Submit A Play
Have a script you'd like to submit? We accept two types of submissions: general submissions that fit our mission, and submissions from young playwrights (19 and under) for our New Voices contest (scroll all the way down!). Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.
We welcome submissions of challenging, entertaining plays and musicals that are appropriate for teen and younger actors and/or audiences (no short stories, novels, screenplays, etc). While we will accept unproduced material, we prefer works that have had the opportunity to be refined through the production process. We only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent. We strongly recommend that you browse our website to learn more about us before submitting.
Current YouthPLAYS Authors Only
Authors already represented by YouthPLAYS should log into the website and submit through your Author Center. You may submit multiple scripts, one at a time, through the site as directed there.
Please don't submit additional scripts until we've had an opportunity to consider your original submission, and please do not click the Submit Play Now button more than once.
We do not accept submissions from playwrights of high school age or younger except through the New Voices competition (see below).
Please use the submission form below, making sure to fill out all required fields to the best of your ability. Do not write the title in ALL CAPS or in quotes, unless that's truly how the play title is written.
Should your play have any encumbrances (e.g. some part of it is published in an non-exclusive anthology), please let us know in the "Author's Note to the Publisher" section.
Please make sure that your script has complete contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address) on the title page, as well as a separate Cast of Characters page with a full cast breakdown.
PDF files are strongly preferred, though we accept Word (.doc or .docx) or Final Draft files.
Please only submit musicals for which you have a completed, digitized (i.e. PDF) score (with orchestrations, if applicable). Musicals for which musical tracks (i.e. MP3 files) are available are strongly preferred.
We prefer complete submissions to query emails.
Types of Material
- We prefer submissions with at least some age-appropriate roles for young actors (teenage or younger characters), even if those roles are likely to be played by adult professional actors, though we also consider scripts with strongly youth-friendly content and that have a youthful spirit (for example, an accessible and educationally valuable example of a particular genre), even if there are no discernibly young characters.
- One-act or full-length plays and musicals for schools and youth theatres (teens or younger). We particularly need one-act (and full-length) comedies for high school and middle school performers with large or flexible casts and lots of female roles, as well as mysteries and/or murder mysteries for that age group. That doesn't mean we don't want great serious scripts too! We love scripts that entertain and have some bite too. One-acts that run 30-35 minutes and are suitable for competition are highly encouraged. At least a substantial portion of the lead roles should be age-appropriate (i.e. no casts of all 30 and 40-something characters), though we occasionally accept plays that have strong youth interest, even if they don't have youth characters.
- Playwrights of color, and plays that reflect diverse characters and cultures. We particularly seek plays that speak to urban teens and youth, plays that deal with the concerns and interests of the Latina/o and African-American communities, and bilingual plays (particularly English/Spanish)--written by playwrights of color. But we are interested in diversity of all kinds!
- One-act or full-length plays and musicals in which adult actors or mixed-age casts perform for young audiences (TYA). It is important that the protagonist and preferably other important roles be young characters, even if they are played by older actors.
- Short monologues (6-8 minutes) and plays for 2 or more actors (8-10 minutes) with teen or younger characters, particularly comedies.
- Adaptations and parodies of well-known titles (but please check our site to make sure we don't already have your chosen title). In the case of adaptations, please be sure you have all the appropriate permissions (i.e. a written agreement with the underlying rights holder, if the material is not in the public domain) in place before contacting us.
Other Important Details
Response time is typically 3-6 months, but may take up to 9-12 months depending on our backlog. Rest assured that you will receive a response, so we ask that you only follow up if you have another publication offer to report.
If at any point after you have submitted a script your material becomes unavailable (e.g. because you accept another publication offer), please notify us immediately, so that we can devote our resources to material that is still available to us. If you receive another offer, we are also happy to expedite consideration of your play so that you may potentially consider both offers.
The New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights
Submissions are now open for the 2017 competition! Read the guidelines carefully, and then submit those plays by May 1, 2017!
Are you a playwright 19 years of age or younger as of May 1st? Submit your best one-act play (one per playwright!) to the New Voices competition and you can potentially win cash, software from our fabulous sponsors Final Draft and Great Dialogue, and even publication!
Click here for full submission guidelines.
Click here for a handy-dandy one-sheet, ideal for posting on bulletin boards.
Click here for our recommended playwriting format.
Want to read some of the plays that have been successful in past contests? Check out our New Voices anthology! This could be you!