Young Playwrights Festival

Each year, FST receives play submissions by playwrights ages 5-18 from around the world, submitted through FST's award-winning WRITE A PLAY program.

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 in a full-scale, professional production. 

The year-long program culminates with FST’s Annual Young Playwrights Awards Ceremony each spring, where students, their families, educators, playwrights, and dignitaries will come together virtually to celebrate the outstanding plays created over the course of the year.

Click here to download the WRITE A PLAY submission packet.

Congratulations to our 2021 Winning Playwrights! Click the "2021 Winners" tab above for a full list of our winning titles and playwrights.

Congratulations to our 2021 winning young playwrights! 

Elementary Winners

The Case of the Missing Pet Food
by Evangeline Robinson
Tatum Ridge Elementary (Sarasota County), Ms. Braunstein—3rd Grade

Crimson Bomber vs. Mistress Pearl
by Leandro Nieves
Holy Name School (Camden, NJ), Mrs. Buchhofer—7th Grade

How the Sloth Became Queen
by Students in Ms. Sandlin’s 4th Grade Class
Longleaf Elementary School (Pasco County), Ms. Sandlin—4th Grade

Out of Buns
by Students in Ms. Wagner’s 4th Grade Class
Westwood Elementary (Woodstock, IL), Ms. Wagner—4th Grade

Play Time
by Students in Mr. Saldivar and Mrs. Cardel’s 3rd Grade Class
Tuttle Elementary (Sarasota County), Mr. Salvidar and Mrs. Cardel—3rd Grade

The Sudden Hit
by Makayla Maneio
Bradenton Christian School (Manatee County), Ms. Spanos—4th Grade

Middle and Highschool Winners

Different But the Same
by Matrick Thorpe
Pine View School (Sarasota County), Mrs. Hazlett—8th Grade
Opposite Shoulders  
by Jayelle S. McCarthy
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—7th Grade

Summer Blues 
by Ayanna Cabrera
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—8th Grade

Zoomance: The Musical!
by Addison Cupo, Jude DeMaio, Annika LaRose, Alix Leinweber, Amari Lobo, Roxy McGuire, Aden Rodriguez, Melanie Lizeth Rodriguez, Quinn Tonini, and Savanna Vest
Booker Middle School (Sarasota County), Ms. Mills—6th and 7th Grade (Musical Theatre Class)

Submit Your Play!

For guidelines on how to submit your play to the 2022 Young Playwrights Festival playwriting competition, click here


 2021 Young Play Festival Highlights | WRITE A PLAY

Traditionally, the WRITE A PLAY experience culminates on Florida Studio Theatre’s five-theatre campus with Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) Day, an annual celebration of children’s imagination and creativity. Participating students, teachers, and families from across the state of Florida and from as far as Russia, Scotland, and Israel, come together to enjoy live performances of the year’s winning plays. Following these live performances, playwrights are honored in an awards ceremony and are presented with certificates and medals on stage.

This year, we are honoring two-years of playwrights on Saturday, June 5 in a special virtual Young Playwrights Award Ceremony. This online event is invite-only for winners, their teachers, 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.


Young Playwrights Festival in the News

April 9, 2021  |  SCENE MAGAZINE  |  FST Announces Winners of 30th Anniversary Playwriting Competition

May 19, 2020  I BROADWAY WORLD  I  FST Announces Winners of 2020 Youth Playwriting Competition

May 18, 2020  I SRQ MAGAZINE  I  Florida Studio Theatre Announces Winners of Youth Playwriting Competition