10-Minute Play Contest Entries Due Jan. 4

The Friends of the Spring Green Community Library are once again holding a contest for 10-minute plays that will be performed at their annual meeting March 27.

For the past several years the Friends’ annual meeting has featured a Readers’ Theater, which does not require the actors to memorize their lines and requires minimal props, costumes and staging. The play contest, which showcases original plays by local authors, is named in memory of Betty Irwin, a longtime Friends of the Library board member and library supporter.

The 2019 guidelines for the 10-minute play contest are:

Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible. Comedies are preferred but dramas will also be accepted.

The play, exclusive of cover page, title and cast pages, may be no more than 10 pages long. The cover page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. All other pages should not identify the playwright.

Deadline for submissions is Jan. 4, 2019. Entries must be postmarked on or before Jan. 4 or hand-delivered to the Spring Green Community Library by 5 p.m. Jan. 4. We are unable to accept electronic submissions.

Hand-deliver your play to the Spring Green Community Library, or send it to: FOL Play Contest, Spring Green Community Library, 230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green, WI 53588

A panel will judge the plays anonymously and three winners will be chosen. Only the finalists will be notified of the judging results. The three finalists will be notified by Feb. 1.

The winning playwrights will be awarded prizes of $100, $75 and $50 and the opportunity to stage their play before an enthusiastic audience.

Winning playwrights will be responsible for selection of cast, rehearsals and production at the Friends of the Spring Green Library’s Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. March 27. This is Readers’ Theater, so scripts will not be memorized; minimal props and costumes should be utilized but imaginative techniques are a plus.

Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

For basic instructions on how to write a 10-minute play, see www.10-minute-plays.com/how_to_write_a_10_minute_play.html