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.
Founded in 2010, Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival is an annual Off-Broadway festival of one-act 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 tenth season 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! Comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear-jerkers, and thought pieces — all written by the talented young playwrights of tomorrow.
We invite playwrights in 1st through 12th grade around the world to enter our competition. We will select winning plays in three age groups: Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
Winning plays will receive a cash prize and have their play produced as part of our festival in May of 2019 at TheaterLab, in the theater district of New York City. Prizes will be $750 for high school, $500 for middle school, and $250 for elementary school.
Winners will be notified by February of 2019.
The tenth annual Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival is happening in your neighborhood! Well, maybe it’s more accurate to say that the plays will be set in your neighborhood. Following the success of the past two years of immersive theater where audiences roamed the rooms in 2017’s Home, or hiked the hallways in 2018’s School, this year we want plays that take us around your Neighborhood.
You might think you know everything about your neighborhood, but on those familiar streets that you tread every day, someone fell in love, someone fell apart, someone stood up for themselves, someone stood up for others. It’s where you went trick or treating, where you first rode your bike, where you moved from, where you moved to.
Your neighborhood — whether you like it, love it, or left it — is part of you. So come on, let’s go around the block.
Where: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
When: Wednesday May 1st, 2019 to Sunday May 5th, 2019
Tickets to all shows: $20