Winston-Salem Writers and 40+ Stage are proud to announce The 2021 Winston-Salem 10 Minute Play Festival will be presented August 20 and 21 in Hanes Brands Theater at 7:30 PM. The plays were selected from playwrights across North Carolina and will be produced in collaboration with 40+ Stage.  This is the Tenth Anniversary of Winston-Salem Writers producing plays by N.C. playwrights.

Selected plays are Flirting With Justice by Michael Ackerman, Late by Larry Bliss, With Love, Your Ghosts by Mike Brannon, There is No Dash by Rose-Mary Harrington, Fresh Start by Ed Robson, and Fan Fiction by Mary Turner.

Admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance beginning August 1 online at intothearts.org/events-info 

All audience members will be required to wear a mask.

Submission Guidelines
Guidelines are updated annually and submissions are currently closed.
  • This contest is open to North Carolina residents or out-of-state students attending a school 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  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished. The play may not have been previously performed in any public venue for an audience of more than 50 people. Plays that have only been performed virtually (via Zoom, Twitch, You Tube, etc.) will be accepted.

  • Run time of the script will not exceed 10 minutes. (usually 9-11 pages in a standard format).

  • Scripts must have simple set, lighting, and sound requirements. The scenery will be very basic with only a few set pieces. Plays with more than one scene, requiring set changes, will not be selected for performance.

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

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

  • The script must include cast and set descriptions and should be presented in one of the standard script formats—Samuel French or Dramatists Guild Modern:





Submission Process
  • Send an e-mail to: grace@wswriters.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.

  • Playwrights may submit no more than two plays.

  • 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 June 30 2021. Playwrights will be notified and names will be posted on the Winston Salem Writers website, https://www.wswriters.org/  Winning playwrights will be given two free tickets to one of the performances. No monetary prize will be awarded. 


The contest opens May 1, 2021 and closes on May 31, 2021. Entries will not be accepted outside of these dates.

We plan to present the winning plays in August, in collaboration with 40 + Stage. 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.


Chad Edwards, Corlis Sellers, and Michael Kamtman.


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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