Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award

The Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award presented by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference is a mentorship and bursary program designed for emerging diverse screenwriters. This opportunity will give bursary recipients the opportunity to complete a piece of writing, expand their network, sharpen their professional skills, work with established screenwriting professionals and producers – all with an aim at bringing new perspectives to Canada’s creative industries.

The award provides each winner with a complimentary registration to the 2021 Toronto Screenwriting Conference, plus one exclusive welcome evening event with Magee TV founder Al Magee and the mentoring team, a three-month mentorship (total of five one-hour meetings, conducted in-person* or remotely through Skype, or phone) with established Canadian screenwriting professionals, and receive a complimentary digital download of Final Draft (new program or upgrade) courtesy of Final Draft (TSC’s official screenwriting software). 

*When we are no longer observing social distancing

Up to Five (5) applicants will be selected on the basis of the following four materials:

  1. One original concept for an original TV series or feature film
  2. One writing sample (ideally the project you would like to develop throughout the mentorship)
  3. A letter of intent and interest outlining how you will use the opportunity to further your goals and what you would look to your mentor for
  4. A current letter of reference (issued within one year of the application)

The goals of the awards are:

  • To create the opportunity for diverse screenwriters to attend the 2019 Toronto Screenwriting Conference free of cost, guaranteeing access to the programs and events at one of North American’s leading conferences for creative professionals
  • To connect with and receive mentorship from Al Magee, Founder of Magee TV, and another leading screenwriting professionals
  • To connect experienced Canadian television professionals with rising screenwriting talent
  • To create the opportunity for screenwriters to enhance and elevate their projects, actively contributing to an improved creative Canadian landscape

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020, at 8:00pm EST

For those applicants who have already submitted, you may resubmit before the new deadline. Please indicate in your new submission that you would like to replace the one we have on file.

Criteria

Eligibility

Emerging screenwriters must apply to the Program with an original concept for a television series, or feature film.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Landed Immigrant
  • Must not be enrolled in any full-time school or university program
  • Must have ownership of creative rights, and be able to demonstrate proof of original concept
  • Must be available to attend the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (April 25/26), in Toronto (please note we are unable to cover the costs of travel) 
  • Must be available to attend the networking evening event with Al Magee and the mentors (April 23 or 24, 2020)

Application

Applicants are asked to include the following information in the form of a complete package. Please note that incomplete packages will NOT be reviewed by the jury.

Please provide the following enclosures in your application:

  • Completed Application Form (Including Signature), with declaration of ownership
  • A letter of intent and interest outlining how you will use the opportunity to further your goals and what you would look to your mentor for (maximum of 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae that includes screen credits, relevant education and training
  • A two-page synopsis that describes your original concept, story, characters, genre, format and target audience (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Writing Sample: One (1) original concept for a TV-series script, or feature film script
  • A reference letter from a recognized industry professional (issued within one year of the application)

Submission

Applicants are asked to submit their full application package via email to: kim@torontoscreenwritingconference.com

When collating your application, please ensure that you submit your package in three PDFS.

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Enclosures: Letter of Intent/Interest, CV, two-page synopsis, reference letter
  3. Writing Sample

Award winners will be notified of selection by Monday, June 1, 2020

Magee TV Inc. and Toronto Screenwriting Conference would like to thank you for your submission. Only those selected to receive the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award will be contacted.

Download the Application Form Here

FAQs

How does the TSC define Diverse for the purposes of this application?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as diverse candidates based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. Applicants are asked to self identify on the application form.

Who is the Jury?
The jury is comprised of the mentors. Each mentor will select the project/person that they will be working with. A full list of the mentors is available below.
Does the writing sample need to be the same original concept?

Yes. The sample should represent your best work, and the project you would like to develop with your mentor. The program expects the writers to complete a piece of writing to a professional level to be pitched to industry professionals.

Will the TSC be able to cover the cost of travel?

No, however the TSC can make recommendations, and provide assistance in helping secure grants to attend the conference. The TSC also works with hospitality and travel partners to help reduce the cost of travel. More details will be made available to award winners.

What is the evening event with Al Magee and the mentors?

As a kick-off to the mentorship experience, Al Magee will host a reception with all of the award winners, mentors, and key partners of the initiative. This gives our award winners the opportunity to connect and start to build working relationships with the team ahead of the mentorship commencement and discuss how to make the most out of the experience at the TSC.

When will I know if I received the award?

All award winners will be notified by Monday, June 1, 2020. The TSC makes every effort to contact all applicants to let you know whether or not your application was successful.

Can I apply for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award and the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award?

