Mudlark Theater Company is making a Mudpie – a show shaped and molded from original pieces written by kids in the community.

The group is looking for anything — short stories, poems, original fairy tales, personal essays, rants, reflections — that can be grought to life on stage.

Pieces that are selected will be performed in December by a group of kids ages 9-14 at Musical Offering’s “Music on Madison” performance hall.

Children whose stories are selected for Mudpie will receive gift certificates, complimentary tickets to the shows and receive official recognition in the show program and press release. 

Submission guidelines

Children are free to submit something from their past or write something new. Stories can be any length and about any topic. But they need to consist of entirely original characters — no stories about Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.

Pieces that draw heavily from the real life experiences of the author are welcome and appreciated.

The stories should be written entirely by kids. Adults should not co-write, edit or even correct their children’s stories.

To submit an entry, be sure to include:

  1. The child’s name.
  2. His or her grade level.
  3. The name of the 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 as an email attachment to They may also be mailed to Mudlark Theater Company, 1417 Hinman, Evanston, IL 60201. 

The submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

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