Student Playwriting Competition
10th Anniversary

2021 DATES

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Winner notification: April 5, 2021
Online Festival: May 2021

Complete rules and online submission form

Each year,  New England high school students are invited to submit up to two ten-minute plays to our Write Here! Write Now! student playwriting competition. This program is free to all participants and is open to all grade 9-12 students in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school.

Resources for Teachers

English, creative writing, and theater arts teachers are encouraged to incorporate playwriting into their curriculum. To get inspiration on bringing this program to your classroom, use this study guide, which includes a five-day lesson plan. Share this flyer with your students.

Adjudication Process

Scripts are adjudicated through a blind evaluation process by Trinity Rep staff and local writers, and all students receive written feedback on their submissions. 

Winners

From the moment the winning scripts are chosen, Trinity Rep dramaturgs, directors and actors work with the student writers to clarify and breathe physical life into the playwrights’ words and worlds.

The festival portion of Write Here! Write Now! strives to honor the student writers’ texts while offering the playwrights the chance to see their work alive on stage for the first time. Winning scripts receive staged readings at a May event, directed by Trinity Rep staff and performed by professional actors. (Until it is safe to gather for in-person performances, the festival will be held online.)

In addition, winners will be interviewed in the spring issue of Trinity Square Magazine, and receive a scholarship towards a Young Actors Studio after-school class and 20 free tickets to a Project Discovery student matinee for their school for the upcoming 2021-22 Season.

PAST WINNERS

2020 Winners
Run, Ferret, Run
– Carolyn Jane Ferullo – The Lincoln School, Providence
Welcome to Hell -Amiya Mandapati- The Lincoln School, Providence
Friends without Benefits – Ayrin Ramirez – Central High School, Providence
The Bee – Madilyn Spear – Framingham High School, MA

2020 Honorable Mentions
Far and Gone – Erlinda Castro – Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Providence, RI
The Soccer Mom – Kailani Reis – Dighton Rehoboth High School, Dighton, MA

The 2020 festival took place virtually. Winning plays can be viewed here.

2019 Winners
A Cryptic Brunch – Sam Weiler – Rocky Hill School, West Greenwich
The Things I Wish I Could Say – Jillian Aaronnalt – East Providence High School
Lonesome Blues – Amanda Fawell – Framingham High School, MA
Sabotage – Cori Diaz – Rockville High School, CT

2019 Honorable Mentions
The Treehouse Conspiracy – Noah Sorin – St. Johnsbury Academy, VT
Jerry’s One Stop – Kate Fitzgerald – Lincoln School

The festival took place on May 21, 2019.

2018 Winners
62 Moons – Kate Fitzgerald – Lincoln School, Providence
The Case of the Stolen Sandwich – Jonathan Baron – LaSalle Academy
Rattlesnake – James Roberts – Putney School, Putney VT
Grandma and Technology – Emma Paulhus – Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School, MA

2018 Honorable Mentions
Boys. Period. – Catherine Giorgetti – Framingham High School, MA
Accidental Burial – Rachel Fickes – St. Johnsbury Academy- St. Johnsbury VT

The festival took place on May 7, 2018.

2017 Winners
Catch 42 – Bella Lillsebbas – Providence, RI
The Story of the Night Sky – Anna Tarasuk – Richmond, RI
Watermelon Boy – Jordana Kagan- Framingham, MA
Eliza’s Artist – Laura Costello – Vernon, CT

2017 Honorable Mention
Sequins – Julia Somma – Vernon, CT
Eighteen – Sophie Colantuono – Providence,  RI

Please email Matthew Tibbs at mtibbs@trinityrep.com with inquiries.

The 2019 Winners: