One-Eyed Rabbit's annual BLACK SCREENWRITERS GRANT was established to amplify Black voices, create a bridge between Black writers and more funding opportunities, and to increase representation within the film & television industry.

SUBMISSION PROMPT

We're looking for submission-ready screenplays and teleplays by Black writers with an original voice and three-dimensional POC characters at the center. We're open to any genre and any form (feature, short, pilot, web series) of the writer's choice. Writing teams welcome to apply.

GRANT AMOUNT

This year's Black Screenwriters Grant of $250 will be awarded to two writers/writing teams to aid them in submitting their winning scripts to larger screenwriting competitions and/or furthering their writing careers in whatever way they choose. For writing teams, funds will be distributed to the first writer's name listed.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

In order to apply, writers should provide:

  • 10 consecutive pages of a submission-ready script 

    • Finalists will be asked to submit the full script by September 15th

  • Title page with name and contact information omitted

    • ​It's important for us to preserve your anonymity for the reading panel, so your name and contact information should not appear anywhere in the script

  • Logline and synopsis of full script

  • Bio and/or resume

  • Brief statement (250 words recommended) specifying screenwriting competitions that the script would be entered into and/or how else the writer would use the funds to further their career 

 

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • Scripts must be in English and formatted according to current industry standards

  • Scripts must not have been optioned or sold prior to July 15th, 2020

  • Only one (1) submission per writer or writing team permitted

 

*We recommend that all scripts be registered with WGAE before they are submitted (register here)

IMPORTANT DATES

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: July 15th, 2020

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: August 15th, 2020

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: September 1st, 2020

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: October 1st, 2020

READING PANEL

Shari Lynette Carpenter is an award winning writer/director whose most recent work includes: Three’s Complicated, a romantic comedy that premiered on TV One and the #WhyWeCount Census 2020 Campaign. An NYU graduate, Carpenter is a Rockefeller grant nominee, a Gordon Parks Award nominee, a Sundance Writer’s Lab finalist, a Stowe Story Lab alumna, an ABC Writer Development Fellow, an ABC Daytime Directing Apprentice and an IFP Project Involve: NY Fellow. She is a member of Film Fatales. She has served as jurist and reader for Stowe Story Labs and Sidewalk Screenplay Competition

Tea Ho is a queer Viet-American refugee based in Brooklyn. She is the creator of the web series “All the Same,” a show that challenges the “Model Minority" stereotype. Her micro-short “Murder Time” was a finalist at Giphy Film Fest. Most recently, her co-written pilot script "Wispy Business" placed in the Top 5 out of 1500 scripts for HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival.

Jerome A. Parker is is an award winning screenwriter/playwright/librettist.   He's an alumnus of Williams College, The Juilliard School, UCLA, Public Theater EWG; and his fellowships include the Dramatist Guild, MacDowell, NYSAF, Freedom Train Productions and the WGAE.  His pilot, THE TALENTED TEN, is mentored by Frank Pugliese and supported by Lydia Cavallo Zasa at the Screenwriters Colony. www.pattersonprojects.biz

Maren Lavelle is a Brooklyn based director, writer, and producer and co-founder of One-Eyed Rabbit. An original member of the José Rivera Writer's Group, Maren’s plays premiered in various venues in NYC: Composition of a Woman (Westside Theatre), The Holding Room (The Sheen Center). Maren wrote and directed the short films The Yard and Beyond Bone.