Lauri’s List of Screenwriting Fellowships, Labs, and Contests

Updated January 2, 2020 

This is a list of screenwriting fellowships, labs, contests, grants and other opportunities that I think are worthwhile.

I define “worthwhile” as providing one or more of the following:

  • industry-recognized validation of script quality that can help a writer get a script read and/or help a writer get represented
  • effective promotion of top scripts, leading to read requests
  • professional mentoring
  • script feedback and workshopping (more than just written notes)
  • in-person introductions to industry professionals
  • reputable professional training programs
  • entry-level screenwriting jobs

The best opportunities are highly selective and can have thousands of applicants for a handful of slots. It’s usually a waste of time and/or money to enter a first draft.

Some programs (including the Nicholl and Austin) offer script feedback, but most don’t. If you want to see if your script is competitive before entering, you could consider getting free peer feedback from a site like Zoetrope. You can also pay for professional reviews from a site like The Black List.

Some for-profit contests are very close to scams.  Hundreds of contests are legitimate — in that they actually pay out the prizes they offer. However, most offer only a very small chance at a monetary prize (in exchange for a hefty entry fee) and maybe a spam press release (deleted, unread, by industry recipients) announcing the finalists/winners. Very rarely, winning one of these contests will advance a writer’s career.

For more on why most screenwriting contests aren’t worth winning, check out the Scriptnotes podcast (which any screenwriter should be listening to in any case).

I don’t consider most other screenwriting contests worthwhile, but if you want to explore them you can find an exhaustive list here.

For additional resources for writers and filmmakers from under-represented communities, see the Sundance Inclusion Resource Map.

To suggest edits, additions, or deletions, please contact me with the details.

Months indicated in the chart below may be for when applications open or for the final deadline; some have both indicated. Check requirements early as some applications will require a lot of time to complete.  See websites for specific deadlines, which may vary from year-to-year. Entry fees are indicated where known. Many programs offer discounted fees for early entries or impose higher fees for late entries. Programs may be changed, discontinued, or not offered every year.

P.S. While you’re here, you could check out my blog.

Deadline Program Details
JAN? Imagine Impact See details below.
JAN Universal Animation Writers Writers can submit for a Film Track or one of two Television Tracks, Kids 6-11 or Preschool 3-5. Writers selected for the Film Track will write two feature-length scripts.

Writers selected to participate in the one-year paid program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring an exclusive, full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Writers will be compensated at a non-negotiable $75,000 annualized amount.

No fee.

JAN BBC Writersroom

(Drama)

Must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Only for drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online); other deadlines apply for comedy.

At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group.

No fee.

JAN Make a Scene! For UK residents only.

A new bursary designed to provide opportunities for new and emerging writing talent to address the under representation of specific demographics in UK television.

One successful application will receive a bursary of £2,000 and we will also work with the writer/s of the successful application over a six-month period to develop their idea into a full script

No fee.

JAN Children’s Media Lab Muslim screenwriters seeking to hone their craft will be selected for a Children’s Media Screenwriting Lab in partnership with Practice Wonder. In the lab, participants will have their scripts workshopped, perfect their pitch, and liaise with a network of industry professionals to guide them in their writing careers.

$25 fee.

JAN

 

Outfest Screenwriting Lab The authors of five scripts will be invited to participate in a lab in mid-June, where they will work closely with Lab Mentors — established writers who will critique and encourage their work.

Only narrative feature-length screenplays and episodic pilot script (standard broadcast length – half hour or hour) will be considered.

After the lab, the fellows work with experienced Outfest directors to present their screenplays on stage with a live reading at the Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival in July. Screenwriting Lab Fellows will continue to receive guidance from Outfest Staff and Mentors for the full calendar year.

Fee. $40 and up.

JAN SFFILM Westridge Grant

 

Grants to filmmakers in the screenwriting phase range between $20,000 and $25,000, and are awarded to writers or writer/directors who have at least one draft of their screenplay completed. The expectation is that, at the end of the six-month grant period, screenwriting grantees will have a final or nearly-final draft of their script completed.

Project must explore current social issues through plot, character, theme, and/or setting.

Fee:  $25 and up

JAN SFFILM Rainin Grant

 

Screenwriting Grant: These grants are open to filmmakers anywhere in the US, as well as internationally, and range between $10,000 and $25,000. The funds allow filmmakers to devote dedicated time to furthering their work, and the grant includes a two-month FilmHouse residency in the Bay Area to further develop the screenplay, and have access to both peer and established mentorship engagement. The screenplay must explore issues pertaining to social justice.

Fee:  $25 and up

JAN Ubisoft’s Women’s Film and Television Fellowship

 

Hopefuls must have representation and can submit samples and a statement of purpose to Ubisoft Film & Television through their agent or manager.

Two women or non-binary writers will be selected for the six-month, non-exclusive paid fellow where they will have the opportunity to explore Ubisoft’s library of IP, which includes such game franchises as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs and more. Those chosen for the fellowship receive mentorship from Ubisoft Film & Television executives.

No fee.

JAN Stowe Story Labs Fellowships Stowe Story Labs brings emerging screenwriters, filmmakers and creative producers from around the world together with seasoned industry professionals to help get projects made and seen.

Four-day intensive program in Vermont.

All fellowships cover the fee to attend the fall Story Lab; some include a travel stipend.

Fee:  $45 and up

JAN It’s My Shout Script Writers Writers need to submit a short pitch (not a script).

If your idea is chosen you will attend script development meetings/workshops which will cover all aspects of screenwriting.

Applications are open to any writer who is Welsh, or who is currently residing in Wales, or for Welsh-based stories.

No fee.

JAN Sesame Street Writers’ Room

 

Writers must come from an underrepresented racial group.

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.

Weekly sessions take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices in the summer.

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

No fee.

JAN-APR Page International Screenwriting Awards 10 genre/format categories and 31 awards. $25,000 grand prize.

Fee:  $45 and up

JAN-APR Trackingb.Com Original TV Pilot Contest

 

Five finalists will be promoted on trackingb.com to community of entertainment industry insiders and will also be read by each member of the judging panel who will pick an overall winner.

Fee:  $99 and up.

JAN-APR CineStory Feature Retreat and Fellowship Contest The CineStory Feature Retreat takes place over four days in the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees receive three 90-minute one-on-one sessions with CineStory mentors. During these sessions, attendees can discuss anything from the script(s) they submitted for feedback to jump-starting their writing careers.

The Grand Prize for the competition is the CineStory Feature Fellowship, a 12-month mentorship program, during which the Feature Fellow works with 2 Hollywood professionals hand-picked to help the Fellow advance his/her craft and career. The Feature Fellow also receives $10,000 as well as free tuition and housing for the retreat.

Fee: $55 and up

JAN-FEB ISA Fast Track Fellowship Gives two screenwriters the opportunity to be mentored by eight top executives in LA.

$29 and up; early application in December.

JAN-FEB BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

(TV Drama)

For UK passport-holders and residents only.

Selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents, aiming to give a platform to emerging writing talent from across the country.

£42 fee; fee bursaries available.

JAN-OCT WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab A screenplay contest and lab that strives to encourage stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.

Four winners will be flown out to LA for mentorship and meetings with industry professionals.

$35 and up.

NOV-FEB Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship Up to four winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for meetings with agents, managers, screenwriters and studio executives.

$69 fee

FEB Film Independent Episodic Lab 5-week lab in LA, which will meet several nights a week, will accept a diverse group of 6-8 writers or writing teams and provide them with critical support and mentorship.

$65 fee.

FEB Rideback TV Incubator The Rideback TV Incubator (RTI) offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a curated group of writers (“Creators”) from diverse backgrounds who have each previously staffed on series and want to create their own dramatic show for cable or streaming. With a focus on inclusion, RTI aims to mentor the next generation of television creators from underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, people of color, LGBTQ, socioeconomic background, disability and age.

Applicants will also need to have been staffed on a one-hour or half-hour television series prior to applying.

Each Creator will receive a fee of $150K which will be paid weekly over the course of the program.

Also see this article.

No fee.

FEB Black List/Women in Film Feature Residency The Black List and Women In Film will invite six promising non-professional screenwriters who identify as women to participate in a one year residency, kicking off with a weekend intensive in the Los Angeles area. Over the kickoff weekend, writers involved in the Lab will workshop one feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with screenwriting mentors and in peer workshops. Throughout the following 12 months, writers will be supported through arranged meetings with representation, production companies, and fellow writers to elevate their projects and career trajectories.

Applicants may enter via the Black List or via Women in Film.

Fee.

FEB Black List/Women in Film Episodic Lab The Black List and Women In Film will invite six to eight promising non-professional television writers who identify as women to the Lab. The Lab will run twice weekly for four weeks and will consist of script development, peer workshopping sessions and Master Classes with established writers and industry executives. Lab participants will have their final pilots read by agencies and networks.

Applicants may enter via the Black List or via Women in Film.

Fee

FEB Fenix Studios Screenwriting Opportunity The Black List has partnered with F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios to create a new screenwriting opportunity focused on identifying writers interested in writing a smart, elevated action script for the company.

From November 4, 2019 to February 1, 2020, interested screenwriters can submit feature script samples for consideration in the Fenix Studios Screenwriting Opportunity via the Black List website (blcklst.com.) Fenix Studios seeks to select a writer for a two-step blind screenwriting deal via this opportunity.

For scripts hosted on The Black List, no additional fee.

FEB-APR Humanitas New Voices Mentorship plus $7,500 grant.

$100 fee.

MAR The Writers Lab Four-day script development program for women over 40, sponsored by Meryl Streep and NY Women in Film & Television.

$55 fee.

MAR Sundance – Episodic Lab program for original pilots.

$40 fee.

MAR-APR BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

(TV Comedy)

For UK passport-holders and residents only.

Selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents, aiming to give a platform to emerging writing talent from across the country.

£42 fee; fee bursaries available.

MAR-MAY Austin Film Festival Accepts screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, and digital series.

$35 and up.

MAR-MAY CBS Writers Mentoring Program For diverse writers. Eight-month structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

No fee.

MAR-MAY Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Considered the most prestigious fellowship for amateur screenwriters.

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded.  Fellows are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in LA in November.

$45 and up.

APR BBC Writersroom’s Comedy Room

 

Must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

 A six-month development scheme for writers identified through an open submission script room and other talent searches.

Writers usually meet once a month and receive targeted training and development including workshops (with practical writing exercises), masterclasses, introductions and networking events, and writing briefs with the opportunity to pitch.

No fee.

APR Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grants Project may be a narrative feature length, short film, animation or documentary. Web-series are not accepted.

Award Recipient will receive:

Cash grant up to $20,000 to be awarded for each category.

Creative support from an industry professional during creative process.

Networking opportunities with industry professionals

ISF Screening after completion of the film

No fee.

APR Launch Pad Pilot Competition Grand Prize (3 winners):  You will be invited to our annual Launch Pad Party celebrating you and the other Launch Pad Winners of the year. This will be an exclusive industry event centered on showcasing and honoring you and your work, while also introducing you to agents, managers, executives, producers, and other creatives. This is a private guest list event tailored toward our winners from the year, and including some of our previous judges, mentors, partners and past Launch Pad Alums.

$65 and up.

APR-JUL National Latino Media Council (NLMC)/National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Latino Television Writers Program

 

Open to people of all races and ethnicities.

