Steppenwolf Theatre Company accepts full-length scripts year-round from literary agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. In recognition of our commitment to fostering local voices, we invite unrepresented writers in the Chicagoland area to submit a query consisting of a brief bio, short synopsis and ten pages of sample dialogue during the months of July and August only. We encourage electronic submission if at all possible.

Unsolicited queries that do not meet these criteria are not read and are deleted.

This policy allows us to serve playwrights by creating a transparent, streamlined process. We are committed to discovering new voices, and do so by building robust partnerships with new play development organizations, playwrights' centers, literary agencies and other theaters nationwide. By collaborating with colleagues whose primary focus is the identification and cultivation of new writers, we reduce the time we spend duplicating others' efforts and evaluating work inconsistent with our mission. This allows us to focus on our new play development activities.

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