Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest

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The Noorda Center is sponsoring the second annual Old Miner’s Children’s Playwriting Contest.  Submission deadline is Wednesday, February 3.  Plays must be appropriate for performance for or by children 12 years old and younger.  The winner of the national division (playwrights living in the continental United States) will receive $1000 and lodging, airfare, and per diem for a one-week development process culminating in a staged reading by UVU student actors in April 2015; dates to be arranged between the writer and the Noorda Center upon selection.  The winner in the Utah college division will receive $250, a preliminary reading, and a final reading a week later and will participate in the development of the national winner’s script.  There is also a $500 “Strike It Rich” prize available for a winning play that is based on the lives of real children.

Follow this link for guidelines and submission form:

Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest Guidelines and Submission Form 2.1


Leicester Bay Publishes 10 Plays by J.D. Newman

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Leicester Bay Theatricals has recently published ten plays by J.D. Newman.  Leicester Bay is a new and relatively small publisher that now represents work by an impressive group of writers with connections to Utah theatre and/or the national LDS community including James Arrington, Newell Dayley, Michael McLean, Eric Samuelsen,  Marvin Payne, Eric Samuelsen, Tim Slover. Doug Stewart, and Jack Weyland.  The following plays are now fully published by Leicester Bay and are awaiting additional productions:

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy)

AWAKENING GALATEA (original verse drama)

DeGRUCHY’S MANTLE (formerly published by Encore)

THE DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF (translation of Moliere’s comedy)

GATHERING GRIMM (original drama)

LIBERATION (formerly published by Encore)

The following plays are listed in Leicester Bay’s Premiere File and while they have had staged readings and development workshops, they are awaiting a full premiere production.





For more information, follow this link:


Leicester Bay Books has also published J.D.Newman’s first novel SANDY AND THE WEIRD SISTERS, available from amazon.com.