U-Compete 2023

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 who apply receive a year long student membership to PARC with access to all benefits and services including the weekly e-bulletin and playwright development workshops.
  • All playwrights who submit are invited to 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: February 3rd, 2023
Playwriting Workshop with Santiago Guzmán: February 15th, 2023
Provincial Winners Announced: March 1st, 2023
Online Public Reading and Overall Winner Announced: March 8th, 2023


There is a $20 fee to participate in U-Compete. This fee will grant each applying playwright a PARC annual membership for 2023 with all of PARC’s services and benefits, and participation in the playwriting workshop with award-winning playwright, Santiago Guzmán.

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!