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.


June 2019 Recipients

Katie Wadsworth is a proud native Texan and a Los Angeles based comedy writer who works as a Showrunner's Assistant on the Facebook Watch series Sorry For Your Loss. Previously, she assisted on NBC's Great News, TBS' Drop The Mic, The Espy Awards, and Above Average. Before relocating to Los Angeles, Katie spent nine years writing and performing original material in Chicago. She is a graduate of Chicago's Second City Conservatory, Second City Writing Program, and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She is unabashedly a queer comedy writer of color concerned with telling stories about the LGBTQ experience. Her latest pilot is inspired by her years as a closeted kid in the Wild Wild West that is a Catholic high school in the south. Most recently she was chosen as a finalist in the Nantucket Screenwriter's Colony.

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