Take advantage of a unique opportunity to pitch directly to an A-list jury of industry insiders online and open to writers worldwide!

Contest opens tomorrow

The ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition gives writers the chance to pitch to industry professionals, a network of writers, and a live audience! Here’s how it works:

1. Submit your best elevator pitch - a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words.

2. Semifinalists will be asked to submit a 2-minute video pitch.

3. The selected finalists will pitch live and online, to a panel of A-list industry professionals.

Previous finalists have signed ON THE SPOT during the pitch competition with a Hollywood Lit Manager. Past winners and finalists have also landed meetings with companies like Verve, Page Boy Productions, and more.

Grand Prize Mentors

2 Grand Prize Winners will be selected this year. One by Oscar-winning writer Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain) and the other by Matthew Lieberman (Free Guy). Each Grand Prize winner will receive from their respective mentor: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.


Receive feedback notes to strengthen your script


Virtual meeting to discuss feedback and ask questions


Learn and gain perspective on next steps to take with your project



Creative Executive, ARRAY
Originally from Mexico City, Andrés got his MFA in Creative Producing from Columbia University before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2019. Andres got his start in the CAA mailroom, eventually moving up to assistant to 2 agents in the TV scripted department. Following his passion for producing and telling stories, he moved to ARRAY Filmworks as their Coordinator of Development and Production and has since been promoted to Creative Executive.


Manager/ CEO, Story Driven
Story Driven is a management and production company helmed by CEO Peter Katz. Story Driven clients have worked with studios and streamers including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Universal, Lionsgate, Orion TV, A&E Studios, and more. Clients have worked with production companies including Atomic Monster, Gunpowder & Sky, 87Eleven Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures and have screened their films at festivals including SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, TIFF, and more.


Originally from Chicago, Brittani Nichols is an WGA nominated and NAACP Image Award winning writer, actor, and comedian living in Los Angeles. Brittani has appeared on the Emmy-nominated television shows, Transparent and A Black Lady Sketch Show, and her writing credits include Drop the Mic, Take My Wife, and A Black Lady Sketch Show. Presently, she is developing a show with Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes at Netflix and is a producer and writer on ABC's Emmy-nominated hit show, Abbott Elementary.


TV Development, Brownstone Productions
Maddy Farkas is on the TV development team at Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions. She works on projects such as Peacock’s PITCH PERFECT: BUMPER IN BERLIN and the upcoming Fox animated series BEDROCK, among many other exciting projects across both comedy and drama.


Literary Manager & Partner, Empirical Evidence
A former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He later joined CAA in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management at Writ Large as a coordinator/junior manager. After a series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its original film department, Seco joined Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Currently, Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence, a literary creative company founded by Derrick Eppich. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor.
A Note To Entrants And Those Considering Entry During The WGA Strike:
At ScreenCraft, we stand in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America and its efforts to ensure fair compensation for writers.

ScreenCraft has publicly committed to pausing the sharing of writers’ work with struck companies and, if needed, coordinating with finalists and winners to see what alternate outreach they are comfortable with.

We’re all hoping the strike will be over soon, but if it isn’t, ScreenCraft will offer alternatives, postpone announcements, or otherwise work with writers to ensure they’re staying within the rules of the WGA strike.



Finalists will pitch to our jury of top writers and industry professionals.

The overall Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 prize, and will be welcomed into the ScreenCraft Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers who are looking for talented emerging TV screenwriters.
Personal Introduction to industry professionals
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
$500 Cash
Finalist pitch to managers, screenwriters, and TV writers and producers

Runner-Up Prizes


Project info and loglines will be circulated and recommended to our network of 150 Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives.


Finalists will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch live, over Zoom, to a panel of industry professionals.


Project info and loglines will be circulated and recommended to our network of 150 Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives.

Previous Success Stories

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Dorie Chevlen

Signed with a literary manager

"Build yourself a supportive community. Writing is mostly a slog: it’s lonely, and frustrating, and the majority of the time you will fail at it. That’s just the nature of writing, and yes we do it because we love it, but it’s still quite difficult. Trying to enter the world of screenwriting as a journalist, I have had a lot of catching up to do and ScreenCraft has tremendously helped with that. From advice on what a query letter should look like to what I should include in my bio, I have found it hugely helpful to have the ScreenCraft team hold my hand through this early stage in my career. They facilitated introductions with development executives, agents, and managers that I would never have been able to secure on my own."

Maria Wilson

Signed with a literary manager at Affirmative Entertainment

"I didn’t go to film school and, especially at the beginning, I was super nervous about sharing my work. ScreenCraft was the first writing competition I submitted to, and I’ve continued to do so for several projects because they consistently work with amazing readers who give in depth, actionable notes. The quality of the feedback has just been incredibly valuable for bettering my craft and taking my scripts to the next level. Sometimes I feel like the path to a successful writing career is this weird, nebulous mystery, and it can be pretty intimidating trying to set an effective course. Which is why I sing such high praises about ScreenCraft’s writer development team!! They have this wonderfully hands-on approach that helps clarify how to take actual steps towards your goals. From strategizing on game plans, to answering questions and concerns, to connecting me with other finalists, I’ve just felt super supported throughout. They even got my script read by a number of reps, and facilitated a meeting with the manager that I’m now repped by. I’m just feeling super grateful — it’s been such a whirlwind experience, and ScreenCraft has really gone above and beyond in advancing my career. I can’t thank them enough."

Charlie Fellows

Signed an option agreement

"Like many other screenwriters, my first introduction to the craft was in the classroom setting. However, once I left that safe productive haven of writing and peer discussion, the real world of screenwriting felt like the wild west. The difficulty of finding the right people to read your script and give you feedback can’t be understated, but the genre-based competitions at Screencraft were the best chance I could find to get my material in the right hands and they did not disappoint. Thankfully, once I placed in Screencraft’s animation contest, they were able to send my scripts to production companies both big and small that were specifically interested in the niche that represented my script. With constant support from their staff, Screencraft helped me craft successful cover letters and forge relationships with some of their judges to create further networking opportunities in the industry as well as job opportunities."

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Selection Criteria
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  1. 350-word pitch 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. There is no optional feedback option from a professional reader applicable to this competition. 
  4. All participants must first submit a written, typed pitch of no more than 350 words.  Your written pitch can include a brief description of characters, plot, themes, tone, writer background, comparable projects, etc. Any submission of more than 350 words will be disqualified from the competition. 
  5. Pitches should be for feature films and episodic series only.  Please do not pitch a short film. 
  6. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  7. All semi-finalists will be required to submit a filmed video pitch of themselves, via a private link.
  8. Instructions for submission of video pitch will be sent only to Semifinalists. Only submissions with a filmed video pitch will be eligible to advance to the finals.
  9. Semifinalists will be selected from the written submissions. 
  10. Video submission guidelines for Semifinalists:  
    1. Video can be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or any public-access video hosting platform.
    2. Video must be 3 minutes or less in total, including stop/start time and a brief introduction. We ask that the pitch itself be no more than 2 minutes, but if you go over by a few seconds you will not be automatically disqualified.
    3. There is no judging criteria based on video quality other than the clear ability to see/hear the writer(s).  Self-filmed pitches via your smartphone are fine. 
    4. No additional props, guests or support materials may be in the video, only the writer(s). 
    5. Writers should - and the judges will - consider this video pitch a rehearsal for pitching live. 
  11. The finalists will be invited to pitch live to the Panel of Judges, over Zoom.
  12. Finalists must be available for the Pitch Finals online event. Finalists who are not available for the event will be disqualified.  
  13. Winners will be selected and announced at the Finals Event .
  14. Pitch 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.
  15. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  16. 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). 
  17. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, both members of the writing team must be available to live-pitch at the Finals event. 
  18. It is recommended (but not required) that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition.
  19. Contact info may be included on the pitch, however, it is not required.
  20. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
  21. 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.
  22. In the event a juror, partner organization, mentor, or prize partner is no longer able to serve in their specified capacity, ScreenCraft will make its best effort to secure a replacement.
  23. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  24. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  1. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners’ announcement. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (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. Material submitted to other competitions or contests may be submitted to this contest as well.
  4. Writers can submit a written pitch for a film or television project even if the script is not completed.
  5. Title page not required.
  6. Written material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.
  7. The Semifinalists will be invited to submit a simple video pitch. The video file cannot be uploaded and must be hosted on a free website such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc,  and easy to view with a single link. 
  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 winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality, (ii) uniqueness and personality in voice in storytelling, (iii) characterization and (iv)overall professional presentation. The winners and top finalists 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. 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. 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,, 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 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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