Application: 2020 Writers Lab Contest Application Dates:


Applications for the 2020 Writers Lab will be available online starting 8:00am Monday, January 27, 2020, EST.

2020 Writers Lab Contest Application Dates:Early Bird Registration

     8:00am January 27 – midnight February 10, 2020

Regular Registration

     12:01am February 11 – midnight March 10, 2020

Late Registration

     12:01am March 11 – midnight March 25, 2020


  • Applicants must be female and at least 40 years old, that is, born on or before Oct 1, 1980..
  • We will be accepting scripts internationally.
  • Submissions must be feature-length narrative scripts in English. (No script fragments, treatments, synopses, TV scripts, shorts, stage plays, book excerpts, or documentaries.)
  • Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female and over 40, and only one writer can attend The Lab.
  • Applicants may submit up to three (3) scripts, with a separate application for each script submitted.
  • The Lab seeks a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction (drama, comedy, horror, action, thriller, science fiction, animation, musical, etc.). Scripts may be about any topic and do not specifically need to be about women.
  • The Lab seeks submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.


The following materials are required for your application and must be submitted electronically:

  • Basic Biographical Information (name, email address, contact phone number, mailing address, birth date)
  • Script Genre
  • Log line
  • PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay (Name removed)

Application Instructions

  1. Register your script with the Writers Guild or the US Copyright Office, if it is not already registered. Registration is quick and easy and the Writers Guild East has generously offered the discounted price of $17 to Lab applicants who are not members of the Guild. Registration will protect you and The Lab staff and volunteers. Choose the Student and NYWIFT/The Writers Lab option. Register at the WGA East website.
  2. The script must be in PDF format. PDFs must be labeled with the project name only. DO NOT include the name of the screenwriter(s) ANYWHERE on the PDF.
  3. Start here, please:   Click on the APPLICATION FORM. You will be re-routed to the Coverfly website. Click on the green SUBMIT box. Choose one of the options for our contest and add it to your cart. Follow the steps and you are done! Text boxes in the form include:
    • Name, email address, contact phone number, mailing address, birth date, script genre, log line.
  4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Pay the non refundable application fee.


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