The 2014 New Play Competition

Why Not Write a Play?

VTA has just published a letter with the full details of the 2014 High School New One Act Play Competition for Young Playwrights. The basic guidelines are as follows:

  • Entry must be emailed by Friday, September 19, 2014.

  • Individual playwrights may submit only one play. Collaborations are allowed.

  • Adaptations are not eligible.

  • Plays must be one-acts, 20-40 pages in length with a minimum of two (2) characters.

  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced. Readings and workshops are acceptable.

  • Entry must be emailed as a PDF in standard play format, including a title page providing the playwright’s

name, address, telephone number, and email address. The second page should be another title page that includes a character page identifying name, gender, and age of each character, which does NOT include the playwright’s personal information. Number all pages.

  • An entry form must be emailed (in either WORD or PDF) accompanying the play submission.

  • Email the PDF document to with the subject line VTA HS NEW

ONE-ACT PLAY COMPETITION. An email noting receipt of the play will be sent.

It seems like a great opportunity. To support you in this endeavor, Mainstage will support any student playwright who wants to set up a table read of any play written for this contest--at any stage of the draft process. It always helps to hear a play out loud to learn what is working and what is not.

Give it a Go!


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