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Monday, September 24, 2018

14th Annual Reader's Theatre seeks plays 5-10 minutes long

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produced by Brian Heaton & Scott McWhirter

General guidelines are listed below and are subject to change.

2018 Submission Deadline: October 26, 2018

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. Two $50 prizes will be awarded, one selected by the event readers and one voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines

  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one person plays are not accepted.
  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.
  • All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).
  • Plays should be conducive to Reader's Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed through dialogue, not action.


Submission guidelines

  • Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by (October 26, 2018). Scripts are not returned.
  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.


Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:
Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063
Attn: TSW-RTM

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