Winston-Salem Writers’ 9th annual 10-Minute Play Festival will not be able to produce the winning plays in early June, as originally planned, due to Covid-19. Working with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, we are exploring the possibility of a production on August 28 and 29. That will depend on our confidence that we can safely gather for rehearsals and performances by then.
We will keep everyone updated. 
The festival is open to adult North Carolina residents. NC college students are considered eligible. Submissions are closed for this year. 
Click this link to see the winning plays for 2020. 
Submission Guidelines
  • 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  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished, and previously unperformed in any public venue for an audience of more than 50 people.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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