Play Submissions

The next great short play

could be from you!

Short Play Contest Submissions

8 Tens Festival 2016. MILLERS OF CONNECTICUT by Zazu Lein. Directed by Davis Banta, featuring Kristin Brownstone.

Since 1995, playwrights from around the world have submitted their scripts to Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, in the hopes that their piece might be one of the 16 selected to become a full-fledged production.


Submissions are accepted year-round, but must meet the summer deadline of July 1 to be considered for the 8 Tens Festival the following January.


Over the following six months, 16 plays are anonymously selected by a panel of judges consisting of local writers, directors, and theater enthusiasts. They are then assigned to directors at random, and rehearsed for three months, before premiering in front of a sold-out audience at the annual 8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival.


The only criteria for entering: each play must be 10 minutes or less.


Guidelines & FAQs


  • Submissions must be 10 pages or fewer, in 12-point type, written in standard play format.

  • All submissions must include three copies of the play and two cover letters – one of which includes the play's title, plus name, address, phone, email and short biography of the writer, and one with the play's title only.

  • All submissions will be judged with the identity of the writers withheld.

  • There is a $10 fee per submission. Submission fee is waived for young writers (under 18 years of age) or incarcerated writers.

  • Mail scripts to: Actors' Theatre, PO Box 7084, Santa Cruz, CA., 95061

  • Ten minute play submissions are subject to our contest rules and are accepted from Jan 1-July 1 of each year.

  • All submissions must be postmarked no later than July 1.

What happens if my play is selected?

  • If your play is selected you will be notified via email.

  • Winning playwrights will receive a fully-staged, 5-week run of their play during the 8 Tens Festival

  • $50.00 stipend

  • A complimentary DVD of the Festival

Full Length Play Submissions

We also accept full length scripts for consideration throughout the year, in all genres.

Please send via snail-mail only to:

Actors' Theatre, PO Box 7084, Santa Cruz, CA., 95061

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