New Voices

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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 script 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 six 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 script per year. To be eligible a TV writer can have experience up to and including "Executive Story Editor", and feature writers cannot have earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film.

TIMELINE

SUBMISSIONS OPEN - OCTOBER 15TH, 2019

Early Deadline: Feb 15, 2020

Regular Deadline: March 15, 2020

Extended Deadline: April 30, 2020

  • Announcement of semi-finalists and finalists: June/July 2020

  • Annual awards event: January/February 2021

A SIGNATURE HUMANITAS new voices STORY must:

  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

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

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

  • Logline

  • Brief synopsis (1 paragraph)

  • Release form

Depending on what deadline you submit your entry by, there is a different fee to submit to NEW VOICES. Candidates will submit payment with their application.

  • Early Deadline: $65.00

  • Regular Deadline: $75.00

  • Extended Deadline: $85.00

If you are selected as a Semifinalist, you must prepare:

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

  • Resume (no more than 2 pages)

  • Bio (1 page, double-spaced)

    SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW VOICES ARE NOW CLOSED - they will reopen oct 15th


NEW VOICES WINNERS AT THE

44TH ANNUAL HUMANITAS PRIZE AWARDS


2019 NEW VOICES Winners


PAST WINNER SUCCESS STORIES

 

Now a Staff Writer on NCIS: New Orleans. In 2016, her script VERBATIM landed her on the 2016 WriteHer list as “One to Watch,” and in 2018 she made it onto both the Young & Hungry List and The Bitch List. After graduating from NYU, she moved to LA and worked her way up as a Writers' PA on Freeform's Twisted, and also as a Showrunner's Assistant on both Cinemax's Outcast and CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.

SYDNEY MITCHEL (2019)
MENTORED BY:
NANCY PIMENTAL


Became a Staff Writer on The Cool Kids. Recently sold pilot that he wrote during the program to Legendary. It’s currently in development there. Was also hired by Warner Bros to write a feature script.

CHARLIE KELLY (2018)
Mentored by:
David Zuckerman