8x10 TheatreFest, 2024 Play Submission

Submission Rules

  • Each play must take place on the 2024 set, a castle.
  • The required run time for each play is 7-12 minutes.  The ideal run time is 10 minutes. 
  • The cast maximum is three.  More than three characters can be included as long as all characters are intended to be played by three actors. 
  • No characters under the age of sixteen.
  • Prop and costume requirements should be simple.  Scenic elements provided.
  • No one-person plays, musicals, or children’s plays.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  • The playwrights must be the sole creators of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  • Finalists agree to grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for the performance run of the 2024 8x10 festival.
  • Plays remain the sole property of the playwrights.


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

Your script should include page numbers.

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, the explanation is posted here.
Weathervane’s fee covers administrative cost for the 2024 TheatreFest.  Among these costs are the cost of our registration software, promotional costs to acquire submissions, solicit and select readers and judges for submissions, produce, direct, perform, design,  and advertise for audiences.
The 8x10 TheatreFest will include eight performances of each of the 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
  Five Runners Up: $100/each

Should a finalist choose to attend TheatreFest, we will provide two 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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