Show your work at the conference!

2020 Student Playwriting Contest

This contest is open to New York State high school students. Selected plays will be performed during the 2020 NYSTEA Student Conference at the Villa Roma Resort, January, 2020. Visit the Student Conference page for more information on attending the conference.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

The theme for the 2020 NYSTEA playwriting contest is “Sing for your Supper!”

Follow the guidelines below to format your play. Use the submission form at the bottom of the page to submit your play after you’ve proof-read and double checked the formatting!

Again, the deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2019. Questions? Email the Playwriting Committee.

Teachers and Advisors: Become a submission reader! Application deadline is March 25th, 2019. If selected, you will be notified by April 15th, 2019. Then, you will receive your portion of plays to read and score by June 15th, 2019. All scores must be submitted by August 1st, 2019. 

Playwriting Contest Guidelines

    • Scripts are to be no longer than 5 minutes in length.
    • Two to three characters maximum.
    • Be very specific with setting and stage directions.
    • Think carefully about your characters. The actors portraying are selected from your peers at the Student Conference.
    • Dialogue must be written in a size 12 font.
    • First page is the official NYSTEA page that includes:
      title centered; playwright’s name, email, school, region, sponsor’s name and email.
    • After the official NYSTEA cover page there must be a title page.
      • Center the title of your play in the middle of the page. There should be nothing else on this page besides the title.
    • List all your characters and include a short description: name, age, personality, additional important information.
    • Describe the action on stage as soon as the curtain opens, before any of the characters speak. Remember to describe the action that begins each scene when necessary.
    • At the beginning of each scene include an “at rise.”
    • Describe your setting, this should be written in paragraph form. Include all important details.
    • Write all stage directions in parenthesis.
    • Place a line space between each character’s lines.
    • Files may only be submitted in .doc or .docx format.
    • Follow the link below and download the page to better understand how your play will be evaluated.
    • Scoring for each play is based on this rubric.