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MARCH 1, 2016

Mail plays, postmarked on or before March 1, 2016 to:

Young Playwrights Inc. NYC
Post Office Box 5134
New York NY 10185


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  • Plays must be submitted by students, not teachers.
  • There are no restrictions on length, style, or subject, but collaborations of more than three writers will NOT be accepted.
  • Screenplays and musicals are not eligible, nor are adaptations.
  • Scripts should be typed and stapled, and pages must be numbered.
  • Scripts must have a cover page with: title of play, playwright’s name, home address (with apartment # and zip code), phone number, school, grade, and date of birth. Click here for the optional cover page template we encourage you to use.
  • Submit a copy of your play and keep the original.
  • 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 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 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 the Selection Committee. Your play is discussed at 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 3 plays to be winners in each division. They will also decide which of the finalists will be awarded Honorable Mentions.

Winners will be announced and evaluations will be distributed at the awards ceremony in June 2016. Everyone who enters the Write A Play! New York City competition will receive an invitation to the ceremony. If you are not able to attend the ceremony, your evaluation will be mailed the next day. Not everyone can be a winner, but everyone can be a playwright!


Click here for a list of Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists
from our 2015 Write A Play! New York City Playwriting Competition.