Diversity Initiative Competition Rules & Guidelines

Diversity Initiative Competition Rules and Guidelines:

  • Writers may submit only once each month. 
  • Applications that do not include the one-page statement will not be considered.
  • Writers who will be considered further will be contacted by the Roadmap Team for a virtual interview.
  • 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.
  • We do not accept updated drafts or revised statements. Please review your entry for accuracy prior to submitting.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants who have made over $25k of industry income will be disqualified.
  • All submissions must be in PDF format.
  • Pilot scripts must not exceed 70 pages. Feature scripts must not exceed 125 pages. All submissions must adhere to standard industry margins and font.
  • The competition is open to pilot and feature scripts of all genres.
  • Must be written in English in 12-point courier font.
  • Do NOT cheat in an effort to reduce your page count, your script will be disqualified. As a standard rule, 1.5” left, 1” right and 1” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable.
  • It is recommended that you do not include your name, WGA registration number and/or Copyright information.
  • While it is not a requirement, we encourage writers to register their script with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or Writers Guild of America.
  • All scripts submitted will remain the property of the writer(s). Neither Roadmap Writers nor any of its judges, partners, and/or their respective companies assume any attachment to your work.
  • Scripts submitted in the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
  • Screenwriters who have had previous feature or pilot screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  • No TV specs may be submitted (i.e. Veep spec, The Office spec, etc).
  • Must be an original idea; free and clear of any copyright issues.
  • Material must be the original work of the submitter(s).
  • Neither Roadmap Writers nor any of its judges and/or competition partners investigate or confirm the authenticity of an entrant’s authorship rights or claim.
  • Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).
  • If a writing team places in the competition or is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project.
  • Roadmap Writers is not responsible for any technical issue(s) that may arise from electronic submission.
  • Roadmap Writers reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • By entering the Diversity Initiative Competition, you agree to receive competition updates via email and periodic marketing emails from Roadmap Writers. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • To enter Roadmap Writers’ Diversity Initiative Competition, you must agree to its Rules & Guidelines.
  • All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.

About Roadmap Writers
Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for Career Writers looking for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate their craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 200 writers sign to representation, and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

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.