Submission Guidelines

The 2023 Contest opens March 1 and closes June 1

  • Ideally, plays submitted to our contest will be between 7 and 10 pages, with a running time of 8 to 11 minutes. (Note: This does not include character list, character descriptions, or detailed scenic descriptions at the beginning of the play. Those may be submitted on a separate page.) Please time your plays before submitting.
  • There is a $15 submission fee for each play. Plays should be submitted electronically to the email address below. Submission fees should be sent to Theatrikos Theater Company at 11 W. Cherry, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Please identify your fee as a NAPS entry fee. Please make the check payable to: Theatrikos Theatre Company. Please don’t send a paper copy of your play to the theater.
  • While judges will consider all plays, there is a strong preference for plays that require 3 or fewer actors. Co-authored plays are acceptable. Multiple submissions are also acceptable.
  • Entries may not have been a previous contest winner on any stage; entries may not have been performed for a paying audience. Plays may have been workshopped in venues where donations are accepted.
  • Please format your play according to standards of writing for the stage. Each character’s dialogue is normally single-spaced, with double-spacing between character lines. Use 12-point font. Send your contact information (name, email address, and the state in which you reside) separately from your play. Your play should be submitted as a PDF file. Our panel of judges will read anonymous scripts, so your name should not appear on the play.
  • Winning plays will receive a staged reading, but we cannot accommodate elaborate props, so the artistry should reside in the dialogue and action, not the staging. Plays should be received no later than 5 p.m., June 1, 2023. Plays should be emailed to

From the Judges:

Our judges will be taking the following criteria into consideration in making their selections:
  1. Quality of Plot/Story: Is the play conceptually or thematically interesting and well conceived? Does it start and end strong? Does it sustain in the middle?
  2. Quality of Characters: All of the characters should be interesting and give actors plenty of “meat” to sink their teeth into — no unnecessary or underdeveloped characters.
  3. Strength of the Dialogue: It’s important that the action is clear and purposeful and helps drive the story in a naturalistic way, even if the play is conceptual.
  4. Strength of the Action: It’s important that the action is clear and purposeful and helps drive the story.
  5. Tone and Effect: Is the tone consistent and appropriate? If it’s a comedy, are there genuine laughs? If it is a drama, does it have emotional impact?

Plays will be judged anonymously. Please submit your play with just the title and no author identification on the title page. Submit your contact information in a separate document — include the title of your play, your name, your state of residence, phone number, and email address. Winners will be notified via email and posted on the NAPS website.

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