Festival Rules

WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment and to receive instructional feedback that will help to further develop the play for future productions. Cash prizes totaling more than $1,500 will be given to the best overall script, audience choice, production/director, ensemble, and performers. 

We welcome all original and unpublished works between under 45 minute total running time (includes set up/breakdown and curtain call). Twelve to sixteen entries will be selected based on the quality of the writing, story/plot, and character development. Minimal technical requirements is advised as there are only 60 minutes for a technical rehearsal, all props and actors must fit into a 10- by 10-foot space (prior to set up and after breakdown), and there is no technical award. 

WOAF rules and a script submission form are available below. A sample adjudication sheet is provided for educational purposes. 

A total of three (3) original and unpublished scripts can be submitted for each playwright. Please remember that a separate submission form is required for each play. The script along with its submission form must be emailed to watermelon@watermeloninc.org by Valentine's Day.  


WOAF Submission Form.pdf

WOAF Submission Form.docx



  • The production representative is the person submitting the play and the main point of contact. If the representative is not the playwright, a letter signed by the playwright giving WOAF permission to show a production of their play is required with the submission form.
  • For scripts equal in story quality, preference will be given to shorter scripts with minimal technical requirements and committed directors.
  • Watermelon is NOT producing the play, merely presenting the finished product, which may be performed a total of two times if selected as a finalist.
  • Script submission is FREE.  However, if selected, a non-refundable $100 entry fee is required to assist with defraying festival expenses.

​Please email us if you have any questions.