Roadmap Writers is always on the hunt for unique and fresh voices. Our track record speaks for itself, with 63 writers signed in only 2 years, and dozens of writers who have staffed on shows or had their projects optioned or sold. It’s important that we constantly create opportunities that can help writers get the attention they deserve.
Roadmap is proud to partner with production company and independent financier, New Republic Pictures to launch our “Road to New Republic” Feature Writing Competition!
The competition, which is open to feature scripts of all genres will award one grand prize winner a guaranteed $10,000 option fee for their feature script with New Republic Pictures!
Through partnerships with major studios, that include a co-financing deal with Paramount, and foreign sales companies, New Republic brings outstanding commercial motion pictures from distinguished filmmakers to theaters worldwide. Their slate of upcoming films includes the Elton John Biopic ROCKETMAN starring Taron Egerton which will be released by Paramount in 2019.
Founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver (BLACK SWAN, HACKSAW RIDGE, AMERICAN MADE, BLACK MASS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), whose films have cumulatively grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and nominated for 13 Oscars, 14 Golden Globes and 23 BAFTA Awards, New Republic seeks to tell stories that entertain, inform and inspire audiences with intelligence, passion, and creativity.
As always, our runners-up and finalists will also receive prizes to help create opportunities to put them front and center with industry executives and reps.
Don’t miss out! This is a fantastic opportunity that can help launch your writing career!
Open to feature film scripts only
All genres accepted
Script rights must be available
Please read our complete list of rules here before submitting your script.
Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria. The below explanations of each criterion is by no means an exhaustive list, but just an example of some of the questions readers and judges consider in each category.
Is it unique/original? Is it a new spin on a familiar story? Is it commercial? Is it a festival-worthy indie? Can it succinctly be explained? Do the actions and obstacles advance the story?
Are the characters fully developed? Is their purpose or struggle clearly identifiable? Do they have a clear and complete arc? Are they multi-layered? Are the characters relatable or accessible to the reader?
Do the characters have a distinct voice? Does the dialogue elevate the scene? Does it heighten the overall story? Does it propel the story forward?
Is the story compelling? Does it serve to propel the characters and events forward in a meaningful way?
Does the story have a clear beginning, middle and end? Does it have the appropriate structural beats? Is the script formatted properly? Were there extensive typos?
Does the writer use interesting word choice and sentence structure? Do they have a unique way to view and relay what’s happening in the story?
Announcement Dates are tentatively scheduled as follows (dates subject to change):
Top 50 (quarter-finalist) - Thursday, March, 14th, 2019
Top 20 (semi-finalist) - Thursday, March, 28th, 2019
Top 10 (finalists) - Thursday, April, 11th 2019
Runner-up - Thursday, April, 25th 2019
Grand Prize Winner - Thursday, April, 25th 2019
ROADMAP WRITERS - a leader in screenwriting education taught by executives and literary representatives currently working in the industry - have helped 63 writers get signed to representation in just two years with companies that include CAA, Gersh, Circle of Confusion, APA, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, and more!
NEW REPUBLIC PICTURES is a leading production company and independent financier of feature films and television. Through partnerships with major studios and foreign sales companies, New Republic brings outstanding commercial motion pictures from distinguished filmmakers to theaters worldwide.
Founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver, whose films have cumulatively grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and nominated for 13 Oscars, 14 Golden Globes and 23 BAFTA Awards, New Republic seeks to tell stories that entertain, inform and inspire audiences with intelligence, passion, and creativity.
Mary Robbins, Writer
Roadmap Writers is the best way to learn and understand the movie making and script development business. I cannot thank you enough!
Maddie Breeland - Coordinator, The Walt Disney Studios
Roadmap is wonderful! They provide valuable industry connections, knowledge and experience for those looking to improve their skills and take their various creative endeavors to the next level.
Sean Berard - Agent, APA
I’ve known Joey for a number of years now and have always admired his ability to recognize talent, and help young screenwriters he believes in gain the tools they need to take their careers to the next level."
Dan Ingram - Head of Story Development, De Laurentiis Company
There aren’t many people in this industry who can manage being attentive, generous, and thoughtful all at the same time. Joey is one of those people... His ability to work with writers and provide them with the necessary stepping stones to further their career, and his overall positive demeanor make him an amazing person to work with"