Wordcrafters is excited to partner with the City of Eugene to make local writing a (semi)permanent fixture of downtown Eugene—literally! Step Into Theater is a series of (very!) short plays exhibited in the stairwells of Overpark Garage. The first generation of the series, which went up in April 2012, is about to get retired, and we’re looking for new work to replace it!  

All writers are welcome—published, unpublished, professional, amateur, any age! 

Submission details: 

  • Plays must celebrate or reflect on life in Eugene—past, present, or future. 
  • We encourage submissions that are whimsical, upbeat, and/or uplifting. The purpose of the exhibit is to bring some fun to parking! 
  • Plays can be in any style or form, as long as they’re family-friendly and can be easily printed on a sign. 
  • They must be original works, previously unpublished. 
  • They must be no longer than 300 words. They can be complete pieces or stand-alone excerpts from longer works. 
  • Limit 3 submissions per person. 
  • Submit your work using the form below: 
  • Please fill out all required information 
  • Write/paste your play into the text box OR upload a document 
  • If you are uploading a document: 
  • It must be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf 
  • Your story must be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font 
  • Please fill out the complete form for each submission 


  • All submission will be blind-read by a community judging panel, which will include other local writers, theater experts, and community members. 
  • Submitted plays will be judged by whether they reflect life in Eugene, on execution of story craft, and on their general accessibility. 
  • All plays will be subject to approval by the city.  

If your play is selected: 

  • Your work will be printed by the City of Eugene on a large-format sign (approximately 3’x4’) and exhibited in the Step Into Theater stairwell of the Overpark Garage on Oak Street. We will provide you with a proof of the sign before printing, so that you can check spacing, layout, ect. 
  • In addition to leaving your literary stamp on Eugene, you will receive a $50 stipend. 
  • We will work with you to make a recording of you (and/or a few actors) reading your work. People viewing the sign in the Overpark will be able to scan a QR code on the sign to hear the recording! 
  • You will have the opportunity to also publish your play in a potential coffee-table book that the City is planning, called The Art of Parking. Proceeds from this book will all be donated to downtown causes.  
  • We will ask you to sign a contract granting regional first publication rights to the City of Eugene, for the purposes of the sign and the potential coffee-table book. You retain all other rights to your play. 

Questions? Contact us at stepinto@wordcraftersineugene.org!