Who Can Submit

  • Students in grades 4-12 (or the equivalent) who attend a public or non-public school, or are home schooled, in New Jersey.
  • New Jersey residents who attend schools outside of the state may submit; however, they may not be eligible to receive a NJ Governors Award in Arts Education as per the guidelines of the Governors Awards administration.
  • Plays may be co-written by no more than five (5) authors. All authors must meet participation criteria and be within the grade range of the division being entered. The names of the authors must be included on the submission form.
    • If your play is written by more than one author, the group must designate a lead author to submit the play. That person will fill out the submission form and act as the contact person. There is a field on the submission form to enter the names of the additional authors.

Ineligible Submissions

  • Scripts submitted to previous NJ Young Playwrights Contests.
  • Film scripts, screenplays, adaptations of other authors’ work
  • Plays written by students enrolled in full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate programs.

Writers Theatre reserves the right to disqualify a script, if in the opinion of the theatre or its representatives, the submission violates copyright, or other applicable, laws.