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Do you have what it takes to compete in Survival Challenge? Do you want to test yourself in a 5-day competition that will push your physical, social and strategic skills to the limit? If so, read on and consider applying in the form below. We’re looking for people who will embrace the experience and make the most of the opportunity. We’re casting players, not characters, so this application is all about showing your love for the game.

Survival Challenge 2023(SC) will take place July 5-9, 2023 in Macomb, Illinois. If you apply and are accepted as a contestant you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from Macomb. Please consider travel logistics and costs before choosing to apply. The closest major airports to Macomb are Saint Louis, MO (about 3 hours away by car) and Chicago, IL (about 3.5 hours away). The Moline/Quad Cities airport may also be an option for you (1.5 hours away by car). Lodging accommodations in Macomb are available should you need to arrive the day before the Challenge begins. Applicants selected to compete will also be required to submit a $350 donation to Survival Challenge, a non-profit organization that will distribute event proceeds to various charitable organizations.

At this time we are not anticipating requiring contestants to provide proof of Covid vaccinations and/or booster shots. However, given the uncertain nature of the ongoing pandemic we reserve the right to implement such a requirement based on local requirements and/or governmental recommendations

Family and friends of contestants are encouraged to attend and will be able to watch the action as it unfolds. More information regarding accommodation options for family and friends will be provided to applicants who are accepted to compete.

Applications will be accepted through midnight on January 31st. By February 28th, all applicants will be notified if they have been accepted or not. Still interested? Complete the application requirements below (by filling out the form). Remember, we are looking for contestants who are passionate about participating in this challenge. Highly polished video submissions will not earn bonus points. Just tell and show us about your physical, social and strategic skills and your passion for our game. Do not make your application known via social media or you will be disqualified from potential participation!

Have you played in any online or live reality games? If so, which ones and when? Please answer honestly, your response will not negatively impact your chance to make the cast. We are looking for players with different levels of familiarly of Live Reality Games and Online Reality Games. If Survival Challenge would be your first live game, tell us about what excites you about playing in an LRG.

What can we expect from YOU in Survival Challenge? Survival Challenge will test your physical and social skills and knowledge of Survivor-like strategy. Tell us about the attributes that you possess that will enable you to win SC 2023. Don’t bother telling us that you’ve watched every episode of Survivor or that your job has prepared you to deal with whatever the Challenge brings your way because everyone says that.

We would love to hear if you identify with any communities including, but not limited to, the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

Create a video of not more than 2 minutes in length that shows us why you deserve to be a contestant in SC 2023. Your video needs to convince us that you have the skills and passion necessary to be the SC 2023 winner. Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about the production value of your video. We are looking for Survival Challenge competitors, not video editors. Don’t send Survivor audition videos! This is Survival Challenge, not Survivor, and knowing the difference is important. Upload your video to YouTube and copy and paste the link here. Be sure to make the video unlisted.

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After you submit your application you should receive an email confirming your submission. If you have questions please contact casting at jvataha@gmail.com. Best of luck and we hope to see you in Macomb next July!

*Survival Challenge production recognizes the value of having a diverse cast that provides an environment in which contestants feel they can thrive socially, emotionally, and competitively. We also understand socioeconomic status and lack of representation in prior casts may be a barrier for people to apply and participate. With the intention of increasing access to participation and support diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Survival Challenge community, several scholarships for historically underrepresented and Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) individuals are available to cover the required donation to participate. You will still be responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the event. If you are selected to compete, we would be happy to talk further about receiving a scholarship.*

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