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"Heller Shorts 2017" Submissions

Submission Guidelines for "Heller Shorts 2017 – The Dog 8 My Shorts!"

NOTE – new this year:

  • Plays will be accepted from throughout Oklahoma. 
  • This year’s extra incentive is that the playwright whose script is selected as “Shorts Idol” by a combination of audience and judge voting, will be commissioned to write a 30 minute play. This play will be produced in spring of 2018 alongside a script by HTC Playwright-In-Residence, David Blakely.


  1. The theme of the production is improbable excuses. Plays may be comic, dramatic or musical, but an outlandish excuse must be highlighted in the script.
  2. Scripts should not exceed 8 minutes in running time (approximately 6-10 pages, depending on the denseness of the language.)
  3. There should be no more than 5 characters in a script.
  4. Minimal sets, props and sound are preferred. Expect lights up/lights down.
  5. Scripts should be submitted in a standardized playwriting format, with numbered pages.
  6. Although the title of this year’s production is The Dog 8 My Shorts, please, NO live animals on stage.
  7. We love creativity, but please do not use the line “the dog ate my shorts” anywhere in your script!
  8. You may submit two scripts. Scripts should have the name of the play on every page, but NO author’s name anywhere on the script. A cover sheet listing script length, characters, setting, etc. is helpful.
  9. Playwrights will receive compensation for the use of their scripts. ($12 per performance for a total of $36. There will be a “pay-what-you-wish” night for which playwrights will receive additional payment depending on monies received. )

Submissions open March 1, 2017, and scripts in WORD or .pdf format will be accepted until midnight, April 30, 2017 (postmark date) at:
Heller Theatre Company – SHORTS
1956 Utica Square, #108
Tulsa, OK 74114

Notification of script selection will be made by approximately May 31, 2017.

Production dates are September 8, 9 & 10 at Nightingale Theater, with a “pay-what-you-wish” night on Sept. 7.

Later Event: April 16
Easter Benefit Brunch