Young Playwrights for Change

Join us for Young Playwrights for Change 2019:

Discovering the Truth About Ourselves and Others

Young Playwrights for Change is a national middle school playwriting competition run by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). The mission of Young Playwrights for Change is to produce meaningful conversations that will ripple across our nation to provoke change. The goal is to spark conversation and discussion throughout classrooms, schools, and communities.

Open to students in grades 6-8. Students should submit their play to Laurie Riffe, Director of Artistic Programming at DreamWrights. You may submit via email at laurie@dreamwrights.org.

Deadline for play submission is January 14, 2019.

PLAY SUBMISSION RULES: Please Read Carefully!
1. Plays must be the original work of the playwright and not an adaptation of pre-existing work.
2. Scripts may not be co-authored.
3. Playwrights may revise their plays after they are selected by a host organization to be submitted to the National Competition, and they may receive coaching from the host organization on those revisions.
4. Completed scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud.
5. Scripts may have up to, but no more than six characters.
6. Scripts must be typed.


Discovering the Truth About Ourselves and Others

In Year 6, Young Playwrights for Change is looking for plays that explore issues of identity, belief, and truth-finding, summarized in the theme “DISCOVERING TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES AND OTHERS.”  How do we discover comforting or uncomfortable truths about ourselves? What do we learn about ourselves or the world around us as a product of the discovery? How do we discover the truth about another person or group of people who have different beliefs and identities from our own? How do we determine truth and non-truth when traditional sources of information are questioned or dismissed? When we discover a truth about ourselves or others, how does that change us and how do we act upon what we have learned? Discovering the truth about who we are is a lifelong process and discovering the truth about others can lead to empathy, understanding, and cooperation. We are asking young people to share their stories about journeys of personal discovery.

Deadlines, rules, guides, and other related documents can be found below:
YPC Rules
YPC Style Guide
YPC Creative Tips
Thank you! And Best Wishes for a successful competition!

The 2016 Playwrights for DreamWrights’ Young Playwrights for Change

Deadline for play submission is
January 14, 2019.

All young playwrights should submit their plays to Laurie Riffe electronically at laurie@dreamwrights.org no later than Monday, January 14, 2019.

Questions along the way?
Don’t hesitate to contact Laurie
at 717-848-8623 x226
or laurie@dreamwrights.org