I’ve got a date. I threw it back. Mysterious heart attack, you know? I would like to dedicate this concoction to my late wife, whom we all adored. Description: A wife tells her husband about a stray cat she’s taken in. I decided it would be better if he didn’t know. By: Amber D., West Gosford, NSW, Australia, Age 14 That’s right. The morning sky was clear, not a cloud could be seen for miles. It’s okay. Trust me when I tell you that I despised all of it. I’ve gotta cover the skylight hole before they get in! Nope. Go to a park and have normal experiences but …I can’t. Description: A person discovers a love of reading during a power outage. The same goes for voting and leadership. Not like tonight. unachievable. I waited about fifteen minutes, then I realized that I had to go to the bathroom. And tomorrow, if I am not imprisoned, our company will honour our ancestors, and our nation, by unveiling our sausage filled ravioli, sausoli, patent pending. I’m not going to give my daughter false hopes about a God who does nothing. The day started off like any normal day. How could you say that? That little Americana – she must have perfect skin. At least the monologue only has to be a page. First Place Winner! Can I be honest? Gender: Any Everyone is chanting, “Throw it back! Don’t you be pointing that thing at me! I swear, I have to run all over the place, pushing people aside in order to get a signal. Just a “you look pretty” could change someone’s day. Please believe me. See here’s the thing. I said I wasn’t hungry. I’ve been thinking a lot about the double helix and how it reminds me of sacred geometry. You take him away, his breath reeking of Colt 45, and he spends one night sleeping it off and she springs him the next morning out of sheer fear. In middle school I got trickier. I think I had decompression…no, what’s it called…depression. (beat) No? It was the top of the 8th and the LG Twins led by four. Description: A kid tells a friend about the time he thought his computer was possessed and speaking to him. That’s why those girls keep calling me names, and everyone keeps sneering at me any time I walk by. I mean, I’m not in art school or something, right?! You aren’t his medication, so stop acting like some prized jewel that can’t shatter to the ground. First Place Winner! The earth stopped spinning. That is not good for two reasons: 1) It’s getting hot in here. I’ll never get married, or have children, or finish my snake skin collection or fulfill my life-long dream of being a fortune-cookie writer. But, Ricky’s not as sand paper rough as he comes off. It wasn’t even like there was a person there. But when I was messing around with Ricky, I told him I liked disco. You don’t know the elope I have with mother nature each time I discover a new piece of her rich beauty in the unimaginable acres she has to unfold just for me. Maybe if I tell you about all the things we did, and who we used to be together, you’d remember. I worry that his soul is not at rest. And I’m not going anywhere. Hay, he’s guapo! I have nothing to say, like literally nothing, the fact that my brain is so empty right now astonishes me. I always wished something exciting would happen, something so big it would change my life forever… I had only been attending Columbine for about a month before it happened. New York always seemed nice too I guess, but now that I’m here, there’s too many people, and it’s crowded everywhere I go. What finally got me was Harvard. Hmm, what is trendy now? He screamed “Where is it? Oh, why did I even sign up for this class? Nothing more to say about it. (pause) Okay, when we were kids, we always got into trouble together. The other one was a chemical that has been shown to bring people back to life. Just, talking to people. In this scene, she is attending her high school reunion and feels the need to defend her life choices. Oh yeah… Microwave some popcorn? There were even times when I didn’t want to be on this earth anymore, but looking at her, I felt that things were going to get better…that I would come out stronger than ever. Gender: Any Woohoo! Just…Hold on, just warm up the car! well, it’s hard to describe, but I’ll do my best. First Place Winner! You MAY share this collection with your students via Google docs or via email, but you may not post the monologues on any other website that is viewable by the public. He has a dog with scraggly fur and only three legs. I know that I’m a freak. I’ve ruined everything with Sarge. Not loud at first, but then there was a slam against the wall and there was silence for a moment. I’ll be there. By: Alexander S., Los Angeles, CA, Age 15 Get back here! I did not just accidentally send a text to Sky about the fact that I have a crush on Gaston. I’ll never actually be in a meaningful relationship. He was going to tell me that he loved me, and he would mean it. Oh, wait. How did you not question it when I cut my hair super short, or when I would talk about LGBTQ+ issues which was… A LOT. I’m so sorry I wasn’t paying attention and my song was on, you know and I was just in the groove like ” ayyy ayyy ayyy ayyy, ooouuuuuuu” (Sunflower) — oh uh sorry but my foot was just on the gas pedal, well it’s supposed to be duh, anyways just give me the ticket I’ll pay whatever. You were a princess, and I was a talking slug. I would start screaming too, until I saw the can of spaghetti sauce on the counter and realize it was a joke, and she would laugh so hard that she would fall down. (Smile turns into an angry frown) Okay…. You remind me a lot of my father. So many grim faces, so many doctors, so many treatments. Genre: Dramatic, Excuse me…excuse me… can I please use your phone? I’m going to take a rock from that mountain and bring it back here. Kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Only twelve in this hospital, this is no place for little girls, this is no place for anyone. What? I just want an assistant who listens to me and doesn’t put cream in my coffee. Plato’s sympo…sympos… how do you say this word? Description: A merchant ship captain has a conversation with the president of an African country about the iceberg he is towing back from Antarctica for $1 million. Gender: Male or Female (practically throws phone) Leslie? It did give me a lot. Absolutely uncompetitive. Just please don’t yell at me again. I don’t have to be the best, I just need to do the best I can. By: Tristin Fuller, Washington, USA, Age 13 Yeah, this is my new iPhone 6. How does that make me feel? Like it told me to buy this new computer game and have it shipped to the house. I heard Julie hit someone with