SCRIPTWRITERS/HOUSTON'S 29th Annual 10 X 10 Ten Minute Play Festival
THEME: THE HARVEY EXPERIENCE: resilience, heroes, finance, aftermath, anecdotes, survival, food, mental health, humor, family, trauma etc.
Submission Rules and Guidelines (aka “The Fine Print”) Note: Any questions about submission rules and guidelines should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, June 25, 2018
WHO MAY SUBMIT: Open to everyone within a 100-mile radius of Houston The 10x10 Playwriting Contest is open to all Scriptwriters/Houston members. Selected Playwrights will receive $75.00 Prize
COST: The cost is $10 per submission for SWH members and $20 for nonmembers, with a five (5) submission maximum. Non-members living within the 100 mile radius may submit for $10 as well, if a membership application is included along with payment of annual dues. ($35 for general membership; $10 for full-time students).
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submission may be sent via regular mail, emailed or delivered at a Scriptwriters/Houston meeting. The submission fees (and membership dues if you haven't paid your 2018 dues yet) can either be paid online at our PayPal account PAYPAL https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Z3KHNTXS7EELU or can be mailed via check made payable to: Scriptwriters/Houston P.O. Box 981106 Houston, Texas 77098 Any checks mailed must be postmarked by Monday, June 25, 2018. Checks or cash may be hand-delivered at the June 25th membership meeting
Special: Current Membership renewals (those done by June 25th end of day) should indicate such in their coversheet. Anyone who falsely claims a current membership status will have their play disqualified.
SUBMISSIONS FORMAT FOR COVER PAGE: 1) Author's Name, Address, Phone Number 2) Title of Play 3) Statement of connection to the selected theme-THE HARVEY EXPERIENCE 3) Indication of complete or incomplete membership renewal. Incomplete membership renewal submissions will include submission fees (and dues) paid in the Amount stated above, by the methods stated above; 4) The following statement "I have read and understand the submission rules, guidelines, and deadline. I accept the terms of submitting my work to the Scriptwriters/Houston's 2018 10x10 Playwriting Contest." /s/ Author's Name; I also give permission to Scriptwriters/Houston to make a recording of my play as produced by Scriptwriters/Houston, and grant to Scriptwriters/Houston license to use that recording to promote Scriptwriters/Houston, by way of public/electronic media, including but not limited to You tube, Facebook, email attachment, or by way of a television, film, or radio broadcast, or podcast.
SCRIPT DELIVERY OPTIONS: * ELECTRONICALLY: To submit electronically, please send an email with the above information in the body to email@example.com, Subject: 10x10 Entry. This is the PREFERRED method of entry. * MAIL/DELIVERY: Please provide the information above in your cover letter attached to one (1) hard copy of your submitted script(s) and mail to Scriptwriters/Houston, P.O. Box 981106, Houston, Texas 77098. Submissions mailed/hand delivered must be delivered on/before Monday, June 25, 2018. NOTE: this does not mean postmarked by! It must be in the P.O. Box by June 25th! We will send you a confirmation email to note when it has been received.
RULES & GUIDELINES:
1) Plays must have a performance length of 10 minutes. Use the guide of 1 page = 1 minute, but extended periods of action and/or dialogue will affect the performance length of the piece. If you have a long monologue or a section of quick back-and-forth quips, note this too will affect the time. Submissions that clearly exceed the 10-minute performance length or is clearly under length will be excluded from judging and no submission fees will be refunded. Plays will be read by aloud, using a stop watch and any plays that ead longer than 10 minutes will be disqualified. ADVICE: Read your play aloud before submitting. If chosen as a winner, playwrights will be responsible for working with their directors to ensure the appropriate performance length, prior to the start of rehearsals. While a rubric for judging scripts will be used, and length will be an element, excessively lengthy and short scripts will be disqualified before evaluation.
2) Plays must be your original work. Adaptations and pieces based on other works will not be accepted without appropriate clearance documentation. Scripts without such documentation will be automatically excluded from judging and no submission fees will be refunded. So, to be safe, make it your own. Plays must also align with the theme: HARVEY EXPERIENCE: resilience, heroes, finance, aftermath, antecdotes, survival, food, mental health, humor, family etc.—any topic you select connected to Hurrican Harvey. You may be as creative as possible connecting, directly or distantly, to the selected theme.
