Diversity Initiative Competition

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Diversity Initiative Competition

Roadmap's monthly Diversity Initiative Competition is always free to enter.

Each month, Roadmap Writers selects two winners to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our immersive Career Writer Program) for free! Roadmap Writers also selects one runner-up to participate in Roadmap's month-long On-Ramp Program for free!

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.

This month, we were so blown away by the candidates that we decided to select four winners. Roadmap is thrilled to help each of these talented screenwriters hone their voices and gain traction in their careers.

Diversity Initiative Winner: November 2022


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Mark Heath Howard


Mark Heath Howard is a native of Miami, FL. He has lived in the city of Chicago since 2001. Among being an Elementary School Educator for over 20 years, he has also utilized his talents as an actor, writer, editor, director, and producer.

Mark has also been featured in commercials for Chase Bank, BMO Bank, and Comcast Sportsnet. His film credits include "Mister Mom", "No Chaser", and "Zachariah Tucker", all of which he wrote and directed. He currently lives in Joliet, IL.

Diversity Initiative Winner: November 2022


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Irene Hernandez & Kelsey McConnell


Irene Hernandez and Kelsey McConnell, aka “McNandez,” are a married writing team from Southern California. A city kid and a country kid, Irene and Kelsey both struggled to find their place in the wider world. They put that experience to work in dark dramedies about women who find out what they’re made of when thrust into chaos and the chosen family that joins them in the fight.

By day, Irene is a work-from-home mom to their four-year-old daughter. Kelsey runs a host talent program and produces classical music content as Program Director for Classical California, which operates KUSC in Los Angeles. Irene and Kelsey are honored to be part of the tribute to Coletta Preacley-Garcia and hope to represent the same spirit for which she is remembered.

Diversity Initiative Winner: November 2022


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Tiffani Davis


Tiffani Davis is a TV news producer who still cannot shake off moving every two years as an Army kid. If you ask her where she’s from - she’ll tell you five military bases and two different countries. Her military childhood ultimately prepared her for a career working in the unpredictable, “no time to pack your suitcase” world of breaking news. 

This TV journalist, now screenwriter, is transforming her storytelling from a small screen to a bigger one. Tiffani writes stories with strong female-driven leads, specifically with multicultural characters. She’s also co-written a 60-minute series pilot and a short dramatic, narrative screenplay which was selected in the Second Round of the 2022 Austin Film Festival’s Screenwriting Competition.

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 highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.
  2. A scripted writing sample (feature or TV pilot).

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!

Past Tribute Winners

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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 Headshot

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


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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