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Princeton University Ten-Minute Play Contest

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater at Princeton University sponsors an annual Ten-Minute Play Contest for high school juniors. Submissions are accepted each year in March and cash prizes are awarded in June. Here are the details for the 2014 contest:


First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $100

How to Apply:

Any student who is in the eleventh grade during the 2013-14 academic year is eligible for the Princeton University Ten-Minute Play Prize. Applicants may submit only one play – 10 pages maximum/one page equals one minute.

We encourage you to send your entries by email to with ten-minute play in the subject line by March 31, 2014.

Submissions may be mailed and postmarked by March 31, 2014 and addressed to:
Princeton Ten-Minute Play Contest-ATT : Joe Fonseca
Princeton University
Program in Theater/Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email.
We also need the name, address, phone number, and email of your school guidance office.

Unfortunately, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions or provide critical feedback. Entries are not returnable. Due to the volume of entries, only the winners will be notified.

2013 Recipients:

First place: Stalling by Anne Merrill
Second place: This Is Not A Play by Alexa Derman
Third place: Three Thousand Terajoules by Lauren Byrne

Honorable Mention:

Mother's Orange Sorbet by Amelia Jane Nierenberg 


2012 Recipients:

First Place: Kathleen Cole, Thirst
Mauldin, SC

Second Place: Isaac Dwyer, Cupcakes
Idyllwild, CA

Third Place: Bianca Hunter, Hooked
Kalispell, MT

2012 Honorable Mention:

Nathan Engel, This is How the Moslems Feel
San Antonio, TX


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