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The Orange County Arts Council is proud to announce it’s third annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. Submissions are now open for anyone who would like to participate. The reading committee will select ten plays for a reading on August 1 & 2. The deadline for submission is JUNE 1 2019 Playwrights will be notified in early June.

The Ten-Minute Play has become a popular form of production.
A Ten-Minute Play is a play, not a scene or a skit. Structurally, it should have a beginning, middle and end–just like any good one-act or full-length play. Reach beyond the surface and enriched text with subtext.

Since we only have ten minutes to bring the story full circle, characters should be clearly established and a dramatic conflict should be posed as quickly as possible. The resolution of that conflict is what plays out across the remaining pages.

The true success of a Ten-Minute Play is reliant on the writer’s ability to bring an audience through the same cathartic/entertainment experience that a good one-act or full-length play accomplishes–i.e., sympathetic characters with recognizable needs encompassed within a resolvable dramatic conflict.

Ten minutes means 7 or 8 pages, certainly no more than 9 or 10. Use standard play writing format, 12 pt Times New Roman font.

While not wanting to hamper anyone’s creativity, recognize that a Ten-Minute Play will undoubtedly be presented in an evening of Ten-Minute Plays. Therefore, overly elaborate settings, multiple characters, extravagant productions values, etc., could conceivably eliminate your play from consideration.