Writes of Spring
A writing competition organized by UCF Graduate Students
in partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre
See the 2018 winner names below!
|Arias||Elyse||Master’s Academy||Untold Stories||7th|
|Bertolucci||David||Palm Lake Elementary||How Views Inspire Me||2nd|
|Branch||Avery||St. Barnabas||Be Still||8th|
|Callies||Amanda||Arbor Ridge||The World Through My Eyes||6th|
|Caven||Chloe||St. Barnabas||My Life Changing Experience||6th|
|Chanfrau||Wiliam||St. Barnabas||Catching a Lobster||5th|
|Donahue||Hailey||Sanford Middle||How the World Was Ending||8th|
|Clark||Isabella||St. John Vianney||Fight for Freedom||8th|
|Clouser||Nicholas||St. JohnVianney||Leonardo Di Vinci||8th|
|Coen||Brianna||St. Barnabas||Life of a Female Football Player||6th|
|Cohen||Thomas||Palm Lake Elementary||The Typewriter||5th|
|Delvalle||Maliha||St. John Vianney||Following the American Dream||8th|
|Diaz||Anasofia||St. John Vianney||Only One Lesson||8th|
|Firebaugh||Sammie||Home School||I am Unique||5th|
|Froemming||Samantha||Orangewood Christian||Social Media||8th|
|Garcia||Peyton||Legacy Middle||Being Comfortable With Me||6th|
|Goodowens||Liam||Ampersand School – Intentional Learning Umbrella||MII||9th|
|Hagy||Erin||Orangewood Christian||Lady of Gray||8th|
|Hilerio||Alfonso||Master’s Academy||Why Christianity is the Best||7th|
|Hinton||Kera||Home School||Mechanical Heart||10th|
|Bowers||Alexia||Liberty Christian||I Am Me||11th|
|Budzinski||Kate||St. Barnabas||Being a Reader||3rd|
|Depasquale||Trever||Manatee Cove||Dragons Are Real||4th|
|Hancock||Ryu||St. Barnabas||My Life Changing Experience||3rd|
|Holder||Emma||St. Barnabas||Why My Family is Different||8th|
|Iiames||Hannah||Southwest Middle||My Perspective On Our Youth||8th|
|Love||Summer||Orangewood Christian||Sailing Into Trouble||7th|
|Malhotra||Abhinav||Sanford Middle||The Shopping Bag and Its Journey||6th|
|Manning||Luke||Sanford Middle||The Strength and Pain of the Manning Household||6th|
|Mavrofrides||Martha||St. John Vianney||Anne Frink||7th|
|Mavrofrides||Theodorous||St. John Vianney||Loss in a Lifetime||8th|
|McCrady||Olivia||Orangewood Christian||A New Start Blooming||7th|
|McCully||Macie||Winter Park High School||Firsts||9th|
|Michaels||Joseph||St. John Vianney||My Grandpa||7th|
|Nguyen||Timia||St. John Vianney||Generations||8th|
|Otero||Isabella||St. John Vianney||Gone but Not Forotten||8th|
|Penny||Alicia||Orangewood Christian||Doctor’s Dream||7th|
|Raisa||Sohana||Sanford Middle||All You Need is One Voice||6th|
|Ross||Cassina||Home School||The Cats Quandary||3rd|
|Rossen||Amanda Jane||St. Barnabas||Let Me Tell You About God||5th|
|Russell||Emma||St. Barnabas||How I See the World||4th|
|San Martin||Elise||Orangewood Christian||The Night I Could Never Remember||8th|
|Schaible||Kailey||Sanford Middle||Breaking Mental Health Barriers||8th|
|Scheels||Emily||Liberty Christian||Growing Up||11th|
|Shepherd||Alex||Sanford Middle||The Answer||6th|
|Sloan||Abagail||Orangewood Christian||Summer and School||8th|
|Stack||Hailey||Lake Nona High School||The Graveyard||12th|
|Stamper||Emmery||Palm Lake Elementary||Colors I See||1st|
|Stone||Skylar||St. Barnabas||My Perspective of the World Is…||4th|
|Sullivan||Andrew||Palm Lake Elementary||Fall||2nd|
|Sumalpong||Clyza||St. John Vianney||The Impact of a Mother||8th|
|Vaidyanathan||Annika||Sanford Middle||Ending Hatred Once and For All; “United we Stand, Divided We Fall”||8th|
|Van Dyke||Erin||Home School||I Love Space||1st|
|Venables||Claudia||St. Barnabas||Why People from the UK Spell Words Different Than the USA||6th|
|Vickaryous||Evan||Master’s Academy||The Blue Stone||7th|
See the 2018 Honorable Mention names below!
