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The Diverse Voices Finalists

By June 15, 2016No Comments

The mission of Diverse Voices is to provide a contest that is purely focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest's hope was to find stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. We're so happy to say that the response to this contest was unbelievable.

This inaugural Diverse Voices contest has brought together so much amazing talent and so many incredible stories. After 3 rounds of reading, we're extremely excited to announce the top 25 finalists! There many very talented writers who did not advance. The competition was fierce and just because a project may not have advanced doesn't at all mean that it isn't a fantastic story. In fact, we're certain that some scripts not advancing will bring their writer success in the very near future.

We also want to extend a sincere congratulations to everyone advancing. If you are advancing it means that after three reads, your judges agreed that this is a stand out story that needs to be told. Please make sure to congratulate these writers on the Facebook announcement — they deserve it!

The winners will be announced on July 15th and the Fall Season of Diverse Voices will open for entries on that date as well. In the meantime, don't forget to check out two of our contests currently accepting submissions – WISC, our fantastic feature contest, and WeTV, a contest specifically for TV writers.

And now, the Diverse Voices Finalists:

147 written by David Baugnon
48 States of Grandpa written by Paul Jury
A Gentleman of Good Hope written by Christina Hulen
Bog Walk written by Dominique Holmes
Butterfly Children written by Melanie Schiele
Buzz Cut Season written by Tatiana Bears
CHASING RAINBOWS written by Micah Cohen
Darling written by Aaron Yeung
Dietrich Danzig written by John Pisano-Thomsen
DIVORCE PARTY written by Lauren Manes
EVE written by Micah Cohen
Foxy Naught written by Karen Rouse
Gauguin's Garden written by Brandon Rosin
Going Home written by Nir Shelter
Harboring written by Russell Nichols
Je Fait written by Edward Jordon
MARS written by Tara Pinley
MY STARDUST written by J.J. Hillard
My Stupid Libido written by Mel DuPont
Never Leave Your Vehicle written by Paul Clarke
Pocono Heaven Lodge written by T Gordon Stanley
Power & Light written by Mark Jones
The Body Electric written by Amy Thorstenson
The Tear Collector written by Linda Niccol
The Trill Nikkia written by Leon Chills

Thank you again to everyone who entered, to all of our sponsors, to all writers, and to the Books for Kids Foundation. The entrants of this contest helped us raise $1,437 for Books for Kids and we're only going to grow our contributions from here.