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Deadlines

  • Pre-registration
    Dec 31, 2021
  • Early
    Mar 01, 2022
  • Regular
    May 01, 2022
  • Late
    May 15, 2022
  • Final
    May 31, 2022
Special Entry Deadline:

Sep 15, 2021

Pre-registration Deadline:

Dec 31, 2021

Early Deadline:

Mar 01, 2022

Regular Deadline:

May 01, 2022

Late Deadline:

May 15, 2022

Final Deadline:

May 31, 2022

CATEGORIES & FEES

Pre-registration Deadline
(12/31/21)
  • Standard Entry $45
  • ISAConnect Entry $40
Early Deadline
(03/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
(05/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
(05/15/22)
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
(05/31/22)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Pre-registration Deadline
(12/31/21)
  • Standard Entry $45
  • ISAConnect Entry $40
Early Deadline
(03/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
(05/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
(05/15/22)
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
(05/31/22)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65

Announcements

Quarterfinalists

Jul 10, 2022

Semifinalists

Jul 20, 2022

Finalists

Aug 01, 2022

Winner and Runner-up

Aug 13, 2022

Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

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 ReunionThe Unicorn), Tripper Clancy (Die HartI Am Not Okay With This), and Laura Bensick (Everyday Insanity). Many others connected with representation, such as Screenwriting winner Helen Gaughran signing with UTA and recent writers signing with managers at Kaplan/Perrone, Bellevue, Writ Large, and Zero Gravity.

PRIZES

--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

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GENRES: Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Young Adult, Dramedy, Holiday, Rom-Com, Comedy/Rom-Com, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Horror, Action/Adventure

Announcements

  • QuarterfinalistsJul 10, 2022laurels

Rules

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.

Basic guidelines:

- 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.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Special Entry: September 15th, 2021 - $25
Pre-register: December 31st, 2021 - $45
Early: March 1st, 2022 - $55
Regular: May 1st, 2022 - $60
Late: May 15th, 2022 - $65
Extended: May 31st, 2022 - $70


WHAT ARE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DATES?

2022 quarterfinalists and semifinalists are selected in Jul. The top 10 finalists are posted to the site on July 1st, and one Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up is announced on July 25th.

IF I MAKE UPDATES TO MY SCRIPT AFTER ENTERING, DO I HAVE TO RE-REGISTER AND PAY A NEW ENTRY FEE?

At no extra fee, writers may submit a new draft at any time up until the late deadline of May 15th, 2022. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

Yes. Applicants outside the US are welcome to enter ANY Script Pipeline contest.

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on our General Notes. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

WILL YOU ACCEPT SHORT SCRIPTS OR TV SERIES PITCHES?

Only scripts are accepted. This includes feature-length, hourlong, and half-hour series scripts. Short scripts are not accepted. Pitches may be submitted to our Great Movie and TV Show Idea Competitions.

ARE SPECS OF EXISTING SERIES ALLOWED?

We no longer accept specs of existing shows. All submissions must be an original pilot script.

SHOULD I PUT CONTACT INFO ON THE COVER PAGE?

Cover page should include the title, but remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.) from the script. Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred, but not required.

CAN I SUBMIT TO OTHER CONTESTS OR COMPANIES AFTER ENTERING?

Yes. There are no restrictions on submitting to other writing competitions, or sending your script elsewhere while entered in the contest.

IF I PLACE AS A FINALIST OR WINNER, DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO MY SCRIPT?

Yes. All rights to the material remain with the writer.

ARE WRITING TEAMS ACCEPTED?

Two or more writers are fine. Only one writer needs to register. If the script is selected as a quarterfinalist, all co-writer names will be added to the announcement.

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Pre-registration Deadline
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  • Standard Entry $45
  • ISAConnect Entry $40
Early Deadline
(03/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
(05/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
(05/15/22)
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
(05/31/22)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Pre-registration Deadline
(12/31/21)
  • Standard Entry $45
  • ISAConnect Entry $40
Early Deadline
(03/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
(05/01/22)
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
(05/15/22)
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
(05/31/22)
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65

Rules

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.