|Allen||Timothy||Manatee Cove||My Dog||4th|
|Arango||Luke||St. John Vianney||Legacy||8th|
|Brandt||Stephen||St. Barnabas||The Game||5th|
|Collins||Otto||Home School||Florida Igloo (and Sendryu Poem)||4th|
|George||Katie||St. Barnabas||Being a Student||3rd|
|Gomez||Matthew||St. John Vianney||Benjamin Franklin||7th|
|Hayes||Rodney||Sanford Middle||Spring Basketball||6th|
|Hill||Ryan||Orangewood Christian||The Candy Man||7th|
|Huddleston||Evie||Sanford Middle||The Monster Within||6th|
|James||Alexandra||St. Barnabas||My Dog||5th|
|Johnson||Avery||Orangewood Christian||What Christopher Columbus Thinks About Sailing||7th|
|Kohn||Hannah||Master’s Academy||One Tree Hill||7th|
|Lehnen||Emily||St. John Vianney||A Letter to My Inspiration||8th|
|Lord||Molly||St. Barnabas||My Home||8th|
|Lower||Jules||St. Barnabas||The Legendary Carp||6th|
|Marcelin||Faith-Anne||Sanford Middle||Take a Knee||8th|
|Morales||Alondra||St. John Vianney||A Better Future||8th|
|Moylan||Kylie||St. Barnabas||Middle School||6th|
|Patel||Yash||St. John Vianney||Big Sacrifices Earn You Big Rewards||8th|
|Roberts-House||Lola||Sanford Middle||The Mirror||6th|
|Sandifer||Sydney||Sanford Middle||The Rock||6th|
|Sloan||James||Orangewood Christian||Beautiful Game||8th|
|Tiqui||Katrina||St. John Vianney||Interview for my Grandma||7th|
|Wall||Amanda||St. John Vianney||9/11 A Life-Changing Event||8th|
- Writes of Spring aims to give K-12 students a platform to share their writing talents, contributing to a collaborative work of new theatre.
- Writes of Spring aims to gives students creative stimulation in their writing by opening the competition to a variety of written media.
- Writes of Spring aims to reward students of all ages by honoring winners of all grades K-12 and highlighting their individual talents.
- Writes of Spring aims to create meaningful new theatre works based on student submitted writings.
Description of the Event
- Writes of Spring is a three-part event in it’s 15th year with Orlando REP. The first component of the competition involves students submitting a one page written response to a prompt. For the 2017/2018 competition, that prompt is:
“From My Perspective: Let Me Tell You About… “
- 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.
- 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.
|September 15, 2017||Submissions Open||Students are invited to submit only electronic copies via Submittable. More information forthcoming.|
|October 24, 2017||Submissions Close||Submissions are only accepted until 11:59 pm on this date.|
|November 15, 2017||Winners Notified||Winners are notified that their works have been chosen via the email that is given with the “Submittable” submission.|
|January TBA, 2018||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 2, 2018||Invited Performance||Winners are invited to a performance of the new work that has originated from their submissions More information forthcoming.|
Conditions of Entry
- Submissions are only accepted electronically through Submittable between September 15 and October 24, 2017. Submissions received via e-mail or postal service may be disqualified.
- 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).
- 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.
- Submissions are accepted in English or Spanish only due to the limitations of our adjudicators.
- Written submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and may include, but are not limited to:
- Short Stories
- Short plays, scenes or monologues and speeches
- Biographical or Autobiographical works
- “How-To” guides
- Short Essays
- Personal Letters
- 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.
- 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.
- Submissions MUST be received by October 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm
- Entries are coded to ensure transparent and unbiased adjudication.
- Entries are evaluated based on 3 points of criteria.
- Adherence to the prompt —There must be a clear line of connection to the prompt and the submission.
- Technical Writing Ability — The writing will be evaluated for adhering to language and grammar conventions appropriate to age and grade.
- Content — The writing will be evaluated for craft, and it’s ability to creatively respond to the prompt.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 2017/2018 year.
Note: The decision of the judging panel is considered final. No correspondence is entered into after the results are announced.
- 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
- 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]