TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- OCT 2019

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The New Harmony Project

INFO: The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? We’re looking for scripts that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

What does The Project provide? We provide a creative community and unparalleled level of artistic support. There is no cost to attend the spring conference, and all meals, travel and housing are covered. Additionally, we provide a modest stipend to participants.  

Due to the volume of applications received, we will only accept ONE script per writer.

When you are ready to complete your application, simply click the button below to be taken to our online system powered by Submittable. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes. 

If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 

newharmonyproject.org/apply

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

New York Foundation for the Arts

INFO: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects

  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos

  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role. 

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

  • Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000

  • Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000

  • Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000

  • Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000

  • Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000

  • Music General - $20,000

  • Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/NYC-Womens-Fund

WRITERS RESIDENCY

Millay Colony for the Arts 

INFO: Each year Millay Colony for the Arts invites up to 62 individuals (including writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and visual artists) for residencies through the colony's application process.  

Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, usually lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with 2 twelve-day sessions also available in June & September. In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics.  

Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do not include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors.  Your application will instead be assigned a number by the administration.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 (Midnight, EST). This deadline is for the following year of April, May, June & July residency sessions.

https://millaycolony.submittable.com/submit

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- SEPTEMBER 2019

PitchNY

NBC Universal / Tribeca Film Institute / Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

INFO: PitchNY aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices and showcase diverse communities through film, TV and other creative content. For the fourth year in a row this workshop will allow undergraduate and recent graduate students from New York schools to learn from filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers. Participants are given opportunities to network with their peers, hear from panels of experts and practice pitching their creative ideas one-on-one with entertainment industry representatives. 

Over the past three years, Governor Cuomo’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and NBCUniversal have hosted PitchNY, a workshop that provides aspiring filmmakers, producers and writers from across New York with resources and advice and facilitates connections with entertainment experts. PitchNY aims to cultivate New York State’s homegrown talent by expanding pathways for aspiring creators, strengthen diverse voices, and showcase diverse communities through film, TV, and other creative content.

For the fourth installment of PitchNY, the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development and NBCUniversal will partner with Tribeca Film Institute as a local non-profit partner. Undergraduate and recent graduate students and aspiring filmmakers are invited to apply to participate in the two-day intensive workshop in NYC on November 7-8, 2019. PitchNY is focused on promoting diversity in the entertainment industry both by highlighting diverse content and increasing opportunity for content creators: filmmakers, producers, directors and writers. In previous years, themes of diversity reflected in participants’ work have included race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Students apply by filling out a brief, free application online and submitting creative concepts that they will pitch at the workshop. Selected students receive travel stipends for transportation and lodging.

The event includes informational panel discussions with industry professionals and creative leaders sharing insights and guidance. In the afternoon, there is a “speed pitching” opportunity in which participants rotate tables and simulate real-life pitching situations, giving students the opportunity to share their stories and enhance their pitching skills. The purpose of these pitch meetings is professional development and educational feedback and not to sell or produce a specific project. 

DEADLINE: September 16, 2019

esd.ny.gov/pitchny

 

CALL FOR SCRIPTS

The New Harmony Project

INFO: The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? We’re looking for scripts that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

What does The Project provide? We provide a creative community and unparalleled level of artistic support. There is no cost to attend the spring conference, and all meals, travel and housing are covered. Additionally, we provide a modest stipend to participants.  

Due to the volume of applications received, we will only accept ONE script per writer.

When you are ready to complete your application, simply click the button below to be taken to our online system powered by Submittable. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes. 

If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 

newharmonyproject.org/apply

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

New York Foundation for the Arts

INFO: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects

  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos

  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role. 

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

  • Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000

  • Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000

  • Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000

  • Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000

  • Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000

  • Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000

  • Music General - $20,000

  • Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000

In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/NYC-Womens-Fund

WRITERS RESIDENCY

Millay Colony for the Arts 

INFO: Each year Millay Colony for the Arts invites up to 62 individuals (including writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and visual artists) for residencies through the colony's application process.  

Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, usually lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with 2 twelve-day sessions also available in June & September. In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics.  

Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do not include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors.  Your application will instead be assigned a number by the administration.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019 (Midnight, EST). This deadline is for the following year of April, May, June & July residency sessions.

https://millaycolony.submittable.com/submit

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- JULY 2019

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. 

DEADLINE: July 20, 2019

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- JUNE 2019

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. 

DEADLINE: July 20, 2019

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- MAY 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: WRITER FOR NETFLIX TV SERIES

INFO: Triggerfish are looking for experienced African female writers on a Netflix animated TV series based in Zambia. Applicants must have had their work produced for either TV or film and should be English-speaking African citizens or permanent residents who can identify with the source material centering on four teenagers from Zambia navigating the hurdles of daily school life, while working together to save the world. Prospective writers must submit a maximum one-page letter of motivation, a CV and a script sample in English of no more than a combined 10 pages, preferably demonstrating a passion for animation and an ability to write for children in the action-comedy genre.  

DEADLINE: May 17, 2019

http://careers.triggerfish.com/

 

WRITERS ON THE VERGE

NBCUniversal

INFO: Writers on the Verge is a program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are 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 weekly evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, 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 “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.” 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2019

nbcunitips.com/writers-on-the-verge/?fbclid=IwAR1exr2k0dmnFR8ERG3i838g17MFepNUPISO3HqZKa-q2-lKNpFIbCTVX04

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- APRIL 2019

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.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2019

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

2019 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO:  The 11th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and fresh, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Launched in 2008 as a response to the growing demand for new episodic content, the competition has established its role as a go-to outlet for emerging writers looking to develop their TV material or get staffed on shows. Together with the Screenwriting Competition, Script Pipeline cultivates relationships with the industry's top executives, focused specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production.

The company’s distinctive long-term facilitation process helps contest selections gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood, with $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers since 2010 alone.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

  • $25,000 to winner, $1,000 to runner-up

  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for TV writers

  • Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs

  • Additional script reviews for potential circulation

  • Long-term circulation to industry

  • Exclusive invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

 SUBMISSION FEE: $65

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- MARCH 2019

THE KEROUAC PROJECT

INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency Slots

Fall 2019: September 1 through November 21, 2019
Winter 2019–2020: December 1, 2019, through February 20, 2020
Spring 2020: March 1 through May 22, 2020
Summer 2020: June 1 through August 21, 2020

At the time you submit your application you will be asked which residency time slot(s) you prefer or are available for. Or you can just indicate ‘any’ if you have no specific time slot preference. 

The Application Process:

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. Your writing sample must match the category. So, for example, if you are applying in the fiction category, your writing sample must only be a fiction sample. You cannot include some fiction and some poems you may have written. You are allowed one submission per category. This means you can submit to more than one category if you wish to do so. However, each submission is separate and you must complete the whole application process again for each submission.

We require a standard format for all prose submissions, fiction and nonfiction. The format is:

  • 10 pages in length.

  • 1-inch page margins.

  • 1.5 line spacing.

  • Text must be in a 12-point serif font, (preferably Times New Roman as its compact structure allows you the maximum number of words per page).

Those submitting poetry, a play, or screenplay, may continue to follow the genre conventions in their submissions, though your writing sample must also be limited to 10-pages in length. 

APPLICATION FEE: $35  

DEADLINE: March 10, 2019

kerouacproject.org/submissions/

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- FEBRUARY 2019

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: February 6 – 13, 2019

filmfreeway.com/festival/HBOAccessWritingFellowship

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- JANUARY 2019

LATE NIGHT WRITERS WORKSHOP 2019

NBC 

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.   

SUBMISSION 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. 2-3 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 with examples and not scripts.  

3. 2 SNL-style sketches that are 3-5 pages each. One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical that can touch on recent news or pop culture phenomenon. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  •  Deadline: January 18, 2019

  • Finalist Interviews: March 2019

  • Workshop in NYC: April 2019

nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit/130881/late-night-writers-workshop-2019?fbclid=IwAR3PtAIt8pPQxmjXPGV9LtYhYc-pX-uLNgw_scVhx9O8H8-Y85QMLVj2dpc

 

NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP 

INFO: NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories:

The following categories will be reviewed; please click for discipline-specific guidelines:

o    Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design

o    Choreography

o    Music/Sound

o    Photography

o    Playwriting/Screenwriting

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'-Fellowships?fbclid=IwAR0GEkRYgSde_C_kmEPgeuM67z14NHoCGSwiFBan9aIGDeVncR4MlI8Gbk0

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FILM / TV SCRIPTS

Monkeypaw Productions 

INFO: Monkeypaw Productions – created by writer, producer, director Jordan Peele – is now accepting film and TV script submissions. 

Monkeypaw Productions is the studio behind Key & PeeleGet OutBlacKkKlansman, and upcoming projects like Us and The Twilight Zone

monkeypawproductions.com/submit

 

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- NOVEMBER 2018

SESAME STREET WRITERS’ ROOM

 INFO: Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. And we are looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Learn about the 2018 fellows and speakers HERE.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

  • Seven to ten writers from underrepresented racial backgrounds will be selected

  • Weekly sessions will take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices in Summer 2019 (early May through mid-July)

  • Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating original children's content

  • Learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives

  • Complete at least one original script during the program

  • Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship

DEADLINE: December 3, 2018

https://sesamewritersroom.org/?utm_source=swr&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018_1001_swr_announcement&utm_content=cta

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- OCTOBER 2018

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 

APPLICATION FEE: $37 

DEADLINE: October 4, 2018 

millaycolony.org/programs/residencies-artists-millay-colony-arts/apply/

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- SEPTEMBER 2018

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- AUGUST 2018

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: August 5, 2018

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- JULY 2018

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: August 5, 2018

nhmc.org/writersprogram

 

MACRO EPISODIC LAB

The Black List

INFO: MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script. Our mission is to discover and empower episodic storytellers with the proper creative tools, resources, and access needed to help launch their careers.

In partnership with Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe and Actress/Producer/Director Eva Longoria, MACRO aims to amplify fresh voices that are rooted in authenticity, creativity and excellence. Applications will be accepted from June 6 - August 6. Up to three (3) winners will receive development support and a pilot presentation or sizzle at a budget of up to $30,000 each.

We look forward to hearing from and supporting the next generation of game changers, rule breakers, and brilliant minds that exist at the intersection of craft and culture.

DEADLINE: August 6, 2018

https://episodiclab.staymacro.com/

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- JUNE 2018

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: August 5, 2018

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- MAY 2018

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, 2018

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

 

2018 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO:  The 11th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and fresh, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Launched in 2008 as a response to the growing demand for new episodic content, the competition has established its role as a go-to outlet for emerging writers looking to develop their TV material or get staffed on shows. Together with the Screenwriting Competition, Script Pipeline cultivates relationships with the industry's top executives, focused specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production.

The company’s distinctive long-term facilitation process helps contest selections gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood, with $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers since 2010 alone.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

  • $25,000 to winner, $1,000 to runner-up
  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for TV writers
  • Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs
  • Additional script reviews for potential circulation
  • Long-term circulation to industry
  • Exclusive invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

 SUBMISSION FEE: $60

DEADLINE: May 1, 2018

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

BET & COLORCREATIVE SCRIPT TO SCREEN CONTEST

BET / ColorCreative / ABFF

INFO: ABFF is excited to announce the 1st annual BET and ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest, launched in partnership with the American Black Film Festival.

BET, the most prominent television network for the African American audience, has partnered with Issa Rae’s initiative, ColorCreative, to find an emerging and diverse writer with an original comedy or drama pilot script. If chosen as the winner, one writer will have the opportunity to have their script produced for the screen.

We are looking for writers whose creative ideas best showcase their individuality and unique point of view. The pilot must explore an important and/or an untapped part of the Black experience that YOU think would fit BET’s programming and audience. Your series can be about anything as long as you stay true to the culture and are specific about your theme and perspective.

BET and ColorCreative will select 3 Finalists to receive a trip to the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami from June 13-17th, where they will have an opportunity to network, attend round-table sessions with industry veterans, and enjoy a private luncheon with executives from both BET and ColorCreative.

PRIZE: Following the festival, each Finalist will be given notes on the pilot and have several weeks to submit a revised draft. The Grand Prize winner will have their pilot script purchased for $25,000 and a chance for the script to be produced by ColorCreative for BET.

DEADLINE: May 2, 2018

http://www.abff.com/bet-and-colorcreative-script-to-screen-contest/

 

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 "The Black List," “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.” 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2018

nbcunitips.com/category/programs/writers/

 

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: August 5, 2018

nhmc.org/writersprogram

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- APRIL 2018

ABFF® TURNER TV WRITING CONTEST

American Black Film Festival

INFO: ABFF is excited to announce the launch of the 2018 American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest designed to shine a spotlight on diverse writers who are invited to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories.

Together, Turner and ABFF will select five comedy finalists and five drama finalists, and one winner in each category will receive a trip for themselves and a guest to the 2018 American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 13-17, 2018, where they will receive an award before the festival audience which will include a cash prize of $500, and the opportunity to meet with Turner Original Programming executives.

Please review general submission guidelines below, along with the official rules.

DEADLINE: April 2, 2018

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

 

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 9 - August 5, 2018

nhmc.org/writersprogram

 

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 - $1,000 cash prize and 3-months of development via WeScreenplay. Plus, distribution to WeScreenplay's relationships with managers and producers.
  • First Prize in Each Category - 3-months of development via WeScreenplay and distribution to WeScreenplay's relationships with managers and producers.
  • Finalists - Free entry to another WeScreenplay contest.

DEADLINE: April 15th, 2018

wescreenplay.com/contests/diverse-voices

 

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, 2018

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

 

2016 SCRIPT PIPELINE TV WRITING CONTEST

INFO:  The 11th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and fresh, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Launched in 2008 as a response to the growing demand for new episodic content, the competition has established its role as a go-to outlet for emerging writers looking to develop their TV material or get staffed on shows. Together with the Screenwriting Competition, Script Pipeline cultivates relationships with the industry's top executives, focused specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production.

The company’s distinctive long-term facilitation process helps contest selections gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood, with $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers since 2010 alone.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

  • $25,000 to winner, $1,000 to runner-up
  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for TV writers
  • Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs
  • Additional script reviews for potential circulation
  • Long-term circulation to industry
  • Exclusive invitations to writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

 SUBMISSION FEE: $60

DEADLINE: May 1, 2018

scriptpipeline.com/shop/tv-writing-contest

 

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- MARCH 2018

EPISODIC LAB

Sundance Institute

INFO: The Sundance Institute Episodic Lab is a six-day program at the Sundance Resort in Utah that offers writers the opportunity to workshop an original pilot script, while developing their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, non-writing creative producers and executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one story meetings, pitching sessions, and simulated writers rooms, which together provide creative and strategic keys to success.

There are two rounds in the application process: in the Round 1, applicants are required to submit the first 5 pages of an original pilot script, their bio, series logline, series overview, personal statement, thematic statement, and (optional) links to samples of previous work, along with a $40 nonrefundable processing fee. If selected for the Round 2, applicants are notified by email and have 2 weeks to submit their full pilot script and series treatment.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: March 15, 2018
  • Lab Dates: September 28 - October 3, 2018

sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling

TV / DIGITAL SERIES -- FEBRUARY 2018

SESAME STREET WRITERS’ ROOM

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

Seven to ten writers from underrepresented racial backgrounds will be selected. Weekly sessions will take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices in Summer 2018. Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating children’s educational media content. Participants will learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives and complete at least one script during the program. Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship 

SUBMISSION PERIOD: February 4, 2018

sesamewritersroom.org/

 

EPISODIC LAB

Sundance Institute

INFO: The Sundance Institute Episodic Lab is a six-day program at the Sundance Resort in Utah that offers writers the opportunity to workshop an original pilot script, while developing their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, non-writing creative producers and executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one story meetings, pitching sessions, and simulated writers rooms, which together provide creative and strategic keys to success.

