69 national semi-finalists named; 30 state semi-finalists to be named later in April
Annual Minnesota Shorts Play Festival received 502 submissions for the 2014 festival.
semi-finalists are named below, with state semi-finalists named in early May. Best wishes to all the writers.
2014 national semi-finalists
With more than 500 entries,
judges will narrow the scripts down to 100 semi-finalists. Those scripts go to a second round of judging, with the top 8 Minnesota
scripts and the top 8 national scripts receiving a chance to be in the festival. Local directors will pick 6 scripts from
the 8 to produce and receive a $100 stipend to gather a cast, rehearse and perform the play. If your play is in the top
8 scripts and you direct your own play or find a director for it, it is guaranteed to be performed, and you will get the
$100 stipend for the cast. The 7th and 8th place plays will be on standby
in case a play cannot recruit a director or cast or drops out before the festival. Each night, the audience picks a Best of
the Festival winner. The playwright who wins Best of the Fest will receive an extra $100.
The festival will run Thursday, Sept. 4, and Friday, Sept. 5, at the Mankato West Theatre
in Mankato, MN.
Congratulations to Friday's 2013 Best of the Fest winner
- "Dream a Little Dream" by James Grob
Congratulations to 2013 Thursday Best of the Fest winner
"Wiener Dog Worries" by Ruth Furan