10 Minute Play Contest


Young Playwrights

Palm Beach Dramaworks introduces our Young Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest and festival! Our goal is to introduce the joy of writing for the live theatre to young people, and to give teens a creative voice in expressing their thoughts and ideas. Our program encourages students to write about subjects that are meaningful to them, and to give you the educator tools to incorporate playwriting into your theatre or language arts classrooms. Detailed lesson plans and helpful resources are found below.


Contest Details

  • The PBD Young Playwrights Ten-Minute Play Contest is open to all Palm Beach County students in grades 9 - 12
  • Submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5:00pm
  • All plays must be submitted by an educator or school administrator
  • 20 finalists will be selected. Each semifinalist will be given professional feedback for improving and revising their play
  • Each finalist will be given one week for revisions
  • Up to 10 winning plays will be chosen by a panel of professional playwrights and theatre practitioners using a carefully constructed rubric. The rubric is found in the PBD lesson plans
  • Winning plays will be assigned a professional director and actors
  • The winning plays will be performed in a staged reading live onstage at PBD at our spring playwriting festival
  • Each winner receives a $250 cash prize and a published anthology that includes their play

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions


Lesson Plans

PBD's lesson plans and documents can be accessed here: Lesson Plans

PBD offers a detailed 5-day lesson plan with supporting documents and benchmarks that give educators a clear, strong sequence for creating a ten-minute play. However, educators are not required to use PBD's lesson plans. Please feel free to use any lesson plan that complements your process. Educators may also choose to incorporate a portion of PBD's lesson plans into their curriculum.


Submission Information

Please note that all plays must be submitted by a teacher or school administrator. We do not accept submissions from individual students.

  • The deadline for submission is Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5:00pm
  • All plays must be ten-minute plays. We do not accept one-act or full length plays at this time
  • Plays must be submitted as Word or PDF documents
  • Submit all entries in a folder via Google or Dropbox: Please scan, upload or organize your students' play, and send a link from Google Drive or Dropbox to: Gary Cadwallader
  • Submit through email: Please attach plays to an email and send entries to: Gary Cadwallader
  • Please be sure all plays have a title page with the following:
    • Title of play
    • Author
    • School
    • Teacher name
    • Teacher's email address and telephone number
  • All entries will receive a confirmation email after submission