Diversity Initiative Competition

August Winner

Craig Winstead - August 2019 Winner

Craig Winstead is a business professor at a large Catholic university by day and a dramatic screenwriter who weaves thriller and comedy elements into his scripts by night. He holds a BA in Theater Arts from Bowdoin College and spent a year at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as an advanced playwriting student. He’s written two crime features and one dramatic short. His first feature script MORPHO placed as a semifinalist in the BlueCat, a quarterfinalist in StoryPros and LA Screenwriting awards, as Winner 2nd Runner Up in Cynosure, and was an Official Selection of the 2019 Richmond International Film Festival. His dramatic short Summer Daze is currently a Quarterfinalist in the ongoing Page International Screenwriting Awards. 

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 21st of each month via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners