Chicago New Work Festival


Call for Playwrights – Deadline: October 1, 2013

Three Cat Productions is accepting new play and new musical submissions for the 2014 Chicago New Work Festival. Full-length, never produced plays written by playwrights who currently live in the Chicago area may be submitted for consideration between Aug. 11 and Oct. 1, 2013.

There is a nonrefundable submission fee of $15, which supports the cost of the festival. Submitting playwrights will receive a free ticket to the festival’s opening celebration.

Eight playwrights will be invited to participate based on their submissions.

The Chicago New Work Festival is development oriented. Each invited playwright will 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 2014 festival will be held from Jan. 6 to Feb. 1, 2014 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.

Playwright qualifications:
Submitting playwrights must be live in the Chicago area. Each playwright may submit only one work.

Acceptable works: 
Works must be full-length, defined for the purposes of this festival as an estimated running time of at least 60 minutes. All types of new plays and musicals are welcome. The New Work Festival aims to include a diversity of works. Uniqueness of the writer’s voice will be one factor considered.

Submit via Email (preferred method):
Please email a full manuscript (in standard format), a brief biography and a writing resume to Jason Smith at Within 24 hours, you will receive email confirmation from Jason that he has received your submission. With the confirmation, you will be provided a link to pay the $15 submission fee electronically.

Pay Submission Fee Here:

Submit via Mail (alternative method):
Please send a full manuscript (in standard format), a brief biography, a writing resume, and a check for the $15 submission fee to: Chicago New Work Festival, Three Cat Productions, c/o Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660. The check should be made out to Three Cat Productions. ** Submissions will not be processed without a submission fee. ** Musical submissions must include a CD of music. ** Please include an SASE if you would like your script returned.


For more information, please email:

Jason Smith
Artistic Director
Three Cat Productions