Issa Rae and Project Greenlight Digital Studios are partnering up to showcase the visions of underrepresented writers.
The New Normal Writing Contest is now accepting pitches for an anthology web series. According to the contest guidelines, “Three winning writers will be partnered with a seasoned showrunner, director and line producer to create a digital anthology series. Each of the three winning writers will receive a $5,000 prize; one of the winning writer’s pitches will be selected for development.”
“[Entertainment] constantly tells white stories… but it’s dangerous to present white as a default, and as the only story worth telling,” commented Rae. “We just want to expand the scope of storytelling to be more inclusive.”
Watch Rae introduce the New Normal Writing Contest and see the contest guidelines below.
ABOUT THIS CONTEST
This contest is a joint venture between Project Greenlight Digital Studios and ColorCreative TV. We’re looking for underrepresented voices in media. If you feel like you have a point of view that’s rare in the entertainment world, then here’s your chance to speak up!
Three winning writers will be partnered with a seasoned showrunner, director and line producer to create a digital anthology series. Each of the three winning writers will receive a $5,000 prize; one of the winning writer’s pitches will be selected for development.
THE THEME AND YOUR PITCH
The theme of the series will be “Trophy.” To enter, all you need to do is submit a 1-pagepitch for your series idea in PDF format. Entrants will be narrowed down to a group of 60 semi-finalists, then 12 final-round finalists, before selecting the three winners. Your submission must use the Trophy theme, in any way you like. Your entry is due by 11:59 PM PST March 1st, 2016.
What does “Trophy” mean, you ask? Well, what does it mean to be part of a team and to strive toward a common goal, while dealing with individual setbacks, success and everyday life? Or what does it mean to go it alone?
We’re looking for dramatic or comedic pitches that explore the idea of what it means to be a winner – whether solo or as part of an ensemble – and what lengths people go through to obtain a symbol of victory. Your pitch can be about any world you choose – competitive sports, work, beauty – anything. The setting is vague on purpose! We want you
to be creative. It’s your voice, so make it your own.
- Limited to one page. Longer pitches will not be eligible for judging.
- Include the working title for your series.
- Must be an anthology, meaning a series that presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode or season.
- Should include information on setting, tone, genre: all the things that you would generally include in a good pitch.
- Be clear about the characters: who are they? (No more than 5 main roles).
- Where does the story take place?
- How do you intend to tell this story over 6 to 8 short episodes (6-10 minutes per episode).
- Single writers only. Sorry, writing teams are not eligible for this contest.
- Your pitch sheet MUST be limited to one page (about 500 words).
- Please note that winners will be required to relocate to Los Angeles for 90 days in late spring to work on the series.
- PGLDS/CC.TV will provide writers that live more than 50mi away from Los Angeles with a travel stipend. If you cannot relocate, please do not enter the contest.