  1. Enquiries
    1. All information about Writes of Spring  is available on the Orlando REP website. For further information, please contact the Writes of Spring Coordinator at [email protected]