Playwrights must be high school students in grades 9 through 12 (age 19 or younger as of March 5, 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.  Student name or school should be on information sheet only – not on any script pages
  • Include removable information sheet
  • Include a separate page with character list and descriptions
  • Be accompanied by an electronic copy on a jump drive.  Multiple students’ scripts in one teacher’s class can be on one jump drive

No screenplays or musicals will be accepted.

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

Deadline 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 website, and to arrange readings/productions in the calendar year following the contest.