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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

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Los Angeles, CA 90025
570-6-FILMED (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: support@wescreenplay.com

Contact: Mark , Director of Contests

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Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 25    
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Objective

MISSION - To provide a platform focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. We're looking for writing from perspectives – through the author or characters – that are underrepresented in Hollywood.

GIVING BACK - For every entry, we are donating $3 to Books For Kids to help children from all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers. Books for Kids' mission is "to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool aged children."

PROMISE - We promise to be transparent and fair by giving all writers TWO sets of scores with each entry. All finalist scripts will receive four sets of scores before we select a winner to limit subjectivity and promote the best writing.

EXPOSURE - Winning scripts will not only receive development notes and cash prizes, but the winner will be sent to two dozen production and management companies. We want to see these stories told!

***ALL FINALISTS: All finalists will be asked to answer in about 250 words how their voice, experience, or story represents a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood. WeScreenplay is specifically looking to encourage and promote underrepresented stories and writers.

The contest is looking to encourage and promote either:

1.) Writers who have been shown to be under-represented by the WGA diversity report: minority writers, women writers, and writers over 40.

or

2.) Stories starring characters that are generally untold because of the misconception that they don't perform well: minorities, women (especially in traditionally "male" roles), women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, or any stories that don't appear on the normal studio slate.

If a script or writer hits either of these two categories, they qualify. We will consider all scripts and stories, but once the finalists are announced, those who have made it to that level will be asked to answer: "How does your voice, experience, characters, or story represent a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood?" As long as that question can be answered in a way that fits in one of the above categories, the script will be considered to win the Grand Prize.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 04/15/2017

WinningScripts Pro $5 Off Coupon

Notification: Semi-Finalists - May 15th, 2017. Finalists - June 15th, 2017. Winners - July 15th, 2017.

Rules

  1. Screenplays entered must:

    a. Not include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of the script including the title page. If the name is on the title page only, the script won’t be disqualified.

    b. Include a title page with no name(s) of the writer or writing team.

    c. Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines. Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges. A rule of thumb, if your script is formatted properly and under 120 pages, it will likely not be more than 23,000 words.

    d. Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories. It may not be a sequel to or prequel to any script or movie not owned by the writer or writing team.

    e. Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.

  2. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, finalists must answer a prompt that aligns with the Diverse Voices Mission within 10 days of the finalist announcement. The prompt will be “How does your voice, experience, or story represents a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood?”
  3. Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally and read by an unbiased panel of judges.
  4. Screenplays of 3 different formats will be accepted: Feature, TV, or Short. All will compete for the Grand Prize, but will each have their unique honorable mention.
  5. Entrant’s total earnings for screenwriting for either film or tv, produced or unproduced, must not exce eed $50,000 in the past 18 months. This excludes any prize money from competitions or fellowships and only applies to fund or money transferred in exchange for an option or sale of a script, treatment, idea, intellectual property, or other writing for filming. Money earned from acting, directing, producing, or any other film work outside of writing is not included.
  6. Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or production was competed with no financial gain to the writer.
  7. For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the submission deadlines. Any scripts over 120 pages will be charged an extra $1 per page at any deadline.
  8. Purchasing Judge’s Feedback, Basic Coverage, or Full Coverage will in no way impact the scoring of the screenplay or its chances of winning or placing in the competition.
  9. All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid for a refund of any kind.
  10. Alterations can be re-uploaded on the WeScreenplay use dashboard. Find it at wescreenplay.com
  11. There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts. Coupons deemed for WeScreenplay coverage may not be used for submission to the contest or addition of coverage to any submission unless explicitly stated.
  12. There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
  13. Prizes are award per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord. WeScreenplay will send prizes to the writer who submits the project and will in no way be responsible for how the prizes are distributed among the writing teams.
  14. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all score in the competition.
  15. Scorecards will be distributed to each script within a week of elimination from the competition, but early distribution does not necessarily indicate placement in the contest. Feedback and Coverage will ideally be distributed between 2 and 3 weeks following submission, but this is not guaranteed. We only guarantee that coverage will be provided before the Semi Finalist Announcement.
  16. WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to but never more than 60 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any circumstance.
  17. By entering the WeScreenplay contest every entrant is agreeing to all WeScreenplay Terms and Conditions listed and available before checkout. If you disagree with any terms you may not submit to the contest.
  18. By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script to WeScreenplay and holding harmless WeScreenplay or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.
  19. Any prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.
  20. Any cash prize winners of over $599 will be required to file a W-9 before the cash prize is distributed.
  21. Any winners may have their name, script title, and picture used for any WeScreenplay promotions or promotions of our sponsors or affiliates.
  22. Former Grand Prize Winners of any WeScreenplay contest may enter so long as it is NOT the same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not disqualify the script from being entered this year.
  23. If a writer is under 18 at the time of entry, the any cash prize won will be distributed in the form of equal value coverage or contest entries for WeScreenplay. No cash will be awarded if under 18 years old.

Awards

In the first season the Television Winner was signed by Heroes and Villains and the Feature Winner optioned a script to No Label Productions.

Total cash value of over $5,000.

