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Department of Theatre & Dance

Martin Bldg., Room 113
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4020


Writing Competitions

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National Playwriting Competition
$500 Award

The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance is embarking on its fourteenth year of soliciting scripts for its National Playwriting Competition; which encourages the writings of original works for children's theatre productions.

1st Prize

Winner receives a $500 cash award and World-Premiere production in the University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre's mainstage season. The production will receive six performances to potentially 2500 school children and general audience members. 

The production will be entered as an associate or participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


Submissions must be an original and unpublished work not produced professionally. Running time of production approximately 45-60 minutes.  Playwright gives permission to artists to work the script and make it successful and playable for our audiences.


Please submit one copy of the script in PDF or Word format to John Wilson:


All script submissions must be received by Monday, October 28, 2013.


All entrants will be notified of the winner by Monday, December 2, 2013.  Please include email address with entry.

The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance has been producing children's plays for over twenty-nine years in our academic season and in the summer with Central Missouri Repertory. Since our 2001 season, we are now focusing the direction of this program on the production of world-premiere original plays. To support this mission we have established the National Playwriting Competition to encourage the writing of new original children's plays.

For additional information contact

National Playwriting Competition
Department of Theatre and Dance - Martin 113
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4020