Top 50 Features - 2023 JumpStart Writing Competition
Roadmap Writers is thrilled to announce the Top 50 Features from our 2023 JumpStart Writing Competition.
JumpStart leverages the reach and resources of Roadmap Writers to advocate for these exciting emerging voices. This year's judging panel includes execs and reps from companies such as Good Fear Content, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, Heroes and Villians, Writ Large, and more
And now we’re pleased to announce the...
TOP 50 FEATURES
AN ORPHAN'S PLAYLIST
When an adopted daughter loses the only parent she's known, she must do something unimaginable to shut the door on her lifelong shame and self-harming ways. She must change her habits once it's learned that she has more in common than not with the one person she hates.
AND HERE I GO
When a gig economy go-it-alone writer in LA is forced to move, she ends up relying on a coworker she barely knows.
BABY POOTY AND THE BEAR
When Vladimir Putin's backup, backup, backup body double stationed in a remote farming town is finally called into action, Baby Pooty must take on politicians, assassins, and conniving hotel managers in order to make it out of the hinterlands alive.
BIOGRAPHY OF THE BONES
Stella Ruggiero & Heidi Dugan
After moving in with his dad, a down-and-out white man finds human remains buried under the family porch and becomes entwined in a mystery that’s haunted a troubled Black man for years.
After her Japanese-American lover is sent to the Internment camps during WWII, a half-Japanese woman passing as white joins a resistance in Seattle, covertly communicating with him to collect evidence of government corruption at the camps to bolster ACLU court cases to shut them down.
Madison Sean Flannery
Upon learning of her estranged sister's disappearance, a woman struggling with mental illness journeys to her brother-in-law's remote mansion where she battles demons both real and imagined to uncover the truth.
BRIDE OR DIE
Anita Brandt Burgoyne
When a rogue wave slams into a cruise ship and a bachelorette posse is swept overboard, the five women miraculously wash up on a deserted tropical island, but then must figure out how to survive—life, and each other—and ultimately, how to rescue themselves.
After a hazing incident in rural Montana goes too far, a high school football coach and the quarterback’s girlfriend each must make difficult choices that could tear their town apart.
Falling Down meets Dude, Where’s my Car? Over 24 hours, a recently divorced accountant loses his job, his Jeep, and accidentally, traffics Heroin. His only escape? Become a Beige Pants Bad Ass--aka a Dad Ass.
In WWII Britain, an evacuee escapes her abusive foster home and teams up with a fugitive to find her brother. However, her abuser pursues them to silence her and retrieve the incriminating camera film she took from him.
Andrea Lwin & Debbie Chesebro
Holidays… Family…. Dysfunction…… Christmas tree electrocution. Just the tip of the iceberg for second-generation siblings Wei, Dustin, and Brennan, as they reluctantly reunite to help pack and move their aging Chinese mother into a retirement community while (not) dealing with their own tumultuous personal lives, and hopefully not destroying the family.
Despite their forty-year age gap, and the cancer treatment confining them to their small Texas town, two gay men embark on a road trip to San Francisco to grant themselves the Make-A-Wish they're too old to receive.
After being publicly cheated on, a lovable loser decides to transform her uncoordinated musical theater classmates into sports superstars in order to win their art high school’s most athletic competition of the year, Field Day.
After her newborn is taken by an alcoholic woman out for revenge, a diffident mother must maintain her own sobriety and face painful memories to find her baby before it’s too late.
When the pilots on a private jet suddenly drop dead, a hapless assistant DA has to overcome his paralyzing fear of flying to save himself and a government whistleblower he’s escorting to New York.
FORGET ME NOT
A precocious seven-year-old Korean immigrant girl grapples with her mother's Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease while struggling to adjust to a new life in America.
Desperate to increase their popularity, the Philadelphia Flyers hire a scientist to create a sentient mascot Gritty. But when the creature starts to wreak havoc, they must decide whether to alter his personality or just let Gritty be Gritty. Think, Frankenstein and Paddington meets Rocky.
On her journey into adulthood, a devout Muslim woman navigates the delicate balance between her family's expectations, sexual fulfillment, and the idea of marrying for love.
I GOT YOU, BABE
Tamra Teig & Timoteo Camponeschi
A downtrodden musician must choose between turning drag queen to save his mom from nursing home eviction, or being his authentic straight self to win the woman he loves.
A disobedient boy, who made friends with a cunning house creature called Brownie and swapped bodies with him, must change back before the next new moon to avoid becoming a Brownie forever.
ICE CREAM DON'T MELT IN ENGLEWOOD
When a prominent African-American businessman witnesses a police-involved shooting, powerful people attempt to bribe him to corroborate the police department’s version of events.
