Writing The Wave—Title Wave: 2023 New Works Festival Creative Writing Competition

 Writing The Wave: The 2023 New Works Creative Writing Competition


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A creative writing contest open to all teens ages 13 and up across Suffolk County

held as part of

Title Wave: The 2023 New Works Festival

 May 5–May 7

Last year, some 50 young writers from across Suffolk County participated in Writing the Wave: The New Works Creative Writing Competition, which invites teens to submit their original written work to be included as part of the annual New Works Festival.

A presentation by selected finalists takes place during an Opening Ceremony for the New Works Festival, which will take place Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7, at Bay Street Theater.


The competition returns in 2023, and Bay Street is thrilled to announce that submissions ARE NOW OPEN!

Work can be in any form and in any language, but shorter than five minutes in length when read aloud.




The 2022 finalists are:

  • 1st Place: Clarissa Covey from Southampton with their monologue, Diversity Spot

  • 2nd Place: Lily Caplin from Sag Harbor with their poem, Second Best

  • 3rd Place: Jhon Esteban Arias Leon from Hampton Bays with their poem, Te Amo


Also included in the top selections for the writing competition were several Honorable Mentions, which the selection committee acknowledges for their originality, creativity, and command of language.

Honorable Mentions are:

  • Kai Basseches from Sag Harbor with their monologue, Overreaction to Allergies

  • Sarah Bufalino from West Babylon with their poem, The Faces of Grief

  • Isabelle Caplin from Sag Harbor with their poem, Images from the Past: A Family’s Triptych

  • Omar Karim and John DiFazio from North Babylon with their short scene, I See Everything

  • Ana Maiorano from East Patchogue with their poem, Find Me

  • Zoe Richardson from Sag Harbor with their monologue, The 50th Street Station 


Writing The Wave: The New Works Creative Writing Competition is a tremendous opportunity for area teens to explore their passions as authors, poets, artists, songwriters, and playwrights, giving them a chance of having their words read by professionals of the screen and stage.

Submissions must be original work written by the applicant, and can take the form of:

  • Poetry
  • Spoken word
  • Rap
  • Monologue
  • Song
  • Short scene

All work may be submitted and performed in any language.

Of the works submitted, three finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

All three finalists will be given the opportunity to present their original material live at Bay Street Theater, read or performed by themselves, or with the aid of a professional artist.

Prizes will be awarded!


All submissions must be original work and written by the student alone.

Applicants can either perform their work themselves or enlist the aid of a performer.

Submissions must be no longer than five pages or five minutes in performance length.

Finalists will be selected on originality, creativity and innovate use of language.

For any questions, please contact Director of Education and Community Outreach Allen O’Reilly at allen@baystreet.org.