It’s our 3rd Annual 10 Minute Play Contest! You can win $500!

Were you inspired by the Tonys?  Did it make you want to get out and audition for something?  Produce something?

Or . . . drumroll please . . . write something?

Have we got that something for you!

Believe it or not, this is our third year of our 10 Minute Play Contest, and it couldn’t have come soon enough.  We talk about this sucker all year long!  It’s by far one of our favorite events.

What’s great about a 10 minute play is that anyone can write one.  Doesn’t matter if you’re an actor, a producer or a veterinarian who specializes in tropical hamster diseases . . . you can write a 10 minute play (huh – you know what’s funny – a hamster vet’s office is a pretty interesting place to set a 10 minute play).

Writing and Producing, and even Acting, are such long term games.  Sometimes it takes a lot of training and a lot of years before you can finish something and get it up on its feet.  That’s why the 10 Minute Play Contest is so much fun and a steroid shot to you longer goal seekers.  It gives you a deadline, and when you finish, it will give you a sense of completion.  And if you’re lucky enough to be a finalist, you’ll see your work on its feet!

And get this, you could win $500!

Here’s how it works:

  • Write a 10 minute play (or musical or play with music or play-ical or whatever).
  • Submit it to us by July 6th (You’ve got almost 4 whole weeks!  You could write 16 ten minute plays in that time!)
  • Sit back and wait for us to announce the finalists on July 14th.
  • Come and watch us pick the winner on July 31st!  And hopefully it’ll be you and you’ll collect your $500!


For a full list of instructions and fine print and all the scoop on where to submit your 10 minute play and more, click here.

And then get writing.  No excuses.  Including if you’re not a writer.  I promise you, you can sneeze out a 10 minute play.  And then, poof, you’re a writer.

So get crackin’ and good luck!!!

Enter the 10 Minute Play contest here.


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  • Janis says:

    If I read the contest rules correctly, playwrights are expected to write and submit a ten minute play or musical (Easy only if you’re not doing it), pay a fee to have it read, then perhaps “win” the opportunity to “pay” all costs of “presentation.”

    Writing is the “creative” art of theater. Other theater “arts” are ‘interpretive arts derived from the original script. Without the playwright, none of the other artists can practice their art form. Producers don’t pay to read scripts? Actors don’t pay to audition? Technicians don’t pay to be considered.

    Novelists who pay to have their manuscript read are fools. So are playwrights If “the plays the thing,” at least as much respect should be shown to the artist who created the script as those who merely interpret it.
    Recently the Dramatist Guild took a stand against fee paid play contests.

  • Michael says:

    A grotesque minimizing of a playwright’s talent, the necessity of talent, and the artistry involved in creating any worthy play, even a 10-minute play. Ken Davenport, as one of the producers of “Mothers and Sons,” you should, perhaps, ask Terrence McNally how he feels about your statements: “No excuses. Including if you’re not a writer. I promise you, you can sneeze out a ten-minute play. And then, poof, you’re a writer.” I promise you, Ken, it’s not that easy. I promise you Ken, if you’re a “veterinarian who specializes in tropical hamster diseases,” you should not write a play, a 10-minute play, any play. An anecdote about your office is not a play. Your encouragement to veterinarians and other non-writers is insulting and odd, coming from an alleged theatrical producer. And many of us actual playwrights, writers who do not also treat “tropical hamster diseases,” do not ever consider submitting to any festival or contest or theatre or producer if there is a fee involved. First rule of submitting one’s work, never pay a fee. Never. To all the playwrights and veterinarians who choose to ignore my words and “sneeze out a 10-minute play”: God bless you.

  • ECP says:

    Had some initial mixed feelings about the fee–any fee–but resolved that, If I don’t “invest” in my own work, who will down the line? I think this is an opportunity to be crazy creative. As I see it, the “necessity” is to write, then gauge the talent.

  • Christina Han says:

    A story about a ghost who rants about her murderer on stage. No lighting, no effects, just her ranting her heart out. And there will be one duet for the murderer and the girl(when she was alive) showing the murder in a flashback. You need three actors in total and almost no stagehand workers

  • Stephanie says:

    Who won the first two 10-minute play contests? And the song contest?

  • Ken, I have to agree with Janis that asking the playwrights to pay for the production seems unreasonable, not to mention vague — it is almost as if you are looking for people to rent your venue, not running a real theatre program. Michael seems right, too, that, not everyone can write a good ten-minute play, as I imagine you know. And Stephanie asks a question that every contest not in its first year should answer without being asked, so that writers can decide whether the contest is worth the entry fee and time: how many submissions did you get, how many were selected, who were the judges? Many literary journals have changed from traditional submissions to fee-based contest, shifting a normal operating expense (reading manuscripts) from the journal itself to the losers. This has probably soured more than a few writers when they see calls for submissions without being able to guess at the odds of success, or know what success might end up costing them. All due respect, I suggest that next year you answer those questions and let us know what the 2014 productions ended up costing. Transparency is good (except maybe in dialog).

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