Humanitas New Voices
2020 season now open
Next Deadline February 15th

About

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.

Past Success Stories

SYDNEY MITCHEL (2019)

Mentored by Nancy Pimental

Now a Staff Writer on NCIS: New Orleans. In 2016, her script VERBATIM landed her on the 2016 WriteHer list as “One to Watch,” and in 2018 she made it onto both the Young & Hungry List and The Bitch List. After graduating from NYU, she moved to LA and worked her way up as a Writers' PA on Freeform's Twisted, and also as a Showrunner's Assistant on both Cinemax's Outcast and CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.

CHARLIE KELLY (2018)

Mentored by David Zuckerman

Became a Staff Writer on The Cool Kids. Recently sold pilot that he wrote during the program to Legendary. It’s currently in development there. Was also hired by Warner Bros. to write a feature script.

PAULA SABBAGA (2018)

Mentored by Rashad Raisani

She got staffed on the first season of Dynasty and is now a Story Editor for season 2.

Read about many more success stories here.

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 script per year. To be eligible a TV writer can have experience 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 original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay (name redacted)
  • Logline
  • 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)