Basic guidelines:

- 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.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Special Entry: September 15th, 2021 - $25
Pre-register: December 31st, 2021 - $45
Early: March 1st, 2022 - $55
Regular: May 1st, 2022 - $60
Late: May 15th, 2022 - $65
Extended: May 31st, 2022 - $70


WHAT ARE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DATES?

2022 quarterfinalists and semifinalists are selected in Jul. The top 10 finalists are posted to the site on July 1st, and one Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up is announced on July 25th.

IF I MAKE UPDATES TO MY SCRIPT AFTER ENTERING, DO I HAVE TO RE-REGISTER AND PAY A NEW ENTRY FEE?

At no extra fee, writers may submit a new draft at any time up until the late deadline of May 15th, 2022. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

CAN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS ENTER?

Yes. Applicants outside the US are welcome to enter ANY Script Pipeline contest.

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on our General Notes. Please contact our contest administrator via email for more information.

WILL YOU ACCEPT SHORT SCRIPTS OR TV SERIES PITCHES?

Only scripts are accepted. This includes feature-length, hourlong, and half-hour series scripts. Short scripts are not accepted. Pitches may be submitted to our Great Movie and TV Show Idea Competitions.

ARE SPECS OF EXISTING SERIES ALLOWED?

We no longer accept specs of existing shows. All submissions must be an original pilot script.

SHOULD I PUT CONTACT INFO ON THE COVER PAGE?

Cover page should include the title, but remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.) from the script. Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred, but not required.

CAN I SUBMIT TO OTHER CONTESTS OR COMPANIES AFTER ENTERING?

Yes. There are no restrictions on submitting to other writing competitions, or sending your script elsewhere while entered in the contest.

IF I PLACE AS A FINALIST OR WINNER, DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO MY SCRIPT?

Yes. All rights to the material remain with the writer.

ARE WRITING TEAMS ACCEPTED?

Two or more writers are fine. Only one writer needs to register. If the script is selected as a quarterfinalist, all co-writer names will be added to the announcement.

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Top 3% of 3,921 Screenplay Submissions

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“I cannot overstate the impact that Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios like 20th Century Fox.”
--Tripper Clancy (Stuber), Script Pipeline Winner

“Script Pipeline was actually something a friend (who's very high up in the industry) introduced me to, and having her recommend it speaks volumes about how highly regarded a contest it is, even within the upper echelon.”
--Henry Dunham (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek), Script Pipeline Winner

“When I relocated from NYC to LA to pursue sitcom writing, everyone I met in the industry said it wasn’t about entering competitions, it was about entering the right competition. Script Pipeline was a turning point.”
--Howard Jordan Jr. (Superior Donuts), Script Pipeline Runner-up

 “Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager and helped launch my professional career as a writer.”
--Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman, Divergent, Rose Red), Script Pipeline Winner 

“Being a finalist has immediately given me exposure to high-profile managers/producers that I could never reach directly on my own. I'm still blown away where my script has been requested. And I really appreciate that they don't simply blast the industry in a 'one and done' manner. Knowing they actually go the extra mile and tailor their pitches to people's tastes makes all the difference--you realize they care about and respect the writers.”
--Gary King, Script Pipeline Finalist 

“Script Pipeline helped me develop my pilot, found me representation, and played a key role in getting a very ambitious TV project to some of the top producers, showrunners, and even networks. Their continual support and guidance has been invaluable--they are second to none.”
--Kevin Jones, Script Pipeline Winner and 3-Time Finalist

“Having no connections to the industry and needing some quality feedback, I turned to high-level contests like Script Pipeline. From the day I became a finalist, they've sent my work to a long list of industry members. Even through reputation alone, I’ve gotten requests to read my script.”
--Sommer Rusinski, Script Pipeline Finalist

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