The Competition

This year, the Worldwide Plays Festival will be exploring the theme of Home. Playwrights must set their plays inside a room in a home.

What does the concept of “Home” mean to you? Is it a place? A feeling? Is it where your family is? Or where your things are? Or where neither your family or your things are, but where you are? Is your home new? Old? What drama happens inside our homes? What do we do, say, see, hear? What happens when we invite strangers in? Or when they crash? Are there ghosts in our house? Are there memories of siblings who have gone off to college, parents who have gone off to war? What’s it like waiting to use the bathroom in the morning when your brother is taking his time? What do we look like when we are dancing alone in our room? What smells are conjured in the kitchen, what does a Shabbat Dinner look like? What is the conversation before your family leaves for Sunday morning before church? It’s 4 AM during the month of Ramadan; what do you say to the first family member you see? If you were a superhero, in what room would you hide your costume?

Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Who can submit?

The competition is open to playwrights in 1st through 12th grade around the world.

What are the prizes?

This year, professional playwrights and theater professionals will select one play in each age group for Off-Broadway production in May. The 2017 Plays Festival will run May 8th through May 14th at the Theater Lab Space in New York City.

The winning playwrights will also be awarded scholarships: $250 for high school winners, $150 for middle school winners, and $100 for elementary school winners.

What are the guidelines?

  • Eight minutes long (this is roughly eight pages, but all plays must be eight minutes or shorter, no matter the page count)
  • No more than three characters
  • While there is no standard playwriting format, we encourage you to use Writopia Lab’s Playwriting Format, which you can look at by clicking here.
  • The action of your play must take place entirely inside one room
  • The action of your play must take place entirely inside one room
  • NO set changes
  • There can be NO narrator in the play who is not emotionally invested in the story (i.e. Ramona can tell her story to the audience, but an unnamed narrator cannot tell the audience the story of Ramona)

Please note that we do not accept collaborations by more than two writers. Writers may submit more than one piece.

How do I submit?

Submit by filling out the online form and emailing your play in a PDF format to Please make sure that your name and contact information do NOT appear on your submission document.

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