Turner and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) have teamed up to offer a new contest to budding TV writers from racially diverse backgrounds.  The American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest is now accepting pilot scripts (drama or comedy) from writers with no prior professional TV experience. Entrants must be members of a diverse or underrepresented community.

One winner from each genre will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in Miami June 14-18, a $500 cash prize plus the opportunity to meet with executives from TBS and TNT. Applications are due by April 5, so fire up your computers now! Read more about the general submission guidelines and the official rules here.

As ABFF’s premier sponsor, Turner will also host an executive skills-building session during this year’s festival. The session will be followed by a recruitment fair to share information about current and future employment opportunities at Turner. 

The writing contest is part of a broader three-year partnership between the two organizations, and is part of Turner's commitment to inclusive storytelling that challenges racial divisions and provides a wide range of opportunities for new voices to be heard.