CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster of A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why we started our free fellowship over 7 years ago and we’re thrilled once again to offer it to you.

Announcing the 2017 FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP TO THEOFFICE!

It works like this:

You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. The winner gets a private door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including free coffee/tea, Wifi, Aeron workstations and all the peace and quiet you need to get the job done.

theOfficeThis year’s fellowship starts September 1st and goes through February 28th, 2018. It is completely free to enter. The winner will be announced the last week of August. Open to all new/aspiring/up-and-coming writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

This year’s fellowship will be judged by 3 current members of theOffice:

Mark Cullen
A Hollywood vet and longtime member here at theOffice, Mark is the creator of numerous TV shows including Mr. Robinson (with Craig Robinson), Back in the Game (James Caan), Heist, Gary the Rat (Kelsey Grammer) and Lucky (John Corbett). He also co-wrote the feature Cop Out (with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan).

Nicole LaPorte
Nicole is a contributing writer for Fast Company magazine, where she writes about entertainment business and technology. She was formerly a Senior West Coast reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and a monthly columnist for the New York Times Sunday Business section. She’s also the author of The Men Who Would Be King: Moguls, Movies and a Company called DreamWorks.

David Scarpa
David’s screenplay All the Money in the World made the 2015 Blacklist and is currently filming with Ridley Scott at the helm, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey and Michelle Williams. Other screenwriting credits include The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates) and The Last Castle (Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo).

Pretty cool, right? Okay, so here’s what we need from you…

  1. An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  2. In the body of the email, please briefly explain why you want this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it.
  3. A 10 page pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions please. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com by August 8th, 2017. That’s it. You’re done!


theOffice3Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. If you live across town and hate the commute, this isn’t right for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only, please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try things out before submitting, please do! We offer a FREE WEEK to all newcomers. Just be sure to call or email us first, on the day, for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The fellowship is open to ALL up-and-coming writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article, etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “up-and-coming” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For authors, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. This is for new/aspiring/struggling writers only.
  • DEADLINE TO ENTER IS AUGUST 8th, 2017. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free premium membership and is non-transferable.
  • If you have any questions, please either comment here, email theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com or ask us on Twitter: @theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship, so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with fellowship questions.
  • Current members of theOffice are not eligible.
  • Winner will be notified and announced by August 31st.

This is an opportunity to take your craft and career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to get it done, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!theOffice Exterior

*theOffice is closed to ALL members on Mondays 6PM-11PM and Saturdays 8AM-10AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2015 Fellowship to theOffice

Office_verticalLooking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.

Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice.

It works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.

The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.

Here’s what past winner, Omar Singer, had to say about his experience.p5 (2)

Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

Here’s what we need from you:

  • An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  • In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)
  • A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the FREE WEEK. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.
  • DEADLINE to enter is April 15th, 2015. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.
  • If you have any questions, please comment here, email the fellowship gmail address listed above or ask us on Twitter: @theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by April 30th.p2

This fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

Eight Incredible Writers Residencies

Residencies are the ultimate dream for a writer. To spend weeks, sometimes months, away from society and technology to focus solely on the work – that’s the stuff of fantasy. Given time to reflect, decompress, be alone with your thoughts, and connect to nature, what could you accomplish?

Here are 8 of the most dreamy retreats out there.  Be prepared for private cabins, elaborate mansions, the South of France, endless hiking trials, chef prepared meals – and almost all at no cost to the writer. Enjoy.

Caldera Residencies

CalderaWhere: The foothills of the Cascade Mountains!!! (Oregon).

How Long: Site says January-March. Unclear if residents stay this entire time.

How Much: A $35 application fee. Residents pay for their own travel, meals, and additional expenses (i.e. materials they’ll need to complete their work). Caldera may give stipends to residents, depending on funding.

About: Writers provided with private cabins complete with sleeping loft, work area, kitchenette, bathroom and porch. An incredible space called the Hearth Building is available as a communal work environment.

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Where: Sixteen acres in coastal Southwest Washington State.

How Long: A month.

How Much: No cost – excluding travel.

About: This is a self-directed residency for established artists (writers included). There’s a communal lodge, as well as work spaces and residential cottages. Everything’s provided: meals, the beautiful lodging, and more nature than you’ll know what to do with.

Marthas Vineyard Writers Residencyre_writers_group

Where: Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard (Massachsetts), in a cozy former inn.

How Long: two-six weeks, writers choose length of stay

How Much: $300 per week, $10 application fee, participants must provide their own meals.

About: Nine writers at a time. There are “informal gatherings” like weekly potlucks, readings, and events. The rest of the time, you’re free to write on your own. Each writer has their own room which doubles as a writing studio, but everyone is welcome to work in common areas, too.

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Where: on ten acres of land in Ghent, NY (Hudson River Valley region) overlooking the Catskill Mountians.

