Young Writers Play Festival

Playwrights ages 13-18 in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are invited to submit their 10-20 minute plays to Children’s Theatre Workshop’s Young Writers Play Festival!


Children’s Theatre Workshop is hosting its first Young Writers Play Festival in July 2023, featuring works written by youth in northwest Ohio!


  • Submissions are due April 30, 2023.
  • Playwrights must be 13-18 years old and live in NW Ohio/SE Michigan at the time of their submission.
  • Scripts should be between 9 and 20 pages long.
  • Scripts do not need to be fully completed; CTW can offer support to help finish a play.
  • No more than two (2) submissions per playwright or group.
  • Scripts can be collaborations as opposed to written by only one person, as long as the playwrights are all ages 13-18.


Email your script to Aimee Reid at by April 30, 2023. You will receive a confirmation email no later than May 3, 2023. Please only submit in Word or PDF. There is no cost to submit or participate in the festival.


Plays will be selected with a committee of CTW staff and students. Selected plays will be chosen no later than May 30, 2023. CTW will select four (4) short plays.


Playwrights will collaborate with a CTW director to cast their short play and rehearse it at the Collingwood Arts Center or the Ohio Theatre.

Tech week is July 17-20, 2023. The performance will be July 21, 2023.