Monday, April 13, 2015

Festival Update

It has been a busy few weeks for us here at Playwrights Theatre and with a variety of young playwrights events going on this week, I wanted to be sure to give you an update on the NJ Young Playwrights Festival, specifically,

High School division winners were contacted prior to Spring Break and we are in the process of annoucing that group. Anyone who had a play advance to the finals, but was not selected will get an official notice via email later this week. Sorry for that delay.

Elementary division winners have been selected and will be called this week. Other finalists will also be notified by email by Friday.

Junior HS division finalists were notified last Monday. The deadline for those students to submit their revisions is next Sunday, April 19 by 11:59 pm. We will select those winning plays by the end of the month.

Please contact us via with any Festival related concerns or questions.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Read out, Louise!

Just spoke with the mother of one of our Elementary division finalists. The playwright has been working on her script this week and tonight the family will read aloud the current version at the dinner table. The playwright's mom said that hearing it read aloud during the writing residency was so helpful, they have been doing it to help her work on the rewrites!

I was so happy to hear this and wanted to share it with all of you. If you haven't done so yet, get a group together and read the play out loud.

And don't forget, finalists - revised scripts are due soon:

  • High School revisions due Friday, March 6
  • Elementary revisions due Wednesday, March 11

Don't worry, Junior HS playwrights. We're still working on your plays. There were SO many of them this year that your division is a little behind. We should be in contact with the Junior HS finalists by the end of March. Hang in there!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finalists notified for High School and Elementary divisions

We have been hard at work reading and critiquing over 300 plays submitted by students for the 2015 New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival. At this time we are able to announce that two contest divisions have reached the final rounds of judging. As part of our new process this year, playwrights whose scripts have made it to this last round will have two weeks to make revisions to their play using feedback from our first round readers as guidance. Revised scripts will be sent to our Selection Panel on March 7 and final selections will be made by the end of that month.

Finalists in the High School (grades 10-12) division were contacted via email this morning to notify them of their status. Elementary (grades 4-6) finalists will be contacted via email tomorrow. A follow up phone call will be made to any playwright who does not reply in confirmation of that email by the end of the week. We will attempt to connect with any teachers/schools whose information has been provided in connection with the scripts, too.

Junior HS playwrights (grades 7-9) can expect a slightly longer wait for the final round. We received over 200 submissions in that division alone! As you can expect, things have moved a bit slower for that group. Another announcement will be made on this blog when Junior HS finalists have been contacted.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Plays for 2015 due today!

Today is the day!

Script submissions are due tonight before 11:59 pm for all divisions. Please use the NJYPF website for links to the online title page form and don't forget to submit your script via email to You must complete both steps for your entry to be valid.

Break a leg!