10-Minute Play Contest

Winston-Salem Writers’ 4th annual 10-Minute Play Contest is open to North Carolina residents only, including full-time students in a North Carolina school. Three winning plays will be chosen, and produced in a ‘staged reading’ format on April 12, 2014. This event celebrates the author, and offers a forum for commentary that will develop the play and the playwright’s repertoire. We strongly suggest that each contestant reserve Saturday, April 12, 2014 to attend the staged reading, should their play be selected as a winner.

Script Requirement

  • Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.
  • The script should be presented in the format outlined below.
  • It can be a complete play or a segment of a play. It can be an adaptation of any other genre of writing or other art authored or created by the writer.
  • Run time of the script should not exceed 10 minutes.
  • There may be no more than five (5) characters.
  • Winning playwrights will chose their own director for the staged reading event. Winston-Salem Writers can assist in this endeavor if needed, by supplying names of local artists with interest or experience in directing.


The 2014 contest opened on November 1, 2013 and will close on January 15, 2014. A complete list of winners will be announced on or aabout March 10th at the Winston-Salem Writers Contest Winners page.

Entry Fees

Entry Fees ($15 for WSW members, $20 for non-members) may be paid by Paypal below, or by check payable to Winston-Salem Writers at the following address:
WSW Treasurer, 4153 Greenmead Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106


Judges for the 2014 10-Minute Play Contest are Matthew Bulluck and Dr. Ellen Rosenberg. They are not eligible to enter the contest, and will disqualify themselves from judging any work that they recognize.

Matt Bulluck is a director, actor, and playwright.  He acted and directed professionally in New York and worked on Broadway as the assistant director of the Tony-Award winning “The Robber Bridegroom.”  Awarded the North Carolina Arts Council’s Playwrights Fellowship, his plays have been developed in New York by HERE and the Hudson Guild Theatre.  He guest directed and taught at the Juilliard School, the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and the Chatauqua Institute.  He has served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1997, winning an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.  Matt is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Drama Division of the Juilliard School.

Dr. Ellen Rosenberg is an Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA. She holds an MFA in Acting and Theater History from the University of South Carolina; an MA in English from NYU; a PhD in History and Theory of Criticism, Creativity, English and American Literature from Indiana University.  Dr. Rosenberg is a publishing scholar, poet, playwright and editor. Also a seasoned theater professional, she teaches theater and intellectual history, creative writing workshops with emphasis in playwriting and poetry. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has artist-in-residence experience with at-risk and gifted students; directorial experience with professional youth and adult groups. A former member of the Off-Broadway Irondale Ensemble Project, she is currently a visiting member of New Yiddish Rep in New York City.


The judges will select three winners. The 3 winning plays will be presented in a staged reading on April 12, 2014 at the Community Arts Café, downtown Winston-Salem. Each 10-minute play will be followed by a 15-minute discussion to be led by a facilitator, Nathan Ross Freeman (Scriptwriter, Filmmaker, Dramaturge, Creative Writing & Spoken Word Educator) with feedback from the live audience. Winners may also choose to have their play published in the 2014 Winston-Salem Writers Anthology (of which they will receive 1 free copy, & discounts on subsequent copies).

Required Entry Format

WSW requests a production format since it favors stage reading. (See sample below).

  • The entry should be submitted by email as a Word document attachment to Contests@wswriters.org . The email shall include the playwright’s name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number, as well as the title of the play. The body of the email serves as the entry form.
  • Playwright’s contact information shall appear on the email only, not on the manuscript.
  • The script consists of a spec. page and the script itself. Each page should include, in a consistent location, the title of the play and a page number, but no other contact information, so the entry can be judged blind.
  • The script must be in a black 12-point font, left justified. Courier New is recommended.
  • Dialogue should be double-spaced, and the stage direction single-spaced. Both should be laid out margin to margin.
  • Nothing should be italicized or underlined, but stage directions may be bold.
  • Each Act should begin on a new page.
  • Character names should be centered with the dialogue right underneath it.
  • When submitting to Contests@wswriters.org, you will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail.  Submit entry fee by Paypal, or mail your check to the address above.
  • Winners will be notified individually, as well as posted on the Winston-Salem Writers Contest page on or about Monday, March 10, 2014.

Sample Spec. Page

TIME: Hannah’s life from 1882-1904


Philadelphia: Hannah’s childhood home/tenement in the Negro quarter of “Quaker city” New York: Hannah’s  Central Park West mansion bedroom-office.


Hannah Elias: African American enchantress(17 – 39).
Cornelius Williams:
Hannah’s Lover, African American furnace tender (35 – 55)
Belle Marshall:
Hannah’s Irish head maid (35 – 55)
Hannah’s Japanese butler/valet/business assistant/servant-lover (25 – 35)

Sample Script Page

Hannah Elias – ©2010                                                                                   Page 49


Jesus make mercy! …Oh, Hannah, Hannah, Hannah Elias, please tell me good news. Tell

me it is …


(Looks towards the door)
Shhh!  It betta be a girl or I will kill it.  For now, while it grows here (Points to her

stomach)Its name will be Gwendolyn … Toyo … Elias.

(Kato falls to his knees and wraps his arms around Hannah’s legs.)

I will keep the weed alive!  So, we must find a rich last name.  Some rich father to turn’t the

weed into a flower; a bright yellow flower ta carry on my life make it alright.

10-Minute Play Contest Fee

The 10-Minute Play Contest fee for members is $15; for non-members $20.  Click the button below to pay online via PayPal (or send a check to the address above).


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