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DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS SEARCH
2024 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!

Watch the highlights from our

2024 Writers Festival in Atlanta

SPECIAL EVENT

DALLAS! On May 31, Del is doing a one-night-only stage reading of his new play!

It's FREE, but CLICK TO REGISTER.

 

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CLICK HERE FOR WRITERS SEARCH

Information & submissions 

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"A SORDID CELEBRATION OF LIVES"

Watch the replay on YouTube below. 

MEET OUR 2023 WRITERS SEARCH WINNERS

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BEST PLAY

LEE OSORIO

"A Third Way"

BEST SCREENPLAY

TIMOTHY JAY SMITH

"Istanbul Crossing"

BEST SHORT/WEB SERIES

WILLIAM AVERY METTLACH

"Smoke Breaks"

WATCH DEL & EMERSON INTERVIEW THE WINNERS

READ ABOUT 2023 OUR WINNERS HERE
MEET OUR 2023 FINALISTS HERE
MEET OUR 2023 SEMIFINALISTS HERE
MEET OUR 2021 WINNERS HERE

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A BRAND NEW
ADVENTURE

WRITER. DIRECTOR. PRODUCER.

TEACHER. STANDUP COMEDIAN. MENTOR.

THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION

FINDING AND FACILITATING SUCCESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF SOUTHERN LGBTQ+ WRITERS

ABOUT US

Meet Del and our staff and board full of individuals with varied experiences coming together to build this foundation.

PARTNERS

Meet the film festivals and theatre companies that have come on board in our mission to create outlets for new work.

PROGRAMS

THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION WRITERS SEARCH 2023 is winners have been announced!

our 2024 Writers Search will open in the fall.

DONATE

A little or a lot, every dollar helps us create more programs, prizes and grants to support  LGBTQ writers.

JOIN THE AMBASSADORS CIRCLE TODAY!

Del Shores has had an incredible career across theatre, film and television as a writer, director, producer, lecturer, teacher, coach and standup comedian.  His most explosive hit, Sordid Lives, was inspired by his own coming out journey to his southern family.  Since then, he has occupied a unique space as a gay southern writer, exploring and sharing the stories of people who often have not seen themselves reflected in the entertainment they consume.

In his success, Del realized that the hardest part is getting the opportunity, exposure and guidance it takes to open the first doors in the entertainment industry. The Del Shores Foundation realizes that the next generation of southern LGBTQ+ writers are out there, and we are creating programs that lead to real opportunities for those living in the South, just starting out.

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