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Warby Parker and the Black List present the Writer's Vision Grant


The Black List and Warby Parker have partnered to create the Writer’s Vision Grant, which will award $20,000 each to three aspiring writers in film, television, and theater. Each writer will receive $20,000 to either film a short proof of concept based on their feature screenplay, develop a new theatrical work for the stage, or develop and write an original television pilot script. 

The Writer’s Vision Grant will foster and celebrate scripts that harness and explore creativity, diversity, inclusion, empathy, and innovation in their storytelling. 

Writers are invited to submit their work for consideration by uploading it directly to the Black List website. Writers can opt-in to the opportunity until midnight on August 15, 2022. Though writers can submit work of any genre, the scripts should avoid violence, illegal activity, drugs/alcohol use, and overly explicit content. 


Submission Period Opens March 15, 2022

Evaluations Deadline (optional)* July 15, 2022

Submission Period Closes August 15, 2022

Short List Writers Notified August 16, 2022

Personal Statements Due August 23, 2022

Final Participants Notified September 16, 2022

* In order for new script evaluations to qualify for consideration for the Grant, they must be purchased by midnight on the Evaluations Deadline. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration. However we strongly encourage having your script evaluated.

This partnership marks the sixth year of collaboration between the Black List and Warby Parker. In previous years, Warby Parker presented Black List Live!, a series of live readings of unproduced scripts from up-and-coming creative talent. Previous live readings include: CHARMING by Elliot Owen, featuring Rachel McAdams and Adam Scott; SAVING CHAPLIN by Justin Shady, starring Jon Hamm and Randall Park; and EL FUEGO CALIENTE by Ben Schwartz, starring Schwartz and Don Cheadle. 


Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.

Headquartered in New York City, the co-founder-led lifestyle brand pioneers ideas, designs products, and develops technologies that help people see, from designer-quality prescription glasses (starting at $95) and contacts, to eye exams and vision tests available online and in more than 160 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Warby Parker aims to demonstrate that businesses can scale while doing good in the world. Ultimately, the brand believes in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need through their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. To date, Warby Parker has worked alongside its nonprofit partners to distribute more than 10 million glasses to people in need.

Writing has always been an important cultural pillar for Warby Parker—the brand name is made up of two characters from a Jack Kerouac journal, Warby Pepper and Zagg Parker. In the past, Warby Parker has teamed up with writers, written and published books under Warby Parker Press, and partnered with the Black List to support up-and-coming filmmakers. The brand is excited to continue this tradition with the Writer’s Vision Grant.