New Voices


Grants: Up to $75,000 in grants awarded annually.
Submissions: Original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or one-act stage play 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.

Every year, NEW VOICES accepts hundreds of pilot script submissions and selects four to six writers through a rigorous selection process. Candidates are asked to submit writing samples and participate in personal interviews and pitching sessions. Once matched with a mentor, the writers have three months to work on a new pilot script under their mentors’ supervision. The winning writers are given recognition at the annual awards ceremony and are awarded with a $15,000 grant.

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, Felicia Henderson, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Jay Kogen, Bill Lawrence, Ali LeRoi, Melanie Marnich, Rashad Raisani, David Shore, Robin Swicord, Pam Veasay and David Zuckerman.

Studio partners include:

2018 Winners

Entry details


Submission period: March 2019

Announcement of finalists: September 2019

Winners announced at annual event: February 2020

Submission Process and Materials

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 one-act stage play. We accept only one application and writing sample per year.  To be eligible a writer can have experience up to the level of "Staff Writer", but not beyond.

Applying to the NEW VOICES Program is a two-step process. First, a recommendation from an industry professional (agent, manager, showrunner, development or current executive or HUMANITAS Board of Director or Trustee Member) must be submitted through the website. After the recommendation is received, candidates will be provided access to the application within 3-5 business days.

Writers will submit the following materials with their application:

  • One writing sample of an original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or one-act stage play of 70 pages or less (name redacted)
  • Brief synopsis (1 paragraph)
  • Letter of interest (1 page, double-spaced)
  • Resume (no more than 2 pages) 
  • Bio (1 page, double-spaced)
  • Release form

There is a $25 application fee to submit for NEW VOICES. Candidates will submit payment with their application.

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