Deadline: June 1, 2024
Special Interests: California, ten minute
Accepts Submissions of: Plays /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Musicals /



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.

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.

Comments from NMI Staff:
  • Deadline: March 15, 2022.  There is no entry fee.

  • Submissions should be e-mailed to:

  • or mailed to:  SC Actors’ Theatre, PO BOX 7084, Santa Cruz, CA. 95061

​No updates for 2024 as of Sept 2023.

CONTACT PHONE: 831.425.1003
        Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre Play Contests
        1001 Center Street #12
        Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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