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Desert in Dark
arts initiative


We are proud to announce our first ever

OTF Youth Playwrighting Competition.

Are you an educator?

Sign up now for info on how to participate next season.

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How it works:

  • Teachers* from participating schools are invited to submit up to five (5) short plays written by students.

  • All submissions to be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals who will determine ten (10) semi-finalists and the Youth Playwriting Competition winner.

  • Each semi-finalist will receive a $50 Visa gift card.


The winner will receive: 

  • A $500 Visa gift card. 

  • Virtual presentation of their play during The Obsidian Theatre Festival’s featured content streaming in June 2022.

  • Feedback and networking opportunities from OTF’s panel and worldwide viewership.


Competition Criteria:

  • Short plays no longer than 10 minutes in length with no more than four (4) characters. 

  • Open to students in grades 7-12.

  • Title pages to include student pronouns and grade


Important Dates: 

  • Submissions open March 1, 2022

  • Submissions close April 11, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

  • Semi-finalists announced May 2, 2022

  • Competition winner announced Spring 2022

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