One-Act Play Content & Event




WordWave hosts an annual one-act play writing competition opening in spring and running thru summer that culminates in a winners’ event in September. Three submissions will be selected each year as the winners and each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2-night stay in South Lake Tahoe to see their work directed and produced as a staged reading at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre. Manuscripts must have a running time of no more than 60 minutes and writers can enter multiple works. There is a $25 submission fee per manuscript.

Submission Requirements
• Submit one-acts of no longer than 60 minutes by deadline
• There is a $25 submission fee for each entry paid via Paypal.
• 100-200 word synopsis.
• Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender.
• Set design(s). Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.
• Estimated running time.
• Plays must be written within the last five years.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 • 7:30 PM

If you enjoy live theatre, this is an event not to be missed. Over 90 one-acts were submitted for consideration in the 2019 Word Wave Play Competition. Theatrical Art professionals will select the top three one-acts to perform as staged readings in the magical Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla on September 11 at 7:30pm. After the performance, audience members will have a chance to meet the writers and ask questions about their process and their intentions for the one-acts. It is a truly special evening of theatre, education, and enlightenment into the process of play-writing and performing. A one-of-a-kind experience.

Dagney Kerr, 2018 winner for Stay: I had such a lovely experience at the 2018 WordWave festival.  A professionally run event with great actors and directors in a stunning venue. A truly magical night.  

Gabriella Giocomo, 2017 winner for Locked In: As if the joy of seeing my work brought to life wasn’t enough, the location is absolutely heavenly, the Boathouse Theater is like a little hidden gem, and the people involved with producing WordWave are extremely generous, enthusiastic, and sweet. I’ll never forget the feeling of hearing the reactions from the audience of wonderful locals gathered together to support new writers — I think I spent the evening a few inches off the ground. WordWave is a great experience for an emerging playwright.

Peter McDonough, 2016 winner for Joint Chiefs: Being part of WordWave: A Festival of Story lit up the fall of 2016. The care taken to stage a reading of my play thrilled me to the core. Execution of the new script by the cast and director transcended my expectations, and the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre provided an amazing venue to bring the new work to life. My thanks to all involved with the festival who went above and beyond to make the playwrights feel welcome and at home.

Dallas Woodburn, 2015 winner for Woman Running Late in a Dress:  What an incredible experience it was to see the talented actors and director bring my words to life onstage. The night of the production was one of the best nights of my life. I was so proud of the actors and grateful for the way they treated my work with such respect and enthusiasm. They brought their own artistic vision to my script and, by bringing the characters and their relationships to life, made it even better than simply my words on the page.