The 15th Annual 10 by 10 In the Triangle – Festival of New Short Plays









Call for Submissions – 10 By 10 in the Triangle 
Plays Accepted between January 4 – January 31 2016

Ten 10-Minute plays showcased on The ArtsCenter’s Main-Stage Theater

In performances July 8-24 2016


Submission Request:

10 By 10, ArtsCenter Stage is interested in presenting thought-provoking plays.
Submitted plays may be humorous or serious or any where in between.


The Submissions:
Email new, original 10-minute plays with minimal set requirements to 10by10submissions{at}artscenterlive{dot}org.


  • Plays that have had no prior productions or limited prior productions are preferred
  • Musical submissions with little or no accompaniment are accepted
  • Plays that have been published are not accepted
  • Monologues are not accepted
  • Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays in standard format in Word or PDF
  • Send a separate email for each play submitted. Do not zip the files


Read more Submission Guidelines under Email Submissions below
These guidelines must be adhered to for qualification


Be advised:

  • We cast an acting troupe of 10 actors – 5 Women and 5 men
  • Not all ten actors are in every play; they are cast in multiple plays
  • Plays can have a cast of 2, 3, 4 or 5-6 at most
  • Age range of actors is from early 20s – 50s+ (2 20 somethings, 2 50s+ somethings, and everyone else in between)
  • Very dark or profanity heavy plays tend not to be produced for our audience


Email Submissions


1) The subject line MUST be 10 By 10 Submission followed by the title of your play
(Example subject line: 10 By 10 Submission Fighting Mr. Right)


2) The body of the email MUST contain the following contact information:

  • Title of the play
  • Playwright’s contact information including
  • Full name
  • Full mailing address
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address


3) Attach the play to the email in word or pdf.

  • The title of play on the attached document must match the title of the play in the subject line
  • Example subject line: 10 By 10 Submission Fighting Mr. Right
  • Example attached play: Fighting Mr. Right


4) IMPORTANT: Contact information

  • These are blind submissions
  • No contact information can be on the scripts submitted
  • Do not attach contact information
  • Contact information must ONLY be included in the body of the email
  • Contact information on the script will lead to the automatic disqualification of that play
  • All plays go through several round of readings and these are blind readings so, again, no identifying contact information can be found on any script submitted.


You will be sent an automated response thanking you for your submission. If you do not receive that automated response check the submissions email 10by10submissions{at}artscenterlive{dot}org or contact Jeri Lynn Schulke at Do not send submissions to this email.


Submission Dates:
January 4, 2016-January 31, 2016 (deadline at 10:00PM EST)
Plays will not be accepted before January 4, 2016.


Submission Deadline:
Submissions must be received by 10:00PM EST on January 31, 2016.
Plays will not be accepted after this date and time.


  • We will notify the semi-final playwrights by email and post those titles on our website
  • We will notify the 10 final playwrights by email and post those titles on our website
  • We cannot contact individual playwrights outside of the semi-finalist and the finalist lists
  • We will announce the final 10 productions by May 30, 2016


The Award:
Playwrights receive an award of $100
The final ten playwrights will be invited to attend our Playwright Gala on July 16, 2016
Playwrights wishing to attend the Gala will receive an additional $100 travel stipend


The Space:
Our main-stage theatre is a 325-seat house with basic lighting and sound capabilities.


The Producer:
ArtsCenter Stage provides 10 directors, 10 actors, designers, and technical crew for the festival. The directors will contact the playwrights at the beginning of the rehearsal process.


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The Dates:
Performances July 8-24, 2016
Playwright Gala Saturday, July 16, 2016


The Production:
All final ten plays will be presented together as an evening of theatre. All ten shows run each night and are performed by an ensemble of five men and five women. Not all ten actors are in every play; actors are cast in multiple plays. Cast sizes range from 2, 3, 4 to 5-6 characters. There are a total of eleven performances.


Playwrights Gala:
Participating playwrights are invited to attend the Playwrights Gala on July 16, 2016 which includes an overnight stay at a local hotel and a $100 travel stipend.


If you have questions, please contact jlschulke{at}artscenterlive{dot}org
Do not send submissions to this email address.