Want to submit your script? We accept two types of submissions: general submissions that fit our mission, and starting back up in January 2018, submissions from young playwrights (19 and under) for our New Voices contest (scroll all the way down!). Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.
We welcome submissions of challenging, entertaining plays and musicals that are appropriate for teen and younger actors and/or audiences. While we accept unproduced scripts, we prefer works that have had the opportunity to be refined through the production process. We only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent. Please browse our website to learn more about us before submitting.
Current YouthPLAYS Authors Only
Please log into the website prior to submitting here. You may submit multiple scripts, one at a time.
Please don't submit additional scripts until we've had an opportunity to consider your original submission, and please do not click the Submit Play button more than once.
We do not accept submissions from playwrights of high school age or younger except through the New Voices competition (see below).
Please use the submission form below, filling out all required fields to the best of your ability. Do not write the title in ALL CAPS or in quotes, unless that's truly how it's written.
Should your play have any encumbrances (e.g. some part of it is published in an non-exclusive anthology), please let us know in the "Author's Note to the Publisher" section.
Please make sure that your script has complete contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address) on the title page, as well as a Cast of Characters page with a full cast breakdown. Please make sure the body of your script contains page numbers.
PDF files are strongly preferred, though we accept Word (.doc or .docx) or Final Draft files.
Please only submit musicals for which you have a completed, digitized (i.e. PDF) score (with orchestrations, if applicable). Musicals for which musical tracks (i.e. MP3 files) are available are strongly preferred.
We prefer complete submissions to query emails.
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Response time is typically 3-6 months, but may take up to 9-12 months. Rest assured that you will receive a response, so we ask that you only follow up if you have another publication offer to report.
If at any point after you have submitted a script your material becomes unavailable (e.g. because you accept another publication offer), please notify us immediately, so that we can devote our resources to material that is still available to us. If you receive another offer, we are happy to expedite consideration of your play so that you may potentially consider both offers.
The New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights
The next deadline is May 1, 2018. Remember, the winner gets publication, a cash prize, and copies of Final Draft and Great Dialogue software!
Look for guidelines to be posted in early 2018, but for now, feel free to check out the 2017 information below to get an idea of the requirements.
Click here for full submission guidelines.
Click here for a handy-dandy one-sheet, ideal for posting on bulletin boards.
Click here for our recommended playwriting format.
Want to read some of the plays that have been successful in past contests? Check out our New Voices anthology! This could be you!