Little Theater of Winston-Salem and Winston-Salem Writers will hold auditions for the seven plays that make up the 2020 10-Minute Play Festival.  Video submissions will be accepted August 17-31.
Roles are available for actors ages 17-50.

The 10-Minute Play Festival features the winning plays from a competition held each year by Winston-Salem Writers.  The plays, originally slated to be produced by LTWS this past June, will be performed online, one play per night at 7 pm, between Monday, September 28, and Sunday, October 4.

The winning plays include "A Hole in the Fence" by Abigail Franke, "U Up?" by Ken Ashford, "Broken Arrow" by Bradley Stephenson, "First Day on the Job" by Becky McLaughlin, "The Affliction" by Tim Wiest, "Punctuated Romance" by David Ratcliffe, and "The Next Station" by Cameron Kent.

Character descriptions are listed on the auditions page at www.ltofws.org/auditions.  Actors are to prepare two modern monologues, one dramatic and one comedic, both under one minute long.  The two monologues need to be submitted in one video, which should include the actor's name and the play(s) and character(s) for which they are auditioning.  In the email accompanying the video, actors must include the following information: their name, age, the play(s) and character(s) they are auditioning for, and their availability for rehearsals.  Emails and videos should be sent to kristina@ltofws.org.

Directors for the plays include Michael Burke, Gregg Vogelsmeier, Jae Campbell, Ashley Pearson, Chad Edwards, Suzanne Vaughan, and Britt Stone, who is also coordinating the Festival.

Rehearsals will begin the week of September 7.  Rehearsals and performances will be held via Zoom. For further information, please visit www.LTofWS.org.
Submissions are closed for 2020 and are updated annually. Below are general guidelines for reference. 
Submission Guidelines
  • This contest is open to North Carolina residents or out-of-state students attending in North Carolina.

  • Do not place your name, address and other such personal data anywhere on the manuscript, including the title page.

  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished, and previously unperformed in any public venue for an audience of more than 50 people.

  • Run time of the script will not exceed 10 minutes.

  • Minimalist set, lighting and sound required

  • No nudity or extreme/explicit content (adult content is acceptable in respectful contexts)

  • Please refrain from racial/sexual/ideological prejudice and slurs

  • The script should be presented in one of the a standard script formats—Samuel French or Dramatists Guild Modern:



Submission Process
  • Send an e-mail to: jared@ltofws.org.

  • Include in the e-mail the title of the play, the playwright’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

  • Attach your 10-minute play as a word document or PDF.

  • Playwright’s contact information shall appear in the e-mail only, not on the manuscript.

  • Any playwright may submit more than one play.

  • Plays should be submitted separately.

  • No playwright will have more than one play selected for performance.

  • Upon receipt of your submission and entry fee, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt from Winston Salem Writers.


Entry Fees


  • Free entry for members of Winston Salem Writers.

  • The fee for non-members is $10 payable by the Paypal link below or by check to Winston-Salem Writers.

  • Membership is not required to enter and does not increase chances of winning. 

  • A $10 submission fee is required for each play submitted by a non-member.

  • To learn more about membership or to join online, visit: https://www.wswriters.org/membership



The judges will select winning plays by April 1, 2020. Playwrights will be notified and names will be posted on the Winston Salem Writers website, https://www.wswriters.org/  No monetary prize will be awarded. 


The contest opens January 15, 2020 and closes on March 1, 2020. Entries will not be accepted outside of these dates.

  • The winning plays will be presented June 4 and June 5 at Hanes Brands Theatre in Winston-Salem.

  • In collaboration with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, in April directors will be selected and auditions will be held. The director's name and contact information will be provided to each playwright to facilitate communication. No changes to the dialogue will be made without the playwright’s approval.


To Be Announced

Jini Zlatniski, a Greensboro playwright and one of the founders of Storyhound Theater in Greensboro.

Jonathan Crow, teacher and founder of Triad Playwrights Theatre.


Members: Free

Non-Members can submit payment via Paypal link below or mail a check to: 

WSW Treasurer

P.O. Box 24442

Winston Salem NC 27114

Questions?  Email: grace@wswriters.org




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