Executive Board member Peggy Jacobs felt the Valley’s youth needed to remain engaged in learning during the pandemic. The Inaugural Writing Competition was originated and executed by Peggy, who donated not just her creativity, but the funding to make this contest a reality.
Category 1 (Ages 11-12)
1st Place: Holly Trubee
an untitled story of a girl learning to adjust to her first summer camp
2nd Place: Cidni Hordista
“Numb”, the story of a girl who experiences a family catastrophe
3rd Place: Addison Jackson
“Bytes That Bite”, an essay on how internet content has escalated racist expression
Category 2 (Ages 13-15)
1st Place: Kira Entzminger
“Thinking Pen”, an exceptional original that immediately grabbed the judges’ attention
2nd Place: Cynthia Ruiz
“For Breonna Taylor”, a carefully crafted and powerful poem
3rd Place: Tilda Rector
“The Other”, a story with a western flair.
Category 3 (Ages 16-18)
1st Place: Kimberly Selano Vera
a short story , entitled “Selene”
2nd Place: Aivy To
“Finding Blue”, the story of a troubled teenager living in a troubled home
3rd Place: Lizbeth Luevano
an untitled piece about the culture and struggles for her people.
1st Place Winners were awarded a check for $500; 2nd Place won $250; and 3rd Place Winners received $100.
All students who sent in a submission received a Certificate of Completion and a $20 Starbucks Gift Card.
We’d like to thank our judges – Georgeana Mimms, Hal Gershowitz and Bruce Fessier who donated their time and expertise for this competition, and Palm Springs Life Magazine for publishing all nine winning entries on their website.
Executive Board Member Peggy Jacobs sponsored this contest, which was designed to inspire the Valley’s future authors and playwrights to submit their creative best. Our sincere thanks to Peggy for her generosity of spirit – creating the concept and donating the prize money.
Any student, whether in public, a private or home school setting is eligible to compete in the following categories:
Category 1 – Ages 11 and 12
Category 2 – Ages 13 to 15
Category 3 – Ages 16 to 18
Students may write on any topic, theme, or style. Aspiring storytellers can submit a monologue, scene, short play, or short story.
All submissions must be emailed or postmarked by July 31, 2020.
Cover Sheet Requirements for All Submissions
Along with your submission, please include a cover sheet with the following information:
Email Address (if any)
Date of Birth
Category of Submission
Name of School
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 may be any length, though all submissions cannot exceed 5,000 words.
Completed submissions should be mailed to:
Coachella Valley Repertory
ATTN: Writing Competition
68510 E Palm Canyon Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Completed submissions may also be emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions will become the property of Coachella Valley Repertory, and cannot be returned. Writing submissions will be judged by Georgeana Mimms, a distinguished member of the CVRep Conservatory faculty, author Hal Gershowitz, and journalist Bruce Fessier. The decision of the judges is final.
All submissions will receive a Certificate of Completion. Three winners will be selected in each age category. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category as follows:
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100
Winning entries and other notable submissions will be invited to read or perform their submissions on the stage of Coachella Valley Repertory’s Playhouse.
Questions may be directed to CVRep staff via email at email@example.com, or by calling 760-296-2966 ext 101.