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ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition
2022
TV Pilots truly represent a writer’s voice. Share your voice with the industry's top judges who are evaluating your script and your vision for your series.
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About

Writers rule television and TV Pilots are their arsenal. Episodic storytelling is experiencing a new golden age of television with the proliferation of streaming services, which have also made serial storytelling more flexible than ever. No longer constrained to commercial breaks, and half-hour or 1-hour formats, many series are breaking the mold. The demand for great storytellers is stronger than ever. ScreenCraft TV pilot script competition features industry judges and a strong track record of helping winners set up their projects and staff as writers on shows. This competition requires a TV pilot writing sample. All writers who advance to the finalist round will be invited to submit a series bible or treatment that expresses your vision for a season’s arc. We look forward to reading your submissions. 

ScreenCraft’s past winners have gone on to sell their scripts to major studios and have been hired by companies like Universal, Netflix, Amazon, Millennium, CBS and many more. ScreenCraft’s winners are also highly sought after by literary managers and agents who are open to signing to new writer clients. Over 100 ScreenCraft writers have signed with top management companies and agencies like 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, CAA, WME, UTA, Paradigm, Lit Entertainment, and many more. 

Benefits

Grand Prize Winner

The overall grand prize winner (one-hour, half-hour or short form) will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.

 

The top 3 winners’ project info and log lines will be circulated and recommended to our network of over 60 Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives.

 

ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.

  •  Personal Introduction to top literary managers

  •  Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

  •  $1,000 Cash

  •  Complimentary Badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit 

  •  Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

One-Hour Winner

  • $500 cash award

  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Half-Hour Winner

  • $500 cash award

  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

2021 Winners on Coverfly

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Announcements

Dec 1st
Semifinalists
Jan 5th
Finalists
Feb 9th
Winners

Rules

  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between July 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.
  2. Entry fee for each submission (whether half-hour, one-hour, or short) is
    $49.50 until the early deadline on July 31, 2021
    $69.50 until the regular deadline on August 31, 2021
    $79.50 until the final deadline on September 30, 2021.
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
  4. TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages. Shorts episodic pilots must be between 1 and 40 pages. Any pilot script submission longer than 70 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 70.
  5. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
  6. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be between 7 and 35 pages. TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.
  7. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  8. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  9. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  10. Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.
  11. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  12. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  13. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  14. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
  15. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

We want to set you up for success, and here are a few basic screenplay etiquettes that will help your screenplay.