Yes, applicants are encouraged to apply for both opportunities. Award winners may only receive one of the awards though. Separate juries adjudicate the two awards.

Can I submit more than one application to the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award?

No, applicants may only submit one application so please make sure it represents your best work.

Should I buy my pass during Early Bird to secure the best rate in case I don’t win?

No. The TSC extends an Early Bird rate to all applicants (Super Early Bird closes before the applications close).

Apart from winning the award, why else should I apply?

The jury selects five award winners, and selects five runners-up (making up a top twelve). Magee TV has sponsored a special discounted rate of $100 off of the cost of Early Bird rates for the five runners-up.

Can I apply this year if I applied last year and was unsuccessful?

Of course! 

Can I get feedback on my script?

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot give individual feedback on any script.

Is there ANY circumstance that would allow me to have an extension on the submission deadline?

No. To be fair towards everyone who submits, extensions will not be granted.

If I'm part of a writing team, do we each need to submit an application?

No, teams should submit ONE personal statement expressing their views.

2020 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriter Award Mentors

Noelle Carbone

Noelle Carbone

Writer/Producer

Noelle Carbone is a screenwriter, producer and inadvertent activist who spent her formative writing years working on the hit tv series, ROOKIE BLUE (ABC/Global). She was also a writer and co-executive producer on CARDINAL (CTV), CORONER (CBC) and the People’s Choice Award winning series WYNONNA EARP (Syfy/Space).

Carbone is one of the co-authors of the “Lexa Pledge” – a guideline for writers and creators who are committed to producing meaningful arcs for LGBTQ characters.

She is a graduate of the Humber College Film & Television Production program and did her BA at the University of Western Ontario where she played varsity soccer and studied Media, Information and Technoculture (whatever that is).

Eva Thomas

Eva Thomas

Producer/Writer/Story Editor

Eva Thomas is a producer, writer and story editor. Eva graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Communication and Broadcasting. After university, she attended the Webber Douglas Dramatic Arts Academy in London, England and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. 

Eva earned a Masters of Arts degree from UCLA in American Indian Studies; she is also a graduate of the ABC-Disney Summer Film & Television Workshop at Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and the ABC-Disney Television Writers program at IAIA. She participated in the inaugural imagineNATIVE & Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship. As a story editor/mentor, Eva has worked with writers in the imagineNATIVE Screenwriting Intensive, the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Program, the Women in Film and Television (WIFT)-Vancouver’s Tricksters & Writers Program.  

Eva was selected for the 2018 LA SKINS Native American Feature Film Lab in Los Angeles, the 2019 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative, the 2019 Telefilm Talent-to-Watch Program and the 2020 NSI Totally Television Program for the project DWAYNE HAS ISSUES.

Marsha Greene

Marsha Greene

Writer/Producer

Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series PRIVATE EYES, ABC’s TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, and was the showrunner for the third season of Global/Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed drama MARY KILLS PEOPLE, for which she’s earned three Canadian Screen Award nominations. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, holds an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University, and has a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.

Duana Taha

Duana Taha

Writer/Story Editor

Duana Taha is a Canadian television writer whose credits include hit programs DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION and LOST & FOUND STUDIOS. She is the creator and executive producer of the popular new YouTube series UPSTAIRS AMY, and the tween digital series EMERALD CODE.  

Duana is the author of the bestselling book The Name Therapist, which was nominated for a 2016 Evergreen award. She has been quoted on names in The New Yorker, The Globe And Mail, The Observer, and appeared on programs across the country discussing the culture of first names. In 2016 her TEDx talk about names was featured on TED.com. 

Duana is a founding contributor on www.laineygossip.com, where she expounds on the intersections of television, feminism, “Hamilton” and more, and writes the popular name column ‘Duana Names’. Duana is also one of the hosts of the hit podcast Show Your Work, where she and Elaine Lui discuss the work behind the magic of Hollywood. 

Alejandro Alcoba

Alejandro Alcoba

Screenwriter

Alejandro Alcoba has been called many things, but for some reason “Handsome Alejandro” hasn’t stuck. Alejandro is a CSA-winning writer who has written for ANOTHER LIFE (Netflix), ENDLINGS (CBC/Hulu), UTOPIA FALLS (Hulu), and THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel). He was also a writer and supervising producer on DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (Netflix), and wrote THE CARMILLA MOVIE. He attended Ryerson’s RTA, NSI’s Totally TV, and WGC’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. He’s also on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, a mentor for the MageeTV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award, and on the WGC’s Diversity Committee. He drinks a lot of coffee... maybe too much?