Submissions are now open for the Young Playwrights Festival, which celebrates its 31st Anniversary in Summer 2023!  Please complete a separate submission form for each piece!

Every summer, The Blank Theatre produces the 12 best plays by playwrights ages 9 to 19, chosen from a nationwide competition. In the past 30 years, we’ve produced 369 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. 



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 offer 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 Spring term Academy classes will meet one time weekly between February 6 and April 2, 2023. We have several sections available at all levels. Admission will be granted based upon evaluation of your submitted writing sample and artistic statement. 

YPA courses provide:
12 hours of interactive class sessions as well as:
A Master Class led by a working writer
A Reading Showcases of each student's work with professional actors



In summer 2023 will accept submissions for the 33rd 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. 

The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival is a 30-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 31st Anniversary YPF, we ARE planning to return to in person production in Hollywood in the summer of 2023! 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, 2023.
FEES: There are no fees for submitting your work to the Festival.
ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2023; 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 - please complete a separate submission form for each play
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.
NOTIFICATION: Festival Competition winners will be announced in April/May 2023.

The Blank Theatre's Literary Submissions