Winston-Salem Writers is re-opening our 2021 10-Minute Play Contest. We will accept entries through the month of May. Our plans are to complete the judging of the scripts on or before the end of June.  A total of 6 or 7 plays will be selected. Then, in collaboration with 40+ Stage, we plan to select directors, complete casting, hold rehearsals, and finally present our 10-Minute Play Festival in August.  Of course, our plans for production depend on our area’s ability to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Submission Guidelines are below.

Submission Guidelines
  • 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  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.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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