This is a great time to write for TV, and there have never been more opportunities for TV writers. Whatever your television dream may be, these are the top screenwriting competitions for you to enter:
1. The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Pilot Competition
The Launch Pad Pilot Competition is in its sixth year and has led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other writing competition in the world. With more than 400 signings, 140 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 134 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List, as well as 6 bidding wars, the Launch Pad Competition has become the premier hub for Hollywood discovering new talent.
2. ScreenCraft Pilot Launch TV Script Competition
ScreenCraft’s panel of Hollywood industry professionals is passionate about finding the next great drama and comedy TV pilots for network, cable and online platforms. They accept web series and non-traditional series pilots as well. Three winners receive cash awards and introductions to industry professionals.
The real prize is the ScreenCraft team’s dedication and energy to work with the winners to find them reps, get them staffed, and advance their writing goals whatever they may be. Not to mention, all the top scripts are read by the incredible industry jury — which is fantastic exposure from decision makers.
3. Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition
For over twenty-five years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.
4. New York Television Festival (NYTVF)
Founded in 2005, The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.
Year-round submission opportunities for TV and digital development culminate at the annual New York Television Festival, uniting indie creators, industry decision-makers, and TV fans alike.
The Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition and sponsored development initiatives have allowed selected artists to progress and succeed in the television industry. The NYTVF provides independent artists with multiple opportunities to create, share, and showcase their best and most promising ideas.
The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual competition, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and web series from around the globe.
5. WeScreenplay Television Competition
The WeScreenplay Television Screenwriting Competition’s mission is to discover and expose new talent to the entertainment industry. The Television Competition strives to provide industry exposure and support to television screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told.
The Grand Prize script in each category is awarded with cash grants and promoted to producers, agents, and managers through email distribution from WeScreenplay, and all Finalists are publicly recognized through the WeScreenplay website.
6. Shore Scripts
The focus of Shore Scripts is to discover the best new screenwriting talent from around the world.
They’ve had some of the most successful filmmakers in the TV industry to judge the top entries in their TV Pilot competition. Including writers, directors, and producers who have been involved in some of the best shows in recent memory: The Sopranos, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Sherlock, House, Wallander, Stargate, Hannibal, to name a few. In addition to that, their roster of 43 TV production companies and agents will read the best TV Pilot scripts that they send through to them. If your story stands out, they’ll get it to the people who can make a difference.
7. HUMANITAS New Voices
The HUMANITAS New Voices competition looks for well-written scripts with compelling stories and developed characters that explore and showcase HUMANITAS values. Those values are:
- Challenge us to use our freedom to grow and develop.
- Confront us with our individual responsibility.
- Examine the consequences of our choices.
Every year, NEW VOICES accepts hundreds of script submissions and selects up to five writers through a rigorous selection process. Candidates are asked to submit a writing sample and participate in personal interviews.
If they are declared a winner, they are matched with a mentor. The writers then have three months to further develop their script under their mentors’ supervision while receiving two rounds of notes.
After the script is honed, HUMANITAS sends it to a studio or network executive. The winning writers are recognized at the annual HUMANITAS Prize and are awarded $7,500.
8. Script Pipeline
The 2019 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition heads into its 12th season, continuing the search for up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers.
This circulation process has resulted in over $6 million in screenplays and TV pilots sold from competition finalists and Recommend writers since 2003, including most recently Tripper Clancy’s Stuber, Evan Daugherty’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and numerous other former finalists who have sold material to networks and studios as a direct result of Script Pipeline’s facilitation.