Then it’s time to enter the most popular comedy contest on the planet!

Stage 32’s 3rd Annual Comedy Contest is now open for submissions!

Whether you’re writing feature comedy screenplays or 30-60 minute teleplays, we want you to bring the funny!

OUR TRACK RECORD

The Stage 32 Comedy contest has resulted in numerous success stories for our winners and finalists. Last year’s winners, Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh (Shorebreak), were flown to LA and sent on a whirlwind of meetings with executives and production companies resulting in:

- Amasia Entertainment requested their horror comedy script and a mockumentary they produced.
- Lionsgate's LOL Network requested their animation pilot and asked for a sketch packet.
- Big Beach Films requested their short film Baby Grand.
- Panay Films is going into development on a spec pilot written by Keith & Anthony!

And our 2016 Comedy Contest winner, Kelly Anelons (Life's a Beaut), was also set up on a whirlwind tour around town meeting with numerous executives. We finished the week by setting Kelly up for meetings with two of the most respected comedy writer, director, producers in town: Jerry Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun, My Best Friends Wedding) and Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover II, Road Trip)! How's that for access!?

This year, we will again be flying our winner out to Los Angeles for face-to-face meetings. Further, other winning writers will have online meetings with executives and all finalists will have their loglines exposed to a list of hundreds of executives for the possibility of having their scripts requested.

As always, our contests are designed to give the best writers industry access and to provide opportunities that can move the needle on their career!

WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS CAN I ENTER?
We’re looking for any and all comedy based screenplays and teleplays.

Feature Length Screenplays:

Everything from broad comedy to rom coms to parodies to dramedies to comedy horror to indie comedies and beyond will be accepted!

Teleplays:

30 or 60 minute Original Comedy Pilots Not Based on an Existing TV Show

- This is your original pilot in 30 or 60 minute form

30 or 60 Minute Comedy Spec

- This is your take on an existing comedy or dramedy show (Big Bang Theory, Veep, Silicon Valley, Orange is the New Black, Shameless, etc.)

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

- Meetings with all the contest judges: Bret Salter (Producer, Ballers), Heather Johns (Executive Director of Development for Kevin Hart's LOL Network at Lionsgate), Spencer Robinson (Manager, Art/Work Entertainment: Will & Grace, Workaholics, East Bound & Down), Jared Iacino (VP of Development, Panay Films, Chips, Masterminds, Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Ameet Shukla (VP of Production, Masproductions, Wish I Was Here, LOL, Bong Hits For Jesus), Sarah J. Cornelius (Creative & Production Executive, Whitewater Films, (Transparent, Punching the Clown)
- Screenplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
- Screenplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.
- A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop
- Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.

2nd PLACE WINNERS

(Feature & TV)

- 1 Skype Meeting with an executive, producer, manager or agent
- Three Free Pitching Sessions
- Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
- A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop
- Screenplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Screenplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.

ALL FINALISTS

- Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
- Free Pitching Session
- Screenplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
Screenplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.

WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS CAN I ENTER?
We’re looking for any and all comedy based screenplays and teleplays.

Feature Length Screenplays:

Everything from broad comedy to rom coms to parodies to dramedies to comedy horror to indie comedies and beyond will be accepted!

Teleplays:

30 or 60 minute Original Comedy Pilots Not Based on an Existing TV Show

- This is your original pilot in 30 or 60 minute form

30 or 60 Minute Comedy Spec

- This is your take on an existing comedy or dramedy show (Big Bang Theory, Veep, Silicon Valley, Orange is the New Black, Shameless, etc.)

WHAT KIND OF SCREENPLAY CAN I ENTER?

We’re searching for fresh comedy feature scripts!

All writers submitting a script between 120-150 pages must pay an additional $15. No scripts over 150 pages will be accepted.

Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Comedy Writing Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Comedy Writing Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.

All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.

There is no limit to the number of teleplays an Entrant can enter. The same teleplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.

Entrants must submit screenplays/teleplays and payment online.

SCREENPLAY/TELEPLAY RULES

Screenplays/teleplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

Teleplays must be 30-minute original pilots, 30-minute teleplay based off of a currently airing TV comedy show, and 1-hour original pilots or 1-hour teleplay based off of a currently airing TV comedy show

Screenplays/teleplays must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights.

The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay/teleplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s screenplay/teleplay must not have been produced or have won any contests.

After a screenplay/teleplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Only teleplays or feature length screenplays are accepted. No short scripts.