Young Playwrights Contest


City Theatre wants to read your play!

Enter your script by March 31, 2019 and make your voice heard. Selected playwrights will develop their scripts in collaboration with professional theatre artists — a director, dramaturgs, and actors — for productions in City Theatre’s Hamburg Studio Theatre during the 2019 EQT Young Playwrights Festival.

Every student who enters will receive two complimentary tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates regular season home game!

Ready? Submit your play now!

What you need to know:
• Contest is open to Western PA and Northern WV residents in grades 7-12.

  • Original, one-act plays only. No screenplays, musicals, or adaptations.
  • You may submit more than one play of any subject.
  • Collaborations by up to two playwrights will be accepted.
  • Scripts must be in Standard American Format Style.
    Download style guide >
  • City Theatre encourages inclusion of all students and will accept submissions in selected alternative formats to accommodate students with disabilities.
  • You must submit one electronic copy of your play. Please keep an electronic file on backup!
  • Scripts must be typed, pages must be numbered, and playwright’s name should be present on first page of script.
  • Scripts must be submitted by the playwright(s); not by a teacher or parent.

Each play submitted will be read by theatre professionals, and each playwright will receive a written evaluation of their script. (Note: The response process takes many months; you may not receive your evaluation until late summer/early fall.)

Scripts that do not meet the above submission guidelines will not be considered.


Before you submit, check that your play is written in STANDARD AMERICAN FORMAT to make it easy for your readers to understand your play. The style guide is available here, or you can ask your teacher for a copy.

NOTE: If your play is a collaboration, each playwright must submit this form.

Break a leg!

Young Playwrights 2019 Submission

ATTACH PDF or MSWORD document of your play here. Before you submit: Make sure your name is visible on the title page and that all pages are numbered.
By submitting a script for consideration, you agree that: The play is an original, unpublished work and has not received a professional production. Plays that have received a workshop, reading, or non-professional production may be submitted. If the play does not meet the submission guidelines stated on City Theatre’s website, the play may be disqualified from the competition. City Theatre has the right to use the Playwright’s name, biography, photographs, likeness, or recorded voice, and the title of and excerpts from the play for advertising, press, and promotional purposes by any means or medium.

Contest Entries

2019 Young Playwrights Contest

Entries must be submitted no later than March 31, 2019

Download “Playwriting Tips” >

Additional Info


For more information about Young Playwrights, please contact Kristen Link, Director of Education and Accessibility by email or by calling 412.431.4400 x225.