Diverse Voices is 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.
This season, the Diverse Voices competition is expanding to an in-person Screenwriting Lab experience in Los Angeles with the first ever Diverse Voices Lab. Four winners will be flown out to LA for mentorship and meetings with industry professionals.
Deadlines and Fees
Opens – Jan 15th, 2019
Semifinalists – November 15th, 2018 – Top 100
Finalists – December 15th, 2018 – Top 25
Winners – January 15th, 2019 – Grand Prize and Category Winners
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Check out our 2018 Jury
Daniela is a manager at Circle of Confusion, which is best known for producing the mega hit THE WALKING DEAD. Clients have also worked on features like GET OUT and SPIDER-MAN as well as TV hits like GAME OF THRONES and BLACK-ISH.
Diana Mendez is an extremely talented TV writer who has worked on the shows ROSEWOOD and RIZZOLI & ISLES.
Jermaine Johnson is an executive at Zero Gravity Management, whose clients have worked on features like PULP FICTION and JUMANJI and television shows like STRANGER THINGS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY.
Jesse Atlas is a writer/director known for amazing short-form content like RECORD/PLAY and LET THEM DIE LIKE LOVERS. His works have been official selections at festivals like Sundance, LA Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, Jesse co-founded the Autonomika Story Lab to help emerging filmmakers find their voice and vision.
The Diverse Voices Screenwriting Lab Experience
The Grand Prize Winner and the First Place Winner in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and put up in an iconic LA Hotel for a Diverse Voices Four-Day Screenwriting Lab. The Lab will include hands-on development with industry executives, WeScreenplay staff, writers, and each other. It’ll also include meetings with executives and managers about the writers, their career, and their projects in development.
Winners receive strategic distribution to WeScreenplay’s contacts with Producers, Agents, and Managers. We don’t just cold email your script out to everyone, we send only to the people who are actually looking for projects like yours. This includes folks from: