Read the following submission guidelines and complete the steps below to process your submission. Questions?   Please send an email to

Selected plays will be performed at the Extremely Short New Play Festival in Ottawa from August 19th-29th, 2020. Submissions are to be emailed to (details below). There is no fee to submit your play.

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2020 


  1. The play must be an original one-act stage play in English with a maximum playing time of ten (10) minutes and a minimum playing time of one (1) minute (playing time is usually estimated at one minute per typed, double spaced page). The play must either be previously unproduced, OR produced for the first time during the current year, 2020.
  2. All professional and non-professional playwrights, aged 18 years and older, are welcome to submit a maximum of three plays.  International entries are welcome but all submissions must be in English.
  3. A page showing the title of the play and the following info must cover the manuscript:

Playwright’s first and last name 
Mailing address 
Phone number 
E-mail address 
A brief biography (100 words or less).

  1. Include a list of characters before the first page of dialogue.
  2. Scripts should be formatted properly. There are a number of acceptable formats and writing programs available. Any improperly formatted script is difficult to read and may be rejected. If you are unfamiliar with proper formatting, please keep in mind the following guidelines:
    • Text should be double-spaced between speaking parts.
    • Speakers names should be isolated from their dialogue in some manner.
    • Stage directions need to be clearly distinguishable from dialogue by the use of italics or other similar manner. 
  3. Scripts must be submitted in digital format, either PDF or MS Word. All other document formats will be rejected. Send scripts as email attachments or via file sharing software (e.g. dropbox, google drive, onedrive) to
  4. All entrants must agree to allow Glasshouse Productions, if it chooses to do so, to produce their play at the 2020 Extremely Short New Play Festival in Ottawa.
  5. Plays will be selected by a five-member jury and announced in May 2020.
  6. No cash award for selected plays, however selected playwrights will receive two complimentary tickets for a performance of their choice.
  7. Musicals or any manuscript where song or dance is the focus of the material will not be eligible for entry.

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2020 
Selection Announcement: May 2020
Extremely Short New Play Festival: August 19-29, 2020