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Winston-Salem Writers is proud to announce The 2022 Winston-Salem

10- Minute Play Festival will be presented August 26 and 27 in Hanes Brands Theater at 7:30 PM. 

The selected plays for the 2022 Season are: 


●      Baling Wire and Desperation by Larry Bliss of Raleigh

●      The Brooch by Lawson Caldwell of Charlotte

●      Dick and Jane Get Old by Lela Chesson of Rocky Mount

●      Clearing the Air by Lynn Hall of Winston-Salem

●      The Short Timers by Ed Robson of Winston-Salem

●      The Cleansing Act by Jonathan Stephens of Greensboro

Auditions will be held on July 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. in the Authoring Action Writing Room at 624 W. 6th St., Winston-Salem.


Cast information:

●      Baling Wire and Desperation – 2M 40s (drama)

●      The Brooch – M 60s, F 70s, F 18 (drama)

●      Dick and Jane Get Old – M 70s, F 70s (comedy)

●      Clearing the Air – M 40s, F 40s, F teens, M teens (comedy)

●      The Short Timers – M 70s, F 70s, M 40-60, M any age (comedy)

●      The Cleansing Act – 2M 70s, F 70s (drama)


August 26 and 27 | 7:30 p.m.
The Mountcastle Forum
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 N. Spruce St.

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


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

Submission Guidelines
Guidelines are updated annually.  2022 submissions are closed. 
  • This contest is open to North Carolina residents or out-of-state students attending a school in North Carolina.

  • Winston-Salem Writers actively seeks plays that reflect the diversity of our community

  • 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  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.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

  • 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:



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,  Winning playwrights will be given two free tickets to one of the performances. No monetary prize will be awarded. 


The contest opens May 1, 2022 and closes on May 31, 2022. Entries will not be accepted outside of these dates.

We plan to present the winning plays in August 26 and 27, 2022. 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.


Judging will be by a local panel. 

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