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Sunday, August 6, 2023

Steppenwolf Theatre Company open for submissions in July and August


Deadline: August 31, 2023


For many years Steppenwolf Theatre Company  has accepted unsolicited submissions every July and August from Chicagoland writers only, but as of two years ago, we now accept unsolicited submissions from unrepresented talent everywhere, which has greatly increased our pool. In recognition of our commitment to fostering unrepresented voices, during the months of July and August, we invite unrepresented writers to submit a sample of their work to the Steppenwolf Literary team using the form below. We look forward to learning more about you and your artistry!

Please note that scripts received via this portal will be considered for Steppenwolf membership series, and Steppenwolf for Young Adults, and any potential future workshop or commissioning opportunities.

To be considered, please include the following via the portal below: 
  • Brief biography
  • One paragraph play synopsis
  • Ten pages of sample dialogue
  • Brief statement (no more than 200 words) detailing why you see Steppenwolf as the right home for your project

Submission parameters:
  • Because we are an ensemble theater, we do not consider one-person plays.
  • Plays that require a cast of more than 12 performers cannot be considered.
  • We do not accept unsolicited musical submissions.
  • Work written explicitly for the virtual platform will not be considered.
  • Due to our limited staff and in an effort to consider as many new projects as possible, please do not resubmit work that has already been reviewed.
  • We only accept unsolicited submissions via the portal on this site; no hard copy submissions.
  • Please submit only one project per year. 

Due to the number of submissions we receive and our limited capacity, we cannot personally respond to every submission. Please know that each and every submission is read by trusted and paid literary personnel within four months. If we are interested in requesting the full script, you will hear from us before the new year. If you do not hear from us by then, please know that your work has been given careful consideration and that we won’t be requesting the full script.

We look forward to reading your work! Thank you for coming along with us as we strive to create a more equitable and inclusive submission process.

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