The judges of CVRep’s 2nd Annual Youth Writing Competition will be announcing their winners at a delightful awards ceremony at the Coachella Valley Repertory Playhouse on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

According to Peggy Jacobs, Executive Board Member and Founder of the competition, the competition is designed to inspire the Valley’s future authors and playwrights to submit their creative best, “I’m hoping that this competition has allowed every young playwright and author in our Valley the chance to present their best work. Having their own writing evaluated by some of the desert’s finest writers is a great experience for them.”

36 Middle and High School students throughout the Coachella Valley submitted their work for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place cash prizes, determined by best-selling author Hal Gershowitz, retired Desert Sun journalist Bruce Fessier, and Vice President of Education for the McCallum Theatre, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary. Students were categorized according to their grade level.

Category 1 – Middle School


Category 2 – Freshman and Sophomore

Category 3 – Junior and Senior

At the awards ceremony, each judge will announce the top three winners of their respective categories and invite each winner to read their creative work on stage, where they will receive their prize money and plaques. The cash prizes are as follows:

1st Place – $500

2nd Place – $250

3rd Place – $100

A Certificate of Excellence, along with a $25 Apple gift card, will be awarded to all submissions that do not place in the top three.

Our sincere thanks to Peggy Jacobs for her generosity of spirit and pursuit of academic excellence – creating the concept and donating the prize money. Our thanks also go to our judges, all of whom are donating their time and expertise in support of this competition.

While California has eased pandemic restrictions, CVRep’s top priority is the well-being and safety of patrons, employees and volunteers. CVRep staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated. Patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test within 48 hours of performance. The Playhouse is equipped with hand sanitizing stations and an advanced air handling system which sanitizes the air. In addition, the Theatre will undergo a thorough sanitization and deep clean prior to the show.

Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) is an equity theater company, designated a Small Professional Theatre under the Actors’ Equity Association. CVRep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide thought provoking theatre of substance. For additional information on CVRep, please visit our website at