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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Writers, here are some things to read this week!

First, the story of a produced screenwriter’s descent into homelessness. I don’t want to give away the ending – just read it!

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Anyone can contribute articles to the site Medium. It’s an interesting experiment. And one that works. The site is beautifully simplistic, and set up with ratings systems, and rankings so that the cream rises to the top. There’s a lot of good content here – and tons of articles about writing (by Robert Merki) & creativity (by Jason Zook).

Maybe everyone has read this former MFA teacher’s essay , “Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach In One,” because it seems to be popping up everywhere, but I thought I’d share it here just in case. He makes some REALLY bold statements that have angered a lot of people.

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via nytimes.com

This Vulture article makes the argument that huge movie stars who can guarantee big box office numbers are a thing of the past.

Daniel Jones, editor of the NY Times Modern Love column, takes a look at how people write about love.

New Yorker piece on the problems with House of Cards’ recently released third season.

Here’s a video made by Sundance on the day jobs of independent filmmakers:

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.

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)

On Facebook:

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!

And the winner is…

brokegeekpic-miaAfter reading through every submission, we have chosen Mia Resella as the recipient of a six month fellowship here at theOffice. Mia is a screenwriter, an artist, and a host of the popular Youtube series “2 Broke Geeks“. Her ten page submission was funny and original, with a fabulously unique voice behind it all. Each judge came back with a handful of favorites, but Mia’s script was the one that showed up in all of their top selections. We are excited to see where Mia’s talents take her, and we hope that her time at the Office allows her the focus and peace of mind that it takes to accomplish great things!

We had a record number of submissions, and were blown away by the caliber of writers that submitted their work. Getting through all the submissions could have been a daunting task, but we were so entertained by all the fantastic writing, that it was an incredibly fun process. So many submissions were deserving of this fellowship, and we hope that none of our fantastic applicants feel the slightest bit discouraged.

Thank you for allowing us to read your work! We’ll very likely be offering this again (in early 2015) so stay close, keep writing and reach out to us if you’re in the neighborhood. We do all we can to accommodate everyone.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
-Mark Twain

Mia’s twitter and website.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2014 Fellowship to theOffice

p1 (2)It’s that time of year again… We’re beyond excited to announce that we are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA right across from the Country Mart. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the company of likeminded writers.

The fellowship works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with why you want this. 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? Sure, come on over!

The fellowship starts April 1st and goes through September 30th 2014. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of March. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Also, we’ve just tapped some of our rockstar members to help us judge the submissions. Check out who will be reading your work here.

Here’s what last year’s winner, Omar Singer, had to say about his experience.

Here’s member Katie Arnoldi’s summation of the space.

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 March 15, 2014. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, 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 March 15th, 2014. 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 or email the fellowship gmail address listed above. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • 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 PASS. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here. Again, staff will not handle contest queries.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by March 31st.
  • Lastly, 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. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only please.

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.