THE 30th ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL - SUBMISSIONS OPEN JANUARY 3 to March 15, 2022!

Submissions are now open for the Young Playwrights Festival, which celebrates its 29th Anniversary in Summer 2021!  

Every summer, The Blank Theatre produces the 12 best plays by playwrights ages 9 to 19, chosen from a nationwide competition. In the past 29 years, we’ve produced 357 plays by these young  writers. 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.

Nowhere else in the nation can young playwrights receive the prize of  seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production  featuring known actors from film, television and theatre. The plays are  crafted by seasoned professional directors and each is given several  public performances in a month-long Festival. 

Submissions are accepted annually from January to March  15 and the 12 winning plays will be produced by The Blank each Summer. 


SUBMISSION RULES - Please read carefully!

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted by MARCH 15, 2022.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2022; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals of any genre, subject and length. 

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All plays must be in PDF format and have a cover sheet, title page and numbered script pages. Musicals should have sample tracks uploaded as mp3 files with submission.

COVER SHEET: Submissions must include a Cover Sheet with: 

  • Title
  • Playwright Name 
  • Playwright Date of Birth (with year)
  • Age 
  • School and Teacher Name (if applicable)
  • E-Mail Address
  • Contact Phone Number 
  • Physical Mailing Address

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: Festival Competition winners will be announced in April/May 2022.


**********************************************************************************************************

UCROSS + THE BLANK THEATRE — FUTURE OF PLAYWRITING PRIZE - SUBMISSION ARE CLOSED

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990.  The Future of Playwriting Prize will be given annually to an early-career playwright who personifies the future of theatre — someone whose voice will shape theatre for decades to come, and who  will bring new thoughts and views to the American theatrical  conversation.

The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn  Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals,  and the opportunity to commune with other  visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally  produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new  play development program.  Two additional finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.


**********************************************************************************************************

LIVING ROOM SERIES - SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED 

In summer 2022 will accept submissions for the 31st season of our Living Room Series, 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 between Labor Day and Memorial Day. We are currently producing digitally until further notice.

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. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented  voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to  supporting gender parity and diversity. 


***********************************************************************************************************

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS ACADEMY - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

For many years, we wanted to create a platform for young writers to be able to expand their skills in a professional environment, with small class sizes, to enhance what they may learn in school. We are excited to launch this exciting extension of our premiere national Young Playwrights Festival program to include class work to expand our reach to provide professional development of new artistic voices. 

The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival is a 29-year-old nationwide playwrighting competition for writers ages 9 to 19. Beginning in 2020, YPF transitioned to producing dynamic digital performances until we can safely return to in person production. As we now accept submissions for our 30th Anniversary YPF, we ARE planning to return to in person production in Hollywood in the summer of 2022! Should those plans be defeated by unforeseen spikes, winners will be assured to still have access to some of the industry's best writers for mentors, as well as top tier professional directors and actors!

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.


SUBMISSION RULES - Please read carefully!

DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be submitted by MARCH 15, 2022.

FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2022; co-written plays are allowed, provided all writers meet age requirement.

CONTENT: Original plays or musicals of any genre, subject and length.

LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team.

FORMAT: All plays must be in PDF format and have a cover sheet, title page and numbered script pages. Musicals should have sample tracks uploaded as mp3 files with submission.

COVER SHEET: Submissions must include a Cover Sheet with:

  • Title
  • Playwright Name
  • Playwright Date of Birth (with year)
  • Age
  • School and Teacher Name (if applicable)
  • E-Mail Address
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Physical Mailing Address

NO RETURNS: Scripts will not be returned so please do not send originals.

NOTIFICATION: Festival Competition winners will be announced in April/May 2022.

The Blank Theatre's Literary Submissions