NYCCT TYA Playwrighting Contest

New York City Children’s Theater invites you to participate in the Regional Competition of TYA/USA and The American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Young Playwrights for Change competition!

Now in its fourth year, Young Playwrights for Change is a national middle school playwriting competition that offers 6th–8th grade students a new way to explore and express how they feel about important issues.

This year’s theme: Empathy in Action: Combating Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, repeated, aggressive behavior among school aged children. Both kids who bully and kids who get bullied believe that the one who bullies is more powerful. We are looking for 10-minute plays exploring possible solutions and positive change that honestly deal with the problem of bullying and its consequences.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 20, 2017

Reasons to enter
  • Every student who participates will have their plays read by a theater professional
  • Five Finalists will have their plays produced as readings in Winter 2017
  • One Finalist will have their play submitted to the National Competition where they will have a chance to win the Grand Prize:
    A staged reading of their play at the national TYA/USA One Theatre World Conference on May 4, 2017 at The Standard Theatre in San Francisco, California (hotel and travel included)
To enter or for more information
  • Email

    Email Nicole Hogsett at

  • Print and Mail

    Print and Mail your Play and Play Submission form to:

    New York City Children’s Theater
    Young Playwrights for Change
    340 East 46th Street
    New York, NY 10017

Ready to get started? Grab your play submission form:

Additional Resources

The 2016 Competition

Congratulations to 8th Grader, Etai A., whose play No Plane, No Gain won the 2016 Regional Competition.