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



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.


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



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.


DEADLINE: February 25, 2018