TV / DIGITAL SERIES - DECEMBER 2017

NBC LATE NIGHT WRITERS WORKSHOP

INFO: The NBC Late Night Writers Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late night and alternative shows, as well as receive feedback on their material.  

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Submission Period: December 1st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017 at 11:59 PST
  • Finalist Interviews: February 2018
  • 5-Day Workshop in NYC: Spring 2018
  • *All dates are subject to change. 

**Selected writers will be responsible for their own transportation to/from and lodging in NYC.

GUIDELINES: 

Your sketch packet should consist of three elements:

1)  1-2 pages of topical monologue jokes. If you think it helps us, please indicate which host’s voice you have in mind (can be, but does not have to be, an NBC host). Topical news jokes and pop culture jokes should make up the bulk of your material.

2)  1-2 pages of original ideas for refillable late night “desk bits.” These can be ideas for elements like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes,” pre-taped correspondent bits like, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” or multimedia bits. For this portion, please provide descriptions of the bits and not scripts.

3)  2  SNL-style sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH). One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical (something newsworthy or pop culture-based).

DEADLINE: December 15th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST

nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

 

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- NOVEMBER 2017

UNIVERSAL WRITERS PROGRAM

NBCUniversal

INFO: The Universal Writers Program identifies experienced and up-and-coming screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The Program inclusively develops storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program seeks writers who tonally match the Universal Pictures and Focus Features slates.

The primary goal for the one-year paid program is for writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers will be afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants.  In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers will participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative approach, personal presentation skills and overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a screenwriting career.

Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring a full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week.  Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, UFEG has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year. 

DEADLINE: November 6, 2017

universaltalentdevelopment.com/writers

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - AUGUST 2017

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: August 6, 2017

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - JULY 2017

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: August 6, 2017

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - JUNE 2017

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: August 6, 2017

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - MAY 2017

2016 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO: Script Pipeline is searching for the next extraordinary television writer. Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry partners (approximately 200 qualified contacts). The intent of the contest is to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scripts closer to production.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize Winner – $15,000, announced July 2017:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – $1,000, announced late July 2017

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive 

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up will also receive the following finalist benefits:

Finalists (8) – announced July 1st, 2017:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists – announced late June, 2017

Quarter-finalists – announced mid-June, 2017

SUBMISSION FEE: $55

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

CBS WRITER’S MENTORING PROGRAM

The CBS Diversity Institute

INFO: CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a six-month writers program to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The focus of the program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. Each participant will be teamed with a mentor (a CBS network or studio executive) with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. In addition, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting once a week with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/writers-mentoring-program/

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: August 6, 2017

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - APRIL 2017

TV PILOT CONTEST

American Black Film Festival / Turner

INFO: ABFF is excited to announce the launch of the very first American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest designed to shine a spotlight on new diverse writers who are invited to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories.

Together, Turner and ABFF will select five TBS/comedy finalists and five TNT/drama finalists, and one winner in each category will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 14-18, 2017.

AWARD: $500, and the opportunity to meet with Turner Original Programming executives.

DEADLINE: April 5, 2017

abff.com/turner-tv-pilot-contest/

 

DIVERSE VOICES SCREENPLAY CONTEST

WeScreenplay

INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

PRIZES:

  • Grand Prize - $1,654 ($1,000 in cash, $654 in prizes) + Script Distribution to Managers, Producers, and Agents
  • Honorable Mention by Category - $654 in prizes each
  • Finalists (Top 20) - $69 in prizes each

DEADLINE AND FEES: April 15th, 2017 ($49 entry fee)

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

2016 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO: Script Pipeline is searching for the next extraordinary television writer. Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry partners (approximately 200 qualified contacts). The intent of the contest is to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scripts closer to production.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize Winner – $15,000, announced July 2017:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – $1,000, announced late July 2017

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive 

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up will also receive the following finalist benefits:

