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Minnesota Shorts Play Festival set for Sept. 4-5, 2014

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7 national finalists  named; 7 state finalists named

The Sixth Annual Minnesota Shorts Play Festival received 502 submissions for the 2014 festival.

National and Minnesota semi-finalists are named below. Best wishes to all the writers.

2014 MN Shorts National Finalists

2014 Minnesota Shorts Play Festival STATE 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 7 Minnesota scripts and the top 7 national scripts receiving a chance to be in the festival. Local directors will pick a script and receive a $100 stipend to gather a cast, rehearse and perform the play. If your play is in the top 7 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 8th and 9th 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.

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Advance Ticket - Thursday

Advance Ticket - Friday

MN Shorts 2-Day Pass

MN Shorts Student Ticket (College or High School)


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


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 15 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