VSA Playwright Discovery Program 2023: Call for entries


Each year, young writers with disabilities enrolled in high school (generally, ages 14-19) are invited to submit a ten-minute script for the opportunity to participate in a playwrights program. The script should have at least two characters, incorporate an engaging plot, and move the audience through an emotional or entertaining experience all within ten minutes (this is usually eight to nine pages in 12pt. Arial font).

Winners will receive a financial award ($1,000 USD) and work with industry professionals to further develop their script, receive coaching/mentorship, and participate in networking opportunities.

Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. Eligible student writers may have visible, physical, and/or sensory conditions, as well as less visible conditions like anxiety, ADHD, depression, chronic illness/pain, PTSD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, neurodivergence, and more.

Please review full eligibility requirements and application details on their website.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Generous support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The Kennedy Center(VSA) • Office of Accessibility and VSA • 202-416-8898

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