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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Heartland Theatre Company 10-minute play festival

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1. Your play must fit the theme – THE BACK PORCH – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must follow the scenic requirements.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word. Please follow our style sheet.
4. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
5. Please use no more than 4 characters and no less than 2.
6. We have a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 70. Please make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
7. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue. Ten-minute monologues will not be accepted.
8. No children’s plays, musicals or plays previously staged by Heartland Theatre will be considered.
9. Do not put your name on the play itself, as all submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title appears on every page of the play, however.
10. If your play cannot be considered for any reason, we will notify you as soon as possible. If, in the judges’ opinion, the problem is easily fixable and the play otherwise has merit, we may ask you for revisions. Asking for revisions is completely up to the judges and depends a great deal on timing. No plays submitted after January 1 will be considered for revisions.
11. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
12. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
13. Only one entry per playwright, please.
14. Your play must be written in English.
15. Keep your play under ten minutes.
16. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

If you’d like to see what criteria the judges consider, please read the Judging Sheet.

All entrants must complete and submit the Heartland Theatre 10-Minute Play Festival Entry Form in order to submit a play. You must attach your script in MS Word format when you send the entry form.

Deadline for entries considered for revisions is January 1, 2011. IF YOU WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO REVISIONS, GET YOUR PLAY IN BY JANUARY 1.

Deadline for entries is February 1, 2011.

Semifinalists will be notified approximately February 21.

Finalists will be notified approximately March 21.

Winners will be announced approximately April 11.

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