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Play With Words student playwriting challenge set


Students often have much to say about life as they learn to navigate the world in their own distinctive way.

Drama at Phillips’ Mill invites parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors to inspire these voices of tomorrow to participate in the second annual juried Play With Words student playwriting challenge.

Submissions are now being accepted for short plays consisting of 12 pages with a run time of 10 minutes or less. The competition is open to all students in grades 7-12 attending school within a 25-mile radius of Phillips’ Mill. Entry is free and each play submitted receives a professional written commentary. Authors of the winning plays receive a $100 cash prize and see their play read on the historic Phillips’ Mill stage by seasoned actors before a live audience 3 p.m. March 3.

Last year, three young playwrights presented their work to a packed house and wild applause.

Solebury School senior Matilda Bray was one of the young playwrights whose work, “We Took Root,” was selected for a staged reading. “It’s a great opportunity to put your work out there, and to explore your own creativity. When you write for school, it’s very academic. This is something you can focus on outside of school. You might fear having it read, but the whole process is really rewarding. You will feel very accomplished,” said Bray in reflecting on her experience participating in Play With Words.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15. All the details and instructions for submitting can be found at For questions, contact Valerie Eastburn at

Phillips Mill Community Association is located at 2619 River Road, New Hope.

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