Submission Requirements:

  • Plays must be original and unproduced scripts.
  • Scripts must be one-act, short plays, approximately 10 to 60 minutes in run time.
  • Playwrights must reside in the tri-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa.
  • Submissions must be nameless and free of identification.
  • Playwrights have the option to submit a play with their name to protect their original work.
  • Any genre, theme, or style of play is acceptable.
  • Consideration for ease of production (set design and cast size).
  • The deadline for submissions is May 26th via a provided Google Form.

Judging and Selection Process:

  • All scripts will be read and rated by a minimum of two readers.
  • Positively rated scripts will be passed on to the judges.
  • Judges will make final decisions based on readers' reviews rubric here

Timeline of Events

  • February 16th - May 26th: Submissions open on February 16th and close on May 26th.
  • June 17th: The first reading of submissions is completed.
  • July 17th: The second reading of submissions is completed.
  • July 21st: Narrow down applicants by half or to twenty (whichever is lower). Notify playwrights if they are making into the next round.
  • July 22nd - August 22nd: Playwrights interested in revisions based on feedback receive feedback and participate in workshops.
  • September 30th: Final submissions are received from remaining playwrights.
  • October: Final round of readings by the selection committee, which includes directors, designers, board members, workshop holders, and community members.
  • November 17th: Winners of the playwriting competition are announced.
  • December 2nd-11th: Hold Auditions
  • December 12th-16th: Solidify Casting
  • December 16th - January 5th: First cast readthroughs take place.
  • February-March (last two weeks of Feb-first two weeks of March): Performances of the selected plays occur.

Winning and Production Details:

  • Winning scripts will be produced and performed as part of the Original Shorts event (dates and times TBD).
  • Playwrights of winning scripts will receive a cash prize.
  • Intention to produce an approximately two-hour block of plays.
  • The number of accepted plays and cash prize amounts may vary depending on play lengths.