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Young Playwrights Festival

Stay tuned for 2023 submissions.

Calling all public, private and homeschool student playwrights! Participants are encouraged to beat the winter doldrums by letting their imaginations run wild and writing a one-act play that requires no more than four actors and runs no longer than twenty pages (or 20 minutes).

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The Rules

  • There are two age groups for playwrights:  Grades 6-8 and 9-12

  • Subject matter is up to the playwright. Original themes, adaptations of folk tales and myths, family stories - remember when Grandpa won that prize? - are great fodder for a playwright’s imagination.

  • Students may work individually or as co-authors.

  • Plays may be written as part of in class studies or written independently.


Submit final scripts to with YPF '22 in the subject line. 


Submissions are due no later than May 1, 2022.


The winning play from each category will be produced and presented by Pendragon Theatre. The runners-up from each category will be presented as staged readings that evening as well.

Winning playwrights from each category will receive a monetary award of $200.00

Helpful Tools

Use the following documents for assistance! 

Congratulations to our past winners!

2021: Olivia Ellis, Galen Halasz, Olivia Marocco, & Lucy Thill

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