The Young Playwrights Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2017! Every June we present the Annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival for playwrights ages 9 to 19. Submissions are accepted from January to March 15 of each year and the 12 winning plays are produced and presented each weekend in June.

Also in its 25th year, The Living Room Series is a New Play Development program, which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by both established and emerging writers. The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Living Room Series offers a week-long process for the playwright, director and actors to explore the play by putting it up on its feet in a limited rehearsal period and then presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.
Ends on March 16, 2017

The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival is a 24-year-old nationwide playwrighting competition for writers ages 9 to 19.

The 12 best plays are chosen by a panel of theatre professional from submissions across America.

No other national competition awards young playwrights with seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production.

Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked or submitted by March 15, 2017
FEES: There are NO fees for submitting your play(s)
ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2017; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement. If submitting online each playwright MUST submit a copy of their play with their own contact information.
CONTENT: Original plays and musicals on ANY subject.
LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.
FORMAT: All script pages must be numbered. If submitting by mail, plays must be printed on one side per page and unbound. Plays submitted via theblank.submittable.com must be in Word or PDF format.
COVER SHEET: Online submissions should ONLY include contact information in the submission form and NOT in a cover sheet or anywhere else in the attached document.  Mailed in submissions must include a Cover Sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth, Age, School Name, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.

NO RETURNS: Scripts will NOT be returned so please do not send any originals.
NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2017
PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2017.