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Launch Pad
Launch Pad Pilot Competition
8th Annual
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Featuring a jury of 25 industry professionals from top companies. The Launch Pad Pilot competition has led to dozens of writers staffed on hit shows for Netflix, CBS, NBC and more.
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The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition. With nearly a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers, The Launch Pad Competition has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices and new ideas.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with them to share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. 

Our prestigious juries of industry members include managers, agents, producers and executives at companies across Hollywood. We also offer exclusive partnerships with management and production companies to give writers an extra leg up. 

Through these partnerships, as well as our exclusive mentorship opportunities, we seek to provide as many avenues towards success as possible.  No competition will do more to help all of their finalists take the next steps in their careers, and no competition has had as much success in helping writers break into the industry. Enter now for a chance to join this tradition of Launch Pad success. 

This year's judges include managers from Echo Lake Entertainment, Good Fear,  Elevate Entertainment and many others. Also joining us are executives from Bad Robot, Weed Road Pictures, Imminent Collision and more. 

Guaranteed Signing
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This year’s Guaranteed Signing Partner as Adrian Garcia of Recon Literary. A former talent agent at Paradigm, Adrian Garcia went on to found his management company Recon Literary. Garcia has frequently had writers appear on the Hit List, Black List and/or Young & Hungry List, and has a proven track record of signing Launch Pad writers, including Eric Koenig who sold his Launch Pad winning script MATRIARCH to Paramount in a bidding war.

Guaranteed Option
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This year’s guaranteed option partner is Jason Tamasco of Traction. Previously at Bad Idea Productions, Tamasco’s most notable projects include the 2015 official Sundance Film Selection, BOUND TO VENGEANCE, Netflix’s OPENING NIGHT, starring Topher Grace and Lauren Lapkus, and Netflix & Univision Networks’ show EL CHAPO. Most recently Tamasco produced the cult horror-comedy DEADTECTIVES for AMC’s Shudder. Tamasco’s next projects include the directorial debut of Mo McRae’s film A LOT OF NOTHING (Executive Produced by David Oyelowo), and the Tom Chilcoat dramatic thriller BIG NICKEL starring Luke Bracey and Brittany Snow.


The best way to learn is by working with experienced writers who have already navigated that path to success.  That is exactly what the Launch Pad exclusive mentorship opportunity is set up to do. This year’s mentors are:

Elaine Loh
A Launch Pad alum for her pilot SCHOOLING THE RICH, Elaine recently wrote on the new GOSSIP GIRL reboot for HBO Max and is now writing on DYNASTY for The CW. She was a fellow in the HBO Writers Program, and was named on the Young & Hungry List.

Liz Storm
Following her placement in the Top 25 of the Launch Pad Pilot Competition with her script IMPACT, Liz signed with Verve Talent Agency and Romark Entertainment. Since then, she has set up her pilot MER with Awesomeness TV and Avalon TV.  She also set up her feature script SHELLY with Ian Bryce Productions, and Karen Gillan and Awkwafina set to star.

Preston Walker
After landing in the Launch Pad TV Pilot competition Top 50 for his project MITZVAH, Preston was signed by Verve and staffed on CBS’s sitcom B POSITIVE, a Chuck Lorre Production starring Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford. 


Grand Prize | Top 3 Winners

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Invited to our exclusive, annual Launch Pad party where you will meet top agents, managers, executives, producers, and some of our current and previous judges.

Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our esteemed Judges.

  • One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

Top 50

Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

  • One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

Top 100

  • Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry network through newsletters, website posts, promotional emails and more. 

  • Inclusion in the Launch Pad Alum community of writers who network and help each other drive forward in their careers.

Guaranteed Option Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our option partner TBD to receive an option offer for their Launch Pad project.

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Option” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Guaranteed Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner(s).

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Mentorship Program Selections | 3 Winners Selected

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2021 Launch Pad Pilot Mentorship Program.

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes, is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

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Aug 13th
Top 100s
Sep 3rd
Top 50s
Sep 24th
Top 10s
Oct 15th
Guaranteed Option Selections
Oct 15th
Guaranteed Signing Selections
Oct 15th
Top Dramas
Oct 15th
Top Comedies
Oct 15th
Overall Winners


At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your pilot script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  7. Pilots with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  9. Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  10. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  11. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  12. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  13. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed option and guaranteed signing add ons
  14. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  15. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  16. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  17. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  18. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writers name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  19. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  20. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  22. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  23. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.
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