MN Shorts will be taking submissions for 10-minute plays starting Jan. 1

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The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at Mankato West High School Theater, 1351 S. Riverfront Drive, Mankato.

Scripts are limited to playwrights in the Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas.

Keep identifying information to the title page of your submission (name, address, phone contact and email address). Our entries are sent to readers blind so please don’t put indentifying information on any other page of your script.

Scripts should be 10 pages or less. Please don’t shrink text to fit the limit. We aim for a 10-minute presentation of the script. Scripts are accepted in a pdf format. Simply email to

Plays can be new or previously produced. Any topic goes. Content note: We perform these plays to a community audience – Age 10 and up – so no nudity or excessive use of vulgar language.

If you have any questions, just call Greg, our coordinator at 507-420-1881, or email at The deadline to submit is midnight, Tuesday, Jan. 31st. Midwest writers are limited to ONE script. Minnesota writers may submit TWO scripts.

Six 10-minute plays will be chosen to be performed this fall. There will also be a series of 1-minute plays on the topic of "The Laundromat." Submissions for the 1-minute plays opens Feb. 1.


Our Mission
The goal of Minnesota Shorts is to bring short play festivals to Minnesota and make theater accessible to a wider audience. All plays are 10 minutes or less.

If you have any questions regarding the festival send it to:

If Questions, call:

  Daytime phone: 507-934-8133

Evening Phone: 507-420-1881