Zemii One-Act Play Contest


Submissions: OPEN

Grand Prize

  • $1,000
  • Submission to various theatrical groups for performance.
  • Publication with Zemii Media and Publishing Group, available for purchase worldwide.


The top finalists will be published on our website, e-newsletter, and our social media pages.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in entry disqualification.


  • This contest is for previously unpublished plays. Only plays not previously published, professionally produced, or performed are eligible. 
  • Plays submitted in previous contests that did not place are eligible.
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One script per submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted.
  • Plays may not be under option, commission, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • If the play was non-public performance staged (writing workshop, author feedback, group reading for critique) submission is acceptable


  • Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act or approx. 60 pages.)
  • The playwright’s name must appear on the script or in the file name.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Submissions must be typed in English, and pages must be numbered. 
  • Do not use bold or italics unless necessary to the script. 
  • Include a cover page describing your playwright or theatrical experience. 
  • Include the title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do include a professional resume or biography with your entry.
  • Judges only consider manuscript quality, not background or professional history of the author.
  • Play content is NOT limited to any particular themes.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. Writers wishing to submit a revised manuscript must re-enter and pay the submission fee again.
  • We recommend Samuel French formatting guidelines found here
  • Include a cast of characters and character descriptions.
  • Submission fee of $25 must be paid at time of submission.
  • Contest ends on June 30th or when 200 submissions have been received. 
  • Winners will be notified by March of the following year.