From Left: Hunter Francisco, Michael Lorz, Charlie F., Ajibola T., Matthew A., Leandre A., Jake S., Cynthia Nesbit, Macie C., Eric Willingham

2019-20 Middle School Playwright Competition

New York City Children’s Theater is seeking short plays from some of the most talented playwrights in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut: Middle School Students!

Theme: Inspiration Strikes

This year, we’re asking students in grades 6-8 to write an original, entertaining, and enriching 10-minute play inspired by their favorite book, movie, song, etc. Plays may not be direct adaptations of the work, rather the students should use the source for inspiration, but write their own story. For an example, please email or

Grand Prize: A Staged Reading of Your Play in NYC

Four to six Grand Prize Winners will have their plays produced as staged readings in NYC in May 2020.

More details on how to submit to this year’s competition coming soon! 

2018-19 Middle School Playwriting Competition Winners

Congratulations to the six winning playwrights! 

Leandre A., Matthew A., Steewalk R. Home is a Place of Love

Maya B. Locked In

Tyshaun G., Home is Where the Love is

Samantha H., Anastasia: An Untold Story

The acting was phenomenal, as were all the plays. Thank you for giving my daughter this opportunity!!! Thank you, again and again, for making this important opportunity available to young writers. She was so motivated after the rehearsal on the 12th that she sent me a completely new 15 page play on the 13th (apparently having spent all night up writing it!).

It was such a great experience and I felt lucky to help share the talents of the amazing playwrights!

It was SUCH a pleasure! I loved getting to work with the kids, and help bring those lovely scripts to life!

I had a ball watching all of the young Talent read the plays of the young people!

Thank you so much for the amazing experience she had. It was really incredible and she feels so inspired to write more plays! Please thank the actors and the director for all their great work!

Thank YOU so much! Working on these plays was a real treat for me. It was so great to be in a room full of strong young female voices! Afterwards, one family thanked me, so I know how much it meant to them. It’s very touching for me as an actor! NYCCT is such a special company, and I’m proud to have worked with you.

Highlights from our Competition

Read blog posts from our young playwrights, see highlights from past competitions and more!