Athena List

Our Signature Script Competition

The Athena List is an annual script competition to amplify exceptional stories about women and leadership. The List elevates the profiles of promising scripts and writers, helping untold stories get produced and reach audiences.

For a complete list of past winners and finalists of The Athena List, click here.


2024 Winners

Devoted wife Emily reluctantly steps into her husband’s role as chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge when he’s paralyzed during its Victorian-era construction, encountering jealousy and discrimination as she becomes the world’s first female engineer. Based on a true story, A BRIDGE BETWEEN US tracks the building of a bridge and the collapse of a marriage.

A scientist must return to her roots to escape the horrors of an ancestral curse that threatens to kill her and her unborn child. 

KEESHA GOES TO CAMP by Rebecca Jordan Smith
When a nerdy Black tween is sent to an outdoor summer camp, she finds her introverted booksmart ways challenged by nature, rivals and the opposite sex.


2024 Finalists

7 ON 10 by Samantha Lavin
When a former WNBA player is sentenced to seven years in prison for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, she must face her past on and off the court, for a chance to find freedom.

LIARS by Alicia Louzoun-Heisler
A queer, character-driven thriller set in Silicon Valley. Vera is a brilliant neuroscientist whose work hasn’t gotten its due. Desperate to escape the stress of conceiving her first child with her wife via IVF, Vera is pulled into a mind-bending mystery when she’s hired to use her patented A.I. lie detection technology to vet accusations of sexual misconduct against the would-be CEO of a major tech company. She becomes entangled in a web of corporate lies and a dangerous love triangle that just might end her marriage.

THE PENDULUM WOMAN  by Katherine Hayes
Recently divorced and well connected, Edith Wharton determines to stay in Paris at the outbreak of World war One to help in the fight for France.

SKRRRT! By Gabriela García Medina & Katherine Kraft 
When a teen girl with muscular dystrophy learns she’s been accepted into Harvard but can’t afford to go, she gathers a crew of high-school frenemies to attempt an impossible car heist during Art Basel, Miami.