Young Playwrights Festival

Over the course of the 2018-2019 season, FST received plays written by over 6,000 young playwrights, aged 5-18. Each play is read at least twice by FST staff members and community volunteers, seeking those that reveal the unique voice of the child who wrote it- a play that no adult could write. In selecting winners, FST looks for plays with an imaginative plot and character, a strong sense of rhythm in the dialogue, innate wisdom, and diverse themes.

The most exemplary plays submitted by students in grades K-6 are produced as a full-scale, professional production. This season our Under Six production, titled A Beary Big Adventure & Other Winning Plays, will be presented to the public and in our WRITE A PLAY subscription.

View 2019 YPF Winning Plays Here.


Submissions for the 2019 Young Playwrights Festival are closed.

Submission Guidelines & Cover Sheet

Examples of 2017/2018 Winning Plays:

A "Beary" Big Adventure by Viviana Serrano
Garden Elementary, Mrs. Buckalter- 4th Grade

Baseball Field by Leighton Paul
Wakeland Elementary, Ms. Lyons– 3rd Grade

Case File 402: Love Is Blind by Matrick Thorpe
Pine View School, Mr. Vitkus– 5th Grade

Crayons by Juan Palma
Fruitville Elementary, Mrs. Dendy– 5th Grade

How To Make a Milkshake by Joe Hagney
Gulf Gate Elementary, Ms. Hazen- 1st Grade

The Mom That Couldn't Cook by Reece Lanum
Garden Elementary, Mrs. Kern- 3rd Grade

Our Imaginary Friends by Maggie Layman
Island Village Montessori School, Ms. Almu & Mr. Bobby – 5th Grade

The 2019 Young Playwrights Festival took place on Saturday, May 18 on Florida Studio Theatre's campus in downtown Sarasota. Festivites included a performance of the winning plays and an awards ceremony. This is an invite-only event for winners and their families. 

For any questions and more information, contact Adam Ratner, Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator/Lead Teaching Artist, at [email protected] or (941) 366-9017 ext. 323.

The Young Playwrights Festival is presented as part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays.

Through FST's partnership with the Chautauqua Institution we are proud to announce a winning playwright! Fletcher Third Grader Wins Young Playwrights Festival Award