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Monday, May 13, 2019

Orange County Arts Council Ten-Minute Play Festival

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The Orange County Arts Council is proud to announce its third annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Submissions are now open for anyone who would like to participate. The reading committee will select ten plays for a reading on August 1 & 2.

The deadline for submission is JUNE 1 2019 

Playwrights will be notified in early June.

The Ten-Minute Play has become a popular form of production.

A Ten-Minute Play is a play, not a scene or a skit. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle and end–just like any good one-act or full-length play. Reach beyond the surface and enriched text with subtext.

Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, characters should be clearly established and a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages.

The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertainment experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes–i.e., sympathetic characters with recognizable needs encompassed within a resolvable dramatic conflict.

Ten minutes means 7 or 8 pages, certainly no more than 9 or 10. Use standard play writing format, 12 pt Times New Roman font.

While not wanting to hamper anyone’s creativity, recognize that a Ten-Minute Play will undoubtedly be presented in an evening of Ten-Minute Plays. Therefore, overly elaborate settings, multiple characters, extravagant productions values, etc., could conceivably eliminate your play from consideration.


* The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.

* The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.

* You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

* The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers.

* (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)

* The play must be unpublished and not been produced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don't send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as "produced.")


* The play should have simple technical requirements. There won't be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes ONLY PLAYS SUBMITTED EXACTLY AS OUTLINED BELOW WILL BE ACCEPTED.

* Attach TWO PDF Files:

1. Attach one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:

* play title

* your name

* your mailing address

* your phone number

* your email address

2. Attach ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.

3. Attach the files to this submission form

* Include your complete contact information

* Tell us where you heard about the event.

* Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example: - My Great Play-Blind.pdf - My Great Play.pdf

VERY IMPORTANT – submission rules MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.


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