CVRep’s 3rd Annual Youth Writing Competition –  Submission deadline extended until September 30, 2022

This contest is designed to inspire the Valley’s future authors and playwrights to submit their creative best.  Any student whether in public, private or home school setting is eligible to compete in the following categories:

Category 1 – Middle School Students
Category 2 – Freshman/Sophomore Students
Category 3 – Junior/Senior Students

Students may write a short story, essay, poetry, or lyrics on any topic, theme or style. Aspiring storytellers can submit a monologue, scene, short play, short story, poem, article or other creative piece.

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100

Winning entries and other notable submissions will be invited to read or perform their submission on the stage of Coachella Valley Repertory’s Playhouse.

Along with your submission, please include a cover sheet with the following information:

Full Address
Email Address (if any)
Telephone Number
Date of Birth
Category of Submission
Name of School

Competition Requirements

Submissions may be handwritten or typed. There is no font size requirement or spacing requirement for typed documents. Handwritten documents must be legible. Focus should be given to grammar, spelling but content is the most important factor in this competition. Submissions of short stories and essays should be no less than 500 words and no more than 5,000 words. Poetry and lyrics should have a recitation time of no more than three minutes.

All entries must be postmarked by September 30, 2022 

Completed submissions may be submitted below or mailed to:

Coachella Valley Repertory
ATTN: Writing Competition
68510 E Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234

All submissions will become the property of Coachella Valley Repertory, and cannot be returned. Writing submissions will be judged by a three-member panel, chaired by best-selling author Hal Gershowitz. The decision of the judges is final.

Questions may be directed to CVRep staff via email to Kudra Wagner, at or by calling (760) 296-2966, extension 116.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Executive Board Member Peggy Jacobs is sponsoring this contest. Our sincere thanks goes to Peggy for her generosity of spirit and pursuit of academic excellence – creating the concept and donating the prize money. Our thanks also goes to Hal Gershowitz who is donating his time and expertise in support of this competition.