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Our playwriting workshops and one-act play competition are designed to nurture young writers, develop new plays and inspire Colorado high school students to challenge themselves. Submissions are judged blindly by DCPA artistic, literary and educational professionals.

Ten semifinalists are chosen from a talented pool of entrants. Three finalists are then chosen and will each receive:
  • A cash scholarship of $250
  • A professional reading of their play at the annual Colorado New Play Summit
  • A $250 gift certificate for books, supplies or other tools for their teachers and classrooms

The final winning play will be fully produced by the Education summer teen program. The student playwrights will be part of the rehearsal to see the process of bringing their play to life.

GET STUDENTS STARTED WITH A FREE WORKSHOP
Calling all Colorado high school drama and language arts teachers! Sign up your students for a free 60-minute playwriting workshop with our industry professionals to introduce them to the fundamentals of writing a one-act play. Workshops are an excellent way to get students excited to enter the competition while teaching them about playwriting and theatre simultaneously. Schools can book up to 10 workshops, and teachers can book up to five consecutive workshops in a day. Class limit: 35 students per workshop. Playwriting workshops are available seasonally September through November and are subject to availability.

READY TO SIGN UP? Call us at 303.446.4824 or send us an email.

Generously sponsored by Robert and Judi Newman/Newman Family Foundation with matching gifts from an Anonymous donor, The Ross Foundation, June Travis, U.S. Bank and Transamerica.
Before you start writing your script, double-check the following guidelines for your piece. When you’re ready to send, use one of our following methods to submit.

Submissions must be:
  • an original, unpublished one-act play
  • previously unproduced
  • limited to no more than 35 pages
  • typed in standard play-style format (12pt. Times New Roman font with numbered pages)
  • submitted online or postmarked no later than Dec 1

Submissions must not:
  • be a translation or excerpt
  • have the playwright’s name anywhere on the manuscript
Submissions are read blindly. Students submitting online enter their contact information separately from their manuscript. If submitting by mail, please include all of your contact information on a separate sheet of paper.


Playwrights must:
  • be currently enrolled in a Colorado high school or home school
  • limit submissions to one entry per year
No revisions will be accepted after submission. Do not send your only copy. Manuscripts will not be returned. No submission fee.


Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 1, 2017.
SUBMIT NOW

QUESTIONS? Contact us at 303.446.4850 or send an email.
Discover the talented semifinalists, finalists and winners from this season and go back in time to see past playwrights who took home the honors.

2016/17 Playwriting Competition
Winner(s)
Dear Boy on the Tree by Jasmin Hernandez, Vista Peak Preparatory
Spilt Lava by Ryan McCormick, Fort Collins High School

Finalists (alphabetical by play title)
Dear Boy on the Tree by Jasmin Hernandez, Vista Peak Preparatory
Chill Winds by Jessica Wood, Denver Christian School
Counting In Clay by Parker Bennett, Fossil Ridge High School
Spilt Lava by Ryan McCormick, Fort Collins High School

Semi-finalists
As We Know It by Corinna Donovan and Walker Carroll, Crested Butte Community School
Dear Boy on the Tree by Jasmin Hernandez, Vista Peak Preparatory
Chill Winds by Jessica Wood, Denver Christian School
Counting in Clay by Parker Bennett, Fossil Ridge High School
Dr. Grumpy Pants by Daniela Villalobos Payan, York International
Imaginary Friends by Abby Meyer and Nic Rhodes, Fossil Ridge High School
The Mistress of Stories by Amelia Middlebrooks, Valor Christian High School
The Sincerest Form of Flattery by Samantha Shapard, Overland High School
Spilt Lava by Ryan McCormick, Fort Collins High School
Waiting by Sarah Shapard, Overland High School

Past Playwriting Competitions

  • 2015/16 Playwriting Competition

  • 2014/15 Playwriting Competition

  • 2013/14 Playwriting Competition

Make sure your script is set with these common questions. Didn’t get all of the answers? Reach out to us at 303.446.4850 or send an email.

Playwriting Competition FAQs

  • How should I format my play?

  • What is the difference between a screenplay and a play?

  • Can I submit an adaptation?

  • What kind of subject material are you looking for?

  • How many pages can I write?

  • Should I write my name on my manuscript?

"It doesn’t appear that arts education will ever escape the need for support from the private sector…it’s a need that is not going away. It is very important to us that we can identify how funds will be used, and that they will provide an opportunity for some unknown kids to have a hell of a good time." — Carole & Robert Slosky