During the five-week, Los Angeles-based, intensive program (October and November), participants create a mock writers room led by an entertainment executive to develop at least one television spec script.

Stipend of $250/week plus Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants from out of state.

No fee.

APR-MAY Sundance Screenwriters Lab Five-day writers’ workshop in Utah.

Fee.

APR-MAY Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Two-day workshop in LA. Supports writers, writer/directors, and writer/director teams from underrepresented communities who are developing a first fiction feature screenplay.

Fee.

APR-MAY Sundance Asian American Fellowship For writers or writer/directors developing their first or second fiction feature film and of Asian American descent or with significant themes and/or characters portraying the Asian American experience in their screenplay.

Fee.

APR-MAY Sundance Feature Film Program Latinx Fellowship Supports one U.S.-based Latinx writer or writer/director through participation in either the Screenwriters Lab or the Screenwriters Intensive. In addition, the fellow receives an unrestricted grant of $2,500 in support of their work as well as ongoing creative and tactical support.

Fee.

MAY Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship Supports the development of screenplays with scientific or technological themes (NOT science fiction).

Winners of the Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship will receive a $35,000 cash grant and a two-month residency at FilmHouse, SFFILM’s suite of production offices for local and visiting independent filmmakers. The residency program provides filmmakers with artistic guidance, office space, a vibrant creative community, and mentorship from established filmmakers and members of the independent film industry. To strengthen the film’s portrayal of science or technology, each fellow will be connected to a science advisor with expertise in the subjects at the center of their screenplays, as well as leaders in the Bay Area’s science and technology communities.

 

Fee.

APR-MAY Sundance Open Borders Fellowship Applicants must be a writer/director or director developing their first or second feature-length fiction project.

Filmmakers from all countries outside the US are eligible.

Includes a development grant as well as a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City to receive the award and attend a curated slate of industry meetings, networking opportunities, panels, and screenings. Filmmakers are eligible to receive year-round creative and strategic support from the Sundance Institute Feature Film and Documentary Film Programs for their next feature-length project.

Fee.

APR-MAY Sundance International Screenwriting Labs Labs in Greece, Mexico, Cuba, and other locations (check website).
MAY Disney | ABC Writing Program

 

12-month program. Pays $50,000 per year.

No fee.

MAY NBC Writers on the Verge Evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Two nights per week for 12 weeks.

No fee.

MAY Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop

 

Runs October-April with a meeting on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA one evening a week.

No fee.

MAY-JUN HBO Access Writing Fellowship Designed to give emerging, diverse writers the opportunity to develop a half-hour or hour script suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

Series of master classes held over one week in August at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, plus 10 months of remote mentorship.

No fee.

MAY-JUL BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

(YA and Children’s Media)

For UK passport-holders and residents only.

Selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents, aiming to give a platform to emerging writing talent from across the country.

£42 fee; fee bursaries available.

MAY-OCT CineStory TV Retreat & Fellowship The CineStory Television Retreat takes place over three days in the mountains of Idyllwild, California. Attendees receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.

The Grand Prize for the competition is the CineStory TV Fellowship, a 12-month mentorship program during which the TV Fellow works with 2 Hollywood professionals hand-picked to help the Fellow advance the Fellow’s craft and career. The TV Fellow also receives $1,000 as well as free tuition and housing for the retreat.

Fee:  $50 and up

JUN Macro Episodic Lab MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script.

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.

(Not clear if this is still offered…)

No fee.

JUN Launch Pad Feature Competition The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 450 signings, 164 projects set up, 68 writers staffed, and 7 bidding wars.

You will be invited to our annual Launch Pad Party celebrating you and the other Launch Pad Winners of the year. This will be an exclusive industry event centered on showcasing and honoring you and your work, while also introducing you to agents, managers, executives, producers, and other creatives. This is a private guest list event tailored toward our winners from the year, and including some of our previous judges, mentors, partners and past Launch Pad Alums.

