July 1


July 31

Early Deadline

Sept 30

Final Deadline


Recipients Announced

Closed for entries until 2020.

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Our panel of Hollywood industry professionals is looking for the next great drama and comedy TV pilots for network, cable and online platforms! Accepting web series, short-form, and non-traditional series pilots as well. 3 winners will receive cash awards and introductions to industry professionals!

1st Place Drama

$ 1,000

  • Professional consultation with the ScreenCraft team
  • Personal introduction and recommendation of the winning projects to top Hollywood managers, agents and producers who specialize in drama TV development and production

1st Place Comedy

$ 1,000

  • Professional consultation with the ScreenCraft team
  • Personal introduction and recommendation of the winning projects to top Hollywood managers, agents and producers who specialize in comedy TV development and production

1st Place Web Series

$ 500

  • Celebrating short-form series pilots that are 20 minutes or less per episode.
  • Professional development consultation with the ScreenCraft team
  • Review and consideration by our jury of producers, development executives and literary managers.


Our industry judges are looking for fresh voices in comedy and drama writing for television and web series! Our mission is to connect great TV writers with great TV producers, managers and development executives.

Sam Esmail Corp.

Executives from Sam Esmail’s Production Company, headed by Golden Globe and WGA-Award winning creator, Sam Esmail. The writer, director, and creator of such shows as USA’s Mr. Robot and Amazon’s Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts.

Zara Randera, NBC Universal Television

Drama coordinator for NBC Universal Television, the iconic network behind such historical hits as The West Wing, Friends, and Seinfeld, and such current hit shows as Blindspot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Med, The Blacklist, The Good Place, and This is Us.

Tim McNeal, Walt Disney Television

McNeal oversees Walt Disney Television’s Creative Talent Development hiring referrals and events, professional development offerings and talent programs, including the Walt Disney Television Writing Program, and Walt Disney Television Program. He is responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across to include ABCFreeform, and Disney Channel

Karyn Smith-Forge, Berlanti Productions

Karyn Smith-Forge, Senior Vice President of Productions at the production company of producer, writer, and director, Greg Berlanti, the television legend behind such network series as Dawson’s CreekRiverdaleBrothers & SistersYouArrowBlindspotSuper Girl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Jennifer Grisanti, Story Consultant and TV Network Writing Instructor

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and, Change Your Story, Change Your Life. Jen’s students have sold 60 pilots (6 have gone to series) and she has helped to staff over 105 writers on TV shows! Learn more about Jen Grisanti Consultancy at jengrisanti.com.

Marissa Brooks, CBS Television

Marissa is a Drama Coordinator for CBS Television, the most watched television network in the United States for the last decade with such iconic shows as Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, and Blue Bloods.

Official Sponsor

Top 3 finalists in all categories will receive free WriterDuet Pro screenwriting software ($239 value).


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission between July 1st, 2019 and September 30th, 2019.
  • Entry fee for each entry is $39 until the July 31st early deadline at 11:59PM PST, and then $59 until the final deadline on September 30th at 11:59PM Pacific Time.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original and 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 title page.
  • 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.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. Please upload via the link in your submission confirmation email.
  • 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.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $20,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • Page length for a single-camera comedy pilot should be no longer than 40 pages. For multi-camera comedy pilots (industry standard format has the dialogue double-spaced throughout the script) the page length should be no longer than 60 pages. Page length for a drama pilot should be no longer than 75 pages. For non-traditional formats (mini-series, web series etc) exceptions to page limits will be accepted.
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top 10 finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The top 10 finalists will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. Quarter-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin 4-6 weeks after the final deadline. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft 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.


All entries are non-refundable.


BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, 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 Contest 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 ScreenCraft.org and its Sponsor, 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 Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).