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Fellowships for Juniors and Seniors

Submissions for 2016 are not yet open.

Playwriting Residency

The Playwrights in Residence program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in taking a deeper look into the craft of playwriting, and in becoming versed in the exciting process of turning ideas and scripts into viable NYC theater productions. The program will immerse playwrights in the process of several professional productions—from underground to Lincoln Center. Playwrights will take part in talkbacks with successful, professional playwrights, directors, and producers, will visit professional rehearsals, workshops, and readings, and will have many more opportunities to ask questions and learn.

Fiction Fellowship

The Fiction Fellowship is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in delving deeper into the art and craft of fiction and who are interested in exploring the career of an author. Writers will write book pitches and present them to literary agents face-to-face, write short-form story pitches and present them to magazine editors, and visit a literary journal, and a publishing house. The program will include meetings and talks with authors of various genres, an introduction into the world of publishing, and the opportunity to develop and present work with esteemed fiction authors.

Fiction Fellowship Includes

  • A monthly specialized fellowship workshop (which meets on three Sundays) with high profile editors and authors including Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel books, a division of Penguin Random House Penguin Books.
  • A monthly tea and craft talk with authors of different genres.
  • Learning the art of the "pitch"—pitching your short story or novel idea to a leading NYC agent and editor at their places of work. A culminating reading highlighting our fiction fellows and their author mentors.

Playwriting Residency Includes

  • "How do playwrights get produced AND what is producing anyway?!"A Talk with Producing Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective, Jennifer Conley Darling.
  • Visiting a workshop with Collaboration Town's new, epic musical, The Rise and Fall of the Trilobite Kingdom. Part of the New Victory's LabWorks 2014-2015 season.
  • A masterclass with a celebrated New York City Playwright.
  • A table reading of selected work by each resident playwright with professional actors and feedback from selected playwrights and directors.
  • A full production in Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival.
  • Attending downtown playwright/composer Dave Malloy's newest work, Preludes, at Lincoln Center!

Selection Process

Writopia's Fiction Fellows and Playwrights in Residence will be selected by the professional authors and playwrights taking part in this program. Dates of activities will be specified upon acceptance to the program.

Students who are currently enrolled in sessions (private or workshop) over the past two trimesters or more will be eligible to apply for this fellowship. If you are a Writopian who feels that you are eligible but do not meet these requirements, please apply with a letter explaining circumstances and eligibility.


Playwrights are required to submit a short play along with an artistic statement (1 page or less) describing their interest in the theater. Email applications to

Fiction Writers

Writers are required to submit a novel excerpt or a short story along with an artistic statement (1 page or less) describing their writing background and goals for the program. Email applications to

About the Festival

Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival is an annual Off-Broadway festival of plays written by playwrights ages 6 to 18 and produced, designed, directed, and acted by New York theater professionals.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival is now in its eighth year and is open to more writers than ever before.

The festival includes plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world! You’ll see comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and thought pieces—all written by the talented young playwrights of tomorrow.

Worldwide Plays Festival 2018

Where: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
When: Wednesday May 9th, 2018 to Sunday May 13th, 2018
Tickets to all shows: $20

Tickets on sale now!

Following the great success of the immersive production of WPF’s 2017 Home plays, where every play took place in a different room in a home, this year, playwrights must set their plays at a school, where there is so much more to learn than what’s on the board.

School is where people come to learn and come to teach, but it’s also where people fall in love, come out, protest, and pray. It’s where friendships are formed, where trust is broken, where people make the team and get cut from the play, where teachers are fired and heroes are made.

Plays can be any genre—comedy, drama, horror, polemic, tragedy, historical, docu-drama, solo-play, interactive, sci-fi, or any other you dream up.

One challenge is that all plays must take place in ONE of the following places in a school:

  • School Classroom (can be any type of classroom--science lab, English classroom, kindergarten class, etc.)
  • School Office (can be any type of school office--teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, guidance counselor’s office, etc.)
  • School Auditorium, Gym, or Sports Field

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