8x10: The Eileen Moushey TheatreFest, 2023 Play Submission


1. Each play must include the 2023 prop, an umbrella (umbrella may be any shape, size or color).

2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.

3. Cast maximum is 3. Any combo, gender-wise. You may have more than 3 characters as long as they can be played by no more than 3 actors. No characters under the age of 16.

4. Scenic requirements cannot be excessive as all eight plays are presented at each performance.

5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or no children’s plays.

6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.

7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings and workshops. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.

8. You must be the sole creator(s) of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.

9. If chosen as a Finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for all performances during the 2023 8x10 TheatreFest.

10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.


Play Information

The first page of your play document must be a title page which SHOULD include:

1. Contact info: name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail
2. Title of play
3. A short summary of the play
4. Brief descriptions of the characters in the play
5. Number of pages

Submission Fee, $10


We are aware of the policies of the Dramatists Guild as outlined in their Statement on Submission Fees, i.e., any request for submission fees should be accompanied by complete explanation of how those fees are to be spent. Please consider this our explanation – which has secured our inclusion in the Dramatists Guild’s Resource Directory since 2010. Per their instructions, this explanation is posted here.
Weathervane’s fee covers administrative cost for the 2023 TheatreFest.  Among these costs are the cost of our registration software, promotional costs to acquire submissions, solicit and select readers, judges, directors, performers and designers, advertising for audiences and other costs of producing the festival.
The 8x10 TheatreFest will include at least eight performances of each of the eight finalist plays. These are full productions. Included in TheatreFest promotion and program will be information about the finalist playwrights and their respective work.  Audiences will attend a performance and vote for the winning plays.
Cash prizes will be given, as follows:
  First Place: $500
  Second Place: $350
  Third Place: $250
  Runners Up: $100/each 

Should a finalist choose to attend TheatreFest, we will provide up to four complimentary tickets to TheatreFest and include their presence in promotional materials and press contacts.  Press releases will be written and sent to all journalistic and online sources supplied by finalist playwrights.

At all times, in both the contest and TheatreFest, we strive to serve the plays and acknowledge, encourage, and promote the artists who create them.  This is emphasized within our Mission Statement.

The Mission of Weathervane’s 10-Minute Play Competition and TheatreFest is to promote the art of playwriting, present new works, and introduce area audiences to the short play form.  The competition will provide Weathervane with recognition and expand its reputation for quality and innovative theatre.
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