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Fellowships for Juniors and Seniors

Submissions for 2016 are not yet open.

Playwriting Residency

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.

Fiction Fellowship

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.

Fiction Fellowship Includes

  • A monthly specialized fellowship workshop (which meets on three Sundays) with high profile editors and authors including Jill Santopolo, Executive Editor at Philomel books, a division of Penguin Random House Penguin Books.
  • A monthly tea and craft talk with authors of different genres.
  • Learning the art of the "pitch"—pitching your short story or novel idea to a leading NYC agent and editor at their places of work. A culminating reading highlighting our fiction fellows and their author mentors.

Playwriting Residency Includes

  • "How do playwrights get produced AND what is producing anyway?!"A Talk with Producing Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective, Jennifer Conley Darling.
  • Visiting a workshop with Collaboration Town's new, epic musical, The Rise and Fall of the Trilobite Kingdom. Part of the New Victory's LabWorks 2014-2015 season.
  • A masterclass with a celebrated New York City Playwright.
  • A table reading of selected work by each resident playwright with professional actors and feedback from selected playwrights and directors.
  • A full production in Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival.
  • Attending downtown playwright/composer Dave Malloy's newest work, Preludes, at Lincoln Center!

Selection Process

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

Fiction Writers

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

Writopia Lab’s 10th Annual

Worldwide Plays Festival

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.

Worldwide Plays Festival 2019

About the Competition

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.

This Year’s Theme:

The Neighborhood

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.

Festival Performances

Where: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor
When: Wednesday May 1st, 2019 to Sunday May 5th, 2019
Tickets to all shows: $20

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