Diversity Initiative Competition

December Winner

Monisha Dadlani

Erica Land is a writer of drama and sketch who focuses on stories that explore themes of being a light in the darkness and finding the levity in complicated relationships. She is a former journalist from Houston who turned to screenwriting to escape the madness of writing about murders and car chases. Currently based in Los Angeles, she recently made it to the second round of the WB Television Writers Workshop and has been a writer in two NBC’s Sketch Showcase productions and written under the CBS Sketch Showcase Program. She has also been a Top 5 Finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition and a Semi-Finalist for ABC’s Writing Program.

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where she studied cello and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has also studied with Script Anatomy and Second City Hollywood. Erica is currently developing a horror comic book that will serve as a prequel to her one-hour pilot,The Darkness

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 23rd via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners