Submissions for Diez Minutos 2018: Lost in Translation

First, thank you, one and all, for participating in last year’s ten-minute play festival. It was a HUGE success. How big? We moved to a larger venue, from 80 seats to 125 seats, still sold out the entire run! We had an amazing team of talented directors and actors, working with incredible scripts. In short, audiences loved it. Now, we’re looking forward to our next Diez Minutos festival.

So here’s the pitch: Players Workshop seeks plays for its Sixth Annual International 10-Minute Play Festival. This fully-staged festival will be in English, and will take place March 14 -25 of 2018 in the international arts center of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico — a World Heritage Site brimming with charm, history, and culture. San Miguel was voted Conde Nast Traveler Magazine 2013 "Best City in the World.”

There is no fee for submitting. Each playwright whose script is selected and performed will receive a $25 USD cash honorarium and two complimentary tickets to the production. One play will be selected as the Audience Favorite and its playwright shall receive an additional $25 USD cash award. No other remuneration will be provided, and any playwright attending must do so at his or her own expense.

Submission Guidelines:

The theme for 2018 will be “Lost in Translation.” Scripts must relate to the theme but are not otherwise limited in subject matter or content. However, there must be no nudity, and suitability for performance before a general adult audience will be a factor in selection.

Players Workshop may delete, without reading, any submission that does not comply with these rules:

Only one play may be submitted per entrant. Send us your best!
Only the first 100 plays entered are guaranteed to be considered, but we usually read them all.
Blind submissions only.
No musicals or children’s plays, please.

Plays are restricted to 4 or fewer characters. (Our talent pool is composed mostly of actors aged 40 and older, and our audience skews older. This will be a factor in selection.)

The play must be submitted by email, as an attached PDF file. No MS Word files or other formats will be accepted. The subject line of your email should include your name and the title of the play.

The submission shall include all contact information for the playwright, including name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate title page; the script must be in standard play format, with a title page, a character listing, the setting, props, and any technical requirements or other production considerations. Your name must not appear on the script. The two files should be titled "Submission [Name Of Play]” and "Title Page [Name Of Play].”

The play must be in English and no longer than 10 pages in standard format, with a calculated running time of no less than eight minutes and no more than twelve minutes.

Submission period opens on August 1, 2017. Entries must be received prior to midnight U.S. Central Standard Time, August 31, 2017. No late submissions will be accepted because of transmission problems.

The play must be unpublished, but may have had previous productions. If the play has had previous productions, a production history must be included with the submission. The submitting playwright must own all rights to the play.

Selection of plays will be at the absolute discretion of the judges.

Selection of a play does not guarantee production. Producers may decline to produce a selected play because of casting, directing or any other consideration, in which case no payment will be due the playwright.

Selected entrants will receive a list of the festival scripts by email. Notification is expected to be made no later than December 1, 2017. Only playwrights whose plays were received in the first 100 submitted will receive first-round notification. Producers reserve the right to consider additional plays not received in the first 100.

Only playwrights whose plays have been selected for performance during the festival will receive notification of acceptance.

Entering playwrights grant the producers of Diez Minutos permission to perform the play a maximum of twelve times during the Diez Minutos 2018 festival, and to make as many copies of the script as are necessary for production. All other rights remain with the playwright.

Submitting Your Play

Please address your submission to: diezminutosfestival@yahoo.com. Any inquiries should be addressed to the same address.

Thanks, in advance, for helping us make Diez Minutos 2018 a great success. We look forward to reading your entry.

Players Workshop

Producer of Diez Minutos 2018