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Friday, August 17, 2018

Diez Minutos 2019 seeks 10-minute plays

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Players Workshop seeks plays for its Seventh Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English and will take place in late March of 2019 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.” In 2017, readers of Travel – Leisure Magazine voted it the #1 city in the world to visit.

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.

In honor of the festival’s seventh anniversary The Founders Award, a special cash prize of $100 USD, will be awarded to the author of the best written play, as chosen by the festival’s founders.

No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.


One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award.  No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines

Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules.

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!

Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered.

The theme for 2019 will be The Seven Deadly Sins (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony; please pick only one). Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content.

No nudity. Suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

No musicals or children’s plays, please.

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play and the “sin” your play covers: e.g., Shakespeare; King Lear; Pride.

Blind submissions. The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations.  Your name must not appear on the script. The two PDF files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2018. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2018. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2018. Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance.

Playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Plays are restricted to 5 or fewer characters. Small casts are preferable, as the stage size is modest, with minimal set, props, sound cues, and costuming. Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older. This will be a factor in selection.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play as needed during the Diez Minutos festival (March 13 – 24, 2019), and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production.  All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play
Please email your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be sent to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2019 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.


Players Workshop San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Producer of Diez Minutos 2019

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