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The PBD Young Playwrights 1-Minute Play Contest

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. 

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

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

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners

Bak Middle School of the Arts:
Tie-Dye Disaster
by Amber Fowler
Thirteenth Time by Tyler Hiers
Tough Times by Devin Jackson
Friendship Fanatic by Addison Kleinmann
That Silly Toy by Emma Lupowitz
Look at Me by Max Leighton
Home by Lila MacKenzie
I'm Not Ready by Anthony Osorio
Exposed! by Isabella Sande-Wolff
Ana by Kate Velez

Eagles Landing Middle School:
F as in Fail by Juliette Carrion
A Friendship Beginning by Sarah Esmail
Dog on the Block by Skylar Gartner
A Boy and his Dog by Christian Kuhn
Reborn and Alive by Jordan Young