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Open Submissions for The Writers Lab

Funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, The Writers Lab 2018 is produced by IRIS and New York Women In Film & Television in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with support from The Black List, Film Fatales, Relativity Media, Stony Brook Southampton+Manhattan & Tribeca Film Institute.


. . . For women screenwriters over the age of 40.

. . . An intensive four-day script development retreat for narrative features.

. . . September 25 – 29, 2018, at Wiawaka, on Lake George, NY.

. . . Including one on ones with mentors; panel discussions; peer groups.

. . . Part of the movement to amplify the female voice in narrative film.

. . . Now accepting international English-language script submissions.



Submissions Open: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (12.01 am)

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (11.59 pm EST)

Fee: $55.00    Member Fee: $35.00  –  NYWIFT, other WIF chapters, and WGA members

(Members of other Women in Film chapters must provide proof of membership via a letter

from their chapter’s staff or Board President.)



The Writers Lab seeks a broad selection of screenplays, across all genres of fiction, from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.

  • Scripts must be in English.

  • Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays. (No treatments, synopses, TV scripts, shorts, stage plays, or documentaries.)

  • Applicants must identify as female and be born on or prior to February 28, 1978.

  • Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be women over 40, and only one writer may attend The Lab.



The following materials are required and must be submitted electronically:

  • A PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay.

  • Basic contact and biographical information

  • Logline and Genre



Email or go to their FAQs  to for more information.

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