Diversity Initiative Competition

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Diversity Initiative Competition

 June Winner!

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Latasha Mercer


Latasha Mercer
Latasha graduated cum laude from The College of New Rochelle where she studied filmmaking, editing, and web design. She discovered her passion for filmmaking and content creation in 2010: her first Entertainment platform named Dope Files, which lead her to lucrative interviews with coveted celebrities.  In 2015, she decided to expand her thoughts on her popular comedic YouTube vlog into a web series, which birthed her first screenwriting project, Sit Black and Relax.  The series won two awards for Best Episodic Writer and Best Episodic Director by the Black & Latino Film Coalition in 2018. She is currently producing and starring in the sketch comedy series JustLatasha’s Inner Actions, which has been featured as “Most Highly Anticipated” by the crowdfunding site Seed & Spark.

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 Director of Diversity, 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

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Vanita Borwankar

Vanita Borwankar - May 2021

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Jason Coombs - April 2021

Jason Coombs - April 2021

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Ashley V. Hudson - March 2021

Ashley V. Hudson - March 2021 (Co-winner)

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Candace Patrick - March 2021

Candace Patrick - March 2021 (Co-winner)

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John Lowe - February 2021

John Lowe - February 2021

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Lore V. Olivera - January 2021

Lore V. Olivera - January 2021

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Lyric Fergusson - December 2020

Lyric Fergusson - December 2020

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Lillian Wang

Lillian Wang - November 2020

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Tarik Woodbine

Tarik Woodbine - October 2020

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Quinton Stroud

Quinton Stroud - September 2020

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Jennifer Irons

Jennifer Irons - August 2020

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Kayona Ebony Brown

Kayona Ebony Brown - July 2020

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Eljohn Macaranas

Eljohn Macaranas - May 2020

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Lori Beth Crawford

Lori Beth Crawford - April 2020

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Lenna Murisier

Lenna Murisier - March 2020

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Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens

Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens - February 2020 (Co-winner)

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Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel

Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel - February 2020 (Co-winner)

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Krystal Foster

Krystal Foster - January 2020

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Erica Land

Erica Land - December 2019

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Monisha Dadlani

Monisha Dadlani - November 2019

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Christina Jun

Christina Jun - October 2019

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Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena

Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena - September 2019

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Craig Winstead

Craig Winstead - August 2019

The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.