The WGA West has announced a call for submissions for its 2016-17 TV Writer Access Project. The program is open to guild members who are minorities, women, LGBT, disabled and/or over age 55. The deadline is November 16 6:00pm. WGAW members are invited to submit one piece of literary material: one spec script for a television series in first run on either network or cable as of August 8, 2016 OR one original spec pilot teleplay, in either the half-hour or one-hour format.
The goal of the project, according to the WGA, is to “identify excellent diverse writers in order to provide a hiring resource for television writer-producers.”
Winners will be offered a five-week seminar series with showrunners to prepare for staffing season.
Now in its eighth year, the TV Writer Access Project seeks to assist diverse mid-level television writers, including TV movie writers, in gaining access to employment. Each year, the Diversity Department along with the TV Writer Access Project Advisory Group fine tunes the program to assist the selected honorees in gaining accessibility to showrunners, executives and agents. WGAW says a significant number of writers selected as honorees have been staffed at various levels.
If interested in applying please click HERE for details and an application form.