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Mudlark Theater Seeking Submissions

Mudpie Submission Deadline Extended to Feb. 1, 2015

Mudlark Theater Companymudlark is making another Mudpie – a show shaped and molded from original pieces written by kids in the community. We’re looking for anything (short stories, poems, original fairy tales, personal rants, reflections, etc.) that we can bring to life on stage. The pieces that are selected will be performed this spring by a group of kids (ages 9-14). Children whose stories are selected for Mudpie will get complimentary tickets to the show(s) and receive official recognition in the show program and press release.

Mudpie Submission Guidelines:
Children (ages 6-16) are free to submit something from their past or write something new. Stories can be any length and about any topic. We only ask that they consist of entirely original characters (i.e., no stories about Harry Potter or Percy Jackson). Any pieces that draw heavily from the real life experiences of the author, however, are welcome and appreciated. Finally, we are looking for stories written entirely by kids. Adults should not co-write, edit, or even correct their children’s stories.

Please be sure to include:
1) Your child’s name
2) His or her grade level
3) The name of your child’s school
4) Your name (or the name of the child’s parents)
5) Contact information, including a home or cell phone number and email address

How to Submit:
Stories can be emailed as text in the body of an email or they can be sent as an attachment to headquarters@mudlarktheater.org. They may also be snail mailed to the following address: Mudlark Theater Company, 1417 Hinman, Evanston, IL 60201.

If you have any questions, please contact Mudlark Headquarters at 847.448.0708

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2015

Sign up to audition for Spring shows.
Auditions will take place on January 26th and January 28th. Callbacks will be Saturday, January 31st. The audition sign-up form will be available January 5th. For more information about the audition process, click here!

Mudpie Submission Deadline – Jan. 1, 2014

About Mudpie:
Mudpie is a show shaped and molded from original creative writing pieces written by kids in the community. Every year, we look for different types of pieces (short stories, poems, original fairy tales, personal essays, rants, reflections) that we can bring to life on stage. The pieces that are selected for this year’s show will be performed in the spring of 2014 by a group of kids (ages 9-14). Children whose stories are selected for Mudpie will get complimentary tickets to the show(s) and receive official recognition in the show program and press release.

Mudpie Submission Guidelines:
Children are free to submit something from their past or write something new. Stories can be any length and about any topic. We only ask that they consist of entirely original characters (i.e., no stories about Harry Potter or Percy Jackson). Any pieces that draw heavily from the real life experiences of the author, however, are welcome and appreciated. Finally, we are looking for stories written entirely by kids. Adults should not co-write, edit, or even correct their children’s stories.

Please be sure to include:
1) Your child’s name
2) His or her grade level
3) The name of your child’s school
4) Your name (or the name of the child’s parents)
5) Contact information, including a home or cell phone number and email            address

How to Submit:

Stories can be emailed as text in the body of an email or they can be sent as an attachment to headquarters@mudlarktheater.org. They can also be snail mailed to the following address: Mudlark Theater Company, 1417 Hinman, Evanston, IL 60201.

Mudlark Theater Company is looking for material!

mudlarkMudpie is a show shaped and molded from original creative writing pieces written by kids in the community. Every year, we look for different types of pieces (short stories, poems, original fairy tales, personal essays, rants, reflections) that we can bring to life on stage. The pieces that are selected for this year’s show will be performed in the spring of 2014 by a group of kids (ages 9-14). Children whose stories are selected for Mudpie will get complimentary tickets to the show(s) and receive official recognition in the show program and press release.

Mudpie Submission Guidelines:
Children are free to submit something from their past or write something new. Stories can be any length and about any topic. We only ask that they consist of entirely original characters (i.e., no stories about Harry Potter or Percy Jackson). Any pieces that draw heavily from the real life experiences of the author, however, are welcome and appreciated. Finally, we are looking for stories written entirely by kids. Adults should not co-write, edit, or even correct their children’s stories.

Please be sure to include:

  1. Your child’s name
  2. His or her grade level
  3. The name of your child’s school
  4. Your name (or the name of the child’s parents)
  5. Contact information, including a home or cell phone number and email address

How to Submit:
Stories can be emailed as text in the body of an email or they can be sent as an attachment to headquarters@mudlarktheater.org. They can also be snail mailed to the following address: Mudlark Theater Company, 1417 Hinman, Evanston, IL 60201.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 1st, 2014

Mudpie is made possible thanks to grants from the Evanston Community Foundation and Foundation 65.

Pioneer Press Scary Stories Contest

The Pioneer Press is accepting entries for the annual Scary Story Contest for children in the third, fourth and fifth grades.

The rules are simple:

  • Stories should be no longer than 350 words and must be typed.
  • Stories must include: The child’s name, home address and telephone number; the child’s grade level; and the name and address of the child’s school.
If any of this information is missing, the entry will be disqualified. The child’s address and telephone number will not be published; they will be used only to notify winners.
Entries must be original creations. They cannot include characters or plots from movies, television shows, or books, or be a dream sequence. Such entries will be disqualified.
Artwork is welcome, and although no prizes will be awarded, we will publish some of the best artwork.
Prizes will be given for the winners in first, second and third place in each grade level. Judges’ choices for the top three stories in each grade level, as well as some submitted drawings, will be printed in our Oct. 31 editions.
Deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Entries should be emailed to scarystories@pioneerlocal.com.

Teen Writing Workshop at NU

Northwestern University’s Purple Crayon Players is a conducting a playwriting and creative writing workshop for teens, based on their production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Sundays, May 6-27 plus June 2 performance. More information and applications available at http://groups.northwestern.edu/purplecrayonplayers/workshops.html.