You and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, and new writers. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on their individual material, and what you, the writer, want to achieve now and in your career overall.

Fee:  $65 and up

JUN-JUL Harvardwood Writers Competition Open to features, pilots, and shorts.

Winning scripts will be read by an array of industry professionals, including literary managers, agents, and development professionals. All winners will receive a mentor and a small cash award.

Only Harvard graduates who are members of the Harvardwood alumni group may apply.

Reader notes available for an additional fee.

$25 and up.

JUL-AUG Tracking B Feature Contest Three finalists will be promoted on trackingb.com to community of entertainment industry insiders and will also be read by each member of judging panel who will pick an overall winner.

Fee:  $99 and up

JUL-AUG Nickelodeon Writing Program Paid full-time writing job for six or 12 months, based in LA (Burbank). International applicants eligible for J-1 visas accepted.

Application must include a half-hour comedy spec script from the Accepted Shows List.

No fee.

JUL Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

 

Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list executive meetings.

Fee.

JUL? Imagine Impact See details below.
FALL Sundance YouTube New Voices Lab Four-day lab followed by two-day lab. Supports developers of scripted digital series.

Fee.

AUG SFFILM New American Fellowship

 

SFFILM offers six-month fellowships to narrative or documentary filmmakers who have arrived in the United States within the past ten years as either an immigrant or a non-immigrant. The fellowship is open to both directors and producers working on at least one active project.

Winners of the SFFILM New American Fellowship will receive a $25,000 cash grant and a two-month residency at FilmHouse, SFFILM’s suite of production offices for local and visiting independent filmmakers.

Fee?

AUG-SEP BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

(Film)

For UK passport-holders and residents only.

Selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents, aiming to give a platform to emerging writing talent from across the country.

£42 fee; fee bursaries available.

SEP The Pitch The unique challenge of The Pitch is to come up with a contemporary film idea that draws on the Bible for inspiration.

Those Pitchers that successfully make the shortlist will receive an adaptation masterclass. The Pitch Winner wins a trip to LA.

Fee: £20

SEP Jewish Writers’ Initiative The Jewish Writers’ Initiative is a year-long, non-exclusive, creative endeavor supporting the development of scripts that tell diverse Jewish stories, with the ultimate goal of launching these scripts into the mainstream media marketplace.

​Featuring three seminars in Los Angeles, New York, and Israel, the Initiative provides participants with the opportunity to learn from high-level industry professionals,  educators, and project-related experts, to enhance their craft and develop their projects. Travel and other expenses are included.

Each member of our group of up to 15 writers will receive a stipend of $36,000.

No fee.

SEP Drama Series Co-Writing Residency Israel-France Up to 5 projects will be selected to take part in the residency.

Each project will be carried by a team composed by at least two screenwriters, one from Israel and one from France.

The 10 selected participants will take part at 2 workshops, one in Israel and one in France.

The teams will have approximately 4 months (from November to mid-March) to co-write the full bible of a fiction series.

During all this period, the selected teams will be trained by experienced tutors with whom they will have a regular contact online.

Working language – English.

No fee.

OCT Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Five-week workshop beginning in May, designed to provide individualized story and career development for emerging screenwriters.

$65 fee.

NOV 4Stories Applicants must be a resident of the United Kingdom.

The scheme is aimed at finding genuinely diverse voices, exploring contemporary stories of and by communities that are rarely seen on mainstream television. We encourage applications from talent currently under-represented in TV Drama – including women, disabled talent, BAME talent, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. We want to hear from emerging UK writing and directing talent who bring a distinct and alternative view of modern Britain.

Initially we are looking for six writers who will be commissioned to write a treatment for an original half hour idea that can form part of an ambitious anthology series. Of those six, three will then be commissioned to write scripts for production. They will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at BlackLight Television to develop and showcase their unique voice.

No fee.