In 1917, after using her husband’s political connections to further her suffrage agenda, a renowned stage actress and the National Woman’s Party are unlawfully incarcerated, tortured, beaten and force-fed, as they fight to win women’s right to vote.
An ambitious high school senior runs for student council vice president to pad his college resume, but his people-pleasing tendencies could make him lose his best friend forever.
MALCOLM & MAY
Marcus Crawford Guy
Malcolm is tortured knowing that he may never serve King and Country and become a village hero, so when a sharp-tongued dreamer, dares him to take her to see the Eiffel Tower, Malcolm spies his chance to impress. But the foolish decision to take his brother’s uniform leads Malcolm into a lie of stolen valor, forcing him to reckon with the fact that men can fall from grace without being soldiers or heroes. Such a fall might just be what Malcolm needs in order to break the curse of being an obedient family man.
With the help of a mail order bride scheme, a U.S-obsessed mother-daughter duo flee their cracked-in-half country for all of the promises America has to offer. Think Eastern European Gilmore Girls if Lorelei was a mail order bride.
MY MAINE MAN CHRISTMAS
A sprained ankle forces a single mother to hire an irritating co-worker to drive her and her seven year old daughter home to Maine for Christmas where the magic of the holdiay creates an unexpeted scenario.
A disillusioned Vietnam combat vet defies the FBI to help a notorious antiwar activist escape to Canada.
Kevin M. Jones
PRESS JUNKET HEIST
B. Isabella Bodnar
When a 16 year-old humanoid robot finally “comes out" and begins to navigate his high school life as his authentic self, he's immediately faced with an existential crisis after a man-made kill code causes robots to commit terrorist acts around the globe.
Sixteen year old Noah Rockford, a southpaw and top MLB pitching prospect, has his life uprooted after the tragic death of his mother at the hands of his abusive father, and must battle through the tragedy to find his way back to the game he was born to play.
In the final chaotic hours of the US exodus from Saigon, a grieving Marine struggles against enemy soldiers — some of whom share his uniform — in order to shepherd an orphaned 8-year-old Vietnamese girl to the American embassy.
A US spy disarming nuclear warheads in the wilderness of Siberia has his life of solitude upended when he finds love within a welcoming Russian family.
Kyle Jutkiewicz & Alexander Seltzer
A closed-off young woman returns home to the remote Canadian Oil Sands to bury her estranged father, but when his bitter legacy resurfaces as an ancient evil that feeds on trauma, she must finally confront her past… or drown in it.
SNATCHING ST. NICK
When one of his classmates bets there’s no way Cooper will get the super-hot Christmas toy given solely to those on Santa’s Nice List, a desperate Cooper has only one option to win the bet: kidnap Santa and hold him for ransom! COMPS: HOME ALONE meets THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS with a touch of ARTEMIS FOWL.
SPRINGTIME FOR MASHINSKY
A middle-aged slacker desperate for respect takes a formula that gives him special powers, which he must use to save his hypercritical father from a Canadian supervillain. The only problem? The powers suck.
In a bid to survive WWII without firing a shot, a naive, young, jazz-obsessed musician joins the Musikkorps Leibstandarte-SS (Hitler's personal orchestra) and soon finds himself thrust into some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
When humanity becomes immune to death, a frantic mother must traverse a dangerous and unstable country to find a mysterious medical facility before her diabetic daughter slips into a permanent coma.
A young heir to a fortune, framed for murder, flees the country and enters a world of double identities and dual motives under the control of the very people who framed him.
The story of Donyale Luna, who before tragically succumbing to heroin addiction, rose to the height of fame as the world’s first Black supermodel.
A non-confrontational neuroscientist wakes up in the body of a murderer and fights to stop her US military owners from weaponizing her. Think EX-MACHINA meets THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT.
TWO KGS OF MARMALADE
Denise Papas Meechan & Victoria Augustine
Three toddlers are found slaughtered at the same time wolves are rewilded into the Scottish Highlands, leaving the three moms to deal with their grief differently– one declares war on the wolves; one’s convinced it’s the curse of the supernatural Wulver; and one must overcome her discontent with life in order to unearth the unbelievable, harrowing truth.
In the 1980s, a decorated Naval officer falsely accused of a "sexual deviant" act faces a relentless investigator, a homophobic captain, and a prejudiced culture, as she fights to prove her innocence and avoid imprisonment in a society where homosexuality is criminalized.
A Quaker family is divided during the Revolutionary War in Georgia as their ideals of pacifism and abolitionism bring them in direct conflict with their slaveholding neighbors.
Congratulations again to these incredible storytellers! We can't wait to champion your voices in the coming months.