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Saturday, November 7, 2015

12 Annual Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest

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Play Contest Details

Lakeshore Players Theatre is accepting submissions for 10-minute plays. Finalist plays will be produced at our Annual Festival in June 2016.

Play submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2015.

Pellets, winner of the 2015 Audience Favorite at Lakeshore’s 11th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival.
Contest Schedule
January 2016: Quarter-finalists for the Festival will be announced
Mid-March 2016: Semi-Finalists will be announced
April 2016: Finalists will be announced

High School Playwrights

High school-aged playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school, in addition to the guidelines below. If the committee chooses to name a high school entry as a finalist for the 12th annual contest, the play will be produced with the other finalists in our festival in June 2016.

All Playwrights

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. Plays not meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Submission Guidelines
  • The play should be approximately ten-minutes in length.
  • The play must have no more than five on-stage (speaking and non-speaking) characters.
  • You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.
  • The play should be in a “play format” making it easy for the readers. (We like 12-point, easy to read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)
  • The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission to our contest. We do screen for this, so don’t send us your play if it has been produced. (Staged readings are not counted as “produced.”)
  • Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes, if it is chosen as a finalist.
Additional Guidelines
The play should have simple technical requirements. There won’t be a set — a few furniture pieces and a few props only — we only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes.
As a community theatre, we want to appeal to the largest possible audience, therefore plays with excessive offensive language are less likely to be selected – please keep that in consideration.
Two ways to submit: Email or Mail.

Your play must be received no later than November 15, 2015 to be eligible.
Submission Options

Email two PDFs or mail two copies. Only plays submitted exactly as outlined below will be accepted.
Email Two PDFs:

VERY IMPORTANT – Email submission rules below MUST be followed, or your submission will be disqualified.
  • Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information on the title page:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Send ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information on the title page: just the title of the play.
  • Email Instructions
  • Subject line: Include the title of your play, for example: 10 Min Contest: MY GREAT PLAY
  • Include your complete contact information in the body of the email.
  • Tell us where you heard about the contest.
  • Please include the title of your play in the file name. For example:
  • My Great Play-Blind.pdf
  • My Great Play.pdf
  • Email plays to: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.
Or Mail Two Copies:

Don’t know how to PDF? No problem.
Send one copy of the play with ALL contact information:
  • Play title
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Include ANOTHER copy of play for the judges with NO contact information – just the title and the play.
Mail to:
12th Annual Lakeshore Players 10-Minute Play Committee
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Plays will not be returned to you.
If you would like confirmation that we have received your script, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your script.
Finalists

Plays chosen for production in our festival will receive $10 per Lakeshore performance of the play, and a copy of the program from the festival within 60 days of the festival weekend. Production photos will be uploaded to Flickr and available for viewing, sharing, and downloading.

Any questions? E-mail: office@lakeshoreplayers.org.

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