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How do I apply?
The application for the 2021 Writers’ Room program is now closed. Please subscribe above to receive latest announcements about future applications.
When is the application due?
Applications closed on January 8, 2021 5PM EST.
What are the script sample and resume requirements?
Do NOT include ANY contact info (such as name, email, website, etc.) on your script. Your script sample should be no more than 11-pages (12 pages in total with the title page – please follow application instructions for the title page and DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME or any personal information on your script document, as scripts will be reviewed anonymously). All scripts must be submitted in PDF format. Your script should be in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font, and it must feature kid-friendly original content for children (ages 12 and under). “Original” means that the stories and characters should be your own, and NOT Sesame Street characters. We’re looking for original characters and stories that inspire kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder!
What makes a good children's script?
The same elements that make any good script or story—clear structure (a beginning, middle and end), character development, and a little bit of kid-friendly conflict. Humor is also a huge plus. Just make sure it’s all age-appropriate material.
What types of files do you accept?
All documents should be saved and uploaded as PDF files.
Can a writing pair apply?
No, we can only accept individual writers to the program. If you are in a writing pair, you must submit a script that you wrote by yourself.
Can I submit a short story or manuscript?
No, for this fellowship we can only accept writing that is in a script format. That said, it can be a script for a play, television, film, etc.
Can I submit multiple applications, featuring different scripts?
No — only one application will be accepted per person.
Will I have to work on the script from my application during the fellowship?
No, you are free to continue working on your application’s script during the fellowship, or you can work on another idea you have.
What are underrepresented racial groups?
The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial.
Should applicants have writing experience?
No, writing experience is not necessary to apply—what is most important is that applicants show a passion for writing. Our goal is to identify and nurture new writers from underrepresented backgrounds for children’s educational media. Therefore applicants cannot have extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than 6 episodes for a network or cable series.
I am not 21 now, but what if I turn 21 by the time the fellowship begins?
Feel free to apply if you are over 21 by the time the program starts in May 2021.
I am not a US citizen or permanent resident - can I apply?
No, we can only accept applications from those with US citizenship or permanent residency.
Do participants have to pay for the fellowship?
The fellowship is free of charge to apply and to participate.
Will there be interviews? If so, when will the interviews be held?
Yes, select applicants will be invited to take part in an interview with the selection committee in spring 2021.
What days/times will the sessions take place?
The exact details have not been confirmed, but the sessions will be virtual and will likely take place over eight, 3-hour, weeknight evenings from early May until mid-July.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
What if I have additional questions?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org