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Script Pipeline
Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest
2021
The Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition connects talented writers with industry and helps develop projects long-term.
Accepting TV Pilots and Web Series
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Enter before December 31st to save $10

About

The 14th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and original pilots for exposure to production companies, managers, and agencies. Together with the Screenwriting Competition, we cultivate relationships with the industry's leading executives, focused specifically on finding emerging writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, bold storytelling, and pushing original projects into production.

The company’s unique process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives finalists access to top execs worldwide as well as the proper guidance to advance their careers.

$7 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with numerous scripts produced since 1999. In the last few years alone, Script Pipeline writers have optioned screenplays, sold shows, or were staffed on major streaming and network series, including Writers Guild Award-winner Howard Jordan Jr. (Family ReunionThe Unicorn), Tripper Clancy (Die HartI Am Not Okay With This), and Laura Bensick (Everyday Insanity). Many others were connected with representation, such as Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran signing with agents at UTA.

Prices & Deadlines

Dec 31st
Special Entry
Mar 1st
Early
May 1st
Regular
May 15th
Late
May 31st
Extended
Standard TV Writing Entry
$40.00
$50.00
$60.00
$65.00
$70.00
TV Writing Entry + Feedback
$155.00
$165.00
$175.00
$180.00
$185.00
Student Standard TV Writing Entry
$25.00
$35.00
$40.00
$45.00
$50.00

Benefits

Script Pipeline selects 10 finalists, with one winner and one runner-up, who receive the following:

  • $25,000 to winner, $2,500 to runner-up
  • Introductions to managers, producers, agents, showrunners, and others searching for TV writers
  • Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance in connecting with companies
  • Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs
  • Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
  • Invitations to private events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Up to 75 Quarterfinalists and 30 Semifinalists will receive general feedback on their work from Script Pipeline's development execs, plus consideration for industry circulation.

Announcements

Jul 1st
Semifinalists
Jul 1st
Finalists
Jul 25th
Winners

Rules

Judging is based primarily on the overall quality of the script, including storytelling ability and fundamental components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). Concept marketability, originality, and writing style are also taken into consideration.

Best piece of advice is to submit material that highlights your distinct voice---what separates your script from the norm. Although we're strict on judging and only work with a select group of writers annually, all types of genres and styles are fair game. In the past, finalist and winning pilots have ranged from period dramas, to comedies, to animation, true stories, sci-fi, and everything in-between.

Being selected as a Quarterfinalist or higher means that we feel the script has potential, the writing is above average, and it's a project we're confident in helping further develop and promote to industry.

Entrants will receive a Report evaluating their script on select criteria:

Premise
Plot & Structure
Character
Dialogue
Fundamentals (i.e. formatting, writing style)

The Report will be sent via email by the end of judging to all writers who do not place in the Quarterfinals or higher.

Basic guidelines:

  • Cover page should include the title, but remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.). Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred.
  • Co-writers are allowed. List each writer's name when registering your script.
  • PDF highly preferred. All software should have a convert to PDF function.
  • Script should be an original pilot or spec of an existing or recent series. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
  • Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing winners, runners-up, and finalists since 2011 are ineligible.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (i.e., you can enter other contests with the same script).
  • All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not.
  • The script entered must not have been produced in its full form. Shorts based on the script are fine.
  • Electronic submissions only.
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.