About the Contest

Diverse Voices strives to provide a contest that is purely focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices in Hollywood. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today — according to the WGA diversity report that is writers of color, women writers, and writers over the age of 40. However, we’d also love to see stories from the perspective of writers with disabilities, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voice that is currently underrepresented by Hollywood today.

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Deadlines and Fees

Opens  – January 15th, 2018
Early Bird Deadline – February 15th, 2018
Regular Deadline – March 15th, 2018
Final Deadline April 15th, 2018

Announcements

Semifinalists – May 15th, 2018
Finalists – June 15th, 2018
Winners – July 15th, 2018

Giving Back

The Academy Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Program is a multi-tiered educational and experiential initiative designed to enhance and extend an industry-wide diversity internship program under the Academy brand. The initiative affords top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an all-inclusive pass to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent.

Check out our 2018 Jury

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

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 SPIDERMAN as well as TV hits like GAME OF THRONES and BLACK-ISH.

Santa Sierra

Santa Sierra is a TV writer who is working on some of the coolest shows on television, including NARCOS as well as the upcoming new Kurt Sutter SONS OF ANARCHY spinoff MAYANS MC.

Jermaine Johnson

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.

Prizes

Grand Prize - $1,000 cash prize and 3-months of development via WeScreenplay. Plus, distribution to WeScreenplay's relationships with managers and producers.
First Prize in Each Category - 3-months of development via WeScreenplay and distribution to WeScreenplay's relationships with managers and producers.
Finalists - Free entry to another WeScreenplay contest.

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Distribution (Top 3 Winners)

– Announcement to MovieBytes’ 20,000 monthly visitors
– Announcement on International Screenwriters’ Association
– Interview postings that highlight your work and successes to create heat around you as a writer
– Distribution to WeScreenplay’s contacts with Producers, Agents, and Managers, including:

Throughline
Mar Vista Entertainment
Think Tank
Foremost
Smart Entertainment
Ugly Duckling
Muraviov Company
Oriah Entertainment
Abaca Films
Little Big Shot
MPE
Abundant Media
Full Auto Films
Tilted Pictures
Valleywood Entertainment
Picture Lab Entertainment
Urban Way
High Five
Bellevue Productions
Barry Perleman
Dahooma
Destiny Pictures
Management SGC
Cross Creek Pictures
Playback Motion
Citizen Skull Productions
Capital Creations
Super Vision Entertainment
Eminent Pictures
Sixth Sense Productions
Kailey Marsh
Echo Lake
Film Star Pictures
Taylor Lane
House of 4 Films
Church Hugger
Itchy Productions
Mutressa
Envoy Pictures
Cartel Pictures
Avva Pictures
OBB Pictures
Bad Hat Harry
Nasser
Go East Media
Barry Katz Entertainment
Stobby Entertainment
Boulder Light Pictures
JuVee Productions
Generate LA
Paper Street Films
Darius Films
Cinterra Pictures
Red Entertainment
Mosaic Entertainment
The Fyzz
Jittery Monkeys

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The Script Lab

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Good In a Room

Stephanie Palmer is the former Director of Creative Affairs for MGM and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 35 Executives Under 35. She created Good in a Room to help talented creators ensure that they were presenting their ideas in the best possible way.

ScriptNoted

A unique combination of contact management, secure online file sharing and real-time feedback capture, ScriptNoted provides entertainment and media industry professionals with a project development app to better evaluate, manage and sell script-based media properties – in film, television, digital and commercial.

LA Screenwriter

Angela Bourassa is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LA Screenwriter, a leading source of advice and insights for writers around the world. She will be helping all WISC winner’s craft an attention grabbing logline.

The Writers Store

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iPitch.tv

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Automatic Pilot

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InkTip

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Get additional feedback

WeScreenplay is an industry leader in writer feedback, providing thorough and affordable script coverage to writers around the world. For an additional fee, you can upgrade your contest submission and receive additional feedback on your screenplay. The additional feedback is returned to the writer within 3 weeks.

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Standard Entry

$35

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Enter with Judge’s Notes

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Add 1-2 pages of a judge’s thoughts and notes for just $29.

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Enter with Basic Coverage

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5 pages of detailed notes, including Character, Plot, Structure, Dialogue, and Concept Analysis
Normally a $69 value!

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Enter with Full Coverage

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Everything from the Basic Coverage plus a 2-3 page synopsis to show how your plot points are perceived and more.
Normally a $99 value!

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You may also submit via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.

Please note: All finalists will be asked to answer in roughly 250 words how their voice, experience, characters, or story represents a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood.

How to contact us

You can contact us with anything related to script coverage or this contest and we'll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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