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Showing posts with label 10-minute plays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 10-minute plays. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Smith & Kraus seeks monologues & 10-minute play

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Smith & Kraus is happy to invite you to submit your monologues and 10 minute plays for our 2020 Best Women's and Men's Monologues and Best 10 Minute Plays books.
  • Submissions are due in by 5pm Eastern US time zone on November 30, 2019.
  • Due to receiving thousands of submissions each year, we do not reply to phone calls or emails.
  • You may submit as many monologues and 10 minute plays as you would like.
To get all of the details, go to this link:


On this page, you will find the button called "REGISTER TO SUBMIT". Click this button.

You will be taken to the registration page.

On the registration page, read the important FAQ's before you register

For the past 30 years, The Best Monologues of the Year for Men, The Best Monologues of the Year for Women and The Best 10 Minute Plays have been 3 of S&K's biggest selling books. Results? Promotion for thousands of playwrights leading to countless productions and script sales! We invite you to submit your monologues for consideration!


Dear Playwrights,

Many of you have submitted your monologues & 10 minute plays for the 2020 annual books from Smith & Kraus. Thanks!


Did you submit your monologue or 10 minute play yet?

In case you missed our previous email...

To submit your monologues and or 10 minute plays, go to this link:


All playwrights who have their work chosen for the 2020 monologue or 10 minute play books:

Will receive a FREE COPY of the book they appear in. (This is the physical, printed book)


You can choose to receive a Digital Set of all three 2020 books! (These are downloadable digital books)

And... Be sure to enter the special raffle on the submissions page!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Festival @ First 11: Call for Scripts

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Theatre@First seeks scripts for an evening of short plays to be performed in Somerville (MA) over two weekends in August 2020. Our reading committee will be looking for quality plays by new or established playwrights that will draw the broadest possible audience while creating a vibrant evening of theatre. Please read this entire announcement carefully to make sure that your submission adheres to our rules and guidelines.

The festival’s theme is "Myths & Legends," which can be interpreted in many different ways at each playwright’s discretion. We are hoping to see a broad and diverse set of submissions in our inbox over the next few months! Please consider this theme in the spirit of folklore, legends, fables, and ancient myths – remember, myths come from all cultures, not just the Greeks! We encourage you to explore other cultures and mythologies in your writing.

The selection committee will be looking to assemble a cohesive but diverse set of eight plays for our production. Each chosen play will have its own director and cast. All casting will be done through general auditions next June. Playwrights will not be considered for our reading committee but are welcome to apply to direct or audition if they so desire.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020. This will be strictly upheld.

Submission Criteria
  • Plays should be 10 minutes long (or less).
  • Cast size should be 2–5 actors. Shows with larger casts and one-actor plays will not be considered.
  • Theatre@First embraces diversity. Writers are encouraged to include roles for actors across a wide spectrum of race, gender expression, religion, age, body type, and ability.
  • No improvisational or straight dance pieces will be considered.
  • New and previously performed plays are welcome.
  • Published plays are permitted, provided you hold the rights to your work.
  • Plays must be royalty-free as payment will not be offered for the purchase of rights. Theatre@First was founded to provide affordable theatre to our community and to offer an artistic venue to community members wishing to volunteer their skills and talents. Playwrights will receive two free tickets to any performance.
  • Our Festival will be performed on a simple stage with minimum prop and set requirements and a repertory lighting plot. Scripts with significant technical demands may be rejected on that basis.
  • Submissions are limited to two per person. Please send each script in a separate email.
  • Scripts will be read blindly by our committee to ensure fair considerations for all playwrights. Please submit a copy of your play without your name on it.

How to Submit Your Play
Two ways to submit:

  • Fill out this Google Form. You will need a Google login, and you can upload your script to the form when you fill it out.
  • Copy-and-paste the following information into an email and send your answers to festival@theatreatfirst.org along with a copy of your script.

Do not include your name or contact information on the script itself. Scripts and playwrights will be tracked by the Festival Director and read anonymously by the selection committee.

Monday, November 11, 2019

M. T. Pockets 7th Annual One-Act Play Contest

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 Winning entries will run in February 2020 One Act Fringe Festival

Deadline for submissions. November 30, 2019

​All entries MUST be submitted online.

December 21
Winning submissions announced

December TBA
Auditions for all productions and casting

December TBA
Cast Lists Posted

February 2020 - Specific Production Dates TBA Soon!


  • Limit TWO entries per playwright.
  • Each entry must:
  • be unpublished, with 3 or less productions (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);
  • require two to four (2 to 4) characters
  • be no more than 10 minutes in running time
  • require minimal props and costumes
  • excluding the title and cast pages, be no more than 
  • ten (10)pages long


  • Six to eight finalists will be chosen for production in our annual One Act Fringe Festival to be held in February (dates to be announced).
  • Winning playwrights agree to permit ​M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their play without compensation. Authors will retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
  • Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the favorite one act play at the festival.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Museum of Dysfunction XII seeks 10-minute plays

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Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company (Houston TX) is now accepting submissions for Museum of Dysfunction XII;  Annual Short Play Festival.

Twenty (20) plays will be selected and performed in two groups of ten (10) over the course of two consecutive weekends in Houston, TX. Summer 2020.

Since 2008, Mildred’s Umbrella has celebrated the dark, quirky, odd and absurd with a collection of shorts. Now in its twelfth year, MUSEUM OF DYSFUNCTION has become a highlight of the Houston theater season. The plays are read blind by a committee and chosen for their alignment with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission and guidelines, as well as their unique perspective.

Plays must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Submission deadline is December 31, 2019.
  • Submissions are only accepted via email and must be in .pdf format.
  • Complete a Google Form with contact and play information to receive an email address link to submit your play. Google Form is at http://bit.ly/33bImya
  • Play Submission is FREE but no more than 2 submissions will be accepted. 
  • Plays will require no more than 6 actors.
  • Plays will run no more than 12 minutes.
  • Plays will have minimal set, costume, prop, and special effect requirements.
  • Plays have not been previously produced in the greater Houston area. 
  • Plays must included a title sheet with Title, Playwright, cast of characters (with brief description), and setting. (The title sheet will be removed for the reading committee so that submissions are blind.)  
  • Plays fall into the weird, dark, quirky, odd, strange, absurd and/or dysfunctional categories. 
  • Plays align with Mildred’s Umbrella’s mission: “We strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors, and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women in theater.”  This means either female identifying playwrights and/or a focus on female identifying characters. 
  • The aesthetic of Museum of Dysfunction is to highlight the dark corners of life, celebrate difference, and accept our dysfunction. Please submit your plays with this in mind.

Timeline for submissions:

  • Semi-finalists will be notified via email by the end of April 2020. Only those playwrights whose pieces have progressed to the semi-final round will be notified.
  • Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for Production in Summer 2020 will be notified via email by June 1, 2020.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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You can take the "gal" out of Galentine's Day, but wouldn't you rather take the gal out ON Galentine's Day?

VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS is a short play festival that celebrates lesbian love through the ages.

Whether it's a time-honored tale of girl meets boi, or a pulpy piece about women in the shadows who whisper their love, we're seeking character-driven romances that explore connection and affection, emotion and devotion.

For the purposes of this play festival, Sapphrodite is the goddess of love.

Other than that, we're open to anything: firsts, lasts, in-betweens; fix-ups, mix-ups, break-ups, make-ups; gal pals, lady friends, lover girls; historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedy.

So put your heart in the "write" place and submit to VIOLET SURPRISE: LEZ BEAUS, curated and produced by Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin and presented February 14-16, 2020, at The Martin in Chicago.


Submissions are open to playwrights who identify as female, trans, or non-binary.

Plays can be up to 10 pages and include up to 4 characters.

Playwrights may submit 2 scripts for consideration.

Send your scripts in PDF format to allisonfradkin@aol.com with "Violet Surprise" in the subject line. Questions may also be directed to that address.

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.

Playwrights will be notified of our selections by January 1.

About Violet Surprise: Founded in 2019, Violet Surprise is a lesbian-feminist theatre company devised by director-producer Iris Sowlat and playwright-actress Allison Fradkin. Their mission is to present new works that vibrantly and valiantly validate the identities and experiences of lesbian, trans, and genderqueer theatregoers.

THE WRITER’S VOICE: Ten Minute Play Festival

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Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at The West Side YMCA
5 W 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020
Performance Dates: May 8 & 9, 2020

Submit entries at:


For More Information, Contact:

Cassandra Richards, Director of Community Arts
crichards@ymcanyc.org | 212-912-2635
  • Playwrights are responsible for selecting a cast, director, and rehearsals.
  • Previously produced plays are acceptable; plays must be original works submitted by playwright.
  • Selected plays will be required to sell 5 tickets per performance
  • If you have video of previous performances, please include the link as specified below.
  • Selected plays will receive a video recording of their work and access to production photos.
  • The Marjorie S Deane Little Theater will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound equipment and the production staff.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

2020 Inge Festival New Play Lab

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The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College.

The 5th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 playwrights with the national theater community through during the 39th Annual William Inge Theater Festival, May 13-16, 2020.

Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists regarding their submitted and selected script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights, and full access to all private and public festival events including meals.

The festival is proud to honor the two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, Lynn Nottage with the 2020 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (up to 30 minutes, limited to four physical actors) to be included in the New Play Lab, Call for Plays.

Applications due by midnight on Nov. 15, 2019

Notification by Jan. 15, 2020

Selected playwrights receive:

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience.
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals.
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses taught by Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright (TBD) and the Inge Festival Otis Guernsey New Voices in the American Theater Award Winning playwright (TBD).
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country.
  • VIP passes to all festival events
  • Meal vouchers to enjoy William Inge’s Hometown.
  • The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a nationwide panel of theater professionals.

Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one-act play, limited to a 30 minutes read time (not page count). (Submissions longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).

Plays must not require more than 4 physical actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
Character list must include character breakdown as well (age, race and gender for the purpose of casting).

Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.

Plays must not include the author’s name nor contact information anywhere within the script.

Playwrights may only submit one play per festival.

Plays must be submitted through the following online form: https://kansascaic.submittable.com/submit/96278/new-play-labhttp://ingecenter.org/play-lab-call-for-plays/


Playwrights are required to attend the festival.  If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.

Each playwright is required to attend the Dramatists Guild Playwright Masterclass and the New Voices in the American Theater Award Winner Masterclass.

Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. More details will be sent out to those accepted.

Travel, transportation, and lodging.

For pre-planning purposes, selected playwrights should at least plan to attend Wednesday afternoon May 13, through Saturday evening May 16.
Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Local lodging information will be shared with those accepted. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)

Conference Fees.

Selected playwrights conference registration fee is $225. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.

Professional Public Reading

Playwrights will receive a professional public reading of their play, as well as feedback from national theater artists.

Exclusive Masterclasses

The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities: attending a Dramatists Guild Playwright Masterclass and the New Voices in the American Theater Award Winner Masterclass.

Festival Celebration

Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2020 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, meals, and more


  • All applications must be submitted online: https://kansascaic.submittble.com/submit/96278/new-play-lab
  • All scripts must be submitted in PDF
  • Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.
  • Give your script file the name 2020 + TITLE (for example, 2020 Bus Stop).
  • Limit script length to a 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Submissions longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
  • Character list must include character description as well including age, race and gender relevant for casting.
  • Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)
  • Applicants must enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).
  • If you have any questions about the residency program, feel free to email program coordinators directly: info@ingecenter.org 

You can also learn more on the festival website.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cascades 10 Festival – Bend Oregon

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Accepting ten-minute play submissions from playwrights in Oregon and Washington for the Third Annual Cascades 10 Festival, sponsored by the Cascades Theatrical Company, Bend Oregon. Submissions accepted Nov 1 – Dec 31, 2019.

