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

Every June, The Blank Theatre produces the 12 best plays by playwrights ages 9 to 19, chosen from a nationwide competition. In the past 28 years, we’ve produced 345 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 from January 11 to March  15, 2021 and the 12 winning plays will be produced by The Blank in Summer 2021. 



Classes will run January 11. 2021 to March 1, 2021!  Now accepting registrations for the WINTER 2021 class of The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Academy! 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. 



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.



In summer 2021 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. 

The Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival is a 29-year-old nationwide playwrighting competition for writers ages 9 to 19. Beginning in 2020, YPF transitioned to producing for a digital until we can safely return to in person production. Whether 2021 will be digital or in person remains to be seen, but winners still get 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.

  • DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked or submitted by March 15, 2021.
  • FEES: There are NO fees for submitting your play(s).
  • ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years old or younger on March 15, 2021; 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 and of ANY length.
  • LIMIT: Up to 3 plays per playwright or playwright team. PLEASE SUBMIT EACH PLAY SEPARATELY.
  • FORMAT: All script pages must be numbered and must be in Word or PDF format.
  • COVER SHEET: Online submissions should include a cover sheet with: Title, Playwright Name, Playwright Date of Birth, Age, School Name, E-Mail Address, Contact Phone Number, Mailing Address.
  • NOTIFICATION: We will contact Festival Competition winners in April 2021.
  • PERFORMANCE: Winning plays will be performed in the Festival in Los Angeles in June 2021.
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