GRAND PRIZE:
  • $1,000 Cash Prize
  • 3 Months of Script Development via WeScreenplay
  • Distribution to two dozen managers, agents, and producers
  • Free entrance to any WeScreenplay Contest
HONORABLE MENTIONS (1st Place in each category)
  • 3 Months of Script Development via WeScreenplay Free entrance to WISC '16 or WeTV '16
FINALISTS (top 20)
  • Free entrance to WISC '16 or WeTV '16

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90025
570-6-FILMED (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: support@wescreenplay.com

Contact: Mark , Director of Contests

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 25    
Have you entered?
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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90025
570-6-FILMED (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: support@wescreenplay.com

Contact: Mark , Director of Contests

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 25    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Diverse Voices Names Semifinalists

The Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition has announced 175 semifinalists from among an entry pool of more than 900 submissions.

Updated: 05/16/2017
HollywoodIQ:

Interview with Diverse Voices Feature Screenplay Winner Lillian Wang

Lillian Wang was recently named the Feature Screenplay Winner of the 2016 Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition for her script P.O. Box 1142, a story inspired by true, historical events about a Jewish interrogator stationed in a U.S. Nazi POW camp who learns that she must extract information from the high-ranking Nazi responsible for the death of her parents.

Updated: 01/26/2017

Diverse Voices Names Fall, 2016 Contest Winners

The Last Bookstore, by Brook Purdy and Colette Freedman, has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Fall, 2016 Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition. Lillian Wang's P.O. BOX 1142 was the Feature Screenplay Winner, while Phoenix by Natasha M. Hall won the TV Category. The Short Screenplay category winner was In One Split Second by Chloe Owens.

Updated: 01/17/2017

Diverse Voices Names Contest Finalists

Diverse Voices, presented by WeScreenplay and focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories, has named their Screenplay Contest Finalists for 2016.

Updated: 06/15/2016

WeScreenplay Announces Diverse Voices Semifinalists

WeScreenplay has announced the Semifinalists for their Diverse Voices Screenplay Competition, which raised $1,437 for the Books for Kids Foundation.

Updated: 05/17/2016

Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Contact

Los Angeles, CA 90025
570-6-FILMED (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: support@wescreenplay.com

Contact: Mark , Director of Contests

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.7/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.3/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Signficance: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 25    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter J J Hillard

An interview with screenwriter J J Hillard regarding the Diverse Voices Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title of my short screenplay is "MY STARDUST" and this is the logline: An astronaut’s elderly widow, watching TV news of an unmanned test flight to Mars, discovers evidence that she may be more than just a viewer of the mission.

IndieWire Press Release: http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/wescreenplay-diverse-voices-screenwriting-competition-winners-announced-1201706359/

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: My short screenplay fit two important criteria for WeScreenplay's Diverse Voices competition, which was "designed to encourage writers who are under-represented in Hollywood..." My main character and I are both over forty!

My Stardust [and another short of mine ("S&M IN SPACE")] won a "platinum award" laurel in the Spring 2016 International Independent Film Awards: http://www.iifilmawards.com/Platinum_Award.html

The results for a few other contests I've entered are still pending.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I am very satisfied with the administration of this contest and with the direct communication (email and phone) I've had with Mark Stasenko, WeScreenplay's co-founder and director (and a screenwriter himself).

Cumulative scores (covering 9 aspects of screenplays) were posted by each reader in sequence during the competition and all deadlines were met. The awards for winners are now forthcoming and generous -- including an invitation to a party for all the finalists (WeScreenplay will pick up the drink tab)!!

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: This script has gone through quite a few revisions over the course of the past few years, based on helpful feedback from readers in other contests. This is the first time it has won an award. It was carefully structured and I would estimate the number of drafts it had to be more than a half-dozen.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I used Final Draft to write this script, but it's not the latest version of that software. I have used Dramatica Pro in the past for a novel manuscript, but not lately.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: Like many screenwriters, I try to set aside several hours to write every day, but that ends up including research as well. The good thing is I am now writing full-time as my career.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: First, I prepare a detailed outline of my entire screenplay, so I'll know where I need to go in each scene. Then I start writing in Act 2 and move onto Act 3. That way I know the critical elements Act 1 will need to include to foreshadow what will be revealed later. This helps me avoid getting stuck in earlier scenes. Also, doing research, reading produced screenplays, and watching films helps me if I need a break from crafting a script.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I took 3 UCLA extension screenwriting classes online, all taught by Screenwriter Jessica Scott.

One of my shorts (BOING!) won a Creative Screenwriting Magazine-sponsored contest at a past Screenwriting Expo. Because of that I was awarded a 2-year fellowship to Jeff Gordon's Writers Boot Camp.

Following that I completed Hal Croasmun's online ScreenwritingU ProSeries course.

I am rewriting 3 feature screenplays. I have written one teleplay (an episode of The Big Bang Theory) and a half-dozen shorts. I've had a short optioned once (S&M IN SPACE). My crime thriller short (CAGEY) got a Wildsound monthly contest videotaped table read.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I don't live in Los Angeles, although I have lived in Long Beach. I'm in Northern California at this time. It will be very easy for me to fly down to L.A. and stay for meetings if/when invited.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: As well as rewriting the 3 feature screenplays I mentioned, I am working up a premise for a contained horror film centered in Napa Valley. I also want to revisit the novel manuscript I wrote which is the companion piece to a screenplay.

Thanks for making this interview format available.

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016