Finalists (8) – announced July 1st, 2017:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists – announced late June, 2017

Quarter-finalists – announced mid-June, 2017

SUBMISSION FEE: $55

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

CBS WRITER’S MENTORING PROGRAM

The CBS Diversity Institute

INFO: CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a six-month writers program to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The focus of the program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. Each participant will be teamed with a mentor (a CBS network or studio executive) with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. In addition, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting once a week with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/writers-mentoring-program/

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: April 3 - August 6, 2017

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - MARCH 2017

HBO ACCESS WRITING FELLOWSHIP

HBO 

INFO: The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is designed to give emerging, diverse writers the opportunity to develop a half-hour or hour script suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

The program will select up to 8 diverse writers to take part in a series of master classes held over one week in July at the HBO campus in Santa Monica. Classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on the craft of writing including structure, story, and character as well as the business aspects of securing an agent and effective networking. 

PRIZE: Winners will be paired with an HBO or Cinemax development executive who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of 10 months. Mentoring can be done remotely or in person pending whichever is logistically feasible. In addition, we will hold monthly group meetings during which projects will continue to be work-shopped.

Material created during the program will be considered for production in the HBOAccess

SUBMISSION PERIOD: March 1, 2017 at 9am PST/ 12pm ET - March 4, 2017 at 9am PST/12pm ET

filmfreeway.com/festival/HBOAccessWritingFellowship

 

2nd ANNUAL PITCH FEST

Universal Cable Productions  

INFO: UCP’s Pitch Fest is an open forum for undiscovered storytellers looking to pitch the next great television series. This year in collaboration with NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS), the award-winning studio is targeting entries focused on diversity with the goal to discover writers and stories that highlight a range of topics from ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, to socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs. 

To be considered for a 10-minute pitch window, you must submit a completed application via this portal. 

DEADLINE: March 3, 2017 @11:59pm PT

ucpdevelopment.wufoo.com/forms/universal-cable-productions-2nd-annual-pitch-fest/

 

SESAME STREET WRITERS’ ROOM

INFO: Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a brand new fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. They are looking for fresh new talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

sesamewritersroom.org/

  

TV PILOT CONTEST

American Black Film Festival / Turner

INFO: ABFF is excited to announce the launch of the very first American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest designed to shine a spotlight on new diverse writers who are invited to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories.

Together, Turner and ABFF will select five TBS/comedy finalists and five TNT/drama finalists, and one winner in each category will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 14-18, 2017.

AWARD: $500, and the opportunity to meet with Turner Original Programming executives.

DEADLINE: April 5, 2017

abff.com/turner-tv-pilot-contest/

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - FEBRUARY 2017

EPISODIC STORY LAB

Sundance Institute

INFOThe Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab offers 10 writers an opportunity to develop long-form episodic content in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and learn how to navigate the changing industry. Working with accomplished showrunners, as well as non-writing creative producers and studio/network executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one creative story meetings, pitching sessions, writers’ rooms, and group conversations focusing on the key creative and tactical elements that are central to their success in episodic storytelling. 

  • Emerging writers and writer/directors from all mediums, including independent narrative features, documentary, theatre, and fiction, who are developing an episodic series.
  • Applicants must have at minimum a completed script for the pilot episode and a 2-3 page series overview that includes a brief description of the premise, genre, central characters and world of the series, as well as a short summary of the story and character arcs for the first season.
  • The submitted pilot cannot have been sold at any point to a studio or network.
  • Additionally, applicants cannot have sold a pilot or pitch to a studio or network in the past that has been produced.
  • The submitted pilot may be original or adapted from optioned source material.
  • A priority of the program is to identify and support writers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the television industry.

APPLICATION FEE: $40

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Lab Dates: October 5-10, 2017

sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling

 

FRESHWAVE! AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS

Talos Films + ColorCreative.TV

INFO:This is a joint venture between ColorCreative.TV and Talos Films in conjunction with Sky Vision. They're looking for writers who have an underrepresented voice in mainstream media and have a creative pitch for a Young Adult television series.

AWARD:

  • One winning writer will receive $5,000 and their script optioned and produced into an indie pilot.
  • The remaining two finalists will receive $1,500 and an option agreement for their script.

INCUBATION MENTORS 

  • Dana Lynne North, Co-Exec Producer/Writer (INSECURE)
  • Justin Simien, Director/Writer (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE)   
  • Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creator/Writer/Exec Producer (unREAL)
  • Dan Powell, Exec Producer (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, UGLY AMERICANS)
  • Jermaine Johnson, Manager (3ARTS ENTERTAINMENT)  
  • Sarah Benincasa, Comedian/Actress/Young Adult Novelist (GREAT, DC TRIP)

DEADLINE: February 5, 2017

freshwave.submittable.com/submit

 

TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017

INFO: The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 promotes the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. Genres include, but are not limited to comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, and family adventures (submissions should be non-period stories). One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from three (3) Finalists and announced at the closing night event of ABFF. 

DEADLINE: February 16, 2017

tvone.tv/43771/enter-the-tv-one-screenplay-competition-2017-here/

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Nickelodeon Writing Program

INFO: Nickelodeon has opened applications for its writing program. All applicants must submit a Spec Script that is Comedic; either Live-Action or Animation and based on any of the half-hour television series in the list they provide.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017 

nickanimationstudio.com/writing-program

 

HBO ACCESS WRITING FELLOWSHIP

HBO 

INFO: The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is designed to give emerging, diverse writers the opportunity to develop a half-hour or hour script suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

The program will select up to 8 diverse writers to take part in a series of master classes held over one week in July at the HBO campus in Santa Monica. Classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on the craft of writing including structure, story, and character as well as the business aspects of securing an agent and effective networking. 

PRIZE: Winners will be paired with an HBO or Cinemax development executive who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of 10 months. Mentoring can be done remotely or in person pending whichever is logistically feasible. In addition, we will hold monthly group meetings during which projects will continue to be work-shopped.

Material created during the program will be considered for production in the HBOAccess

SUBMISSION PERIOD: March 1, 2017 at 9am PST/ 12pm ET - March 4, 2017 at 9am PST/12pm ET

filmfreeway.com/festival/HBOAccessWritingFellowship

 

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - JANUARY 2017

EPISODIC STORY LAB

Sundance Institute

INFOThe Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab offers 10 writers an opportunity to develop long-form episodic content in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and learn how to navigate the changing industry. Working with accomplished showrunners, as well as non-writing creative producers and studio/network executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one creative story meetings, pitching sessions, writers’ rooms, and group conversations focusing on the key creative and tactical elements that are central to their success in episodic storytelling. 

  • Emerging writers and writer/directors from all mediums, including independent narrative features, documentary, theatre, and fiction, who are developing an episodic series.
  • Applicants must have at minimum a completed script for the pilot episode and a 2-3 page series overview that includes a brief description of the premise, genre, central characters and world of the series, as well as a short summary of the story and character arcs for the first season.
  • The submitted pilot cannot have been sold at any point to a studio or network.
  • Additionally, applicants cannot have sold a pilot or pitch to a studio or network in the past that has been produced.
  • The submitted pilot may be original or adapted from optioned source material.
  • A priority of the program is to identify and support writers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the television industry.

APPLICATION FEE: $40

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Lab Dates: October 5-10, 2017

sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling

 

TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017

INFO: The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 promotes the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. Genres include, but are not limited to comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, and family adventures (submissions should be non-period stories). One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from three (3) Finalists and announced at the closing night event of ABFF. 

