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Since 2003, NC Young Playwrights has been a program for students and teachers dedicated to increasing playwriting in the K-12 classroom in North Carolina. NC Young Playwrights is the perfect opportunity for your students to receive the collaborative, intensive, professional exposure to the world of playwriting that will create lasting memories and highly beneficial experience.




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NC Young Playwrights  


Elementary School:

Outstanding Play

Little Timmy and the Case of the Missing Jordans by Graham Cox, Ashton Kucko, Eli Vaganos, Wyatt Bibb, Micah Robinson

from Sharon Elementary

Honorable Mention

The Restaurant by Emily Mathis, Zoey Bonaviri, Rylee Gregory

from Sharon Elementary

Middle School: 

Outstanding Play

The Brown Book by Cooper Hayles

from Randolph IB Middle School

Honorable Mention

Regrets of Man by Noah Howard

from Fuquay-Varina Middle School

High School:

Outstanding Play

A Touch of Love by Abigail Zwahlen

from Seaforth High School

Honorable Mention

Resurrecting Jane by Tess McLamb

from Orange High School

All Honorable Mention and Outstanding Play recipients, please email Heather your license forms when you can- even if you emailed it before - we might not have access to the email you sent it to! (

This will, also, give us the emails to send the amazon gift cards to for the Outstanding Plays

We will start working on the book as soon as we can and email everyone once it is available! 

Teachers, if you're interested in taking a leadership role in the Playwriting Committee let Heather know (we need more help).

NCYP Festival



The first step in becoming involved in NC Young Playwrights Festival is to submit your students work to NC Young Playwrights. Many teacher have playwriting units that end in a written play. By submitting the students play you have provided a perfect opportunity to expand the student's understanding of playwriting and celebrating their hard work. Submissions don't just come from playwriting units. NC Theatre Teachers have found that a passionate playwright is always ready to be encouraged to participate in this event. Each NCTAE member can submit up to five entries from their school. Submitted plays will be read by qualified theatre professionals who will adjudicate based on a common score sheet. The plays that receive the highest communal score will be asked to participate in the NC Young Playwrights Showcase and they will receive an award:






Qualifications for Submitted Plays:


  • The teacher must be a current member of NCTAE

  • NCTAE member may only submit 2 entries from a school

  • Entries must be 20 pages or less

  • Entries must have 5 characters or less

  • Plays can be written by an individual or a class 

  • Teachers who submit must read 4 entries from another grade level to help with scoring


How to Submit Correctly:​​


  • Submit plays to the NCYPF Google Form 

  • Make sure the selected plays are in the correct format (see resources below)

  • Save selections as the title of the play and either ES, MS or HS. (ex. Hamlet HS)

  • Use HS, MS, and ES rubrics before submitting to make sure that you have all qualifications covered

  • Only submit in word document or google doc form. PDFs will not be accepted.

Please, also, complete and attach the following to your entries

Complete the Publishing Permission Form 

Video and Photo Release Form 




Submissions for the 2023-2024 school year are due by January 18th, 2024.  Submissions are accepted by our Submissions Chairs. 

Teachers, please submit by completing a NCYPF GOOGLE FORM (coming soon!)

For questions about submissions email or or


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NCYPF Published Playwrights



Now presenting our NEW published collection of plays on AMAZON!










               CLICK HERE  








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Please give the playwright credit for their work. The plays should serve not only as text but as inspiration for your students to create their own works.


The playwrights grant you permission to use all scripts within the classroom for educational purposes. If you wish to produce a play for a performance, you must contact the playwright for royalty information. The amount of the royalty fee is completely up to the individual playwright. However, we suggest a fair compensation to be $25 per performance. Contact with the playwright may be made through Emily Klingman at 

Teachers may make as many copies as are needed.

All monies received by NCTAE for the plays goes toward the expenses of making the plays available to you and to fund awards for future student playwrights.



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