The 2022 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions head into their 20th and 15th seasons, continuing the search for up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running and most successful screenplay contests, we focus specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, ambitious storytelling, and pushing original projects into production.
The company’s unique process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives finalists access to top execs worldwide as well as the proper 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. In September 2020, Legendary picked up finalist screenplay Bring Me Back by Crosby Selander for seven figures, and over the last few years alone, Script Pipeline winners and finalists have optioned screenplays, sold shows, or were staffed on streaming and network series, including Writers Guild Award-winner Howard Jordan Jr. (Family Reunion, The Unicorn), Tripper Clancy (Die Hart, I Am Not Okay With This), and Laura Bensick (Everyday Insanity). Many others connected with representation, such as 2021 Screenwriting and TV Writing winners finding reps at Bellevue, Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran signing with UTA, and several more finalists landing managers at Kaplan/Perrone, Writ Large, and Zero Gravity.
- Grand Prize Winner: $25,000 each for Screenwriting and TV Writing ($50,000 total)
- Runners-up: $2,500 each for Screenwriting and TV Writing ($5,000 total)
- Introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for screenplays
- Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies
- Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs
- Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
- Exclusive invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group
Up to 75 Quarterfinalists and 30 Semifinalists will receive general feedback on their work from Script Pipeline's development execs, plus consideration for industry circulation.
Judging is based primarily on the overall quality of the script, including storytelling ability and fundamental components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). Concept marketability, originality, and writing style are also taken into consideration.
Best piece of advice is to submit material that highlights your distinct voice---what separates your script from the norm. Although we're strict on judging and only work with a select group of writers annually, all types of genres and styles are fair game. In the past, finalist and winning screenplays have ranged from microbudget indies, to true stories, big-budget sci-fi, straight genre pieces, and everything in-between.
Being selected as a Quarterfinalist or higher means that we feel the script has potential, the writing is above average, and it's a project we're confident in helping further develop and promote to industry.
All contest judges are comprised of our regular Script Pipeline development execs and senior-level staff. We don't use unpaid interns or volunteers.
- 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 and other screenwriting software.
- For the Screenwriting Contest: Script should be a feature-length screenplay.
- For the TV Writing Contest: 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 for either contest. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
- Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing winners, runners-up, and finalists since 2011 are not eligible.
- No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed (i.e., you can enter other screenwriting 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 fine.
- Electronic submissions only.
- Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.
For full rules: scriptpipeline.com/screenwriting-tv-writing-rules-2022