4th Annual Yale Young Native Storytellers Contest

December 5, 2018

The 4th Annual Yale Young Native Storytellers Contest is sponsored by the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program to showcase the breadth of storytelling by emerging and younger Native writers. To support the next generation of storytellers, we invite indigenous writers aged twenty-five years and younger to submit written versions of their plays for consideration. 

Winners of the contest (and one parent/guardian for winners under the age of 18) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Yale University as a part of the Young Native Storytellers Festival on May 1, 2019, where the winning play will be performed as a staged reading with community and professional actors. 

Below, you can find all information for applicants to apply. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at mary.nagle@yale.edu

Once you review the necessary information, please email your submission to mary.nagle@yale.edu

 We thank you for your creativity and look forward to reading, hearing, and watching your work!

For All Applicants:

  • Applications are due January 6, 2019.
  • All submissions must be emailed to mary.nagle@yale.edu.
  • The Playwright must be between the ages of 15 and 25 and identify as indigenous.
  • Plays must be original scripts (no more than 120 pages and no less than 50 pages) and written in standard play-script format with one-inch margins, 12-point Times or Courier font, all pages numbered. Play scripts must be in either word or PDF format.
  • Front page of script must list:
    • Title of play
    • Full Name
    • Tribal Affiliation
    • Date of Birth
    • Home Address
    • Email
    • Phone Number

*Note: Putting on a play is a collective effort and, as such, the winning playwright will be partnered with a professional Native playwright and/or director to workshop their piece before its staged reading in May.