Young Playwrights in Process

Be inspired by writing! Young Playwrights in Process (YPIP) is an online playwriting competition for Indiana students in grades 6-12. The competition was created by IRT in 2005 through the Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Trust. YPIP encourages middle and high school students across Indiana to write, creating plays that reflect and challenge their world. 

YPIP events will be done entirely online! All submissions, workshops, and events will take place virtually so we can continue to connect students across the state. The submission deadline for this year's program is SEPTEMBER 25, 2022.

Young playwrights – if you have a story to tell, we want to read it! Submit your play to YPIP and have the chance to receive $1000!

Educators – you can include our lessons as a part of your curriculum! Read below to learn more.

HOw do I Participate?

1. Watch intro videos and learn about the submission guidelines (See Below)


2. Watch Playwriting Series videos

Learn from IRT’s Playwright in Residence James Still how to develop your play. Educators – each video contains a writing exercise you can use in your classroom! 

Click the links below to view the videos now!

Welcome Students

Welcome Teachers

Story & Plot




Dialogue & Narration

Themes & Issues

Writing & Rewriting

Wrap-Up & Submission

3. Read a sample script for formatting assistance
This is an example of how to format a script, click here to view.
4. Click here to submit your play!

Submission Guidelines

Click to review YPIP's submission guidelines
  • YPIP celebrates the art of the short play. Submitted plays must be a maximum of 1500 words total. This should be about 10 (ten) double-spaced pages, or about 10 (ten) minutes of performance time.

  • Plays must have no more than 4 (four) characters.

  • Plays must be original works. No adaptations of other stories, television shows, plays, musicals, or movies.

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in middle school, high school, or home school in grades 6-12 in the state of Indiana.

  • Only one playwright per one script submission.

  • Students may submit up to a total of three short plays per student.

  • The online YPiP entry form must be completed with each submission.

  • Students must be available to attend the Finalist Weekend and Virtual Celebration.

Any entries not meeting the above requirements will be disqualified.


  • The deadline to submit your play is Sunday, September 25th at 5:00pm.
  • All submissions will receive an email with feedback from a theatre professional who read their play. 

  •  A selection of top playwrights are invited to our Semi-Finals Workshop to work on revising their play and developing new playwriting skills.
  • Following the workshop, students will have two weeks to revise their plays and resubmit them. Resubmitted plays will be read by new theatre professionals who will give students specialized feedback and advice for additional revisions.

  • Six playwrights will be selected as Finalists.

  • Finalists will a part of our Finalist Weekend where they will hear their play read by professional actors and work one-on-one with directors and playwrights. 

  • Playwrights from this round will take what they learned to revise their plays and resubmit them for a final round of feedback.  

  • Two playwrights will be selected as the Winners.

  • Winners will have their full play read by professional actors at the Virtual Celebration. Finalists will have an excerpt from their play read by professional actors. 

  • The four Finalists and two Winners will receive their prizes and enjoy a recording of their reading to share with friends and family!

Please note that to be eligible for semi-finals and finals, students must be available for all scheduled workshops and events. 


In addition to receiving a reading of their plays, the Finalist playwrights receive $250 cash, and the Winning playwrights receive $1000 cash! Finalists and Winners will also receive 4 tickets to any play for themselves and their families in the 2022-2023 season.