Past Winners

This year we received more than twice as many submissions as last year and a team of theatre, TV, and film professionals read your plays! Final-round judges this year include the writers of Late Show With David Letterman, Dutch filmmaker Finbarr Wilbrink, and Karl Gajdusek, who wrote the screenplay of Hollywood blockbuster Oblivion.

The 2014 Winners

Elementary School


Funniest Play: The Chocolate Thief by Alejandro Salas
Best Dramatic Play: tie between P.O.V. by Arjun Mazumdar and The Drill by Sierra Blanco


Time Travel Twist by Vivienne Soares and Melanie Santana


The Homework from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks by Ella Mare
The Upstander by Bella Rosenblatt
Chloe by Zoe Wohlman

Middle School


Funniest Play: Zombie Grandma by Everett Moore
Best Dramatic Play: KABOOM by Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg


Bird Girl by Kate Pamplin
Bad Dreams by Henry Green


Before Barnaby by Leo Lion

High School


Funniest Play: Set Back by Peter Chipman and Victoria Stiely
Best Dramatic Play: A Social Experiment by Kai Williams


Three Cats in a Box by Will Hegecock
Thoughts by Kristjan Tomasson


For the Sake of the Lizard by Emma Paquette
Nathan and Amelia by Sarah Fisher
Ticking by Luis Bermudez

Scholarship Opportunities

The winning playwrights will be awarded scholarships: $1,000 for the high school winners, $500 for middle school winners, and $250 for the elementary school winners. These plays will be produced as part of our Worldwide Plays Festival, funded by David Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, will run May 17th through May 22nd at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City.

Second- and third-place winners will receive a free video chat session with a Writopia Lab Instructor!

The winner of the middle school drama award will be the recipient of the $500 Playscripts Scholarship, sponsored by Playscripts, Inc, an independent publisher of new plays and musicals. Playscripts, Inc. will also offer a 25% discount on all book orders to members of the Writopia community! Enter the promocode WRITE234 at checkout to use the discount.

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 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.

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