How Long: one week – two months (writers choose)

How Much: No cost – excluding travel. All meals provided by a local chef. Omg.

About: Daytime is for writing – quiet, independent time. Nighttime is communal, guest speakers are invited up, usually professionals from the New York publishing community. Ten writers at a time. There’s a Federal period farm house which acts as the main “gathering center”, a two story barn used as studios, and contemporary residence buildings.

I-Park Foundation Artists-in-Residence ProgramStudio

Where: Eastern Connecticut.

How Long: A month.

How Much: No cost – excluding travel.

About: This residency has a strong focus on providing a fulfilling nature retreat, too. They offer hiking trials, ponds, vegetable gardens, bonfires, outdoor showers. Chefs prepare the meals, and there are communal working/living spaces, as well as private bedrooms and studios for each artist. (Plus the studios are really cute lil’ houses.)

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Where: Just an 18th Century townhouse in the South of France.

How Long: Doesn’t specifically say, but it looks like about a month.

How Much: $10 application fee. Then, everything is paid for, including travel. Meals aren’t provided, but you are given a stipend of $50 a day.

About: Not a ton of info about day-to-day life during the residency. Which leads me to believe that they give you money, pay for you to get there, give you an amazing place to stay (private studio, bathroom, and bedroom) change your sheets, and in return, you write as much as humanly possible.

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Where: Whidbey Island, 35 mi NW of Seattle.

How Long: 2-6 weeks.

How Much: No cost.

About: Women only!  Days are spent alone – each writer has their own private cottage. Nights are spent together at the Farmhouse, sharing a (chef prepared, local + organic) meal and discussing the day.

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Where: Saratoga Springs, NY

How Long: 2-8 weeks. Average stay is 5 weeks.

How Much: $30 application fee. No cost for residency, financial aid offered, based on need.

About: They provide residencies for almost 200 artists per year, up to 34 guests at a time. (They have the room – have you seen the mansion?) Each artist given a private bedroom, and all meals are provided. Yaddo is legendary, it’s been a community for artists for over 100 years.

When Are Screenwriting Contest and Fellowship Winners Announced?

There are tons of resources out there detailing which screenwriting competitions you should enter and when the deadlines are, but I often find myself hunting down the answer to, “When will I know if I’ve won?!”

Here’s a comprehensive list of when screenwriting contests announce their semi finalists, finalists and winners. Their deadlines are here, too. Let me know if I’ve left any out.

Enjoy.

The Fellowships.

theOffice Fellowship (our fellowship) – deadline April 15th. LA writers are given the opportunity to win a free 6th month Premium membership to our coworking space.

Winner announced April 30th.

Academy Nicholl May-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favorFellowships – deadline May 1

Quarterfinalists – August 1st

Semi-finalists – early September

Winners – Early October

CBS Mentoring Program – deadline May 1

Finalists Notified Mid-September

Disney ABC Writing Program – deadline May (exact date not specified)

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Finalists Announced in November

Selected Writers Announced in December

NBC Writers on the Verge – deadline May 31

Early September – Finalists Interviews

Writers selected by the end of September

Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship – deadline February 28

Semi-finalists – August 31

Finalists – September 15

WB Writers Workshop – deadline May 31st

All applicants notified of their status – mid September

The Contests.

The contests tend to have a lot of deadlines, where the entry fee increases the later you submit.

Blue Cat  – tons of deadlines. See link. 

Top 10% – February 15th

Quarter Finalists – March 1

Semi Finalists – March 15

Shorts Finalists – April 4

Feature Finalists – April 6

Joplin Award –  April 7

Cordelia Award – April 8

Shorts Winner – April 9

Feature Winner – April 10

Austin Film Festival – deadline April 20, late May 20

Second Rounders and Semi Finalists – Second Week of September

Finalists – Early October

Winners – October 26th at the Festival

Slamdance early deadline April 8, latest July 29

Quarter FInalists – September 3

Semi Finalists – September 10

Finalists – September 17

Winners – October 15 at the WGAw Party

Scriptapalooza – early deadline January 6, latest April 29

Semi Finalists – Last Week of July

Finalists – First week of August

Winners – End of August

Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition – early deadline April 30, latest December 31

Winners and Finalists – January 31

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest – early deadline March 1, regular May 1

Quarter Finalists – early June

Semi Finalists – mid June

Finalists – July 1st

Runner up – August 2

Winner – August 2

American Zoetrope – early deadline August 1, latest September 1

Winners and Finalists – February 1

ScreenCraft Fellowship – deadline December 15

Winners – January 30

Final Draft Big Break – early deadline April 30, latest July 31

Quarter Finalists – late September

Semi Finalists – October

Finalists – early November

Winners – early December

Grand Prize Winners – Febuary at the Annual Awards Event

I hope this has been helpful. Try not to stare at this list too long while you’re desperately waiting for that phone call or email saying you’ve won!