Play Submissions

The next great short play

could be from you!

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

International Short Play Contest Submissions

2023 international short play  submissions
open through June 30, 2022!

Our second round of play submissions is now open.  We look forward to reading your 10-minute plays!



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 at the 8 Tens Festival.


Submissions are accepted year-round, but must meet the summer deadline of June 30, 2022 to be considered for the 8 Tens Festival in January 2023.


16 plays will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of local writers, directors, and theater enthusiasts.
They will then be assigned to directors and rehearsed for several months before premiering in front of a sold-out audiences at the annual 8 Tens @ 8 Short Play Festival.

Submission Rules & FAQs


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

  • No more than three (3) entries per playwright – send us only your best!

  • Entrie fee of $10 per play.

  • Submissions may be sent via e-mail or snail mail.

    • Email Submissions: must be in Microsoft Word or .PDF format, as an attachment to your email to: sccactorstheatre@gmail.com. Submissions fees can be paid online HERE.

    • Snail Mail Submissions: Please send two copies of your play to SC Actors' Theatre, PO Box 7084, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Submissions fees can be sent via check or money order.

  • All Submission should include:

    • 1. A cover letter that contains the play's title, author name, address, phone, email, and short biography of the writer.

    • 2. A cover page with only the title of the play. 

    • 3. Entrie fee of $10 per play

  • Entries fees are waived for young writers (under 18 years of age) or incarcerated writers.

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

  • Ten minute play submissions are subject to the above contest rules.

What happens if my play is selected?

  • If your play is selected you will be notified by September 2022.

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

  • A complimentary video recording of the Festival will be sent to the winners via private weblink to download for personal use only.