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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

For Season 7, SeriesFest has partnered with Propagate to discover fresh new television writers as part of the annual Storytellers Initiative scriptwriting competition. The Storytellers Initiative aims to discover and celebrate new series with a strong point of view and bold characters from the next generation of storytellers. This Initiative cultivates lasting relationships between emerging creatives and industry executives, focused specifically on supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing independent projects into production. 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.


Three Finalists will take part in a two-day creative workshop with industry experts, which includes sessions on 'how to pitch' and mini writers rooms for all 3 scripts. The goal of this workshop is to further get to know the creators and their skill levels as well as determine the Season Seven Winner! This workshop will take place either in Los Angeles or virtually depending on the state of Covid-19 and safety precautions.

Exclusive Development Deal:

The winning artist(s) will receive an exclusive development deal with the Propagate. The winner will also be flown out to Denver, CO for SeriesFest: Season Seven, and participate in a Storytellers Initiative Live Read Presentation of their script with professional actors.

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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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