The Citadel Theatre 10 Minute Play Contest

What The 10 Minute Play Contest Is All About

Citadel Theatre is proud to announce our first ever 10 Minute Play Contest! What exactly is this? It is an opportunity for any aspiring playwright to write a short 10 minute play and submit this to our review team. Our panel of friendly readers will review all submissions and award first prize of $350, second place award of $100 and third place prize of $50.  

The top 10 plays will be staged at The Citadel Theatre First Annual Ten Minute Play Festival and performed in front of an invited audience.


Play must be no longer than 20 pages

$5 Submission Fee Due March 31st

Submisson Deadline May 15

Multiple Submissions Allowed (Up to 5) - $5 for each submission

Submission Details

Submit your 10 minute plays in pdf or word doc format to on or before May 15, 2018.

Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and bio on the title page.

The top 10 will be announced on our website on June 21st.

If you think you have what it takes to win this contest then get your entries in before the deadline of May 15, 2018.

Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished 10-minute plays written in English. Adaptations are accepted with proof of rights held unless source text is in public domain. 

2. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production will be considered.

3. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

4. Plays must be sent as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file to

5. Include your contact information (including address, phone number, and email address) and a brief biography on the title page.

6. Pay $5 administrative fee for each submission online by clicking here. Or Send a $5 administrative fee per submission to: Citadel Theatre Company, 825 S. Waukegan Road, A8 PMB123, Lake Forest, IL 60045 by March 31st. All administrative fees go towards the administration of this contest. 

7. If you have questions, please send them to No phone calls please.

Citadel Theatre Company reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.