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10-Minute Play Festival

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2024 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.

In 2023, we had 32 submissions from 28 different playwrights from all over NC — one of our biggest submissions ever!



Winston-Salem Writers 2023 Winston-Salem 10-Minute Play Festival plays:



Alligator Toes – Shelley Stolaroff Segal, Greensboro The Amazing Underpants – Emily Emerson, Winston-Salem Connection at the Coffee Shop – Judie Holcomb-Pack and David Winship, Winston-Salem Ducks in a Row – Cameron Carroll, Greensboro Thin Line – Faye Cobb, Bermuda Run We Want to Be the Cool Aliens – Teddy Durgin, Wake Forest

June 7 and 8 | 7:30 p.m.

June 9 | 3:00 p.m.
The Intergenerations Center for Arts & Wellness

114 W. 30th StreetWinston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem, NC

2024 Performances

Audition Roles:

Alligator Toes – Drama

African American F 50s-60s

African American M 20s

White F 20s


The Amazing Underpants – Comedy

2 F under 50 

Ducks in a Row – Drama/Comedy

M 60-70s

M 40s


Thin Line – Drama

African American M 20-30s

African American F 65+


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

Audition Roles:

Connection at the Coffee Shop – Comedy/Romance

F 60-70s

F 20-30s

M 60-70s

M 20-30s


We Want to Be the Cool Aliens – Comedy

M any age

M any age

F any age

M or F any age

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Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.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.

Questions?  Email:




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