Write On!

Entry Info

NOW ACCEPTING submissions from all Connecticut high school students!
Submission Deadline:
Deadline Extended: October 17 at 5:00pm

Download Information Packet
Download Printable Application


Apply online above, or download the printable application and send to Aurelia Clunie, Education Associate for Student Audiences:

Email: aclunie@hartfordstage.org Subject: WRITE ON
Fax: 860-244-0183
Mail: Aurelia Clunie, Hartford Stage Education, 50 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103.

Questions? Email aclunie@hartfordstage.org, or call 860-520-7255.

Write On

What is Write On?

Write On is Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition and is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students will work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Over the next few months, the playwright will lead students in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program will culminate with readings of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who work closely with the young playwrights. (Middle School Students Click Here To Learn About Our Middle School Playwriting Contest.)

Writing Mentor

Kaneza Schaal

Playwright Kaneza Schaal

Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based artist. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, New York City Opera, and National Public Radio. Her practice is propelled by collaboration-based process and experimentation. Her work uses text as a jumping off point to create visual, physical, sonic, narrative and abstract expression.

Need Inspiration?

Send us your idea for a 10-minute play inspired by a topic that is important to you. Include characters, setting, and as much of the plot as you can—beginning, middle, and end. If your idea is chosen, we’ll help with the rest!

  • What people, places, and events grab your attention?
  • Who are the characters? Is there anyone or anything that piques your interest? 
  • Does my idea contain a clear conflict?
  • Can I explore this topic in a 10-minute format?