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 Young Playwrights Contest

The PBD Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest

APRIL 17, 2024 at 7PM


For grades 6-8.  Everyone has a story to tell! 

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The mission of PBD’s Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest is to motivate young people to learn about themselves, their individuality and creativity, and inspire creativity by giving students a voice in creating their own unique story. Each play submitted is read and adjudicated by professional theatre practitioners using a carefully constructed rubric. Students progressing to the finals are given constructive suggestions for strengthening and revising their plays, and up to 20 students will have their plays professionally developed and performed onstage at PBD. 


Lesson Plans

PBD provides detailed lesson plans with supporting documents with benchmarks that were piloted in district middle schools in 2022. However, educators are not required to use PBD’s lesson plans, and are encouraged to use, adapt or modify any plans that work best for their students.

Lesson Plans

Playwrighting Rubric


Submission Information

Please note that all plays must be submitted by a teacher or school administrator. We do not accept submissions from individual students.

  • All plays must be 1-minute plays. We do not accept longer plays
  • Plays must be submitted as Word or PDF documents
  • Educators submitting multiple plays should organize plays in a folder and submit by email, Google Drive, or Dropbox to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Please be sure all plays have a separate title page with the following: Title of Play, Author, School, Teacher name, Teacher’s email address and school phone number
  • All entries will receive a confirmation after submission. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us at 561/514-4042, ext. 123

Winners of the 2024 Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest

Bak Middle School of the Arts

The Breakup That Never Happened                 by Emma Betancur

Your Royal Majesty                                          by Skye Davis

One Last Moment                                             by Maggie Douglas

Out                                                                    by Devin Jackson

Morning Mayhem                                              by Daniella Lent

Crista McAuliffe Middle School

Thanatophobia                                                  by Zunayra Erisha

The Owl and the Fiends                                     by Colton Shortell

Eagles Landing Middle School

All Aboard                                                           by Giulianna Apolinario

Where Is It?                                                        by Sarah Esmail 

Watson B. Duncan Middle School

The Girlfriend                                                       by Christina Bontrager

Shine a Light                                                        by Brooke DiTommaso

The Last Black Friday                                          by Berrak Erkuloglu

A Very Social & Definitely Enjoyable Family Reunion       by Callahan Fernandez

It’s About Time                                                     by Beckett Hess

The Doctor’s Room                                               by Karina Jacobs

He’s Mine                                                              by Nyla Matthews

Unexpected                                                           by Alexandra Peña

Woodlands Middle School

The O’Clock Stop Shop                                         by Olivia Jada Clitus

The Room                                                               by Dresly Pierre


2024 Contest Details:

  • The contest is open to all Palm Beach County students in grades 6 – 8
  • Play submission deadline: Friday, February 23, 2024 @ 5:00pm
  • All plays must be submitted by an educator or school administrator
  • Up to 40 finalists will be selected
  • Each finalist will be given one week to revise and resubmit their plays
  • Up to 20 winners will be chosen by a panel of professional playwrights and theatre practitioners using a carefully constructed rubric.
  • Winning plays will be assigned a professional director, and revisions continue throughout the rehearsal process
  • Each winner receives a $100 cash prize and a beautiful anthology that includes their play
  • Winners announced Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • Performance: Wednesday, April 17 @ 7:00pm

 For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions