With past winners and finalists signing at 3 Arts, Zero Gravity, CAA, Management 360, and Verve, ScreenCraft's TV Pilot Competition is the best Television Writing Competition in Hollywood. Plus, ScreenCraft winners have been staffed for shows at Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, The CW, ABC, Paramount+ and many more.

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Deadlines

Jul 31

Early

Aug 31

Regular

Sep 30

Final

Announcements

Nov 9

Quarterfinalist

Dec 7

Semifinalist

Jan 11

Finalist

Feb 1

Winner

Our TV Competition has a history of getting writers signed, staffed, and have helped them land development deals for their own projects. It's one of our most successful competitions, period. Winners and finalists have signed with 3Arts, Management 360, CAA, Verve, Zero Gravity, and more.

Mentorship that Matters
This year’s mentors are three incredible showrunners: one comedy, one broadcast drama, and one premium cable drama. They have created and served as EP on shows like PEN15 and THE HANDMAID’S TALE, have overall deals with major studios like Universal, and have written for NBC, Netflix, and countless other streamers, networks, and series. Each of these mentors will select one Grand Prize writer to mentor. They will help their chosen writers develop their craft and guide them toward career success in their writing journey. View this year's mentors here.

Finalist Feedback
All 10 Finalists will receive written feedback from one of this year's industry jury members.

The ScreenCraft Television Jury

Get in front of the folks who create the television you love.

Kathleen Dow

Literary Manager, Management 360

Kathleen Dow is a literary manager at Management 360, which is a management company that represents the writers who are responsible for the cult hit STRANGER THINGS, the Duffer Brothers.

Mike Griffin

Manager and Producer, Make Good Content

Mike Griffin is a talent manager and producer at MAKE GOOD Content. Mike and MAKE GOOD is partnered with Starburns Industries, the animation studio behind RICK AND MORTY and the Oscar-nominated ANOMALISA, and its affiliated podcast network, Starburns Audio. Mike works alongside Paul Young, the Emmy-winning producer of KEY AND PEELE. Paul and Mike have produced dozens of movies and television shows, including RENO 911 for Comedy Central, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE and KEANU and so much more.

Chris Nold

Literary Manager, MGMT

Chris Nold is a literary manager for MGMT, a management company that represents Dan Levy from SCHITT'S CREEK and Stefani Robinson from WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS to name a few. They are also involved in the TV projects, THE OLD MAN and THE GOOD LORD BIRD.

Sara Hendel

Manager of Development, Legendary TV

Sara Hendel is the manager of development for Legendary TV, a global entertainment company that produced LOST IN SPACE, THE EXPANSE, and CARNIVAL ROW.

Victoria Palmeri

Creative Executive, New Line Cinema

Victoria Palmeri is the creative executive, in development at New Line Cinema, which is currently producing Lord Of The Rings Series, THE RINGS OF POWER on Amazon Prime.

Scott Schulman

Manager, Schulman Management

Scott Schulman is the manager at Schulman Management an entertainment talent management company, which represents the co-executive producers of UMBRELLA ACADEMY.

Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner

3 Grand Prize winners will be selected for this year's competition. One by Anna Konkle (Pen15), one by Katherine Collins (Lost in Space, Handmaid's Tale), and one by Lisa Zwerling (The Rook, When We Rise, Betrayal). Each Grand Prize winner will receive from their respective mentor: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.

The Grand Prize Winners will also be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging TV writers.

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

  • Personal Introduction to top literary managers, executives, or producers

  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program

  • $500 cash

  • An exclusive invitation to a Finalist only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

Runner-Up Prizes

Finalists

Written Feedback from a jury member

Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

An exclusive invitation to a Finalist only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry

TV Mentorship Program

The Grand Prize winners of the ScreenCraft TV Pilot Competition will be selected by our three seasoned TV mentors. Each will select one writer from the competition to mentor. Mentors will help their chosen writers develop their craft and guide them toward career success in their writing journey.

Our TV mentors have created some of the most popular television currently on air and streaming, faced many of the challenges that emerging writers will face, and are ready to help guide the next generation of TV writers. ScreenCraft is thrilled to bring this unique opportunity that no other competitions is offering.

Anna Konkle

Anna Konkle

Anna Konkle is the co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed Hulu series “Pen15,” produced by Odenkirk Provissiero and The Lonely Island. She made her directorial debut in the second season. The series won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series and was nominated for four primetime Emmy's, three WGA Awards, and three Critics Choice Awards. Time recognized “Pen15” as one of 12 Exciting New TV Shows created by women and Glamour wrote, “If you’re not watching, you are robbing yourself of joy.” The show has also been included on numerous critics' year-end lists of The Best TV of 2020, including the New York Times and TV Guide, and was named one of New York Times's 21 Best Comedies of the 21st Century.

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins

A screenwriting graduate of UBC, York University, and the CFC, Katherine spent her early years writing while punching the clock at Canada’s largest private investigation firm. She went on to write for tv with Endgame; Primeval: New World; and Motive. In 2015, Katherine joined the writing staff of NBC’s Blindspot before becoming a writer and producer on all three seasons of the Netflix series, Lost in Space, Katherine is currently a writer and co-Executive Producer on The Handmaid’s Tale. Her first feature, Riot Girls, was released in North America in 2019.

Lisa Zwerling

Lisa Zwerling

Writer-producer Lisa Zwerling (Betrayal) of Carpool Entertainment has signed an overall deal with Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, to develop, write and executive produce programming for network, cable and streaming platforms. Zwerling, who got her start on the NBC series ER, previously had an overall deal with Universal TV and wrote drama project Midnight Sun, which went to pilot at NBC starring Julia Stiles. As part of an overall deal with ABC Studios, Zwerling executive produced Betrayal and co-executive produced FlashForward.

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Rules & Info

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly
  4. TV pilots may be any length -- however the standard short pilot is between 1 - 20 pages, the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages. Any pilot script submission longer than 70 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 70 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.
  5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  6. 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.
  7. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
  8. 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).
  9. 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 any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).
  10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $6 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  11. 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.
  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.
  13. 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. 
  14. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  1. All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding 12 months or $500,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional film or TV in the proceeding 10 years is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)
  2. All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
  3. All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
  4. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  6. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  7. All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF. Broken files or non-PDF files may be accepted, but if the file cannot be read ScreenCraft will not judge the submission.
  8. Prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and proper tax documentation before prizes are released.
  9. By entering the competition, user acknowledges their eligibility for the competition. ScreenCraft will verify all eligibility requirements at the finalist stage of the competition and before distributing any prizes.
  10. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

The reading and judging of the scripts will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Voice
  • Concept
  • Story
  • Structure
  • Characters
  • Dialogues
  • Genre Conventions

In addition to the scoring criteria for the script, ScreenCraft may conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects. Top scripts are ready by the industry jury who votes for their favorite scripts at their sole discretion.

Criteria for Winners and Finalists:

  1. The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. 
  2. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. 
  3. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. 
  4. All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
  5. 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 proof of valid passport 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. 
  6. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.
  1. COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: 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.
  2. PUBLICITY: 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.
  3. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
  4. SITE TERMS OF SERVICE. By entering this competition, the user agrees to all ScreenCraft Terms of Service in addition to these rules and eligibility criteria.
  5. DATA MANAGEMENT AND PRIVACY. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly, and ScreenCraft (a d/b/a of Red Ampersand, Inc) uses other data management tools, including but not limited to, Google Services and Amazon Web Services, to securely manage your data. ScreenCraft is not accountable for any data hacks (internal or external) or user errors that may release scripts or writer data unintentionally.
  6. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft, 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).
  7. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

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