Writing and submitting 10-minute plays are great ways for new playwrights to get a start in the playwriting world, or for more seasoned playwrights to try out something new.

Check out below to find your 10-minute play submissions opps for 2020!

NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
Fade to Black Play Festival8-10 minsNo restriction on theme or genre. Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.AprilHouston, TexasNo Fee
Prize: $100
Ritz Theatremax 10 minsPlays can be on any subject or theme, but must be comedic. No musicals or plays for children. Must be original and unpublished.AprilOaklyn, New JerseyFee: $10
Prize: $100
T. Schreiber Studio & Theatremax 10 minsInt’l submissions ok. THEME: NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMSAprilNYCFee: $5
“cash prize”
Weathervane Playhousemax 10 minsThe play must include a take out container — a prop that must be incorporated into the play. It must be seen on stage. No characters under the age of 16.AprilAkron, OhioFee: $10
Prize: $350
Emerald Theatre Company10 minsTheme: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.” An empty photo or picture frame of any size must be incorporated into the script.MayMemphis, TennesseeFee: $10
“cash prizes”
Magnolia Arts Centermax 10 minsPlay may not have been previously published. Open to playwrights of all ages.JuneGreenville, North CarolinaFee: $7
Prize: $50
North Park Playwright Festivalmax 12 pagesInt’l submissions ok. Any subject matter. NO nudity or off color humor.JuneSan Diego, CaliforniaNo Fee
Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatremax 10 pages or 10 minsThe only criteria for entering is that each play must be 10 minutes or less.JulySanta Cruz, CaliforniaFee: $10
Strange Prescription Productionsmax 10 minsPlays should center around nightmarish situations. All genres are encouraged except children’s scripts.AugustSan Francisco, CaliforniaFee: $10
$100 stipend
Camino Real Playhouse10 minsPlays can be on any subject.October San Juan Capistrano, CaliforniaFee: $10
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