New Voices


Grants: $7,500 per writer.
Submissions: Original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay in any genre.
Requirements: Limited to one application and writing sample submission per year.

In 2010, Executive Director Cathleen Young created NEW VOICES with the vision of discovering, developing and launching a new generation of talented writers under the mentorship of Hollywood showrunners and studio partners.

mentors include:

Alan Ball, Jenny Bicks, Janine Sherman Barrois, Matt Carlson, Carter Covington, Liz Craft, Sarah Fain, Tom Fontana, Gary Glasberg, Gary David Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Hart Hanson, Chris Harris, Felicia Henderson, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Jay Kogen, Bill Lawrence, Ali LeRoi, Melanie Marnich, Nancy Pimental, Rashad Raisani, David Shore, Robin Swicord, Pam Veasey, Ben Watkins, and David Zuckerman.

Studio partners include:

Entry details

Every year, NEW VOICES selects up to five writers through a rigorous selection process. Candidates are asked to submit a script 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 TV writer can have experience up to the level up to and including "Executive Story Editor", and feature writers cannot have earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film.


  • Submission period: November 2018 - April 15, 2019

  • Announcement of semi-finalists and finalists: June 2019

  • Annual awards event: February 2020


  1. Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.

  2. Confront us with our individual responsibility.

  3. Examine the consequences of our choices


  • One writing sample of an original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay (name redacted)

  • Brief synopsis (1 paragraph)

  • Release form

There is a $75 application fee to submit for NEW VOICES. Candidates will submit payment with their application.

If you are selected for an interview, you must prepare:

  • Letter of interest (1 page, double-spaced)

  • Resume (no more than 2 pages)

  • Bio (1 page, double-spaced)

    SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED until april 15, 2019



2019 NEW VOICES Winners