Diverse Voices strives to provide a contest that is purely focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. The contest encourages stories that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. The contest accepts Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts – we’re looking for underrepresented perspectives in any format.
Examples of great stories that have had fresh perspectives in film include: Hidden Figures, Fences, Harlots, Bridesmaids, F to 7th, Master of None, Mad Max Fury Road, Broad City, Parvaneh, Empire, and so many more.
Deadlines and Fees
Semifinalists – November 15th, 2017
Finalists – December 15th, 2017
Winners – January 15th, 2018
For every entry Diverse Voices receives, WeScreenplay will donate $3 to Books For Kids to ensure that children of every background and all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers. The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children.
Grand Prize - $1,654 ($1,000 in cash, $654 in prizes) + Script Distribution to Managers, Producers, and Agents
Honorable Mention by Category - $654 in prizes each
Finalists (Top 20) - $69 in prizes each
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:
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