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 young 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, from the ground up, 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:

2016 Winners

Entry details


Submission period: February 1, 2018 -March 9, 2018

Judging: March-April 2018

Announcement of finalists: September 2018

New pilot collaboration: September-November 2018

Winners announced at annual event: February 2019

Submission 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. 

Writers interested in participating should submit all materials in a single .pdf file that includes:

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

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