U-Compete 2024

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PARC U-Compete is back! U-Compete is a playwriting competition presented by Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) open to high school and post-secondary students from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

Participants must submit an original short script to PARC.

  • All participating students will be invited to attend a workshop with award-winning playwright, Santiago Guzmán.
  • A winning script will be selected from each Atlantic province and the provincial winners will receive professional dramaturgical feedback on their script and a public reading in partnership with LiveBait Theatre live from Sackville, NB and live streamed on PARC’s Facebook Page.
  • One script will be selected as the national winner and the online viewers at PARC’s livestream will vote on the audience’s choice.


Script length: No minimum, maximum 25 pages (numbered on header)
Font: Any legible font (Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, etc.)
Font Size: 12
Margins: 2.5 Centimeters on all sides
Spacing: 1.5


Submission Deadline: February 20, 2024

Playwriting Workshop: February 29, 2024 (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm AST) – Via Zoom

Provincial Winners Announced: March 18, 2024

Public Reading and Overall Winner Announced: March 28, 2024 (5:30 pm AST) in Sackville, NB and live streamed on PARC’s Facebook Page.


There is a $20 fee to participate in U-Compete. This fee gives each applying playwright a spot in the playwriting workshop and 2024 PARC student membership with all the benefits and services of membership – including the PARC weekly e-bulletin, the Home Delivery program and professional development workshops.


Sign up HERE, and upload your script submission as a PDF.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.


PARC is committed to facilitating any requested accessibility accommodations for registration or for the contest itself (time flexibility, language, etc). Our goal is to support all student playwrights on their journey throughout the competition.