3) Plays must be producible with the use of little to no technical requirements. Plays must not require the use of significant set or lighting and must use limited sound and props. Remember that there will be ten plays of different styles and settings produced back to back. You want your audience to say “the plot was fascinating and the interaction between the actors was so real” instead of “the set was nice and I liked your choice in music.” We courage the focus on engaging characters and a dynamic through-line.
4) Plays must contain 2 - 3 actors. Monologues are not accepted and will be excluded from judging and no submission fees will be refunded. Plays requiring the use of more than 5 actors will be excluded from judging and no submission fees will be refunded. Plays can include more than 5 characters and actors can portray more than one character, but there can be no more than 5 characters on stage at any time, unless it is part of the convention of the play.
5) Plays must not have been previously produced or published. Plays which have been previously produced or published will be excluded from judging and no submission fees will be refunded. If the play is chosen and it is learned that the play has had a production of publication, the play will be removed from the program, an alternate will be chosen, and no submission fee will be refunded. Plays that have had a concert reading are allowed. Removal can happen any time before opening night.
6) Only a maximum of five of the ten entries in the 2018 Scriptwriters festival will be allotted to entries written by writers who were presented in the previous year’s 10x10 festival. A minimum of 5 of the ten writers will be persons who have been an engaged member of scriptwriters for at least 3 months. All submissions will be scored and the top 10 scores will be selected as the aforementioned rules are applied. Then, the next highest scores, as many as necessary, will be selected until a slate accommodating the aforementioned rules is solidified.
8) Plays must be complete in nature and not part of a larger piece. Submissions should stand alone and not be a scene from a larger work. Part of the challenge of a 10-minute play contest is to construct a complete work with the designated performance time. It should not be a thinly veiled teaser for your full-length play. Integrity of your artistry is at stake. If this occurs it could affect your ability to submit to future 10x0’s or other scriptwriters events.
9) Playwrights may not submit more than five (5) plays for consideration. If more than five plays are submitted, we will only accept the first five submitted (Artistic Director’s discretion).
10) *Format* (READ THIS!) Please follow the COVER PAGE instructions above. Please include your name ON THE COVER PAGE ONLY, not on any other page of the script. Please make sure that the title of your script and page numbers appear as a footer on every page of your script.
11) By submitting their work, playwrights agree to allow their work to be produced at the Scriptwriters/Houston's 2018 10x10 Showcase in September 2018. Ten plays will be selected from the entire pool of submissions. Winning plays will be determined by a panel of script evaluators. Winners will be notified by July 15th, via email from Scriptwriters. The selected scripts will be listed after July 16th on the Scriptwriters/Houston’s Facebook page. The decision of the evaluators will be final. Winning writers will receive a $75 honorarium (so you get your fees back if you win!)
12) Upon submission, you agree to abide by the decision of the evaluators. No refunds will be given for submissions after the submission due date. If you need to pull your play for whatever reason, a refund of the submission fee (not the membership fee) may be requested, but only if done before July 1, 2018. Your play will not be sent to the evaluators and you will not receive any feedback.
13) If your submission is selected, we may make a recording of the event. This recording is for archival purposes and won’t be sold. If possible, we will give a copy to the playwrights or at least make their section of the program available. 14) Any questions about submission rules and guidelines should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: 10x10 Question
Judging criteria and tips: *Plays will be evaluated using the following criteria: 1) producibility 2) length 3) number of characters 4) originality 5) creativity 6) entertainment value 7) evaluator judgement
*The sheet that will be provided to the judges will be made available to the membership prior to the submission deadline. This way, you will know what the judges are looking for in your work. Each entry, unless disqualified will receive evaluator feedback.
*Having said that, don’t try to write for the judges. They come from various backgrounds and of various experience levels. You should instead write the best possible play you can that adheres to all requirements.
*The hardest part of a 10 minute play is writing a 10 minute play. You want your play to still make an impact, be entertaining, and to leave the audience wanting to see more of your work in the future, but you have to do all that in 10 minutes. ADVICE: don’t write a 10 minute play, just write a play! If you can fit it in 10 minutes, submit it!
*Revise! Do not send in your first draft. Yes, you will hear from playwrights who rush to write something at the last minute, send it in seconds before the deadline, and still make are selected. This is the exception, not the rule! *For further clarifications, send all questions to email@example.com Subject: 10x10 Questions. Please, be judicious about this: don’t send your question at 10pm on June 24th and very patient as