Worldwide Plays Festival
Artistic Director Dan Kitrosser and a "Best Playwright" award winner in 2011.


Submissions are Now Open!

Writopia Lab’s 2016 Plays Festival is calling for submissions from playwrights in 1st through 12th grade across the globe!

Not enrolled in a Writopia program? This submissions link below is for you! The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 10th for playwrights, ages 6-18.

Currently enrolled in a Writopia program? Speak to your instructor about The Internal 2/1 Deadline, the 2016 internal competition, and production process. Do not submit below but tell all of your friends about it!

About the Festival and the Competition

Now in its 7th year, the Worldwide Plays Festival celebrates playwrights ages 6 to 18. 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!

This year, the Worldwide Plays Festival will be exploring the theme of Community: the realities of our communities as they intersect with others, and the power and conflicts that are born within.

We encourage playwrights to engage with the world around them--and with the audience around them! This means creating plays and theatrical pieces that are just as funny, weird, dramatic, tragic, fantastic, bizarre, and thrilling as ever, but that also push the writer and audience to consider interpersonal relationships and the external forces around us (the social problems we see or experience in the world around us) that may create conflict in our lives. It also means that playwrights can and should consider how to engage the audience as part of their piece.


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 2016 Plays Festival will run May 16th through May 21st 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?

We accept monologues, dramas, comedies, musicals, and more. Plays should be no longer than 12 pages and should be written in standard play formatting. Please note that we do not accept collaborations by more than two writers. Writers may submit more than one piece. Please see the About the Festival and Competition section above for more detailed information.

How do I submit?

Submit by filling out the online form and emailing your play in a PDF format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make sure that your name and contact information do NOT appear on your submission document.


Writopia produces a rich series of fully-staged dramatic readings throughout the year. Young playwrights from Writopia’s labs get the opportunity to take their dramatic scenes and scripts from the workshop to the stage. This is a unique experience for young playwrights to work with theater professionals. Families, friends, and the whole Writopia community celebrate as the vision and work of our young playwrights come to life on the stage.


May Festival

Every year, Writopia produces a week-long Off-Broadway run in May. 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! In addition to the joy and recognition of having their plays produced, competition winners have a chance to win Scholarships.

Support the Festival

We are deeply grateful for the support we have received from Worldwide Pants and others who help us bring professional productions to the work of these young playwrights. We have already produced 47 plays and in May we will bring 52 more to an off-Broadway theater. Please help us support the New York theatre professionals who make all of this possible.