  • Accepting unproduced works or works that have had one previous production. 
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible
  • No adaptations or children’s plays
  • Cast size: 6-10 maximum
  • Length: approximately 10 minutes 
  • Plays should have simple set requirements
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions. (These need not be made under separate cover.) 
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted
Plays will be reviewed through a blind panel review process.

The eight selected plays will be produced for a weekend play festival April 23 – 26, 2020 in Bend, Oregon at the Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend Oregon 97703.

We are trying to support new works and involve actors, playwrights, and directors of all experience levels.

Please submit your play, PDF format to cascades10@cascadestheatrical.org, or mail three printed copies to Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend OR 97703

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Itinerant Theatre’s “Life Inspired” 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings Season

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Itinerant Theatre is accepting scripts for our 5th annual 10-Minute and Short Play Staged Readings series “The Play’s the Thing”. The Play’s subject matter should fit this season’s theme of “Life Inspired”.

There will be a $25 flat royalty honorarium to playwrights per play chosen for readings.

Itinerant Theatre is an affordable, professional theatre company that brings new works and the modern classics to artistically underserved communities.

 Itinerant Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company.  People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with truth and beauty…before their peers & for the stage. Itinerant Theatre makes that possible.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Only TWO plays per category may be submitted per playwright. There is no submission fee.
  2. Submission deadline is November 15, 2019.
  3. Submissions via email only. Email submissions (in pdf or Word format only) to joypace@itineranttheatre.com
  4. Plays must include contact info (name, phone number, email address, home city and state, country) on the cover sheet.
  5. Plays will require no more than 6-8 actors.
  6. 10 Minute Plays will run no more than 10 minutes, no exceptions.
  7. Short Plays will run no more than 1 hour, no exceptions.


Playwrights whose pieces have been chosen for readings will be notified via phone call and email in Late November to mid December at latest.

At most, twenty to thirty plays will be chosen to be produced as staged readings in in Spring as part of our “The Play’s the Thing: New Play Series” in Itinerant Theatre’s studio.

After the plays have closed, the honorarium will be sent to the playwrights.

Stage Partners seeks 10-minute plays

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Stage Partners wants YOUR best 10-minute play for our next collection. We all want strong women characters for our young actresses to play, and who knows better how to write those women than YOU.

Submit your play below by November 15th, 2019.

If selected to be included in the collection you'll receive:

-A publishing and licensing deal for your play to be included in our newest collection IT’S HER SAY. You'll be a published playwright!

-A free production of a Stage Partners play for your school! (Script Pack and up to 3 performances)

-Recognition and a guest interview on our blog!

 The Rules:

You have to be a theater teacher.

You must identify as a woman (cis/trans/GNC/non-binary).

Your play must about 10 minutes in length (but up to 15 mins is okay) and must feature at least one prominent, dimensional female/ female-identifying role. Sorry, no solo pieces.

Your play must be able to be performed in schools (no foul language, no adult content — you know the drill).

You must own exclusive rights to your play. It’s great if it was already produced, but it can’t already be published.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit! Comedy, drama and everything in between goes. We know you know what works, you're all pros.


Email info@yourstagepartners.com with any questions.

Submit your play using the form below by November 15th, 2019 (midnight EST)


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

St. Paul’s Arts Council 3rd Annual Short Play Festival

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The St. Paul’s Arts Council is showcasing original, never before produced short plays in its 3rd Annual Short Play Festival, February 9, 2020. Plays are to be in one of two categories: 2-Minute or 10-Minute plays. This festival was created to encourage new and upcoming playwrights.

There is no entry fee.

The theme for this year’s festival is “The Time of Our Lives.” Since this is the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the theme is focused around love and is inspired by the song “The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Plays selected to be a part of the 2020 Short Play Festival will receive rehearsals with professional quality actors and directors, then presented in a staged reading for our audience. The performance is free of charge but donations are accepted with all proceeds supporting an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.


We are looking for original works which have not been published and have not had a full premiere production. Plays are to be either two minutes or ten minutes in length. We are not accepting musicals and the cast shall be limited to four.


