The Ellipsis and Parenthetical feature work from writers ages 7 to 18. The writers come from coast to coast and all walks of life. Read and find out why Writopia's young writers are the most recognized in the USA!
Submissions for 2016 are not yet open.
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.
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.
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 WritopiaSelect@writopialab.org.
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 WritopiaSelect@writopialab.org.
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.
Where: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
When: Wednesday May 9th, 2018 to Sunday May 12th, 2018
Tickets to all shows: $20
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:
Visit the Competition page to learn how to submit to this year’s Festival.