Playwrights submit their plays prior to the contest deadline.

Plays are distributed to first-round readers who critique and select scripts to advance to the next round. Depending on the number of scripts to be read, this process continues through additional rounds until roughly 10 to 15 finalist scripts remain in each division.

The playwrights whose scripts reach the Final Round of judging will be given two (2) weeks to revise their plays based, in part, on the feedback provided by the Contest readers. These revised scripts will then be judged by the Selection Panel who will make the ultimate decision about the plays that will be developed during the Festival. This revision request is an important part of the determination process, as it lets us know whether the writer will benefit from the development and rehearsal process.

Finalists will be contacted by email, therefore, it is important that we have a current email address that someone checks regularly.

All plays receive one written critique in the first round of reading. This feedback is collected and sent to every writer via the e-mail address provided at submission. If your play was submitted in a group of plays by your teacher or teaching artist, the comments may be sent to that teacher for distribution.