Q: Do I have to be of Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage to apply?
A: The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is open to writers of any race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.
Q: Does my script have to have Asian American and/or Pacific Islander characters or themes?
A: No, scripts do not explicitly have to feature Asian American and/or Pacific Islander characters or themes. We recommend submitting your strongest work regardless of theme.
Q: What kind of scripts are you looking for?
A: Applicants must submit an original television pilot script or an original feature script.
Q: May I submit a spec script for a pre-existing show?
A: No, all scripts must be for an original pilot or an original feature.
Q: Am I allowed to submit more than one script?
A: Yes, writers are allowed to submit multiple scripts. Each script requires a separate application and separate non-refundable application processing fee.
Q: May I submit in both feature and TV categories?
A: Yes, you may submit scripts for both feature and TV in the same submission period. Each script requires a separate application and non-refundable application processing fee.
Q: I am not a citizen of the United States of America. May I still apply?
A: Yes, however, we strongly recommend that all writers are eligible for employment in the United States in order to best take advantage of possible opportunities presented. CAPE is unable to provide any type of Visa or work permit sponsorship or assistance – no exceptions.
Q: I am unable to make all the sessions in-person. May I Skype into the sessions?
A: No. If selected, all Fellows are required to attend each session in person. No exceptions.
Q: I cannot afford the application processing fee. May I get it waived?
A: This year, we are introducing a limited number of fee waivers, sponsored by the Frederick Kim Memorial Fund, for writers who would otherwise be unable to apply. Those interested in the waiver must apply by the deadline – no exceptions. More information will be announced on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter closer to the submissions period.