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10-Minute Play Festival
2024 was a record year with 47 submissions from 33 playwrights from all across North Carolina.  We had a number of previously selected playwrights and welcomed several new ones.  As you can imagine, there were a wide variety of subject matters and genres that made it difficult for our judges.  Unfortunately we can't produce them all.


2024 Winston-Salem 10-Minute Play Festival Winners

Best Worst Date Ever by Judie Holcomb-Pack and David Winship - Winston-Salem

Halt! Who Goes There?! by Bonnie Milne Gardner - Asheville

Kudzu by Rebecca Holder - Mt. Airy

Oriole by Matthew Scharf - Pfafftown

Talkin' Turkey by Erica Allen McGee - Charlotte

Used by Leslie Tall Manning - New Bern


Festival Performances

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 | 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 | 2:00 p.m.
The Intergenerational Center for Arts & Wellness

114 W. 30th Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7 | 6:00 p.m

The Intergenerational Center for Arts & Wellness

114 W. 30th Street, Winston-Salem, NC

Click Here for Cast/Audition Needs


This is the Thirteenth Anniversary of Winston-Salem Writers producing plays by N.C. playwrights.

Submissions are accepted March 15 through April 15. Entry is free to members; $10 for nonmembers. This contest is open to North Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending school in North Carolina. 

What We're Looking For










We actively seek plays that reflect the diversity of our community.

Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.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, YouTube, 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. However, do not include your name or contact info in the manuscript, including the title page.


How to Submit





Email with the title of the play, the playwright’s name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Attach your play as a Word document or PDF. Your name and contact info should appear in the email only, not in the manuscript.

Submit no more than two plays. Plays should be emailed separately.

Members do not have to pay an entry fee. Nonmembers should submit their $10 submission fee for each play, not exceeding two plays, to the PayPal link below or by check to: WSW Treasurer, P.O. Box 24442, Winston-Salem, NC 27114. Membership is not required to enter and does not increase chances of winning. 

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

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our 10-Minute Play Festival at the Intergenerational Center for Arts & Wellness in June, contact David Ratcliffe at Sponsorships are available starting at $250 and include tickets to the show, your name and/or logo on ads and programs, and a mention in the curtain speech.

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