Snowdance Script Submission Rules

Snowdance Rules

Official Rules, Application and Script Information

The Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival is a festival of original comedies that run 10 minutes or less. Submitted scripts will be judged by the Snowdance Selection Committee. A selection of scripts will be chosen for production during the Snowdance Festival in the winter of 2024. These selections will round out a complete performance. Audiences attending Snowdance performances will have the ability to vote for the production they enjoyed the most. The votes will be tallied throughout the five-week festival run, and the Snowdance "Best in Snow" will be awarded to the winning playwright after the final performance on March 10, 2024. Cash award of $300.00 to "Best in Snow," with $200.00 awarded to second place, $100 for third place. All submissions 'selected for production' will receive a one-time $50.00 royalty payment for the run.

Submission Timeline:

  • Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
  • December - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
  • February 9 - March 10, 2024 - Run of festival performances.
  • March 10, 2024 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:

  1. 1) Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.
  2. 2) Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A general approximation - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it - test it - and re-write if need be.
  3. 3) Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2023.
  4. 4) Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any script writing book in your library)
  5. 5) Plays can have a cast of 1 to 4 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.
  6. 6) The writer's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.
  7. 7) Submit one (1) copy of your script.
  8. 8) Send scripts to:
    c/o Sixth Street Theatre
    318 Sixth Street
    Racine, Wisconsin 53403
  9. Alternatively, you may save some paper and email submissions to:
  10. 9) Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.