DEADLINE: February 16, 2017

tvone.tv/43771/enter-the-tv-one-screenplay-competition-2017-here/

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Nickelodeon Writing Program

INFO: Nickelodeon has opened applications for its writing program. All applicants must submit a Spec Script that is Comedic; either Live-Action or Animation and based on any of the half-hour television series in the list they provide.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017 

nickanimationstudio.com/writing-program

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - DECEMBER 2016

EPISODIC STORY LAB

Sundance Institute

INFO: The Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab offers 10 writers an opportunity to develop long-form episodic content in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and learn how to navigate the changing industry. Working with accomplished showrunners, as well as non-writing creative producers and studio/network executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one creative story meetings, pitching sessions, writers’ rooms, and group conversations focusing on the key creative and tactical elements that are central to their success in episodic storytelling. 

  • Emerging writers and writer/directors from all mediums, including independent narrative features, documentary, theatre, and fiction, who are developing an episodic series.
  • Applicants must have at minimum a completed script for the pilot episode and a 2-3 page series overview that includes a brief description of the premise, genre, central characters and world of the series, as well as a short summary of the story and character arcs for the first season.
  • The submitted pilot cannot have been sold at any point to a studio or network.
  • Additionally, applicants cannot have sold a pilot or pitch to a studio or network in the past that has been produced.
  • The submitted pilot may be original or adapted from optioned source material.
  • A priority of the program is to identify and support writers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the television industry.

APPLICATION FEE: $40

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Applications Open: December 1, 2016
  • Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Lab Dates: October 5-10, 2017

sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling

 

 

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - OCTOBER 2016

MADE IN NY WRITERS ROOM

Writers Guild of America East 

INFOThe Made in NY Writers Room initiative will establish a fellowship program to support professional writers of diverse backgrounds in New York City. Eligible writers must meet all application criteria and guidelines including a nomination for submission from a recommending organization or membership in the Writers Guild of America, East, along with a completed application form and properly formatted comedy or drama pilot.  Click here for further information on the program.

The program aims to identify emerging writers whose work offers new and diverse points of view. We know that when writers rooms reflect the diversity of New York City, audiences are treated to stories that are more exciting, creative and reflective of their experiences. 

ELIGIBILITY: Individual applicants and/or at least one member of each writing team (teams may consist of no more than two people) must be a member of and/or recommended by one of the organizations below:

  • Be a member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) or be recommended by a member of the WGAE Diversity Coalition
  • Be an alumnus(a) of the Ghetto Film School, Tribeca All-Access Program, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) programs/incubators
  • Be recommended by New York Women in Film and Television
  • Be recommended by the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
  • Be recommended by a Blackhouse Foundation Board Member
  • Be recommended by the Black Filmmakers Foundation
  • Be recommended by the Black List
  • Be recommended by Asain CineVision
  • Be recommended by a member of the Interguild Diversity Coalition

KEY DATES:

  • October 20, 2016 – Application Deadline
  • December 2016 – Semi-finalists selected
  • January 2017 – Finalists selected
  • January-March 2017 – Finalist interviews
  • April 2017 ­– Fellows selected
  • June-December 2017* ­– Fellowship Program

SUBMISSION FEE: There is no cost to apply for the fellowship. Writers may register their pilot scripts free-of-charge as part of the application process. 

STIPEND: During the 6-month fellowship, fellows will be compensated for all time spent working on Fellowship activities at the rate of fifteen dollars an hour, up to $15,600.

PRIZES:

  • Five finalists with the highest scoring comedy scripts will be nominated to the Screenwriters Colony Episodic Comedy in partnership with the Nantucket Film Festival.
  • Two finalists with the highest scoring comedy and drama scripts will be performed at a professionally cast and directed live reading at Lincoln Center.
  • Up to twelve applicants, either individuals or writing teams will be selected to participate in the six-month fellowship program. Fellows will receive a stipend, participate in educational and professional development programs offered by the WGAE, be matched with a showrunner based on their career interests and produce a table read of their script by union actors.

wgaeast.org/writersroom/

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - SEPTEMBER 2016

 

MADE IN NY WRITERS ROOM

Writers Guild of America East 

INFOThe Made in NY Writers Room initiative will establish a fellowship program to support professional writers of diverse backgrounds in New York City. Eligible writers must meet all application criteria and guidelines including a nomination for submission from a recommending organization or membership in the Writers Guild of America, East, along with a completed application form and properly formatted comedy or drama pilot.  Click here for further information on the program.

