YSWP Guidelines

  • Playwrights must be high school students in grades 9 through 12 (age 19 or younger as of Tuesday, March 7, 2017) and a resident in a southern state.

    Scripts should...

    Be One Act between 10 and 30 pages long;

    Have no more than eight characters, preferably no more than 3 women;

    Be original - no adaptations from other authors' work or from other media;

    Be written by a sole author - no collaborations;

    Be typed with numbered pages and securely fastened;

    Be accompanied by an electronic copy.  Teachers may submit all class plays on a single jump drive. 

    Include a separate page with character list and descriptions;

    Include  2017 YSWP Information Sheet. Playwright name should not appear on script pages. 

    No screenplays or musicals will be accepted.

    Playwrights should keep a copy of their scripts, as scripts cannot be returned.

    Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

    Entries should be mailed to:

    Young Southern Writers' Project
    Nancy Rominger
    Alabama Shakespeare Festival
    1 Festival Drive
    Montgomery, AL 36117

    ASF retains the right to publish the finalist and winning plays on its web site, and to arrange readings/productions in the calendar year following the contest.

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