Fifty years as one of the leading play publishers for the educational market has taught us that some of our best-selling shows are written not by professional playwrights, but by teachers who create a play based on the specific needs of their drama program. Once published, these plays are quickly embraced by other teachers who share the same opportunities, challenges and limitations that seem universal in schools.
We want to encourage the development of quality plays written specifically by teachers and other educators. Our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers is open to all teachers employed at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada. All plays submitted through this contest must have been produced within the past two years at the school where the playwright teaches.
Submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis with a June 30 cutoff each year. All qualifying manuscripts accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists. The contest winner, selected from contest finalists and announced September 30, will receive a $500 royalty advance and a one-time $500 donation to the school theatre program where the play was first produced.
- Only entries submitted in accordance with all rules will be eligible for consideration.
- Playwright must be a current or retired faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada.
- Only entries submitted with an Official Contest Entry Form will be considered.
- Only entries that have been fully staged at the teacher’s school no more than two years prior to the submission date will be considered. We encourage you to take advantage of this production to revise your script as needed before submitting your manuscript.
- All entries must be accompanied by proof of production in the form of a copy of the program, a newsletter or newspaper article, a review, a photo or a letter from the school principal.
- Contest entries must meet all Pioneer Drama general guidelines and requirements for play submission, which can be found at pioneerdrama.com/playwrights/submit.asp.
- Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest. Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.
All manuscripts submitted for this contest will automatically be simultaneously considered for our annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest, which is open to all individuals not previously published by Pioneer Drama Service. See pioneerdrama.com for more details.
Questions? Contact us by email or by calling 800-333-7262.
We are sorry to say that we did not have any finalists for the 2016 the A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers. We look forward to reading many more entries for 2017.
Our 2015 winner was playwright Rebecca Gellott with her stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice. Designed especially for high school, amateur, and semi-professional theatre companies, this outstanding adaptation provides ample opportunities for female leads. Ms. Gellott utilizes a much more modern design concept for this Regency-era romantic comedy, including contemporary projection elements, lighting, and multifunctional set pieces to help younger, more modern audiences relate to this otherwise traditional period piece.
This beautiful stage adaptation was first performed at Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio, where Ms. Gellott has taught for seven years. In addition to teaching English, she works in the performing arts department at the school, directing and choreographing many main stage productions. Highly involved in the arts, she also does choreography for another local high school, acts and sings in the community, and sings in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.
Pioneer Drama Service is proud to publish Pride and Prejudice. It has a cast of 9M, 13F, plus extras, and has a running time of 120 minutes.
Thank you to all those who submitted plays to this ongoing contest. We look forward to receiving your submissions again next year.