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.





We had some fantastic Elementary, Middle, and High School plays submitted! We are pleased to announce the following winning and Honorable Mention plays for the 2020 NCYPF.



Winner- The Power of the Seasons  by Anastasia Kolesnikov from Sharon Elementary School, teacher: Bradley Hood  

Honorable Mention- Stand For Your Dreams  by Amelie Porper from Washington Elementary School, teacher: Marissa Plondke


Middle School:

Winner- Cargo  by Luke Moran, Zoe Cole, Cameron Myers, and Thekla Macon from Cane Creek Middle School, teacher: Ellen Wharton

Honorable Mention- Who Done It?  by Kylie Roeder, Reese Peters, and Ashley Horne from Bailey Middle School, teacher: Emily Klingman

High School:

Winner- A Contemporary Courtship  by Ada Collins from Weaver Academy, teacher: Keith Taylor  

Winner- Silver Lining  by Abigail Celoria from North Raleigh Christian Academy, teacher: Zachary Roberts  

Winner- The Bumbling Knights  by Mitchell Cordell from West Caldwell High School, teacher: Tara Blake Hatton   

Honorable Mention- Home  by Alex Fritts from Weaver Academy, teacher: Keith Taylor  

Honorable Mention- One in Seventy Thousand  by Emily Pate from Weaver Academy, teacher: Keith Taylor

Honorable Mention- Mental  by Lucas Lauer from Sun Valley High School, teacher: Caleb Dalby  

Middle School

One  $100.00 Award given

One Honorable Mention

Elementary School

One $50.00 Award given

One Honorable Mention



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 1-5 entries from a school

  • Entries must be 30 pages or less

  • Entries must have 8 characters or less

  • Plays can be written by an individual or a class 


How to Submit Correctly:​​


  • Submit plays to the NCYPF Google Form

  • Complete the Publishing Permission 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)

  • Include Playwright's name and school in body of email with script attached

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

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




Submissions for our 2021 NC Young Playwrights Festival are now being accepted through January 29, 2021

Submissions are accepted by Chad Schuermeyer. 

Please submit by completing a NCYPF GOOGLE FORM


High School

Three $100.00 Awards given

Two Honorable Mentions

 NCYPF Showcase

April 10, 2021 at 12:00pm

VIRTUAL OR Triad Stage - Greensboro, NC


After a team of professional playwrights have selected the most outstanding plays submitted, UNCG students and faculty will produce staged readings of the award winning plays. Each staged reading will be followed by a talk back. This celebration of student writing will take place on April 10, 2021 starting at 12pm. Due to the pandemic, we are uncertain if we will be hosting this event virtually or in-person at this point. Our team is prepared for either option. We are excited to share student's work in 2021, no matter the platform.


If in person: The day is comprised of a final rehearsal on the UNCG campus.

Teachers and playwrights are invited to arrive at 10:30am. Students arrive

and are greeted by a personal liaison from the UNCG theatre department. This

liaison will accompany the student playwright to see the final rehearsal of

their play where they can take a sneak peak and give any final details. As

the rehearsal finishes, students, teachers, and family will travel to downtown

Greensboro to the award winning regional theatre of Triad Stage. Students' 

plays will be performed by skilled actors on a stage that host the regions most

prestigious work. The program will feature the elementary performance first,

followed by the middle school performance, and then the day will conclude

with the high school performances.


NC Young Playwrights Festival Showcase is such an amazing

experience for students because they see their imagination come to life in a very real

way. Students eyes light up as they see characters that they had only seen in their mind become moving, speaking, and breathing characters on stage. After their performance, the students have an opportunity to share with the audience their inspiration and their thought process behind their work. This moment of praise and focus on each student leaves them with a strong confidence in themselves and an opportunity to discuss their works with professionals from all areas of North Carolina.


Selected playwrights and their teachers will receive an e-mail once selections are made regarding detailed information about the showcase.

2019 Letter to Winning Playwrights 

UNCG Campus Map 

2019 Non-Exclusive License Agreement 


For More information contact: Emma Crumpler




NCYPF Published Playwrights



Now presenting our NEW published collection of plays on AMAZON!



















To purchase the 2020 Winning plays!


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 

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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P.O. Box 16662

Asheville, NC 28816-0662
Tel: 828-225-0429


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  by NCTAE

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