Plays should be intended for young audiences kindergarten through high school (no play is expected to appeal to all ages simultaneously). The 2019 Write Now competition encourages submissions for all age groups. Playwrights must suggest the appropriate age category on the official entry form.
- Scripts must not be committed to publication at the time of submission. Commissioned works that are not in development are eligible.
- Scripts previously produced in an educational or vocational setting are eligible, if playwrights are eager to pursue development of the script.
- Scripts previously produced professionally are NOT eligible. (i.e., productions in which the director and actors have been paid — this includes fully produced youth theatre productions).
- If the play is an adaptation or dramatization, written proof must be provided that the original work is in public domain or permission of the holder of the copyright has been granted.
- Musicals will not be accepted for the 2019 contest.
- While there is no required length, short plays (e.g. 10 minute plays) have historically proven less competitive unless there is clear intent to develop the script into a full-length play.
- Only ONE submission per playwright will be accepted.
- Playwrights must be 18 years or older and citizens or current residents of the United States.
- Playwrights give permission for their work or portions of it to be read at the Write Now convening and to be archived in the Child Drama Collection, Hayden Library, at Arizona State University.
- Finalist playwrights are expected to be in residence in Tempe, AZ throughout the workshop and Write Now convening.
- Any future production or publication of a finalist play must give the following credit:
_____________ was a winner at the 2019 Write Now and was featured in a rehearsed reading at Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona.