Registration Fee $55

Timeline

Special Entry Deadline:

Aug 31, 2018

Pre-registration Deadline:

Dec 31, 2018

Early Deadline:

Mar 01, 2019

Regular Deadline:

May 01, 2019

Late Deadline:

May 15, 2019

Final Deadline:

May 30, 2019

CATEGORIES & FEES

Early Deadline
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Early Deadline
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65
Early Deadline
  • Standard Entry $55
  • ISAConnect Entry $50
Regular Deadline
  • Standard Entry $60
  • ISAConnect Entry $55
Late Deadline
  • Standard Entry $65
  • ISAConnect Entry $60
Final Deadline
  • Standard Entry $70
  • ISAConnect Entry $65

Announcements

Quarter-finalists

Jun 17, 2019

Semi-finalists

Jun 24, 2019

Finalists

Jul 01, 2019

Winner and Runner-up

Jul 28, 2019

Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

The 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions head into their 17th and 12th seasons, continuing the search for up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers.

The company’s intensive facilitation process, which consists of long-term writer development and circulation of material, helps contest selections gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood. $6 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with several scripts produced since 1999.

PRIZES

--Grand Prize Winner: $50,000 - $25,000 each for Screenwriting and TV Writing

--Runners-up: $5,000 - $2,500 each for Screenwriting and TV Writing

--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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Rules

Basic guidelines:

-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. If contact info is left on the script, we'll adjust the file accordingly—the writer will not be disqualified.

-PDF preferred, but will accept Final Draft, Celtx, and other file formats.

-Co-writers are allowed. Just list each writer's name when registering your script.

-Script should be a feature-length screenplay. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.

-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).

-Previous Script Pipeline competition entrants welcome to enter again and are guaranteed fresh reads from a new judge. Former finalists are not allowed to enter the same script again.

-All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not.

-Electronic submissions only.


Some general rules:

-The script entered must not have been produced in its full form. (Shorts based on the script are fine.)

-Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.

-No restrictions on money earned as a writer, as long as the script entered has not been sold and is not under option at the time of entry.

FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Special Entry: August 31st - $40
Pre-register: December 31st - $50
Early: March 1st - $60
Regular: May 1st - $65

WHAT ARE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DATES?

2019 quarterfinalists and semifinalists are selected in late June. The top 10 finalists are posted to the site on July 1st, and one Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up is announced on July 28th.

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

If you registered after May 1st, we'll accept updated drafts any time before the late and final May 15th deadline.

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 that cover everything from plot and structure to dialogue and character. A sample can be found here. Additional notes are optional and kept separate from the actual judging process.

*Feedback is sent by July when judging wraps

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.

If your contact info is left on the script, we'll adjust the file accordingly—the writer will not be disqualified. However, we can replace any previous version with one you have updated.

WILL YOU ACCEPT SHORT SCRIPTS OR PITCHES?

Only feature-length scripts are accepted. Pitches may be submitted to our Great Movie Idea Competition.

WHAT KIND OF EXPOSURE WILL THE WINNERS RECEIVE?

Script Pipeline has a long history of linking finalists with the industry through personal introductions and general career assistance for our writers—more so than any other competition. In July 2019, we will announce the Grand Prize winner at a private writer/industry reception. Afterward, loglines and scripts are circulated long-term to companies looking for new material, and the winner is connected to a number of producers, agents, and managers.

IS THE FIELD LIMITED TO BEGINNING WRITERS AND AMATEURS?

No. Writers may have sold or optioned material in the past; however, the script you're entering must not be currently under option and must not have been previously produced as a feature film.

CAN I SUBMIT TO OTHER CONTESTS OR COMPANIES AFTER ENTERING?

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.

DO I NEED TO COPYRIGHT MY SCRIPT?

Although a copyright is not required to enter the competition, we recommend you register your work with a copyright service, such as the U.S. Copyright Office, or the Writer's Guild of America.

ARE WRITING TEAMS ACCEPTED?

Two or more writers are fine. Just list each writer's name when registering your script.

Contact our contest coordinator with any other questions.

There are no success stories linked to this contest. Please ask writers to tag your contest in their Success Stories so that you can brag about the great things happening with your contest and the writers you are helping.

There are no judges bio linked to this contest.

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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

“In the few days after the competition announcement, we had a slew of terrific meetings. . . . Script Pipeline allowed us, two unknowns from Australia, to come to LA, meet people in the industry, and begin relationships.”
--Penelope Chai and Matteo Bernardini, Script Pipeline Winners

“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 

“From our first phone call, they became our personal champions and proceeded to surprise us again and again with the extent of their support. Thanks to them, we are now developing our pilot with Mandalay Entertainment. Entering this contest moved our careers forward in an unprecedented way and was the smartest thing we did all year!”
--Ben and Tyler Soper, Script Pipeline First Look Project Winners

“The dedicated Script Pipeline staff root for you and your writing career every step of the way. They champion your work and sing its praises to exciting industry contacts. I've never been so honored to win a contest and will carry this achievement to push me through those tougher days of writing.”
--Kay Tuxford, 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 

“No one has done more for our screenplay and our writing career than Script Pipeline. They've worked tirelessly in connecting us to industry professionals over the course of six years, ultimately resulting in our script getting optioned.”
--Debbie Chesebro & Tyson FitzGerald, Script Pipeline Winners

“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