The Coletta Preacely-Garcia Diversity Initiative Competition

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Diversity Initiative Competition
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!  Roadmap defines "diverse" as anyone belonging to a group whose voice has traditionally been marginalized in Hollywood, particularly BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+, women over 45, and Disabled writers.
 
Each month, Roadmap Writers will select up to two writers to participate in Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 of our Career Writer Program. This includes the Pitch Prep Program, Marketing Intensive, Portfolio Polishing, and Manager Track (a $1600 value!). These feedback-driven sessions put writers in immersive and interactive roundtables, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace while helping them build relationships with as many industry professionals as possible.
 
Roadmap's monthly Diversity Initiative Competition is always free to enter

Diversity Initiative Winner: December 2022


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Amanda Eberhardt


Amanda, also known as Ace, is a nonbinary and neurodivergent writer whose passion lies in telling immersive, emotive, and inclusive stories, especially dramas featuring strong central femme and queer characters. They firmly believe there is a unique joy to existing across borders, boxes, and binaries and strive to share that glorious liminality through their stories which expose long-forgotten and purposefully erased narratives.

They have attended writing programs at the University of Cambridge, Arcadia University London, UCLA, and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. In 2016, Amanda graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Writing for Film and Television from Emerson College. Their work has placed in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition, ScreenCraft, WeScreenplay, the Austin Film Festival, and the Stowe Story Labs. They currently work as a Writer’s Assistant to Eric Kaplan (YOUNG SHELDON) and as a Writer for WEBTOON. When not writing scripts, Amanda is working on hiking all the US National Parks with their black Labrador, Loki, and writing their first fantasy novel, based on their Czech heritage and Slavic folklore. 

Diversity Initiative Winner: December 2022


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Bernadett Belinda York


Bernadett Belinda York is a diverse storyteller specializing in complex female narratives, LGBTQ+ representation, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Raised in Chicago, she now resides in Los Angeles and is an award-winning screenwriter, actor, producer, certified script reader, singer-songwriter, author, animal advocate, blissful bride, ardent Stevie Nicks fan, and self-proclaimed "Warrior Princess."

She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, ISA Connect, Film Independent, Stowe Story Labs and has several projects registered with the WGA.

How to Enter


Opens: the 15th of every month
Deadline: the 3rd of the following month

Entry fee: FREE


To apply for this tribute, please submit the following in PDF format:
  1. A one-page statement that includes your diverse background, highlights your ability to craft a good story, focuses on your screenwriting goals, and demonstrates your ability to be collaborative. In other words, tell us why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program!
  2. A scripted writing sample (feature or TV pilot). Please include your logline, format, and intended audience/home.

Roadmap truly wants the winning recipient to get the most out of the program. For that reason, winners are expected to attend each session and complete all assignments to the fullest of their ability. Writers who fail to complete any assignment or attend any of the classes during the first two weeks of the program will forfeit their spot for the remainder of the program.

View our complete rules and guidelines here.

In Loving Memory


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 Initiative Competition!

We launched this tribute in memory of Roadmap Writer Coletta Preacely-Garcia, whose budding career was cut short when she passed suddenly shortly after Roadmap's launch in 2016. Coletta was an extremely hardworking screenwriter 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.

This tribute highlights diverse writers that embody this same spirit.

Signing & Staffing Success


Past winners of this competition have been signed to representation by Anonymous Content, Rosa Entertainment, APA, First Story Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment, Fictional Entity, The Buchwald Agency, and more!

December 2020 winner Lillian Wang was also recently staffed on a show for Netflix!

Eligibility


Writers who have or had representation in the last three months are not eligible for the Diversity Initiative prize.
 
It's important to us that the writer who receives this prize can truly get the most from it! Therefore, we request that anyone who accepts the prize participate fully in the program. If a writer accepts and misses the introductory classes, they will have to re-apply to the initiative to be considered for another month. Once Pitch Prep has been completed (with FULL participation), writers can continue with the program at their own pace.
 
Roadmap reserves the right not to to pick a winner from a given month’s applicant pool if we don't find a candidate whose writing and interview skills are ready for the Career Writer Program.

Past Diversity Initiative/Tribute Winners

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Coradata McCloud


December 2022

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Brit Cowan


December 2022

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Tiffani Davis


November 2022

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Irene Hernandez & Kelsey McConnell


November 2022

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Mark Heath Howard


November 2022

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Harrison Hamm


October 2022

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Ahyoka Saas


September 2022

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Feyza Headshot

Feyza Safoglu


August 2022

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Meemee Taylor Headshot

Meemee Taylor


July 2022

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June Winner

Kyle Sosa Frederick


June 2022

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DI Competition Winner: Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Jordan Smith


May 2022

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April DI Winner

Toyi Ward


April 2022

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February DI Winner

Alejandra Gracia


February 2022

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Larry Coleman


January 2022

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Robert A.


December 2021

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Sierra Sanborn


November 2021

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Blaine Ross

Blaine Ross


October 2021

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Larry Collins

Larry Collins


September 2021

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Kathryn Orwig

Kathryn Orwig


August 2021

 

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Helen Fernandez

Helen Fernandez


July 2021

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Latasha Mercer

Latasha Mercer


June 2021

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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

Signed by The Buchwald Agency

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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

Signed by Rosa Entertainment
Staffed on Netflix show

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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

Signed by Anonymous Content
Hired to write two featurettes for CBS & nominated for a Sports Emmy

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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

Signed by Untitled Entertainment

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Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel

Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel


February 2020 (Co-winner)

Signed by Seth Nagel Management
Signed by The Seymour Agency (from Roadmap Authors)
Landed two writing assignments with the producer of Netflix's RATCHED.

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Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens

Chloe Samantha-Rose Owens


February 2020 (Co-winner)

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Krystal Foster

Krystal Foster


January 2020

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Erica Land

Erica Land


December 2019

Signed by Recon Literary

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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

Signed by First Story Entertainment

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Craig Winstead

Craig Winstead


August 2019

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Katie Wadsworth

Katie Wadsworth


June 2019

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Vanar Jaddou

Vanar Jaddou


May 2019

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Jessica Burnett

Jessica Burnett


April 2019

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Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

Aimiende Negbenebor Sela


March 2019 (Co-winner)

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D.K. Uzuokwu

D.K. Uzuokwu


March 2019 (Co-winner)

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Shawn Parikh

Shawn Parikh


February 2019

Signed by Klasco Entertainment.

He then won the NBCUniversal Writers on the Verge Fellowship.

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Ijaaz Noohu

Ijaaz Noohu


December 2018

Signed with APA

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Monique Madrid

Monique Madrid


November 2018

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Amy Wang

Amy Wang


October 2018

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Jaclyn Chan

Jaclyn Chan


August 2018

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James Moorer

James Moorer


July 2018

Signed by KDX Entertainment

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Harker Jones

Harker Jones


June 2018

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Felicia Felton

Felicia Felton


May 2018

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Juan Francisco De La Guardia

Juan Francisco De La Guardia


April 2018

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Brian O'Donnell

Brian O'Donnell


March 2018

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Ziyad Saadi

Ziyad Saadi


February 2018

Signed by Fictional Entity

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Larry Coleman

Larry Coleman


January 2018

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