2022 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Winners

by ScreenCraft on July 6, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the Winners of the 2022 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. The program is designed to advance the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing mentorship and introductions to key entertainment executives and talent representatives.

ScreenCraft is excited to continue its history of success for Fellowship winners. Past winners have optioned their projects with studios and signed with top Hollywood representatives at CAA, UTA, WME, APA, 3 Arts Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Brillstein Entertainment, Bellevue Productions and many more. This year's winners were selected from roughly 3,600 applicants from around the globe who submitted both feature and pilot scripts.

Here are the Winners:

Shawn-Caulin Young, for the pilot Queer and Southern God.

Shawn-Caulin Young is a non-binary gay cowboy raised in the desert outskirts of the Navajo Reservation. The child of a jockey, Shawn writes from the working poor's perspective to tell the untold stories of the Southwest & beyond.

The pilot tells the story of a transgender cowboy on the verge of PBR stardom who must make tough life decisions after a sexual assault by an unknown assailant leaves him pregnant and without a prayer in a small southern town riddled with secrets, drugs, and murder.

Erica Lane with her pilot Stop Looking at Me.

Erica Lane grew up in rural New Hampshire. Having Tourette's Syndrome, Erica enjoys writing about disability and mental health. A graduate of USC's MFA program, Erica was a Shriram scholar, TV Academy Internship Alum, and David Isaacs Award winner in honor of Jack Oakie.

Stop Looking at Me tells the story of a talented dancer who now suddenly has Tourette’s Syndrome, and is PISSED. She wants her old life back, but her anger issues land her in a teen outpatient program instead, with a new frenemy and more problems to face than just her tics.

Albert Wang for his pilot Barnstorm.

Albert Wang is is an Asian American TV writer specializing in sci-fi/supernatural dramas with BIPOC leads. Raised Buddhist in Alabama, Albert is a former lawyer, current tech consultant and a Mentorship Matters and WGA East TV Writing Fellow.

Barnstorm follows a young Native American woman who joins a diverse traveling basketball team after a mysterious murder takes place at her Indian boarding school in 1941.

Applicants for this year's fellowship showcased a distinctive range of genres and voices. In addition to the recipients above, the ScreenCraft team would like to give special recognition to the following honorable mentions:

Honorable Mentions

Griff Jones - Hideaway
Sean Slater - The Devil and Dick Gregory
Tracie Laymon - Saturday Night Lesbian
Caroline Miller - Hemovigilante

Thank you again to all of those who applied! If you’d like to receive a notification when this contest re-opens for entries, you can subscribe for updates via Coverfly here.

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