Youth Playwriting Contest

Youth Playwriting Contest - Towngate Theatre

The Harold G. O’Leary Youth Playwriting Contest gives young playwrights the opportunity to bring their stories to life with a full-length production at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Each year, a single play will be selected to be performed as part of Oglebay Institute’s summer youth theater program, Parcel Players. Founded in 1967, this long-standing program offers young people interested in theater a chance to act, direct, design sets, work with costumes, lighting and more.

The contest winner will receive a $400 stipend and have their play produced with professional guidance from the Towngate Theatre staff.

Rules and Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be received by April 3, 2020.
  • Submissions should be original, full-length plays only.
  • No screenplays, musicals or adaptations.
  • You may not submit more than one play.
  • Collaborations by up to two playwrights will be accepted.
  • Scripts must be in Standard American Format Style.
  • You must submit a PDF or MS Word file of your script. Please keep a hard copy and a backup file.
  • Scripts must be typed, pages numbered, and the playwright’s name should appear on the first page.
  • Scripts must be presented by the playwright(s) and not by a teacher or parent.
  • Submissions will be accepted from students ages 15-25 from the following counties: Ohio (WV), Marshall (WV), Brooke (WV), Hancock (WV),  Belmont (OH), Jefferson (OH), Monroe (OH) and Washington (PA).
  • Towngate Theatre staff will review submissions and will determine the contest winner. Their decision will be final.
  • All playwrights will be notified of the status of their submission via email.
  • Scripts that do not meet the above submission guidelines will not be considered.
  • Parcel Players actors are made up of students ages 13-22.
  • Subject matter and language should be appropriate.

Youth Playwriting Contest Entry Application:

    Contact Information:

    *Please input your name exactly as you want it to appear on a playbill or in any recognition of your work.

    First Name*

    Last Name*

    Age*

    Address*

    City*

    State*

    Zip*

    Phone*

    Email*

    *=required field


    In what county do you reside?


    Submit a copy of your play:

    *Please upload your play as a PDF or MS Word document.

    Attachment 1 (required):
    Title of Play:
    Attach file:



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