Diversity Initiative Competition


The lack of diversity in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for awhile now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small!), and for us, that starts with the screenwriters.

That's why we are proud to sponsor the Roadmap Writers Diversity Tribute!

We launched this initiative in memory of Roadmap Writer Coletta Preacely-Garcia, who passed suddenly in 2016. Coletta was an extremely hardworking writer who was always working to better her craft, tirelessly writing, rewriting, and taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her to gain skills, make connections and improve her screenplays.

Each month, we will be selecting one diverse writer to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE. To apply for this tribute, please submit a one-page statement AND a writing sample in PDF format highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.

**This program is for writers with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the Marketing aspect of their career and start getting their work out there!

How to Enter

The deadline for entries is on the 21st of each month. Send your one-page statement AND a writing sample in PDF format via this Submit with Coverfly link below.

April 2019 Recipients


Jessica Burnett is screenwriter based in Atlanta. Born in Albany, Georgia, she spent her early childhood living with her family in Okinawa, Japan. She studied in Newcastle, England during her junior year of college and earned her B.A. in English from Georgia State University. Jessica’s short story, The Face, is published in Vol. VI Issue I of Underground Literary and Art Journal. She has worked as a copyrighter and English tutor. Jessica recently completed her first original half-hour comedy pilot and is working on another. When she isn't writing you can find her teaching a lively preschool class, running in her favorite parks, doing stand-up, and falling out of yoga poses. 

Past Tribute Winners

Jessica Burnett

April 2019

Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

March 2019

Shawn Parikh

February 2019

D.K. Uzoukwu

February 2019

Ijaaz Noohu

December 2018

Amy Wang

September 2018

Jaclyn Chan

August 2018

James Moorer

July 2018

Harker Jones

June 2018

Felicia Felton

May 2018

Juan Francisco de la Guardia

April 2018

Brian O'Donnell

March 2018

Ziyad Saadi

February 2018

Larry Coleman

January 2018