Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest


  • Scripts should be submitted between September 1-November 1 (postmark dates).
  • Characters in submitted plays should be in the age range 18-28.
  • Each script must be no more than ten pages long.  (We start counting pages after the title page and character list, if applicable.) Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Each manuscript must be typed and individually bound or stapled.
  • Each playwright may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • Previously submitted plays, plays that have received an Equity production, musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not be returned nor receive a response. Plays that have received Equity waiver showcase productions are eligible. Playwrights must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
  • We are unable to accept electronic submissions. Please mail submissions to: National Ten-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4218.
  • Submissions are limited to the first 500 scripts we receive each year. If your play is received after we’ve hit the 500-script mark, you will be notified. Entries will be acknowledged by postcard in December. Playwrights will be notified of their finalist or non-finalist status the following summer. No scripts will be returned.
  • The volume of scripts submitted hampers our ability to comment individually on each work, so we do not offer criticism.
  • All ten-minute plays will be considered for the Heideman Award ($1000)*, as well as for production in the Apprentice/Intern Tens and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

*The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).


We will accept submissions for the 2016 National Ten-Minute Play Contest from September 1 – November 1, 2015 (postmark dates).


National Ten-Minute Play Contest
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218

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