YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS INC. NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION

Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition

POSTMARK DEADLINE: JANUARY 2, 2014

DO THE WRITE THING. Pick up a pencil and write a play. Young Playwrights Inc. will give you a place to be heard. Your play will be read and evaluated in writing by a theater professional; selected writers will come to New York for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country’s most exciting theater artists. Who knows, your play might even be produced Off Broadway in the Young Playwrights Festival! So, do the write thing: write a play and make yourself heard. The power is in your hands.

Mail plays, postmarked on or before January 2, 2014, to:
Young Playwrights Inc. YPC
Post Office Box 5134
New York NY 10185

You must be 18 years old or younger on January 2, 2014 – in other words, all writers born on or after January 3, 1995 are eligible to submit their work.

•You must be a US citizen or US resident. Please note: at this time we are unable to accept international entries that do not meet this criteria.

•Style, subject, and length are up to you, but collaborations of more than three writers will NOT be accepted.

•Original plays only.

•No screenplays, musicals or adaptations.

•You may submit more than one play.

•Scripts must be typed and stapled, with numbered pages.

•No email submissions!

•Scripts must be submitted by the author, not by a teacher or parent.

The title page must list your name, date of birth, home address (including zip code and apartment #), email, and phone number. Click here for a title page template we encourage you to use.  If your play has more than one author please use this title page template. 

•Please keep your original script and submit a copy. Scripts will not be returned.

Please Note: We kindly request you do not send the following types of mail:
Registered or Certified Mail, Return Receipt, Delivery or Signature Confirmation
Sending mail such as those above that require authorized signatures will delay our receipt of your mail.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

So you’ve written a play and decided to submit it to Young Playwrights Inc. But what happens once you affix appropriate postage and drop your precious package into the mail? Your play has quite a journey ahead of it at Young Playwrights Inc.:

When your play arrives, it is logged into our system and given a unique number to identify it. You should get confirmation that we have received your play after this step.

Then your play becomes part of a packet of plays that is given to a reader who works for Young Playwrights Inc. Readers are professional theater artists who have been trained in reading and creating evaluations of your work. Some are dramaturgs, others are actors, directors, or designers, but all have highly evolved play-analysis skills and something to say about your writing.

After your play has been read and evaluated, it is returned to our office with a the reader’s recommendation for our literary department: either the play needs no further consideration, or it should be read again. The reader also sends us the one-page evaluation that you will receive just for entering the competition, regardless of your placement.

The top 20 to 25 percent of plays go on to be read by all members of a four-person group called the Evaluation Committee. Your play is discussed at periodic meetings and committee members advocate for the plays they feel best exemplify superior craft. They must keep discussing and fighting for your play until they choose no more than 25 plays to be finalists in the competition. Once the Finalists are selected, the evaluations are sent out to the playwrights. For the 2013 competition, we will be mailing the evaluations the week of April 22, 2013. Please email us at admin@youngplaywrights.org if you have not received your evaluation by May 17, 2013.

The plays advancing to the final round are all read by the Selection Committee which is composed of distinguished alumni of Young Playwrights Inc. who have gone on to successful playwriting careers, other well-known playwrights and dramaturgs, and is chaired by our Artistic Director. This committee chooses up to ten winners. Winners of the 2013 competition will be contacted by the first week of June 2013. Once all the winners have been notified we will announce them on our website. Not everyone can be a winner, but everyone can be a playwright!

Click here for a list of winners from our 2012 National Playwriting Competition.