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Storytellers Initiative

For Season 7, SeriesFest has partnered with Propagate to discover fresh new television writers as part of the annual Storytellers Initiative script writing 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.

Key Dates and Fees

  Early bird
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 27, 2021
Mar 05, 2021
Standard $40 $45 $65
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Accepted Genres
Diverse content, culture piercing, commercial dramas, and comedies.

Series Format Deck

Must also include a Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments.” The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.

Pilot Script
Pilot scripts with episodes running between 15–30 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 60 pages)

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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