2019 TV and Screenwriting Fellowships and Contests
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ProgramSubmissions OpenSubmissions ClosePaid?Cost to EnterTypeBrief DescriptionDurationLinkMaterials Accepted and/or Accepted Shows List
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Women in Film/Blacklist Writers Labs2/22/20195/24/2019No$0 (if you enter through Blacklist you have to pay for hosting.)BothThe 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 beginning on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 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.

WIF members in good standing apply through WIF; non-members may apply at The Blacklist. Submission instructions differ slightly. Blacklist link is https://blcklst.com/education/opportunities/70
October 2019https://womeninfilm.org/2019-wif-black-list-writing-labs/Pilot script, 30 min or longer
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WB Writers' Workshop5/1/20195/31/2019No$0BothEight participants are selected for a program combining lectures and simulated writers' rooms. During the writers' room portion of the program, all participants must develop a new spec pilot. The writers' room portion is competitive and some participants may not "pass." Those who pass are considered for staffing on WB shows. October 2019 - April 2020https://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/writers-workshop/accepted-shows/
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Disney/ABC Writing Program5/1/201906/03/2019Yes$0BothA year-long writing program in which selected writers become DATG employees for one year, paid weekly at $50,000 annualized salary, receive company benefits, with the goal of staffing on a DATG show after the fellowship year. In addition to on-the-job training, provides workshops, meetings, events, and networking. Free entrance to Disneyland (excluding black-out dates). Writers are selected for comedy or drama tracks, but may end up staffing on either type of show. Extremely rigorous selection process. One year, February-Januaryhttps://www.facebook.com/disneyabcctdi2019: two original pilots, live action only
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Writers on the Verge5/1/20195/31/2019No$0BothA twelve-week program intended for writers who are almost ready to staff, but need that extra little push to get there. Night classes Tues and Thurs for program duration. Note strict file name guidelines for application! First round is a spec, finalists must submit a pilot the same length (half-hour or hour) as the spec they applied with.

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.
September 2019 - January 2020http://www.nbcunitips.com/writers-on-the-verge/http://www.nbcunitips.com/site-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-WOTV-Spec-List.pdf
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NHMC TV Writers ProgramUsually AprilUsually AugustYes$0Both**2018 information** This Latino-focused. 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. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.

The program will be held October 8th – November 9th. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. **Southwest Airline vouchers, housing, and meals will be provided to accepted participants who hail from out of state. All races/ethnicities are welcome to apply but this program is focused on increasing Latino representation in TV writing.
2018: October 8th to November 9thhttp://www.nhmc.org/writersprogramANY original writing sample, but television scripts are preferred. This includes plays, pilot scripts, spec scripts, books, etc. There is no length restriction and only ONE writing sample can be submitted.
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Cape New Writers' FellowshipNot yet announced for 2020Not yet announced for 2020YesBothA fellowship intended for emerging writers, with both film and TV categories. Runs in March/April so fellows can apply for WOTV after the CNWF program wraps up.March-Aprilhttps://capeusa.org/programs/cnwf/Not Announced
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Film Independent Episodic LabJanuaryFeb. 11 (non-members) or Feb. 27 (members)No$45+ BothA monthlong intensive for 6-8 writers or writing teams, entailing several nights per week of support and mentorship from established showrunners, executives, and producers. Each fellow is paired with a creative advisor. Intended for refining and revising existing pilots. Application fee starts at $45 for members.Augusthttps://www.filmindependent.org/programs/artist-development/episodic-lab/Submit one completed pilot + supporting materials including a short pitch document.
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HBO Access Writing Fellowship2/6/192/13/19No$0BothEight months of intensive mentorship, focused on developing a script for HBO or Cinemax. Runs every other year, alternating with the network's directing fellowship. Next session will open for applications in spring of 2019.8 monthshttps://www.hbo.com/hboaccess/writing/Original pilot + supporting materials. Your submission will NOT be what you work on during the fellowship; must be prepared to work on a new pilot.
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Nickelodeon Writing Program1/2/20191/31/2019Yes$0ComedyNickelodeon Animation's program for diverse comedy writers, with tracks for different age groups. First three reads are blind; bios/essays are only read for semifinalists & finalists. 4 fellows accepted. Accepted shows are adult comedy shows and mostly live action, but fellows will learn to write in the style of Nick's animated shows.12 months (general) or 6 months (preschool) https://www.nickanimation.com/writing-programsame link - click tab 3
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Sesame Street Writers' Room11/1/201812/3/2018No$0BothSesame Street Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. And we are looking for 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.The exact details have not been confirmed, but the sessions will likely take place over eight weekly, 3-hour, weeknight evenings from early May until mid-July, at the Sesame Street offices in New York City.https://sesamewritersroom.org/Original - 11 pages. Standalone or from larger work.
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Sundance Episodic Lab1/1/193/13/2019No$40BothThe 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. Entrants cannot have sold an episodic project to a studio/network that has been shot. $40 processing fee. Winners' travel to Utah and accommodations are covered by Sundance.October 10 - October 15, 2019http://www.sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytellingOriginals only, not previously submitted to Sundance, not already distributed anywhere. First round requires 5 pages of pilot + supporting materials. Semifinalists must submit full pilot.
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Athena TV Labs3/11/20194/8/19No$45-$55BothFor the second year, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, in partnership with the Stephens College Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting and WIST, (Women in the Script Trade, formerly IRIS) will host a television and screenwriting lab in Los Angeles, Monday, June 3rd to Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. The three-day program targets emerging self-identified women writers in both television and film. One day will focus on the features, one will be an industry day, and one will focus on TV. The program will include mentoring sessions, in which the participants are paired with established writers; a mock television writers room; opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback; meetings with executives; and networking events with Athena Film Festival community members.June 3-5 2019
https://athenafilmfestival.com/athenalabs/
Pilots or spec scripts
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Fox Writers LabFox sale threw this off. May or may not ever happen again.Future of program unknown. Archived here in case of future news.YesBothA fellowship, capped at 750 entries, that prides itself on being particularly selective. Offers master classes and coaching/mentoring, plus priority staffing meetings. One Fox Fellow receives a blind development deal. All are paid a "small stipend." Focuses on rewriting and developing an existing pilot, NOT writing a new one.January-Mayhttps://theaudienceawards.com/fox/foxwriterslabPilots Only
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Humanitas New Voices11/1/20184/15/2019Yes$100BothEvery year, NEW VOICES selects up to six writers through a rigorous selection process. Candidates are asked to submit a writing sample and participate in personal interviews. Once matched with a mentor, the writers have three months to further develop their script under their mentors’ supervision. After the script is honed, HUMANITAS sends it to a partnering studio or network executive. The winning writers are given recognition at the annual awards ceremony and are awarded with a $7,500 grant.

We are looking for well-written scripts with compelling stories and developed characters. Any genre is accepted as a 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay. We accept only one application and writing sample per year. To be eligible a writer can have experience up to the level of "Executive Story Editor", but not beyond.
June 2019 (Finalists Announced) to February 2020 (Awards Event)https://www.humanitasprize.org/new-voices/Original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay in any genre.
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CBS Writers Mentoring Program3/1/20195/1/2019No$0BothFor up to 10 selected aspiring, diverse writers per year, CBS offers a 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.

The program involves an executive mentorship, weekly workshops with insider speakers such as showrunners and executives, and the opportunity to observe in a writers room as well as in various departments within CBS. Participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the eight-month program.
October 2019 - April 2020https://www.cbscorporation.com/diversity_institute/writers-mentoring-program/one (1) half-hour or one-hour episodic spec script based on a current prime time television series which aired, or was released, during the 2018/2019 season on any network or cable channel, including Netflix, Hulu or Amazon and (1) original work of writing – (original pilot, stage play or short fiction story). Original material should match in tone the spec script.
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Through Her Lens - Tribeca
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