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Scriptwriting Competitions

Have a great idea for a series? It's time to get it on the page. SeriesFest's Scriptwriting Competitions provide unique opportunities for emerging writers to connect with industry professionals who are ready to take their scripts to the next level.

Check out our independent pilot competitions, professional development programs and student education initiatives for additional opportunities to cultivate your episodic storytelling craft.

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Storytellers Initiative

Running Time Options: 15-60 mins

At the core of all good stories is good writing. Presented in partnership by Propagate Content, our Storytellers Initiative is a scriptwriting competition designed to discover and celebrate exciting new series through exceptional scripts that present a strong point of view and bold characters. Writers are invited to submit their pilot script for a chance to participate in a writers’ workshop, a live read of their script with professional actors, and a year-long development deal with Propagate Content. 

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Storytellers Initiative: Collegiate Writing Competition

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SeriesFest is looking to discover creative, fresh writers at the collegiate level. What excites us most for this cycle is the opportunity to explore series with a strong point of view and bold characters from the next generation of storytellers. In order to qualify, interested writers must be enrolled in a college or university program and are encouraged to submit pilot scripts with episodes running between 15–30 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 30 pages) and a Series Format Deck.

Women Writing Competition

Running Time Options: 30-90 mins

Broadening its mission to cultivate opportunities for and about women, SeriesFest is proud to partner with Big Swing Productions (founded by Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Kyra Sedgwick, Meredith Bagby and Valerie Stadler) for the Women Writing Competition to discover and celebrate bold new series with a distinctly female perspective. The script writing competition gives female artists the opportunity to share diverse ideas through visual media and create unique and powerful roles for women.


Submissions currently closed. More details on the next cycle coming soon.

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