WORLDWIDE PLAYWRITING COMPETITIION
is February 5th, 2014
Calling all young playwrights, within and beyond Writopia! Submit your play to be produced Off-Broadway! Each year, we produce a week of thrilling, hilarious, and poignant plays written by New York City’s and the country’s top young playwrights ages 6-18!
Submit Your Play
We invite writers in grades 1 to 12 to submit their plays, musicals, and monologues for consideration. Eighteen pieces will win recognition and six of those will be professionally produced and performed on stage in the Festival. Young playwrights will experience the transformative power of bringing their page to the stage.
- Plays that incorporate sci-fi or fantasy elements
Plays should be no longer than 10 pages. We accept collaborations from up to three writers. Writers may enter more than one submission.
Six plays will be produced, directed, and performed by professional actors as part of the Festival. Twelve additional pieces will be recognized.
Mail your play to:
155 West 81st Street, Suite A
New York, NY, 10024
If you are unable to mail us a paper copy of your play, you can email your play in PDF or Microsoft Word format to
Include a cover page with your name, birthday, grade, school, phone number, and email address. Optional: If you were inspired by or received fanstastic guidance from a mentor or teacher, please provide his or her name, email address, and phone number.
There is no fee for participation in this festival.
- WWP Plays of the Year and Scholarship. 2014 WWP Festival has sponsored three $500 scholarships to high school students who write the most compelling and entertaining plays of the year. The winning plays will also be produced in our festival in May.
- WPF Humor Award and Scholarship. David Letterman's production house, Worldwide Pants, has sponsored three $250 scholarships to the playwrights who write the funniest play of the 2013 Worldwide Plays Competition. Playwrights, 6-18, who live in the United States are eligible. The winning plays will also be produced in New York City in May.
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. The 2013/2014 season is our fifth festival, and is sure to be our biggest yet, with showcases in the winter 2013/2014 and a week-long Off-Broadway run in May.
Thanks to the support of David Letterman's production house, Worldwide Pants and the Mellam Family Foundation, Writopia Lab's Worldside Plays Festival is now in its fifth 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, thought pieces--all written by playwrights not yet old enough to vote.