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. Over the course of the 2019-2020 season, FST received submissions written by over 7,600 young playwrights —the most playwrights who have submitted plays to the program in over twelve years. 

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 in a full-scale, professional production. 

This year's winners will be invited to the 30th Anniversary Young Playwrights Festival in the spring of 2021 to see their plays brought to life by professional actors and receive certificates and medals of achievement.

Congratulations to our 2020 Winning Playwrights! Click the "2020 Winners" tab above for a full list of our winning titles and playwrights.

2020 Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 winning young playwrights! Their plays were selected out of submissions from over 7,600 young playwrights from around the world.

Elementary Winners

The Amazon Box Talks
by Addison Crutchfield
Robert E. Willis Elementary, Mrs. Nikla - 4th Grade

The Avocado Invasion
by Nichole Almeida, Diana Geronimo Arredondo, Yosandy Gomez Mojica, Carlos Gonzalez Tapia, Antonio Frazier, Jeremy Irizarry Seda, La'Kia James, Dontae Kirkland, Jazmin Lara, Jocelyn Leyva Camacho, Dan Martinez Ramos, Desiny Ornelas, Joshua Pacheco Villela, Zoe Pete, Adalynn Pettey, Mason Portela, Melanie Ramirez, Isaac Rene, Aldo Rivera Castro, Victor Ruyan Aliaga, Jennifer Santos Morales, Andy Trejo
Gocio Elementary, Ms. Hickey- 5th Grade
The Brave Princess and the Naughty Prince
by Kimberlee Carswell, Emma Nell Abreu, Violet Pastor
Phillippi Shores Elementary IB World School, Mrs. Kreger, Mrs. Pitsch, Mrs. Sullivan - 1st Grade
Cash Only!
by Cali Fuller
Gulf Gate Elementary, Mrs. Newton - 2nd Grade
Farm Trouble
by Mallory Anderson
Southside Elementary, Mrs. Ryckman - 3rd Grade
The Grandma That Eats Everything
by Daniel C. Contreras
St. Joseph's Pro Cathedral School, Ms. Bergen - 3rd Grade
How This Wish Came True
by Piper Fancher
Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, Mrs. Wedebrock - 3rd Grade
Lost in the Crowd
by Pranaam Lobo
Pine View School, Mr. Maron - 4th Grade
Saving Planet X
by Alexander Ardila, Zane Clark, David Cruz-Pineda, Levis Gomez-Huete, Karinah Hillard, Markell Humphrey, Gabriel Lago Fernandez, Cayden Loos, Alyssa Medina, Lydia Nobile, Brissa Ortega, Kelly Ortega, Renzo Palacio-Maza, Moises Segovia, Freddy Suarez, Akirah Taylor, Amani Tillery, Omar Williams, Collin Zinser
Wilkinson Elementary, Ms. Guiterrez - 4th Grade
A Second Chance
by Journey Prince
Laurel Nokomis School, Mrs. Tweed - 3rd Grade
The Tooth Fairy & the Little Girl
by Mia Guenero
Gulf Gate Elementary, Mrs. McCarthy - 1st Grade
Middle and Highschool Winners
The Ballad of Billy
by Matrick Thorpe
Pine View School - 7th Grade
Big Dreams Under the Big Top
by Cora Thayer
Incarnation Catholic School, Mrs. Turley - 8th Grade

Flying Solo With IBD
by Spencer Emerson Opal-Levine
Pine View School, Mrs. Steele - 11th Grade
I Am Different
by Kyle Ramon and Jillian Vega
Booker Middle School, Ms. Mills - 8th Grade
I Know I Am Different
by Alon Barkay
Shelanu School, Bar Bracha Menashe - 6th Grade

by Zahra Kerbalai
Queen Anne High School, Kirstyn Wood - 9th Grade
The Last Slice
by Nelson Vidro
Holy Name School, Mrs. Kent - 8th Grade
An Old Home
by Luna Maria Chacon
Holy Name School, Mrs. Kent - 8th Grade

Out and Proud
by Cassandra Bradley
Sarasota High School - 12th Grade
Submit Your Play!

Click here to download your 2021 WRITE A PLAY submission packet.

Deadline for submissions: February 26, 2021


The Annual Young Playwrights Festival takes place each spring 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, their teachers, and their families.

Due to COVID-19, FST was forced to cancel the 2020 Festival. 2020 winning playwrights will be invited to the 30th Anniversary Young Playwrights Festival in the spring of 2021 to see their plays brough to life by professional actors and receive certificates and medals of achievement.  

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

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