We ask creative writing, English, and theater teachers to assign a ten-minute play as a part of their classroom curriculum, and then have them submit all completed plays, free-of-charge. Submissions are open to any and all Grade 9-12 students within the New England area. Submitted scripts are adjudicated through a blind submission process by Trinity Rep education, artistic, and literary staff. Each year, four winners are selected with at least one winner from a Providence, RI high school.
To submit for the 2020 Write Here! Write Now! playwriting competition, please fill out the Write Here! Write Now! application.
We’re so proud of our 2019 winners! Congratulations to Jillian Aronhalt (East Providence High School in East Providence, RI), Cori Diaz (Rockville High School in Vernon, CT), Amanda Fawell (Framingham High School in Framingham, MA), and Sam Weiler (Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI).
Write Here! Write Now! 2020 dates:
March 9 – Submissions due
April 6 – Winners announced
May 4 – Festival
To get inspiration on bringing this program to your classroom, please check our study guide.
Teachers: Download this printable flyer to inspire your students
In addition to receiving a staged reading of their plays, the winning playwrights receive a scholarship towards any Trinity Rep Young Actors Studio after-school class, and 20 free tickets to a Project Discovery student matinee performance for their schools during the upcoming season.
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. Each year, in an evening performance, the winning scripts receive staged readings on our main stage, directed by Trinity Rep staff and performed by our company members and Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students. From the moment the winning scripts are chosen, Trinity Rep dramaturgs, directors and actors work alongside the student writers to clarify and breathe physical life into the playwrights’ words and worlds.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with inquiries.
The 2019 Winners:
ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls for submissions of ten minute short plays from middle and high school students on the topic of gun violence, culminating in a staged reading.
The project enables teens to express themselves through storytelling, foster open dialogue in their communities, take on leadership roles, and inspire creative action. Learn more.