An example for correct formatting of a play submitted to NJYPC follows.
As you read the example, note the following:

  • The title and author (see example) on the first page only. They should appear nowhere else in the script.
  • A character listing (see example). Note that character names are all capitals.
  • A Time and Place listing (see example)
  • Font should be set at Times New Roman 12pt.
  • Page margins should be set at 1″.
  • Dialogue begins at the left margin.
  • Character names should be centered and written in all capital letters.
  • All stage directions indented by two tab lengths and placed in parenthesis.
  • Pagination should be in the upper right hand corner and should begin on page 2; the first page does not have a page number.

THE DAY JENNIFER LOU ELLEN MISSISSIPPI KERBUNKLE CHANGED HER LIFE
by Bernadette Bizer

CHARACTERS
JEN, 10-year-old, in fourth grade
LORRAINE, Jen’s best friend. Wears big round glasses with purple frames and thick lenses.
MRS. KERBUNKLE, Jen’s mother. Pushy, like a drill sergeant.

TIME
Present, early fall

PLACE
Inside a Mini-Van

(MRS. KERBUNKLE sits in driver’s seat listening to a tape with earphones on. JEN, wearing a pink bow in her hair that looks out of place on her and carrying a backpack, gets into the car and sits in the back seat.)

JEN

(panting)

Sorry I’m late, Mom.

(looks at her stop watch)

MRS. KERBUNKLE

Jennifer Lou Ellen Mississippi Kerbunkle! You should have been here five and 1/2 seconds ago.

JEN

Sorry Mom.

MRS. KERBUNKLE

Sorry, my foot. But time is a-wasting! Let’s get started with our checklist, shall we?

JEN

(JEN unzips backpack and looks into it)

Sure Mom.

MRS. KERBUNKLE

(pulls clipboard and pencil from under the seat)

OK! Pencil case, box of sharpened multi-colored pencils?

JEN

Check, check!

(This excerpt © 2003 Bernadette Bizer, used with permission)