Calling All Playwrights!

Attention Playwrights!

Memoriam Development is once again seeking submissions to our sixth annual production of “Nightshade” a one act horror anthology show.

This year’s theme will be Opposing Forces. Delve into the darkest corners of your imagination, and submit your most sinister, disturbing and macabre stories to our jury.

If your script is chosen, it will be performed by a cast of phenomenal Chicagoland actors. Live performances are scheduled for February 2025 in Elgin Il.

There are some new guidelines this year. Please look over them carefully before submitting.


-Submissions must be 5-10 pages (or 10 minutes in length when performed). No elaborate sets or special effects please. -Stories must be able to be easily produced in a black box theater setting.

-All genres and subgenres of horror that fit the theme of “Opposing Forces” are encouraged. Submissions that do not fit the theme will not be considered.

-All works must have been written in the last five years.

-Submissions may not have been previously produced.

Deadline for submissions is September 30.

Submit your one act with cover sheet including your name and contact information at: by 11:59pm CT on September 30.

All questions can be directed to

Limit two submissions per writer. Any submissions beyond two will not be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted via the form.