Script submission guidelines


Heller Shorts 2019: “Now and Ten”

To celebrate the 10th year of “Heller Shorts,” we are presenting 10 shorts this year: 5 world-premiere scripts and 5 of the best from the past decade of “Shorts.”

NOTE: Script submissions for Heller Shorts: Now and ten is open to all Oklahoma residents.

I.  There is no central theme for this 10th Anniversary year; let your creativity run wild. Plays may be comedic, dramatic, or musical.

II.  Scripts should not exceed 10 minutes in running time (no more than 8 pages in standard Dramatist Guild format). Longer scripts will not be considered.

III.  There should be no more than 5 characters in a script.

IV.  Minimal sets, props, light, and sound are preferred. Expect lights up/lights down.

V. Scripts should be submitted in a standardized Dramatist Guild format, with numbered pages. (Click here to download a PDF of Dramatist Guild Modern Stageplay Template.)

VI. 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.

VII. Playwrights may submit up to two scripts, but no more than one will be selected per playwright.

VIII.  Playwrights will receive compensation for the use of their scripts. ($10 per performance.)

Submissions open March 1, 2019 and scripts will be accepted until midnight on April 15, 2019 at The selected scripts will be announced by May 31, 2019. Production dates will be in August/September 2019. Auditions will be held in July, with date and location TBA.