Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

The 2023 Stage It Submission Deadline has now passed. Thank you to all playwrights that submitted!


2023 Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival
Festival performances: May 11-14 & 18-21, 2023
7pm, Thurs-Sat
2pm, Sat & Sun

2022 Audience Favorite Award:

Interview with a Cat by Jim Geoghan, Los Angeles, CA

The STAGE IT! 7: Ten-Minute Play Festival is an annual short play festival that culminates with the production of at least 10 ten-minute plays, along with the release of a volume of collected short plays selected by an international panel of judges. You can participate by entering a play, auditioning for the local production that takes place May 11-14 & 18-21, 2023, buy one of our six volumes currently in print, or buy tickets to the next Festival!


The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs launches its open call for submissions on September 1, 2022. The seventh installment of the popular event begins with a call to the international playwriting community to submit up to four (4) short plays for consideration in the Festival and the publication of the sixth volume in the series. Again this year, at least 20 plays will be published in the Center's latest volume of Stage It! 10-Minute Plays, and at least ten of those will be fully-produced for the Festival.


Each year, the Center engages more than two dozen theatre professionals from across the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK to adjudicate the plays and write critiques for the authors. Each play is reviewed at least twice, and in a controversial disagreement between judges, often a third or fourth judge is utilized. Semi-finalists are read aloud in a group setting and the finalists are then published in the book and considered for performance. The Center often produces more of these winners and semi-finalists in their ongoing series Funny Shorts LIVE! and in their Staged Reading Series events.


In addition to being guaranteed a knowledgeable professional is adjudicating their work, playwrights also receive the written feedback forms (upon request) from the judging panel.


The Center's intention with the Festival is to promote playwrights and their work. Playwrights maintain full rights over their plays beyond publication and are not held back from further publishing or future productions. Direct contact information is included in the book and the book states clearly that any and all production rights are solely the playwrights'. The book encourages readers and possible producers to make contact with the authors.


Each year at the Festival, an Audience Favorite is selected by patron vote. Previous Audience Favorite's include the following:

2017 - The Nude by W. L. Newkirk, Florida


2018 - Ebook Meets Treebook by Rex McGregor, New Zealand


2019 - Stain by Oded Gross, New Jersey


2020 - Ricky and Ready by Colleen Nicole O'Doherty, Nebraska


2021 - The Third Person by Dan Borengasser, Arkansas


2022 - Interview with a Cat by Jim Geoghan, Los Angeles, CA


The Stage It! 7: Ten-Minute Play Festival is open to all plays that are 10-minutes long and in the English language, and previously produced work is also welcome. The Festival does not accept previously published plays.

We strongly encourage playwrights to check out these links for MORE opportunities around the world for you to submit your work.

Playwrights Helper:

AACT (American Association of Community Theatres):

Playwrights’ Center:

The Burry Man Playwrights’ Forum:

Playwrights Guild of Canada: