Friday, January 28, 2011

Additional opportunities for young playwrights

There are plenty of opportunities out there for playwrights like you to have your work read, reviewed, and potentially produced. Here are a few programs with deadlines approaching in the next three months, some as soon as Monday!

This information comes from a resource for high school playwrights published by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and my own research. Some programs are national while others are only for those in our region or state. I'm not as familiar with all of these opportunities as I would like to be, so do your research. In fact, before submitting your work to any contest, theatre, or publication you should always check out the program information, submission guidelines, and sponsoring organization first. Make sure that the program is the right fit for you and your play and that you follow the submission guidelines as written.

The Theatre Project’s 10th annual Young Playwrights Competition
Deadline: January 31, 2011

Baker’s Plays – Dramatic Debuts: High School Playwriting Competition
Deadline: January 31, 2011

Blank Theatre Company’s 19th annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival
Deadline March 15, 2011

Princeton University Ten Minute Play Contest (HS Juniors only)
Deadline: March 30, 2011

VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Program
Deadline: April 15, 2011

Lebanon Community Theatre’s Playwriting Contest
Deadline: April 30, 2011

Break a leg!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thanks for writing

The submission deadlines for all divisions of the 2011 NJ Young Playwrights Festival have passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a play for consideration. I will be processing scripts over the next few days. You will be contacted ONLY if there is a problem with your submission. Otherwise, sit tight and enjoy your accomplishment. Writing a play is difficult work and you are to be congratulated!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


It is great to see all of the submissions continuing to roll in to the Festival! Please remember that there are two steps to submitting your play:

1) Complete the Title Page Information survey at

2) Email your play as a MS Word or PDF document to

You MUST complete both steps of this process for your submission to be complete. You will be contacted by our office ONLY if your submission is incomplete. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email or phone.

Happy writing!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Multiple submissions

I just fixed an error on our survey page that was preventing some of you from submitting multiple scripts. You should be able to do so now, but if not, here is the direct link to that page:

If you still cannot connect, please contact us via the Festival email address at

200 and counting

As of 1:25 pm today we already have 200 scripts submitted to the Festival! Still 10.5 hours until the deadline for high school submissions and another week to go before all Junior HS and Elementary plays are due. Looks like it will be a big program this year!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keep 'em coming!

So far this morning I have had an additional 18 plays submitted to the Festival inbox. Looks like the snow day was inspirational afterall!

Only 36.5 hours and counting until the deadline for High School, Rewrites, and Podstages division submissions.

Keep it up!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow day, writing day

Judging by the list of cancellations on TV, you likely have a snow day today. Great! That means you have some extra time to finish your script submission for the Festival.

Remember, high school plays are due this Friday; all other plays are due next Friday.

Happy writing and enjoy the snow!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Scripts are rolling in!

As of this morning we've already received a significant number of script submissions to the NJ Young Playwrights Festival! Don't  be left out... submit your play today!

There are 5 days left to submit a script in the High School, Rewrites, and Podcast divisions of the NJ Young Playwrights Festival.

There are 12 days left for Junior HS and Elementary submissions.

Please review the submission guidelines at where we have provided links to the Title Page Information form hosted at SurveyMonkey. Also, all scripts must be submitted to us via

Happy writing!

Monday, January 3, 2011

First deadline approaching...

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you found time to rest during the holiday break, but also have continued working on your script submissions.

We have begun to receive script submissions to all divisions of the 2011 New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival. Just wanted to remind you that scripts for the High School Divisions (High School, Rewrites, and Podstages) are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 14th. Junior HS and Elementary Division submissions are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 21st.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding your script submission. I fielded a few questions during the break and am happy to provide any guidance about the Contest and the submission guidelines that I can.

I look forward to receiving your play. Happy writing!