The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment opened submissions for its 8th annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship (CNWF). With the breakthrough success of films like Crazy Rich Asians and Searching, the talent and professional development program trains emerging writers to succeed in Hollywood with diverse stories. Submissions are open through January 7, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT.

Created and co-chaired by Steve Tao (VP, Current Programming, The CW) and Leo Chu (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai), the Fellowship includes master classes, workshops and panel discussions led by top industry writers, producers, agents and executives. Fellows also polish their scripts with high-level industry mentors. Previous speakers and mentors include Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians), James Wong (X-Files), Monica Macer (Queen Sugar), Yahlin Chang (The Handmaid’s Tale), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), Laverne McKinnon (K&L Productions), and Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club).

“Because diversity starts on the page, writers are the lynchpin in changing the media landscape to reflect the world in which we live,” said Michelle K. Sugihara, CAPE Executive Director. “As the entertainment industry scrambles for more inclusive stories, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship is more important than ever to nurture underrepresented voices.”

Alumni from the fellowship have went on to write for The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Star Trek: Discovery, 13 Reasons Why, Bosch, The Blacklist, Man in the High Castle, You’re the Worst, Billions and others.

The class is selected through three rounds of blind script judging and interviews by top entertainment industry professionals. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, each Fellow will receive a cash stipend, a copy of Final Draft Screenwriting software, a month of hosting and evaluation on The Black List and other prizes. For more information and to submit visit www.capeusa.org.