Do you have an original and inventive play written to inspire and excite young audiences? Whether you are a young person or a senior writer, the age of the audience is what counts.

Your play might be written for adults to perform to children, or for young actors to perform themselves. It might be created specifically for the classroom by a teacher, or by students themselves.

There are three categories, and a winner will be awarded in each category.

These are: 3–8 years, 8–12 years, or written for teenagers.

We strongly recommend that when playwrights are including stories or characters in their plays that are not of the playwright's own culture (e.g. te ao Māori or Pasifika), that they consult with the relevant community at the earliest possible stage of writing.

Submissions can only be entered into this competition once and you may enter a maximum of three scripts. Plays entered under this competition may have been previously produced.

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Submissions close 1 August 2022.


Playwrights B4 25 Competition

Playwrights B4 25 Competition

Posted Monday 07 Mar 2022

Playwrights b4 25, offered in partnership with Auckland Live, has a proven track record of nurturing young writers to successful seasons of their work—you could be next. For this annual competition we are looking for writers under 25 who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays.

There are absolutely no restrictions on style or content, whether it's a full length monologue or an epic for a cast of thousands, a comedy, or a gritty urban tragedy, we're interested in what you have to say. Write about anything you like, in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like. All submissions are read blind by the judges. The judges' decisions are final. The winning play will receive a prize of $1,500 courtesy of Auckland Live.

Submit here

Submissions close 1 April 2022