NOV Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab Two-day script development intensive that will take place during the Athena Film Festival. Designed for women screenwriters who have not yet had a feature-length script, pilot, or teleplay produced, the Lab is also a chance for participants to receive seasoned mentorship. Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in leadership roles at the center of the story.

Fee.

NOV Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship An international competition for screenplays and television pilot scripts with story lines set in Missouri.

The winning writers will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a concentrated fellowship experience, held in Missouri in February. The writers will be joined by accomplished industry mentors who will work with each fellow.

$45 fee.

NOV Felix Dexter Bursary For half-hour sitcoms.

Applicants must be a UK resident or entitled to live and work in the UK for the dates of the scheme

Entrants need to be located in London for the duration of the traineeship

The Felix Dexter Bursary aims to make a positive intervention to address an under-representation of black, Asian, minority ethnic professionals in comedy production and development in the broadcast industry. This training scheme is designed to find writers with fresh and unique points of view, who can help shape the future of comedy

No fee.

NOV Caroline Aherne Bursary 

 

Aimed at writer/performers, the bursary will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

No fee.

NOV Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship At the Sundance Film Festival The Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship is an annual program designed to encourage and identify new talent in the field of independent cinema by awarding one screenwriter each year with an all-expenses paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival and an opportunity to meet with producer Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club).

No additional fee for scripts hosted on the Black List. Hosting and evaluation on the Black List may be obtained at no cost.

NOV-DEC The Orchard Project Episodic Lab The Orchard Project Episodic Lab will be a 10-day-long accelerator program uniting 6-8 artists with invited professionals from the episodic field. The Orchard Project Episodic Lab will invite 6-8 writers to bring a draft pilot and leave with a pilot and show bible. Matched with the participants will be industry professionals, including television and film producers, directors, show-runners, etc. Built into the Episodic Lab will be ample development opportunities for readings and writing time.

Accommodations, and meals for up all participants are covered. Beyond the application fee ($30 before Nov 15, $40 after), there is no fee to participate. There are also travel allowances from all artists to travel to Saratoga Springs.

Fee.

NOV-JAN ATX Television Festival Pitch Competition Anyone with an idea for a new show and a five to ten (5-10) page script sample may submit.

$40 fee or enter via the Black List.

NOV-DEC CAPE New Writers Fellowship Sponsored by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment

but open to writers of any race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Each Fellow is matched with a high-level industry mentor to help them revise their scripts into professional-level writing samples to get them noticed and land that all-important first job.

Fellowship runs from early March to mid-April with each Session and Writing Lab meeting weekday evenings for approximately 2 hours in the Los Angeles, CA area.

$65 fee.  Fee waivers available.

DEC NBC Late Night Writers Workshop 5-Day workshop in New York City.

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.”

No fee.

DEC Made in NY Writers Room

 

Only for New York City residents.

While the fellowship is open to everyone (in accordance with the eligibility requirements) women, people of color, and others underrepresented in the television writing profession who lack access are encouraged to apply.

For six months, fellows receive mentorship from seasoned New York City-based showrunners and career development education from other local television writers and executives.  The goal of the Fellowship is to increase diversity in the pipeline of writers in NYC, and also the number of shows written in the city.

Stipend of $10,800.

No fee.

Varies The Black List Offers various labs and other opportunities during the year; see site and listings above for details.

No additional fee for those who have scripts hosted on the site.

Varies Imagine Impact Eight-week, LA-based program.

Provides up to $40,000 to cover travel and living expenses in Los Angeles.

Takes place several times per year.

No fee.

Monthly Breakthrough Reading Series “We highlight six stellar writers a month at a cold reading event filled with diverse actors” (in LA).

Directors, producers, casting directors, and other friends in the entertainment business will be invited.

No Fee.

Monthly Sundance Co//ab Submit 10 pages of your work for a chance to win a subscription and a one-on-one mentoring session with a Sundance Co//ab Advisor.

No fee.