Submissions for the 2022 Women Write Now Fellowship are now closed.

Submission Requirements

Applicants must fill out the online application and submit a completed short screenplay up to 10 pages (page count does not include the title page). When produced, the short films will be approximately 10 minutes in length.
Women Write Now is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:
  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Identify as female
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of application
  • Be an emerging non-union writer
  • Be based in the US and legally authorized to work in the US
Applicants will be evaluated on the strength of the submitted material, which will include a statement of interest and an original short comedic screenplay.
Approximately ten (10) finalists will be interviewed by Hartbeat staff, with final decisions made by the panel of award-winning filmmakers, industry leaders, Hartbeat executives and partners from the Sundance Institute. Three writers will be selected to take part in the Fellowship. All applicants will receive notification of their application status via e-mail by approximately July 22, 2022.
Key Dates
  • April 25, 2022: Application Available Online
  • June 6, 2022: Application Closes (11:59 PM PDT)
  • July 18, 2022: Final Selection & Notifications
  • August 1–August 15, 2022: Women Write Now Fellowship Lab (a detailed schedule will be provided upon acceptance)
  • August 2022: Pre-Production
  • September 2022: Production / Principal Photography
  • October–November 2022: Post Production
  • January 2023: Sundance Film Festival Premiere

Application Requirements

Application materials are to be submitted electronically unless the applicant does not have sufficient access or resources to do so. If an applicant needs an accommodation for submitting materials in an alternative format, they should contact Jennifer Kushner,, prior to May 30, 2022, to determine an alternative means for submission.

Applicant will have a chance to save a work-in-progress version of the application before officially submitting.

Submissions must be made directly by the credited writer/applicant themselves through the online application. Any screenplays submitted by any other method or by a representative (agent, manager, lawyer, publicist, etc.) will not be considered.

Applicant must sign in or create an account to access the electronic application. When creating this account, please enter the name of the primary applicant (screenwriter) as the account owner. The Women Write Now program is not currently accepting collaborations or writing team applications. Submissions of screenplays written by a team (or more than one writer) may be automatically disqualified at LOL Studios sole discretion.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS (due on or before June 6, 2022 at 11:59 pm PDT):

ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS: a series of questions about the applicant that will determine their eligibility for Women Write Now

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: applicants must agree to and electronically sign the terms and conditions upon entry

CONTACT INFO: for the applicant

BIO (250 words max): for the applicant

STATEMENT OF INTEREST (500 words max): introducing the applicant and the project. We would like to get an idea of who you are. Please tell us a bit about your journey as a black female comedy writer; what your script is about and why you want to tell this story; and what specific goals you would like to achieve through the Women Write Now Fellowship.

LOGLINE (75 words max): a one to two-sentence description of the story.

SYNOPSIS (350 words max): brief summary of the plot of the script. Please include all major characters and story points, including the ending.

SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY (no longer than 10 pages)

Applicants are to submit one (1) screenplay for an original comedic short film. Screenplays must meet the following criteria:

  • Screenplay Length - no longer than ten (10) pages. This does not include the title page.
  • Limited to one (1) main location (INT or EXT); and no more than five (5) speaking roles
  • Written in English
  • Screenplay may not be written by more than one (1) writer.
  • Include a title page displaying only title of screenplay and name of credited writer (not included in the 10-page limit)
  • Be original; all rights must be wholly original with and owned by the writer
  • Be submitted electronically as a pdf file and must meet all standard screenplay format guidelines

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated with the following criteria:

  • STORY: The script must effectively convey a rich, compelling, and comedic short-form story.
  • CHARACTERS: The story must introduce interesting, nuanced and authentic characters that are grounded within the world the writer has crafted.
  • ORIGINALITY: The characters, structure and ideas must feel unique with a sense of boldness and risk.
  • COMEDY: Above all else... make us laugh!

Additionally, the applicant is at an appropriate stage in their career to benefit from this Fellowship, has expressed compelling reasons why they wish to participate in the Fellowship, and has articulated their career goals.

Next Steps

All applicants will be notified about their status via email on approximately July 18, 2022. Due to the anticipated high volume of submissions, we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback about individual projects. If you have questions, please visit the FAQs section. For all other inquiries, email Women Write Now Program Lead, Jennifer Kushner at