Submitted plays should address the thematic guidelines as listed above and be submitted by the deadline. Early submission is encouraged. We are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF format. Please do not submit paper manuscripts.

Send an email to parishoffice@stpaulna.org with the following in the body of the email: Play Title, Name of Playwright(s), Contact information (email and phone), Synopsis of the play and cast requirements.

Attach a PDF copy of your script with just the title on the cover. As our readers are reading blind we request that you please not include playwright or contact information on the submitted script. Email all submissions by November 4, 2019.

One submission per playwright so we can highlight more playwrights.


All submissions will be screened by a blind panel of readers for appropriateness of topic, theatricality, and overall quality. Each play will receive scores from a minimum of 2 readers. Highly-scored plays from the first round will be read by additional readers and scored until a short list of plays is determined.

Questions: Contact parishoffice@stpaulna.org

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Snowdance 2020

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OOHP accepting submissions now through November 1st 2019

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2020 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning January 31, 2020. The entire Snowdance production will be presented 24 times during the run. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. 

Entries may be sent to 

c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 
318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. 

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. 

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. 

The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play. 

Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. 

Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
January 31 – March 1, 2020 - Run of festival performances.
March 1, 2020 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2019.

Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts for young audiences

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Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) with strong female characters that are geared toward young audiences (under 12).

Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, that do not require complicated sets or costumes and that fit our mission.

This is open to playwrights in any geographic area.


Selected plays will be produced as part of a festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner in early February.

Electronic submissions only, please.

Submit cover letter with full contact information, short bio, brief synopsis of script including development and production history (if applicable) and full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com.

Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Little Victory Theatre 3rd Annual Playwright's Festival

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The Little Victory Theatre is proud to present...

The 3rd Annual Playwright's Festival
  • November 8th through 10th 2019
  • November 8th at 8:00 PM
  • November 9th at 8:00 PM
  • November 10th at 2:00 PM


1. All plays or musicals MUST be 20 minutes or less (or a 20-minute cut of a full length play or musical)

2. Plays or musicals may be presented fully-staged or as a reading.

3. Playwright is responsible for hiring Director, Actors, and Stage Manager.

4. All plays or musicals MUST be rehearsed and stage ready in time for technical rehearsals (typically 3 days prior to opening)

5. If your play or musical is accepted in the festival, there is a one-time entrance fee of $30.00 that can be paid to the Little Victory Theatre in Cash or Check.

6. You are free to use stock Props and Scenic pieces.

7. You will get two rehearsals onstage prior to your performance.

8. Each production will receive a split of 40% of the proceeds on the night your play performs.

9. For musical productions, you MUST provide your own piano or accompaniment tracks. Pianos can be plugged into the house sound system in the booth.


Please e-mail a copy of your play or musical (and 2 song samples if applicable) to littlevictory16@gmail.com with the subject:


Please also include your name and a contact phone number

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis!

Accepted plays will be notified VIA e-mail.

Please no calls to the theatre.

Submissions are due by October 20th

Acceptances will be notified by October 23rd

Between Us Productions 8th Annual Take Ten Festival

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Between Us Productions is seeking 10 minute plays for the 8th Annual Take Ten Festival going up in April 2019. The winner of best play will win a cash prize and a workshop of  a longer play produced by Between Us Productions. This is a competition style, self-producing festival. While there is no fee to submit, there is a participation fee.

To submit, email your play to betweenusproductions@gmail.com by October 31st.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Theatre Southwest 15th Annual Reader's Theatre

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. One $100 prize will be awarded to the play 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 21, 2019). 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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Writing for Rights 10-minute plays

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We are now accepting script submissions for Writing for Rights, our series of 10-minute play readings.

The deadline to submit is October 16th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


what is this?

In November 2019, The Woolgatherers will be hosting several nights of short play readings to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. New Sanctuary Coalition is a New York-based and immigrant-led organization working to stop the inhumane system of deportations and detentions in this country.

