Engaging with students

U-Compete is a playwriting competition presented by Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) open to high school and post-secondary students from Atlantic Canada. Participants will submit a short script to PARC, and a winning script will be selected from each Atlantic province.

  • All playwrights participate in a playwriting workshop by PARC Artistic Associate, Santiago Guzmán.
  • Each winning script will receive dramaturgical feedback and a rehearsed public reading on PARC’s Facebook page.
  • One script will be selected as the overall winner, and a professional dramaturgical session will be awarded to the successful playwright.

Script Guidelines

Page numbers: No minimum, maximum 25 (please number them)
Font: Any legible font (Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, etc.)
Font Size: 12
Margins: 2.5 inches on all sides
Spacing: 1.5


Submission Deadline: NEW DATE!!!! February 16th, 2022.
Playwriting Workshop: TBD
Provincial Winners Announced: March 1st, 2022
Online Public Reading and Overall Winner Announced: March 16th, 2022


There is a $15 fee to participate in U-Compete. This fee will grant each applying playwright a student PARC annual membership and access to a playwriting workshop.

How to participate

Sign up here, and send your completed script to us at parcucompete@gmail.com.

Please note

PARC is committed to facilitating any requested accessibility needs for registration or for the contest itself (time flexibility, language, etc). Our goal is to support the students on their journey throughout the competition and we want to make it fun!