Deadline: June 1, 2024
Accepts Submissions of: Plays /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Radio/Film/TV material /



WRITE A PLAY! Professionals will evaluate your entry, and if you’re one of the winners your play will receive a production. This is an educational program focused on the development of new plays – so if you’re a winner, be prepared to revise your script with the support of a professional dramaturg (or writing mentor), director and actors.

WHO? Californians under the age of 19 as of June 1, 2020.
Collaborations and group plays will be accepted. Scripts will be evaluated in two groups. Winning writers aged 15 and older will receive full professional productions; winning younger writers will receive staged readings performed by professional actors.

WHEN? Entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 30, 2020. NOTE: Our 2020 Contest Deadline has been extended from June 1st to June 30th, 2020! In October 2020, winning playwrights will be notified and written script evaluations will be sent to entrants who request them in their cover letters. Scripts will be produced in spring of 2021 at a professional theatre in San Diego.

Comments from NMI Staff:

The 38th Annual
California Young Playwrights Contest

is coming in 2022! Stay tuned for information on how to enter!


No updates for 2024 as of Sept 2023.

CONTACT NAME: Erika Phillips
CONTACT PHONE: 619.239.8222
        California Young Playwrights Contest
        Erika Phillips
        3675 Ruffin Road Suite #330
        San Diego, CA 92123
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