The program aims to identify emerging writers whose work offers new and diverse points of view. We know that when writers rooms reflect the diversity of New York City, audiences are treated to stories that are more exciting, creative and reflective of their experiences. 

ELIGIBILITY: Individual applicants and/or at least one member of each writing team (teams may consist of no more than two people) must be a member of and/or recommended by one of the organizations below:

  • Be a member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) or be recommended by a member of the WGAE Diversity Coalition
  • Be an alumnus(a) of the Ghetto Film School, Tribeca All-Access Program, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) programs/incubators
  • Be recommended by New York Women in Film and Television
  • Be recommended by the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
  • Be recommended by a Blackhouse Foundation Board Member
  • Be recommended by the Black Filmmakers Foundation
  • Be recommended by the Black List
  • Be recommended by Asain CineVision
  • Be recommended by a member of the Interguild Diversity Coalition

KEY DATES:

  • September 15, 2016 – Application Opens
  • October 20, 2016 – Application Closes
  • December 2016 – Semi-finalists selected
  • January 2017 – Finalists selected
  • January-March 2017 – Finalist interviews
  • April 2017 ­– Fellows selected
  • June-December 2017* ­– Fellowship Program

SUBMISSION FEE: There is no cost to apply for the fellowship. Writers may register their pilot scripts free-of-charge as part of the application process. 

STIPEND: During the 6-month fellowship, fellows will be compensated for all time spent working on Fellowship activities at the rate of fifteen dollars an hour, up to $15,600.

PRIZES:

  • Five finalists with the highest scoring comedy scripts will be nominated to the Screenwriters Colony Episodic Comedy in partnership with the Nantucket Film Festival.
  • Two finalists with the highest scoring comedy and drama scripts will be performed at a professionally cast and directed live reading at Lincoln Center.
  • Up to twelve applicants, either individuals or writing teams will be selected to participate in the six-month fellowship program. Fellows will receive a stipend, participate in educational and professional development programs offered by the WGAE, be matched with a showrunner based on their career interests and produce a table read of their script by union actors.

 SUBMISSION PERIOD: Opens September 15, 2016

wgaeast.org/writersroom/

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - AUGUST 2016

HOW TO TELL A STORY WORKSHOP

Nickelodeon / Pixelatl

INFO: Nickelodeon and Pixelatl is seeking submissions for its How To Tell a Story, a two-day workshop (September 9-10) designed to prepare applicants for submission to the Nickelodeon Writing Program. During the writer’s intensive, Karen Kirkland, Vice President, Nickelodeon Writing Program, will share vital information on writing dialogue, defining characters, and mastering three basic steps in writing: premise, outline, and script. 

DEADLINE: August 5, 2016

pixelatl.com/#convocatorias

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script inEnglish within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

DEADLINE: Through August 7, 2016

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - JULY 2016

SIR PETER USTINOV TELEVISION SCRIPTWRITING AWARD

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation

INFO: The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script.  

AWARD:

  • $2,500,
  • A trip to New York
  • Invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

iemmys.tv/foundation.aspx

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

DEADLINE: Through August 7, 2016

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - JUNE 2016

2017 DISNEY-ABC WRITING PROGRAM

INFOFor over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). It is based in Los Angeles.

The primary goal for Program Writers is to staff on a DATG series as a staff writer during the one-year program; however, staffing is not guaranteed. The program also provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives through various meetings and events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television-writing career. For at least the first month the Program Writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare them for staffing consideration. Past activities have included workshops led by veteran television writers, producers and Disney │ABC Writing Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with DATG current programming and development executives. 

From self-branding to creating new writing samples, the goal is to present DATG executives and producers with viable writing candidates who will make invaluable contributions in a
writers’ room.

