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Bad Robot and The Black List are pleased to announce a brand new initiative to provide 500 writers from historically underrepresented communities with access to the Black List website (blcklst.com). Starting today, participating writers will have the opportunity to receive one free professional screenplay evaluation and one free month of hosting on the site. 


This new program hopes to provide writers with access, opportunities, and feedback for their original work that they may not otherwise be able to acquire. Bad Robot will be working with several community organizations to distribute 400 of the fee waivers directly to writers. They include:



Interested writers who qualify as being a part of an underrepresented community per WGA guidelines are encouraged to contact one of the above organizations if they wish to receive a fee waiver. Fee waiver distribution will be entirely up to each organization’s discretion. Please, be thoughtful and kind when contacting partners for this initiative.


Additionally, The Black List will also distribute 100 fee waivers to writers from underrepresented communities who are already a part of the blcklst.com ecosystem. These writers will be contacted privately and receive their fee waivers directly from The Black List. Fee waivers will be distributed to writers who meet the criteria, as decided upon by The Black List and Bad Robot.


Fee waivers will be distributed once a quarter and will expire 30 days after the end of the quarter, so writers should ensure that they are ready to upload a completed screenplay to blcklst.com before requesting a waiver. Writers may also be asked to fill out a brief survey as a part of their participation in this program. 


Below is the current schedule for fee waiver distribution in 2022:


Submission Period #1: February 23, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Submission Period #2: April 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Submission Period #3: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Submission Period #4: October 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022


This new program hopes to provide writers with access, opportunities, and feedback for their original work that they may not otherwise be able to access.


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