a bat. I’m the one who calls the shots around here, see? First Place Winner! He acted like a nice guy around her, but I could tell he wasn’t a good guy. I’m gonna throw it back! Someone carries two-day-old news that the trains have stopped because the flooding river has washed away the tracks. After I got out of there, it was back to stealing cars. Ha! Well, good morning world. Gender: Any How was my day? I know you keep telling me, “But Fiona, I rescued him!” No, you did not. Turns out someone wanting to rob a bank with you does NOT coincide with getting married and having kids. But she’s gone. Even if she stalks me day and night. Moms are always right. Well, imagine this. NO. My name is Chris Johnson and I have something important to tell you. They were this incredible shade of blue, so bright and full of life. I was freaking out. Gender: Female, but can be changed That’s mine. Soon after, she puts the letter down, and continues as if she were really talking to her friend. (pause) Are you suffering, George? (Pause.) Dangit. So now- when I go to see my wonderful Hades, my mother stops letting plants grow and becomes Winter, because she is so sad I am going. We all need to accept who we are, like that Miss Strawberry chic. And my job? I heard about this kid over at West Union High who was a real nobody, and then one day, he jumped onto a moving train and now, like all the girls are after him, and it’s like he’s some kind of daredevil superhero. He asked me what I wanted. College is going alright so far, but I had a weird thing happen to me today. To collect the samples, I’ll use gloves with motion sensors to control two big robotic arms on the exterior of the blimp. Description: A teen wanders down an alley to discover a homeless man, forever changing their perspective. Some kids are out there forever. I was out in the garage taking off my boots, and she just wandered in. And not just because he’s just a head, I mean… (Talking to self.) They won’t be back for a long time, if ever. Until next time, Anna. I haven’t heard that in so long. Genre: Comedic. I panicked and looked for a place to go, and that’s when I saw a student I had never met before, crouched under one of the computer tables. Eventually, I got up and ran back home. I told him I did too. So, no friends at school, and treated like crap at home, I guess I was set up to be more prone to fighting and self-harm. (pauses, looks at groom) I love him. I used to always yap and moan about her Earth, Wind and Fire, but that’s just what girls do to their mothers. Oh, god I’m a terrible person. Like, we would pretend we were dying, or possessed or something. By: Lizzie T., Texas, USA, Age 14 Literally everything. My jerk of a neighbor works there, too, and only complains about everything. Nah. I should have been there for you. Genre: Dramatic. He even gets away with rubbing it in my face. See, that’s why I wish I had a pair of wings. Shhhhhh. (Looks around.) Maybe I’ll just watch some TV. Even my little sister, who is only five. I’d made the wrong decision. The sound of sirens echoed in the distance. I know I shouldn’t doodle, and I know I’m missing the lesson, but I just can’t help it. How can she do that? Gender: Any And then I saw stars. Think. You know, the teachers in highschool told us college professors are going to be “very strict with us” and “make us work hard”. They were doing that thing where they were trying to keep their voices down, but it’s totally obvious. I am thinking about thinking about not thinking and that might be enough make you think about thinking, which is a lot of thinking. Sad and pathetic. I’ve had to replace the lightbulb twice already, so I’ve decided to tape a pillow to the lightbulb. (Beat.) Secondly, you’ve met Kathy’s mom, and you guys totally hit it off! (Pause for a second as if listening to cop.) I just need the courage to take that first step. You’re going to be sorry you asked. I looked up pictures of Aerosmith online and the main guy doesn’t look like a guy at all. You think something so basic to living would come easier. You see, my evil stepmother sent out her huntsman to try to try to kill me. Turns out because of that little scuffle he started to verbally abuse George, but she still wouldn’t leave him. You want to scream, “What is wrong with you? How about this armchair here, the green velvet really compliments your eyes… I remember the days when my eyes were that bright… You look a little nervous dear. Like I said though, I thought there’d be more benefits to robbing a bank with a guy than cash. My husband James didn’t like it. Along the way, the VSCO sister found a great spot to take some pictures for the gram. Oh my gosh… ughh I know what you’re thinking. I’m running late. The hospital is right next to a middle school and I can see kids my age talking, playing sports, and eating pizza for lunch. Rest in peace little Missy, my pretty kitty, I’ll never forget you. Windslow is my 80-year-old husband. You hear so much about college all your life, so you feel like a failure if you don’t go. Collected Stories. CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES WOMEN Moving by Lee Kalcheim DIANA I went to a Quaker school. You could have informed me before… I’m in the middle of the ocean, Mr. President! None of my friends do! (pause) Arrest me? How did they do that? Oh, you should have seen their faces when Frankie asked me to the homecoming dance. I think Mr Rupert will see you now. Description: The leader of the elves union rallies the elves against Santa. To be honest I don’t know what drove me to say yes, but if I’m gonna be REALLY honest, it’s cuz Alex is REALLY HOT. Girls, you know how most of the time things don’t fit right, and you leave with two things out of ten? I get up in the morning feeling pain from yesterday’s strain. The iceberg comes with penguins sitting on top! Description: A teenager accidentally sends a very personal text to the school gossip. Emmy Award-nominated film for HBO, and COLLECTED STORIES was presented on PBS. My hobbies include fitness dancing, because you don’t get a (subtley does some body builder poses.) When I come back above ground, I transform into the Goddess of Spring. We have a team of people and an unlicensed doctor who delivers shock treatments working on her. But it went downhill in seventh grade. I know because I was once in that situation and went down the wrong path. Wait, where are you going? You sit down, listen to my problems, (supposedly) and ask me how I feel? You need to pay me now! That’s me. Third Place Winner! 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