There are two rounds in the application process: in the Round 1, applicants are required to submit the first 5 pages of an original pilot script, their bio, series logline, series overview, personal statement, thematic statement, and (optional) links to samples of previous work, along with a $40 nonrefundable processing fee. If selected for the Round 2, applicants are notified by email and have 2 weeks to submit their full pilot script and series treatment.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Period: February 15 - March 15, 2018
  • Lab Dates: September 28 - October 3, 2018

sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling

 

TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2018

INFO: The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2018 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 20, 2018

tvone.tv/66526/the-tv-one-abff-screenplay-competition-is-back-enter-for-your-chance-to-win/

 

2018 HIGH SCRIBE COMPETITION: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS & TV PILOTS

Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The 2018 Screenwriters Lab returns to SVFF!

Past hosts and mentors have included Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan [Traffic], Academy Award winner David Seidler [The King’s Speech], Academy Award winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash [The Descendants], Academy Award nominees Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten [Dallas Buyers Club], Will McCormack [Toy Story 4], Chris Moore [Project Greenlight] and filmmaking legend Mark Duplass [Togetherness]. During the Screenwriters Lab, these dynamos discuss their careers, present their latest work during a live table read, and take questions from the audience.

The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year.

AWARD: The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival. The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.

SUBMISSION FEE: $65

DEADLINE: February 25, 2018

svslab.submittable.com/submit/100018/2018-high-scribe-competition-original-screenplays-and-tv-pilots?aid=Submishmash&utm_medium=email&utm_source=submishmash&utm_campaign=sun-valley-film-festival-2018&utm_content=Sun-Valley-2&utm_term=Submittable

 

TV / DIGITAL SERIES - JANUARY 2018

NICKELODEON WRITING PROGRAM

INFO: Nickelodeon’s global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary! 

There are two creative avenues to pursue: the General Track (12-months) and the Preschool Track (6-months). The Preschool Track was created to develop writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the preschool demographic. You bring the smart, funny, engaging stories and characters, and they’ll help you bring the preschool.

GENERAL TRACK: The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers.

While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. The General Track is a 12-month commitment.

Your submission must include a spec script based on a show from the General track's Accepted Shows List.

PRESCHOOL TRACK: Introducing the new PRESCHOOL WRITING TRACK. If you’re interested in writing for an audience who’s smart, funny, and likes to laugh and play this is the opportunity for you!

The Preschool track offers talent development opportunities with a focus on Nick Jr. content. 

The Preschool Track is a 6-month commitment.

Your submission must include a spec script based on a show from the Preschool track's Accepted Shows List.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Submission Period: January 2 – 31, 2018
  • Semi-Finalists Notified: July 31, 2018
  • Finalists Notified: August 31, 2018
  • Chosen Writers Notified: September 15, 2018

nickanimation.com/writing-program

 

SESAME STREET WRITERS’ ROOM

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

Seven to ten writers from underrepresented racial backgrounds will be selected. Weekly sessions will take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices in Summer 2018. Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating children’s educational media content. Participants will learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives and complete at least one script during the program. Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship 

SUBMISSION PERIOD January 2 – February 4, 2018

sesamewritersroom.org/

 

2018 HIGH SCRIBE COMPETITION: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS & TV PILOTS

Sun Valley Film Festival

INFO: The Screenwriters Lab is highlighted by the High Scribe Competition, which provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors. The Screenwriters Lab is a high-profile event for seasoned professionals, aspiring writers and film fans alike that draws crowds, generates buzz and has directly led to employment and representation opportunities every year. 

The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker's Pass to the Festival.

AWARD: The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.

SUBMISSION FEE: $40 

DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

svslab.submittable.com/submit