Summer Shorts

Win CASH AWARDS for original plays!  Beginning February 1, 2021, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (TWO) will accept original one-act plays for SUMMER SHORTS 2021, a festival of exciting new plays!  A CASH AWARD of $500 will be given for the piece voted BEST PLAY.  A prize of $250 will go to the AUDIENCE FAVORITE.

To submit your play, you need to do two things.

First, send your script to [email protected], in PDF format.  Include your name, address, email, and phone number in the email that accompanies your submitted script. DO NOT put this information on the cover page of your script. This will allow the reading committee to read your submission “blindly.”

Second, pay your entry fee through our ticketing system. Visit our tickets calendar page, look for “Summer Shorts 2021 SUBMISSIONS” and click Buy Tickets. From there select the event date (March 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm) and enter the number of scripts you will submit. The entry fee is $20 per submission.

There is a two script limit per playwright. No more than one play per playwright will be produced.  Submissions will be accepted through March 15, 2021

Once we have confirmed your entry fee has been paid, your script will be evaluated to assure it meets the criteria of the competition as listed below.  Playwrights whose work is selected for production will be notified by March 28,  2021.

Script Criteria:

Scripts must not have been published (other than by the playwright) or performed (other than staged readings) prior to this competition.

Scripts must be no longer than 20 pages (not including title pages or character descriptions) in PDF format.  Scripts must not call for more than 5 characters.

Scripts should require minimal sets and set pieces. This will be a factor in final selection for production in SUMMER SHORTS 2021.

Scripts can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. There are no restrictions on language or content.