SALARYWriters will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Period: Through June 1, 2016
  • Program: Feb 2017 – Feb 2018 (Please note that time frames are subject to change) 

http://www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html

 

2016 ABC DISCOVERS: TALENT SHOWCASE

ABC Casting

INFO: ABC Casting is seeking original scene submissions for their upcoming ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase, a one night event to showcase new and diverse talent to an invited industry audience. ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase has established an industry standard in creating opportunities for talent.

Former participants include Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther; Get on Up), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2; Teen Beach Movie franchise), Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), Jorge Garcia (Hawaii 5-0; Lost), Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar (The Mysteries of Laura), Ali Stroker (Broadway’s Spring Awakening; The Glee Project) and Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered).

Written scene submissions with release forms are submitted on a voluntary basis, without compensation. Writers whose material is selected for the 2016 New York and/or Los Angeles Showcases will have the opportunity to meet Disney-ABC Talent Development executives and/or series producers.

 Experience writing for television, film, or theater is strongly recommended, but not required. Those submitting must provide a completed application package adhering to specific guidelines.

 DEADLINE: June 3, 2016, 8:59pm PST (11:59pm EST)

drive.google.com/file/d/0B8klbDTUsFOqME80am9oQVZIYnc/view

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

DEADLINE: Through August 7, 2016

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - MAY 2016

2016 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO: Script Pipeline is searching for the next extraordinary television writer. Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry partners (approximately 200 qualified contacts). The intent of the contest is to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scripts closer to production.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize Winner – $10,000, announced August 2016:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – $1,000, announced August 2016:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive 

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up will also receive the following finalist benefits:

Finalists (8) – announced July 1st, 2016:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists – announced late June, 2016

Quarter-finalists – announced mid-June, 2016

SUBMISSION FEE: $50

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

CBS WRITER’S MENTORING PROGRAM

The CBS Diversity Institute

INFO: CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a six-month writers program to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The focus of the program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. Each participant will be teamed with a mentor (a CBS network or studio executive) with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. In addition, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting once a week with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/writers-mentoring-program/

 

SCREENPLAY AND TELEPLAY COMPETITION

Austin Film Festival

INFO: The competition is open to amateurs and pros. Screenplays/teleplays must not have been optioned or sold prior to October 31, 2016.  Screenplays/teleplays must be the original work of the applicants.

PRIZES:  Cash awards range from $5,000 – $1,000 depending on entry category. All winners receive reimbursement of roundtrip airfare; hotel reimbursement at the Film Festival; the AFF bronze typewriter award; one complimentary producers badge to attend the festival and conference.  Finalists in all categories receive one complimentary producers badge to attend the festival and conference.  All semifinalists may purchase a producer’s badge at a discounted price.  See competition link for more info. 

DEADLINES & FEES:

  • Feature Screenplay Late Deadline: May 20($50)
  • Short Screenplay Late Deadline: May 20 ($40)
  • Teleplay Late Deadline: May 20 ($40)

austinfilmfestival.com/submit/screenplay-and-teleplay-submissions/

 

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

INFO: Each year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show.

The Workshop consists of three components:

  • Lectures - Weekly lectures feature guest speakers currently working in television and include a mix of showrunners, directors, actors and agents. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers’ room as a staff writer and beyond.
  • Simulated Writers’ Room In the winter, the Workshop participants are divided into smaller groups for an intensive writing experience. Each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines found on a show currently in production. How participants perform during this exercise will determine whether they will be chosen for a possible staffing position on a Warner Bros. show.
  • Staffing Upon completion of the program, studio executives will work to help participants, who pass the Writers’ Room, obtain a staff position on a Warner Bros. television show currently in production.

