39th Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

Guidelines of Submission:

All submissions must be original, unpublished and un-produced (not staged for a paying audience as of date of entry) one-act plays. Time permitting, the Little Theatre of Alexandria will present a staged-reading or small-scale production of the top three shows. It is our intention to produce the winner of our contest in the NVTA One-Act Play Festival, which is held in late June or early July each year.  In addition, cash awards of $350 for 1st Place, $250 for 2nd Place and $150 for 3rd Place are presented.

Submissions must be postmarked or recieved by email between the dates of July 1 – August 31, 2017. All submissions must include a $20.00 (per play) entry fee. Only two plays per author will be considered.  Entry fee may be cash, check or credit card.  Credit card payments must be made by phone only.  Please call the LTA business office at 703-683-5778, ext. 2 (Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). 

To participate in the 38th Annual One-Act Playwriting competition, submissions should be mailed to:
Chairman One-Act Play Reading Committee
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Or electronically by email to:
asklta@thelittletheatre.com in a PDF format.  Subject line should be "Chairman One-Act Play Reading Committee."

Additional Information:

1. Send a duplicate copy, not the original.

2. All hard copy scripts should be legibly typed, firmly bound and of standard size.  Electronic copies should be in a PDF format.

3. Scripts will be returned only if accompanied by manuscript -size, self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not use metered postage on return envelope.

4. Scripts should include:

  • Name, address, email address and telephone number of author on title page.
  • Cast of characters with descriptions and a brief synopsis attached as part of play.
  • Numbered pages

5. Scripts may be held until winner is announced in March 2018.

6. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

7. The Little Theatre of Alexandria shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties.

8. LTA reserves the right to withhold any oral awards.

9. Production will be at the discretion of LTA.

10. Only stage plays will be judged. Film and TV scripts will not be accepted.

11. Scripts will be judged on Concept, Dramatic Action, Characterization and Dialogue. Technical Requirements will be noted. Critical analysis of scripts will not be provided.

12. Experience has shown that judges are favorably inclined towards scripts that have a running time of 20 to 50 minutes, where scenes are few!

To participate in the 39th Annual One-Act Playwriting competition, submissions should be sent to:

Chairman One-Act Play Reading Committee
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Announcing the winners of the 38th Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

1st Place - Herb
by Barbara Tylla
from Racine, Wisconsin

2nd Place - A Fine Death
by Colleen Neuman
from Greenleaf, Wisconsin

3rd Place - Primordial Soup
by Dan Borengasser
from Springdale, Arizona