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"The invaluable benefit of the festival is that it provides – at a crucial time - collaborations with professional theater artists. These experiences helped embolden me to pursue my dreams. For someone like me, whose parents knew nothing about the arts - it can mean the world to hear real artists say, without condescension: 'You’re good at this. You’re a writer. You can do this if you want to.' I cannot sing The Blank’s praises enough. YPF changed my life."


Tony Award Winner

Two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Three-Time YPF Winner


ELIGIBILITY: Playwrights must be 19 years or younger as of March 15, 2024 and reside or attend school in the US; co-authored plays are welcome provided all authors meet these eligibility requirements


DEADLINE: Plays or musicals must be received or postmarked between January 9 and March 15, 2024


FEES: There are no submission fees!


CONTENT: We welcome original plays or musicals of any length or genre and on any subject


LIMIT: Up to three plays per playwright or team - please complete a separate submission form for each piece


FORMAT: All plays must have a title page and numbered pages


NOTIFICATION: We will contact competition winners in April 2024


PRIZE: Winning plays will be mentored, directed and performed by professional artists in July 2024


SUBMIT ONLINE: Visit to create a FREE account and submit - please create a separate submission form for each play you'd like to send in

SUBMIT BY MAIL: You may send printed scripts including a cover sheet to

Young Playwrights Festival

c/o The Blank Theatre

PO Box 1094

Hollywood, CA 90078


Cover sheet must include the following:


Author(s) Full Name

Date of Birth

Age (as of March 15, 2024)

School Name (if applicable)

Teacher Name (if applicable)

Mailing Address (we send you mail!)


Phone Number

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The Blank Theatre is committed to the enrichment of Hollywood’s cultural life through production of first-rate theatre, education of current and future artists, and creation of groundbreaking new works for the theatrical repertoire companies in America.

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