Medford resident Arthur M. Jolly is the winner of the 2011-12 Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition, held by Chicago theatre company Babes With Blades, for the second year in a row.

Medford resident Arthur M. Jolly is the winner of the 2011-12 Joining Sword & Pen playwriting competition, held by Chicago theatre company Babes With Blades, for the second year in a row.

The competition, devoted to increasing the number of quality scripts featuring stage combat roles for women, is funded by an endowment from David Woolley, a fight master with the Society of American Fight Directors.

The rules of Joining Sword & Pen are simple: a full-length play, inspired by a particular work of art, with stage combat used as a storytelling tool and primary roles played by women. The competition carries a prize of $1,000 and draws entries internationally.

Jolly's play is titled "Trash" and was inspired by the artwork of Chicago painter Victoria Szilagyi, winner of the first Inspiring Sword & Pen art competition.

Jolly is the first person to win the competition twice in a row. His previous drama, "A Gulag Mouse," went on to productions in Chicago and Seattle, and was a finalist for the 2010 Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award, and the winner of Seattle's 2010 Off-Broadway competition. It has been published by Next Stage Press.