Kankakee Valley Theatre Association is pleased to announce our third non-equity 10-Minute Play Festival.  We are in search of some wonderful new entries this year!  To encourage this, we have made submitting easier (via email) and have dropped the entry fee!

Our goal is to provide an environment for playwrights to develop and showcase new plays.  We encourage all playwrights, regardless of age or experience, to submit their work to the festival.  We look forward to introducing new and creative works to our community.  


Once the deadline is passed, a panel will review and select 8 plays from all of the submissions.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place scripts will receive a monetary award and be produced.  Award amounts are $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.  Five (5) plays will also be selected to have a staged reading. There will be an Audience Choice Award chosen from the five staged readings.  The winner will receive $25.  Additionally,  we will be producing last year’s Audience Choice Award play, which was chosen by the audience from the staged reading.  The productions and readings will take place in August (watch our website for date and location).  Entries must be received via email by April 30, 2017.


Winners will be notified by May 31, 2017. 



  • Scripts must be ORIGINAL works by the author

  • Applicants may submit more than one script

  • Festival is open to everyone

  • Plays must be in English

  • No musicals

  • No profanity - Keep it family friendly

  • A confirmation email will be sent to all applicants to verify their play has been received

  • Plays can be no longer than 10 minutes (typically that means a page of dialogue per minute for approx. 10 pages)

  • Winning plays from other festivals and our previous festivals are ineligible

  • KVTA will select the director, actors and produce the chosen plays



  • Plays should have no more than four (4) and no less than two (2) characters per script

  • Must incorporate the phrase ”It's a leap of faith.” somewhere in the dialogue

  • Should have a modern setting/time (no costumes will be used in the production)

  • KVTA draws from a large pool of actors ranging from 6 to 60 plus.  Your characters’ age ranges are up to you

  • The play should use  minimal physical props (actors can improvise the item too)

  • Set pieces that will be provided:

    • 1 wooden table (like a kitchen table)

    • 2 straight back wooden chairs

    • 4 black boxes (cubes) 18”

  • Lighting and sound will be very basic



  • The panel will consist of KVTA board members and community members with a theatre background

  • All plays will be read by the panel blindly

  • Chairs of the panel will have the playwright’s personal information

Download the Application Here!

Download Formatting Information Here!

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KVTA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation

Email: kvta@kvta.org

Phone: 815-935-8510

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