We’re looking for 10-minute plays, in any style and about any topic, to be a part of our nights of readings.

Readings will be held at bars, churches, community centers, and other public spaces in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The Woolgatherers and all the artists taking part in this event stand in solidarity with immigrant communities, and all of the proceeds will go to New Sanctuary Coalition.

For more information about New Sanctuary Coalition, look here.

what are we looking for?
  • If you are a playwright, writer, deviser, or theater-maker who works with words, you’re welcome to submit one of the following:
  • A complete 10-minute piece that you’d like to present as part of our night of readings.
  • A 10-minute sample of your work and a proposal for a 10-minute piece you’d like to write/devise/create to present as part of our night of readings. Your work sample can be either another ten-minute piece or a ten-minute excerpt of a longer work.
Your submission must meet these requirements:
  • It must not have a director already attached to it, as one of the goals for this series is to introduce playwrights and directors who might work together in the future.
  • You may not direct the play yourself.
  • It must be either a 10-minute play or a proposal for a 10-minute play.
  • Your play can be in any stage of the process. You’re welcome to submit an early draft that you’ll workshop with a director or a play that’s already been produced elsewhere.
  • There are no thematic or stylistic restrictions on your piece. We’re looking for work in a wide variety of styles, so all types of theater pieces are welcome.
  • You must be available to attend at least one rehearsal of your play in New York City in October or early November.

Contact us at thewoolgatherersnyc@gmail.com or fill out our contact form here.

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-Minute Play Festival

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The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2020 is open for submissions.

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded Jose Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional. One selected submission will receive a productions.

Submission rules:

  • Scripts will only be accepted until October 15, 2019. The list of winning plays will be announced in November.
  • We will accept only one play per playwright.
  • Scripts should fall in the range of 8 - 12 pages and run roughly ten minutes. (Page count does not include the title page.)
  • Characters in submitted plays should fall between the ages of 16-30 or else there should be no specific restrictions on the ages of the characters.
  • Previously produced plays are not eligible.
  • Musicals and plays for children are discouraged.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged via email, but we do not offer critiques.
  • Nine winning plays will receive productions in the Jose Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston in spring of 2019.
  • There is no financial compensation for winning entries.

Plays must be submitted via email to uhouston10playfest@gmail.com There should be no identifiable information in the script. Your email should include all of the following information:

  • play title
  • your name
  • your mailing address
  • your phone number your email address

Any questions contact uh10playfestquestions@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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No fee for those with  current Dramatist Guild membership card


Cash awards of $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
 (checks should be made out to SCAC)  

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5725 Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per
playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright,
but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Full-length
plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this
competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been
previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any
responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference  
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language
sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are
final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2019 Festival of
10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title
of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for
archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production.
All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2019. Late scripts will not be
accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:
  1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.
  2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.
  3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.
More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.

You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition Entry Form Online

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Talos III: Science Fiction Theatre Festival

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Hopepunk Scratch: A Night of Hopeful Theatre
(Part of Talos III: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London)

Playwrights of science fiction, fantasy, horror and speculative plays! We’re inviting you to submit a short play for our scratch night on the evening of Monday 9th December at the Omnibus Theatre during Talos III: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London.

“Hopepunk”, a term invented by Alexandra Rowland, “is about fighting for a better future and taking action and doing radical kindness". We’re looking for stories about weaponised hope and unyielding optimism in this world, other planets, alternate realities, present day and future societies, both dystopian and utopian!

We’re looking for:

-Stand-alone pieces (or excerpts from longer plays) of 10-15 minutes

-Cast of 1-4

-Minimal set requirements.

Please send a pdf of your script, a short synopsis, and a 50-word bio to talosfest (at) gmail (dot) com putting TALOS SCRATCH SUBMISSION: [Play Title] by [Your Name] in the subject title. We are excited to hear from all applicants but want to particularly encourage BAME and LGBTQ+ artists to join us.

Deadline: 7th October 2019 (midnight)

Successful applicants will be contacted by October 31st.

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