2018 Chicago New Work Festival Submissions

Submissions for the Chicago New Work Festival and Next Draft Series are now closed. Our submission window for 2019 will be June 1-September 1, 2018, so please check back then.

Eight playwrights are invited to participate in the 2018 Chicago New Work Festival. Ten playwrights are invited to participate in the 2018 Next Draft Series.

The Chicago New Work Festival is development-oriented. Invited playwrights will each be paired with a director, and the playwright-director team will be assigned a week of the festival to workshop the play, with a staged reading at the end of the week. The 2018 festival will be held from Jan. 8 to Feb. 3, 2018 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater. Readings are open to the public and tickets are $10. Festival and Next Draft playwrights attend free.

Next Draft Series readings are generally held on the third Monday of the month after the conclusion of the New Work Festival. Playwrights are paired with a director and cast for one rehearsal and a staged reading, offering the playwright the opportunity to learn about their play by hearing it and observing the choices actors make. Readings are free and open to the public.


Wendy Schmidt
Literary Manager, Three Cat Productions
Phone: (312) 970-9840
Email: wendy@threecatproductions.com