IMPORTANT DATES: The 2016–2017 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2016–April 2017, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016, 11:59 PM

http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/

 

WRITERS ON THE VERGE

NBCUniversal

INFO: Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. NBCUniversal is looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

 The program will consist of two night classes, which will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec & pilot script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.” 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016

nbcunitips.com/category/programs/writers/

 

2017 DISNEY-ABC WRITING PROGRAM

INFO: For over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). It is based in Los Angeles.

The primary goal for Program Writers is to staff on a DATG series as a staff writer during the one-year program; however, staffing is not guaranteed. The program also provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives through various meetings and events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television-writing career. For at least the first month the Program Writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare them for staffing consideration. Past activities have included workshops led by veteran television writers, producers and Disney │ABC Writing Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with DATG current programming and development executives. 

From self-branding to creating new writing samples, the goal is to present DATG executives and producers with viable writing candidates who will make invaluable contributions in a
writers’ room.

SALARY: Writers will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Period: May 2 - June 1, 2016
  • Program: Feb 2017 – Feb 2018 (Please note that time frames are subject to change) 

http://www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

DEADLINE: Through August 7, 2016

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TELEVISION / DIGITAL SERIES - APRIL 2016

DIVERSE VOICES SCREENPLAY CONTEST

WeScreenplay

INFO: WeScreenplay’s contest is focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters (ethnic minorities, women, women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, etc.) – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

PRIZES:

  • Grand Prize - $1,654 ($1,000 in cash, $654 in prizes) + Script Distribution to Managers, Producers, and Agents
  • Honorable Mention by Category - $654 in prizes each
  • Finalists (Top 20) - $69 in prizes each

DEADLINE AND FEES: April 15th, 2016 ($49 entry fee)

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

INFO: The 2016 TV One Screenplay Competition was created to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The program is designed to:

  • Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.
  • Encourage filmmakers to creatively center around entertaining, heart-felt and relatable topics that resonate and appeal to African American audiences.
  • Expand upon the genres/formats that tell these entertaining stories. Genres include, but are not limited to comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, and family adventures (submissions should be non-period stories).

PRIZES:

  • 3 Finalist prizes and 1 grand prize will be announced at the closing night event of 20th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
  • Each Finalist will receive a trip to the ABFF in Miami, Florida, taking place June 15, 2016 through June 19, 2016 and the opportunity to have a scene from their screenplay read by actors at a Table Read.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5000.00) and the opportunity to have their screenplay developed and produced to premier at the 2017 ABFF.  

DEADLINE: EXTENDED to April 27, 2016

abff.com/tv-one-screenplay-competition/

 

2016 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO: Script Pipeline is searching for the next extraordinary television writer. Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry partners (approximately 200 qualified contacts). The intent of the contest is to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scripts closer to production.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize Winner – $10,000, announced August 2016:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Script Pipeline development team

Runner-up – $1,000, announced August 2016:

  • Exposure to Script Pipeline’s industry network and a personalized circulation plan
  • 1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive 

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up will also receive the following finalist benefits:

Finalists (8) – announced July 1st, 2016:

  • Exclusive invitations to private industry/writer events throughout the year
  • Circulation to 200 companies and long-term development assistance

Semifinalists – announced late June, 2016

Quarter-finalists – announced mid-June, 2016

SUBMISSION FEE: $50

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

CBS WRITER’S MENTORING PROGRAM

The CBS Diversity Institute

INFO: CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a six-month writers program to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. The focus of the program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. Each participant will be teamed with a mentor (a CBS network or studio executive) with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. In addition, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting once a week with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals and will be given the opportunity to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/writers-mentoring-program/

 

NHMC TV WRITERS PROGRAM

National Hispanic Media Coalition

INFO: The NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. The program was created in accordance with NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. 

The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Burbank, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The program normally takes place in the Fall of each year, wrapping up before Thanksgiving.

Participants must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school, as the program is a full time commitment (Monday-Friday).

The NHMC Television Writers Program is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show.

AWARD: $250 per week (plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state).

SUBMISSION DATES: April 4 - August 7, 2016

nhmc.org/writersprogram