Humanitas New Voices
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About

ATTENTION: Due to the high volume of requests, the NEW VOICES deadline has been extended until April 15th. 

We are looking for well-written scripts with compelling stories and developed characters that explore and showcase HUMANITAS values.

A SIGNATURE HUMANITAS NEW VOICES STORY MUST:

  • Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.
  • Confront us with our individual responsibility.
  • Examine the consequences of our choices.

Every year, NEW VOICES accepts hundreds of script submissions and selects up to five writers through a rigorous selection process. Candidates are asked to submit a writing sample and participate in personal interviews. 

If they are declared a winner, they are matched with a mentor. The writers then have three months to further develop their script under their mentors’ supervision while receiving two rounds of notes.

After the script is honed, HUMANITAS sends it to a studio or network executive. The winning writers are recognized at the annual HUMANITAS Prize and are awarded $7,500.

Benefits

After the selection process, winners are matched with a mentor. HUMANITAS mentors have included:

Alan Ball, Jenny Bicks, Janine Sherman Barrois, Matt Carlson, Carter Covington, Liz Craft, Sarah Fain, Tom Fontana, Gary Glasberg, Gary David Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Hart Hanson, Felicia Henderson, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Jay Kogen, Bill Lawrence, Ali LeRoi, Melanie Marnich, Rashad Raisani, David Shore, Robin Swicord, Pam Veasey and David Zuckerman.

The writers have three months to further develop their script under their mentors’ supervision. After the script is honed, HUMANITAS sends it to a partnering studio or network executive. Humanitas partners with the following studios and networks:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • HBO
  • NBC
  • Amazon
  • Sony
  • Lionsgate
  • 21st Century Fox
  • Warner Brothers
  • FX

All winning writers are given recognition at the annual awards ceremony and are awarded with a $7,500 grant.

Rules

We are looking for well-written scripts with compelling stories and developed characters. Any genre is accepted in the following formats:

  • 30-minute pilot
  • 60-minute pilot
  • feature film screenplay.

We accept only one application and writing sample per year. To be eligible a TV writer can have experience up to the level up to and including "Executive Story Editor", and feature writers cannot have earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film.

Writers will submit the following materials with their application:

  • One writing sample of an original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay (name redacted)
  • brief synopsis (1 paragraph)

The below will be requested if selected as a Semifinalist:

  • Letter of interest (1 page, double-spaced)
  • Resume (no more than 2 pages)
  • Bio (1 page, double-spaced)