The 8x10 TheatreFest -- Weathervane Playhouse's Annual 10-Minute Play Contest and Festival

Call for Entries: Now through May 3, 2019
Performances: July 18 to 21, 2019

The 8x10 TheatreFestThe 2019 8x10 TheatreFest
Weathervane's Annual Contest and Festival of 10-Minute Plays
July 18 to 21, 2019

Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play with the eighth annual 8x10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each!

Are you an aspiring playwright? Entries for the 2019 8x10 TheatreFest will be accepted up until May 3, 2019 at midnight EDT. Click the "INFO FOR PLAYWRIGHTS" tab for more information.

The "final eight" plays for the 2019 8x10 TheatreFest will be performed on the Weathervane stage from July 18 to 21, 2019. Audiences will vote to select the first-, second- and third-place winners of the festival. Audience members will also have the opportunity to help select the 2020 festival's inspirational prop! The Sunday matinee will be followed by a reception and the announcement of the winners.



The deadline for entries is midnight EDT on Friday, May 3, 2019

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment through FormSite of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.


Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his/her/their play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.  

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each



  1. Each play must include the 2019 prop, a black vinyl LP record album.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three, but there can be more than three characters.  Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced anywhere and un-performed outside of readings or workshops. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator(s) of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for five performances during the 2019 8x10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright(s).


Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2018 audience members chose a black vinyl LP record album

All plays must include a black vinyl LP record album.  It must be seen on stage. The prop may be incidental, tangential, or the centerpiece of the play -- be creative in your use of it! The label on the album will not be the one that is pictured. It can reflect any record, real or imaginary. Also for the first time in TheatreFest history, the prop can be damaged or destroyed if your script calls for it. 


Please note, there is a $10 administrative fee per submission. Scripts cannot be submitted without payment.

The first page of your play document must be a title page which should include:

  1. Contact info: name, mailing address, phone numbers, and e-mail address
  2. Title of play
  3. A short summary of the play
  4. Brief descriptions of the characters in the play.
  5. Page numbers.

A few pointers:

  • Carefully read and review the rules and entry guidelines.
  • Whenever possible, give your characters names rather than Woman 1Man A, etc…
  • Your play can run less than 10 minutes, but cannot run over.  We suggest reading your play out loud before submitting.
  • Send your play in early for the best possible review and consideration of your work.

Questions? Contact Scott Davis HERE.

To submit a play, CLICK HERE

All eight finalist plays for the 2019 8x10 TheatreFest will be presented at each of the five performances listed below.


Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 19, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. AND 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket-holders for the Sunday, July 21 performance are invited to the post-performance reception in the Weathervane lobby, at which the 2019 TheatreFest winners will be announced.


$15* for adults (ages 18 and older)
$12* for children (ages 17 and younger)

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $4.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.


Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.


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