Lake Tahoe, home to one of the most beautiful historic theaters in the nation, presents the fourth annual WordWave One-Act Play Competition. Enter your one-act play, win, and watch it unfold on stage at the Boathouse Theatre overlooking Lake Tahoe.

Through May 22, 2020 WordWave Lake Tahoe will accept submissions to our playwriting contest. Plays must be one-acts with a running time of no more than 60 minutes. The winning plays—three will be selected—will be directed and performed at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe.

The winners will receive:

  • $500 cash prize
  • lodging for 2 nights before production (double occupancy)
  • welcome dinner on the lake
  • access to rehearsals at any time
  • the opportunity to speak to the audience before or after the production
  • the opportunity to see your play directed and performed as staged readings on stage at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre by professional local actors

Submission Guidelines

  • All entries must be submitted online at tahoewordwave.com in the form of a pdf.
  • We will only consider manuscripts with a running time of no more than 60 minutes.
  • We will only consider plays written within the last five years.
  • Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.
  • We do not require specific formatting. However, your efforts to ensure your script is free of misspellings and typos will help the submissions editor.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted.

Submission Requirements

The following information must accompany your submission or query:

  • Submit one-acts of no longer than 60 minutes by May 22, 2020 at 5pm (PT). Any submission after this time will not be considered.
  • Submissions must be entered under one of two categories: drama or comedy
  • There is a $25 submission fee for each entry paid via Valhalla Tahoe’s Showare.


  • Date play was written.
  • 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.
  • Contact information.


Winners will be announced in July 2020, and the plays will be staged in the Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla on Friday, September 11 at 7:30 pm.