Why the Durango Arts Center charges a fee:
In honoring the policies of the Dramatists Guild (the professional association of American playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists) the Durango Arts Center releases the following statement pertaining to the collection and use of fees for 10-Minute Play Contest submissions.
The contest entry fee supports the administrative expenses related to the three-part 10-Minute Play Series (Contest, Staged Readings, and Festival). Staff activities include the dissemination of the contest worldwide; recruiting and selecting volunteers to serve as readers and judges for submissions; receiving, recording, distributing, and tallying the judging process of the contest; recruiting/auditioning community actors and directors for the staged readings and festival; space and utility usage for mounting and producing the staged readings and festival; design costs of set, lights, costumes, props, and sound for the staged readings and festival; marketing and box office personnel for staged readings and festival; and advertising for an audience for the staged readings and festival.
The Durango Arts Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is fortunate to receive community sponsorship to help cover a portion of the direct expenses of the 10-Minute Play Festival.  Together, with play submission fees collected during the contest, DAC is able to coordinate and produce an annual celebration of modern playwrighting.  We thank you for your contest submission fee, which not only sustains the program but enables it to thrive.