Call for Scripts by Unproduced LGBTQ+ Southern Writers

The third Del Shores Foundation Writers Search is now open for submissions from unproduced playwrights and screenwriters who identify as LGBTQ+ and currently live in the South.  CASH AWARDS are given to the semifinalists, finalists and winners and PRODUCTION GRANTS accompany the winning scripts to move their work toward production.  Final submission deadline 7/31/24. USE CODE “DSFNC” for FREE submission! For more information and submissions visit
And, here’s our reminder of who we are and a what we’ve accomplished update!
 I’m Emerson Collins, the Program Director for the Del Shores Foundation.  Based on the career and work of Sordid Lives creator and playwright/director/producer Del Shores, our mission is to identify and support new Southern LGBTQ+ playwrights and screenwriters.  We’re excited to share that we have launched our third Del Shores Foundation Writers Search and we are currently accepting scripts through the end of July 2024! 
Our Writers Search includes Cash Awards for the winners with $3000 for Best Screenplay and Best Play and $1000 for Best Short/Web Series. We also award $250 to all finalists and $100 to all semifinalists and is open screenwriters and playwrights who:
  • identify as LGBTQ+
  • currently live in the U.S. South
  • have not been produced in the submission category
We have Production Grants associated with each category. $2000 to the production budget of the winning short film, travel to Los Angeles and production company meetings for the winning screenplay, and $10,000 to the Del Shores Foundation Theatre Partner who produces the world premiere production of the winning play. We also have Play Finalists Reading Grants to support one-night stage readings with the writer in attendance at one of our Theatre Partners. Three of those from last year’s Writers Search are happening in June!
Additionally, each year we produce a Del Shores Foundation Writers Festival featuring live stage readings of all three winning scripts, private workshops with film and theatre professionals and public panels. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! We also cover all travel, accommodation and meal costs for the winning writers and finalists in all three categories who are available to attend! The festival moves each year, enjoy highlights from our 2024 Writers Festival in Atlanta:
Our 2023 Short Film winner is producing his short this month with the support of our Production Grant. Our Screenplay winners have met with executives from Ryan Murphy Productions, Shondaland Productions, Greg Berlanti Productions, A24, Universal Pictures and more. Our 2022 Play winner had his world premiere production in Los Angeles last fall and another play open Off-Broadway in January. The world premiere of our 2023 Play Winner is this fall at Actor’s Express in Atlanta!
If you have a recommendation for reaching even more writers in your community, please let us know.  I’m happy to speak further if you have any questions. For more information on us: