Diversity Initiative Competition

April Winner!

Lori Beth Crawford

Lori Beth Crawford

Lori Beth Crawford is a synchronized swimming, Christian erotica writing, preacher's kid from a small town in Ohio who devoured more television than was probably wise as a child. After high school, she left the small town for the semi-big city of St. Louis to study at Washington University. Once she graduated with a BA in Psychology and Writing, Lori moved to the even bigger city of Los Angeles to chase her dream of writing television shows. Along the way, she took a tiny detour into the world of authoring romance novels and has published five books with Kensington and other publishers. Since Lori returned to TV writing, she was selected for the inaugural class of UCLA’s Professional Program in TV Writing. After that, a few of her scripts have advanced in several high profile contests and fellowships like the Austin Film Festival, the Fox Writer’s Lab, the Page Awards and NBC's Writers on the Verge. She is extremely honored to have been selected as the March winner of Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Competition and is looking forward to working through the April Pitch Prep Program.

Each month, Roadmap selects one diverse screenwriter to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE!

The lack of diversity and representation in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for a while now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small)! 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 polish her screenplays.

Who should apply? This program is for diverse screenwriters 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

To apply for this tribute, please submit in PDF format:

  1. A one-page statement highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.
  2. A scripted writing sample (Pilot or Feature).

The deadline for entries is on the 25th via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners