KidsWrite! is our annual playwriting festival for students, grades 6 to 12.


May 29 – May 30, 2020

7 pm on Friday – Saturday

$10  Available at door


All students, grades 6-12

March 01, 2020

Submission Deadline

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY in Standard Manuscript Format


Kidswrite 2020

Burning Coal Theatre Company is pleased to announce Kidswrite 2020, a collection of short plays written by young playwrights, selected from submissions solicited from Wake and 13 surrounding counties.  Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, May 29 & 30, 2020 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 apiece and may be obtained at the door.     

Every spring, Burning Coal Theatre receives play submissions from local 6th-12th graders that are then professionally produced for the public.  Burning Coal has assembled a team of skilled theatre artists to bring these young writers’ stories to life.  

The KidsWrite Festival was created in 2004 to encourage young writers in central NC by producing their original one act plays.  Finalists are chosen from numerous submissions.  Those scripts are produced at the theatre and then published in a book available for purchase.  After receiving a record number of play submissions, this year’s featured playwrights include 

Chicken Fights, by Pranav Gadiraju (Young Writer’s Institute)
Man Attempts to Peel an Orange by Sam Harris
Silver Linings, by Abigail Celoria (North Raleigh Christian Academy)
Elevated Egos, by Spencer Fitzgerald, Catherine Shamel, and Keetyn Weeks (Moore Square Magnet Middle School)
Governor Dump by Vivek Indlamuri (Young Writer’s Institute)

To encourage the young writers of North Carolina, Burning Coal each year holds a festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade from Wake and surrounding counties.  To submit a play, please click here for the application.

KidsWrite performances will take place on May 29 and 30, 2020.  TICKETS for the 7 pm performances are $10 and are available only at the door on the nights of the show.  For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.

Created in 2004, Kidswrite will be accepting submissions of one-act plays from students and producing a number of them in May 2020 at Burning Coal Theatre (The Murphey School Auditorium). Please help us spread the word and help our next generation of writers! 

Original one-act plays, less than 45 pages in standard manuscript format written by a student, grades 6 -12, are eligible.  Writers, please send submissions along with a letter including your name, address, email address or phone number, grade and school. 

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2020.  Writers will be notified by mid-April. All writers will receive written feedback. NOTE: The application process for Kidswrite 2020 has now closed.  If you would like to submit a play for our 2021 festival, email us at 


Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane speaks on Kidswrite!




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