Youth & Education Programs

PCA's Annual Young Playwrights Festival

11th year anniversary of the festival

Submissions for the Young Playwrights Festival this year open February 1, 2021 and close April 30, 2021.

Scripts will be read and scored by a panel of readers from Prescott Center for the Arts. The winning playwrights will be awarded their prizes at the 1st Festival Performance.

1st Place Award--$250

2nd Place Award--$150

3rd Place Award--$100

The winning plays, plus plays receiving Honorable Mentions, will be produced at the Young Playwrights Festival at PCA once shows are back in full swing.

The playwrights for these selected plays will be invited to participate in PCA’s Young Playwrights Workshop, working with published playwrights and PCA directors and technical staff to bring their written scripts to life on the PCA stage.  The workshop will take place this summer, with performances of the selected plays.

All submitting playwrights will be invited to participate in selected Master Classes during the Young Playwrights Workshop.

Auditions for plays being produced, as part of the Young Playwrights Festival will be announced in late May or Early June.  Playwrights are invited to audition for the selected plays, and auditions are open to all interested actors.  Those who wish to audition need to be aware that rehearsals for the performances will take place during the dates of the Young Playwrights Workshop. There may be possible Master Classes included in the workshop that will be open to actors in the Festival Shows.

(***If you are submitting a play, please mark your calendar with the dates of the Young Playwrights Workshop and Festival.  We want our submitting playwrights to be able to participate in this amazing experience.***)

Instructions for Submissions
Submissions must be from students that are AZ residents and winners must be willing to participate in the playwright workshop and performances later this year.
​(Please read carefully)

Please pay very close attention to the following Play writing guidelines and consider reading over the Scoring Rubric:

  1. Must be a resident of Arizona
  2. *******IMPORTANT*******
    Plays are limited to only run 10 MINUTES!  (This is approximately 10 - 12 type written pages of dialog.)  It is critical to read your play out-loud to get a sense of how long it will run.  If the reading panel believes your play will run significantly OVER 10 minutes, it will be eliminated from consideration to be included in the Festival.
  3. IMPORTANT!!:  At the beginning of the script, please include character names and descriptions.
  4. Only ONE play may be submitted per student or writing team.  Remember, each team member must submit the same script separately.
  5. Limit the number of characters ( 2 - 6 is ideal)
  6. Limited the number of set locations (1 - 2 is ideal)
  7. Use the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Students!)
  8. Make sure you have edited spelling and grammar, because authors may NOT submit revisions of their work until the Festival begins.
  9. Scripts must be uploaded in a WORD or PDF file
  10. Pages must be numbered
  11. Font size no less than 12 point
  12. Use no less than double spacing
  13. IMPORTANT: Plays should include a Title page with ONLY the following information:  Title of Play, Playwright’s grade, and ​Playwright’s date of birth.
  14. No other identifying information should appear anywhere on the script.
  15. Stage directions are helpful (but not required) to include and are not part of the reading time or page limit.


These guidelines may seem confining, and to some degree they are, but they are in place to best serve the festival.  Authors need to be very imaginative and creative in working within the parameters.  Those who do, stand the best chance to be produced.

A YPF performance from previous years
Instructor Contact Info

Debra White: dclarewhite@me.com