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Roadmap Writers
JumpStart Writing Competition
Active Since 2018
Open to pilots and features, with a guaranteed signing prize included, JumpStart will help writers get their material in front of industry execs.
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Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education and training taught by working industry executives & literary representatives. In just seven years, Roadmap has helped over 300 writers get signed to representation with agents and managers. We helped some of last year’s JumpStart finalists land representation at 3 Arts, Bohemia Group, Lit Entertainment Group and REJ Entertainment through our introductions!  2021 JumpStart winner Deborah Puette signed with a manager at Wonder Street, and landed a shopping agreement for her pilot script.

This year's judges include 42 Management & Production, Good Fear Content,  Gramercy Park Entertainment, Grandview, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, Katrina Nelson,  and Odenkirk Provissiero!

Since our JumpStart Competition is an excellent way to vet writers, we are already starting to market high-scoring scripts before we even start contest placement announcements! Through our outreach, writers that submitted to JumpStart are already being read by Verve, Gramercy Park, Avalon Management, Zero Gravity, and Castle Rock Entertainment.


JumpStart is a talent discovery competition with judges who are working industry professionals.

Semifinalists (and higher!) will receive ongoing career support and marketing from Roadmap, in addition to their prizes.

The grand prize winners will receive:

  •  - 6 private virtual meetings with industry executives, set up by Roadmap

  •  - A private Month Mentorship with an executive of your choice

  •  - 5 free Open Pitch Sessions - pitch to the exec or rep of your choice, and receive feedback on your written or verbal pitch.

  •  - Steps 1 & 2 of Roadmap'Career Writer Program, designed to give writers a competitive edge in the marketplace while helping them build relationships with industry professionals. The Career Writer program has helped writers sign with CAAGersh, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, Circle of Confusion, and more!

  •  - 12 months of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program

  •  - A 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO

  •  - A feature in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs
  • Click here to see our full list of prizes and placements, for quarterfinalists and up.
  • *All  Feedback Notes will be returned within 7-10 business days of the Top 50 announcement date.*

Writer Success

2023 Winners on Coverfly

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