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Script Pipeline
Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest
2023
Active Since 2008
The Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition connects original pilots with industry and helps develop TV writers long-term.
Accepting TV Pilots and Web Series
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About

The 16th 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 writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing ambitious storytelling, and pushing original projects into production.


The company’s unique process—consisting of long-term writer development, promotion, and circulation of material—gives finalists proper one-on-one guidance to advance their careers.

Over $8 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by Script Pipeline writers, with numerous scripts produced since 1999, including studio releases Stuber and Snow White and the Huntsman. Most recently, Legendary bought Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back by Crosby Selander for seven figures, and winners Erin Muroski (TV Writing) and Daniel Jackson (Screenwriting) signed with reps at Bellevue, with Daniel's Cauliflower landing the #1 spot on the Black List. Many others have signed with UTA, Kaplan/Perrone, Alibi Management, Zero Gravity, and more after Script Pipeline introductions. View notable success stories.


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, directors, and others searching for screenplays

  • Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs

  • Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

  • Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies

  • - Invitations to private events and Symposium panels hosted by Pipeline


Up to 50 Quarterfinalists and 30 Semifinalists will receive general feedback on their work from Script Pipeline's development execs, plus consideration for industry circulation.

Prices & Deadlines

Dec 31st
Special Entry
Mar 1st
Early
May 1st
Regular
May 15th
Late
May 31st
Extended
Entry
$45.00
$55.00
$60.00
$65.00
$75.00
Entry + Feedback
$120.00
$130.00
$135.00
$140.00
$145.00

Benefits

Following the quarterfinalist and semifinalist judging rounds, 10 finalists are chosen by August 1st, 2023.


From those 10, we select one Grand Prize Winner and one Runner-up.


Announcement dates and monetary awards:


Grand Prize Winner (1) - $25,000: August 12th, 2023


Runner-up (1) - $2,500: August 12th, 2023


Finalists (10): August 1st, 2023


Semifinalists (up to top 30): July 20th, 2023


Quarterfinalists (up to top 50): July 10th, 2023


Brief, general feedback will be provided for Quarterfinalists and Semifinalists, in addition to consideration for industry circulation and longer-term assistance from Pipeline's team.


The Grand Prize Winner, Runner-up, and Finalists receive the following:


  • - Introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for screenplays

  • Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs

  • Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

  • Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies

  • Invitations to private events and Symposium panels hosted by Pipeline

*top 10 finalists are also awarded a copy of Final Draft 12 software, from our partners at Final Draft


INDUSTRY REVIEWING


Script Pipeline has cultivated relationships with over 250 production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, networks, and other executives over the past two decades, leading to multiple writers signed and specs sold.


Some of the industry reviewing 2023 finalists:

Writer Success

2022 Winner on Coverfly

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Announcements

Jul 20th
Semifinalists
Aug 1st
Finalists
Aug 12th
Runners-up
Aug 12th
Winners

Rules

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 required. All software should have a convert to PDF function, including Final Draft, Celtx, and others.

  • - Script should be an original pilot. We will not be accepting spec scripts of existing shows. 

  • - All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, send only the first part.

  • - Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing winners, runners-up, and finalists since 2013 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 TV 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 a-ok.

  • - Electronic submissions only.

  • - Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.