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.
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:
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.
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:
Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.
Confront us with our individual responsibility.
Examine the consequences of our choices
One original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay (name redacted)
Brief synopsis (1 paragraph)
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