Diversity Initiative Competition

February Winner!


John Lowe

John Lowe

John Lowe is a comedic writer but considers himself more of a word stylist. He graduated with honors from The University of Notre Dame in May of 2007 with double majors in TV Writing and English Literature.  He began his career as an agency assistant in the TV Department at ICM. After the agency he worked as a PA on Bones (FOX) and then as a Writer's Assistant on Detroit 187 (ABC).

John dabbles in the world of unscripted and has worked as a producer on shows like Project Runway and Top Chef.  His ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps of Michaela Coel, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Donald Glover and Shonda Rhimes with their smart, blunt and inventive sensibilities. As a black and queer man, the characters and worlds he creates will always be diverse, inclusive and captivating. 

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.

Winners will also be invited to participate in a free “Real Talk with Nita” session via Zoom with Roadmap's Access Programs Coordinator, Adquanita Curtis, and an industry executive of color. During this candid session you will be able to chat with Adquanita about your specific goals, and needs, as a writer of color and how we here at Roadmap can best help you achieve these goals. There will also be a guided Q&A session with the guest executive!

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