Annual Competition

San Diego “Script Tease of

Short Plays” Competition

Congratulations 2021 Winners

1.  First Place ($200): FIRST DAY IN DECEMBER by Richard Fouts

2.  Second Place ($150): SHIFTING PARADIGMS by Greg McAfee

3.  Third Place ($100): RENT-A-DAD by Rhiannon McAfee

Three additional entries were named as Honorable Mentions. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, each Honorable Mention was awarded $50:

-BOX OF TEETH by Tori King Rice

-WHITE OUT by Susan Gembrowski Baker

-IN THIS TOGETHER by Anita Yellin Simons


The plays were read at Scripteasers on September 24, 2021 and October 8, 2021.


Six cash prizes:

First Place: $200

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

$50 each to top three Honorable Mentions




  1. Open ONLY to playwrights residing in San Diego County.

  2. Short 10-minute or one act plays only.  Maximum length: 30 pages.  (No musicals or children's theater.)

  3. Deadline: July 1, 2021.

  4. No entry fee. Each entrant may submit up to three short plays.

  5. The top three prizewinners are guaranteed a reading by The Scripteasers. These readings may of necessity be on line rather than in person. With that in mind, we would request that the playwright be "present" online for such a reading. We hope that we will have in-person readings and that you are able to attend.

  6. Scripts not selected for cash awards but deemed particularly noteworthy by the judges may be selected for a reading.

  7.  Please note: do not submit your script(s) unless you are able to attend the reading in Fall 2021 (on a mutually agreeable Friday evening), be it online or in person. If your play wins, you MUST be "present" in order to receive your prize. (Sorry, no exceptions.)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Please submit your entry(s) via email to, with the subject line "SCRIPTEASE 2021" and include the following FOUR items in MS Word or PDF, in FOUR SEPARATE FILES: 

1) Cover page with title of play, writer name and best contact info, including San Diego county address and email address

2) Anonymous text of script, including title, in proper script format*

3) Short playwright bio (approximately 150 words) 

4) Short play summary (no more than 200 words)


Scripteasers will:

  • Confirm receipt of your submission and treat your work with respect.

  • Notify you of the results of the competition in September 2021.

  • Work with selected playwrights to arrange a convenient reading date.


Small Print Department:

  • Competition is open only to playwrights residing in San Diego County.

  • Plays that have been previously produced or published are not eligible. Plays previously submitted to or read at Scripteasers are not eligible.

  • Only one cash prize per author.

  • Scripts must follow standard dramatic formatting.* 

  • Scripteasers reserves the right not to award a prize if in its opinion no submission is worthy.


Questions? Contact  We look forward to receiving your submission!



*For samples of standard dramatic formatting, google "Gordon State College playwriting format" or "playwriting format."    

2022 competitition is now open.