About the Screenwriting Competition
Now in its 16th year, the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition seeks talented writers and exceptional screenplays to connect with production companies, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running screenwriting contests, Script Pipeline continues to cultivate relationships with the industry’s top executives, focused specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production.
About the TV Writing Competition
The 11th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and fresh, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Launched in 2008 as a response to the growing demand for new episodic content, the competition has established its role as a go-to outlet for emerging writers looking to get staffed on shows or develop their TV material.
The company’s distinctive long-term facilitation process helps contest alumni find elite representation and gain crucial introductions to Hollywood, with $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2010 alone. Last year, close to 8,000 screenplays were entered in the Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions, making Script Pipeline one of the leading companies reviewing unproduced material. Notable success stories can be found on the contest pages.
Finalists for both competitions receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:
– $50,000 to winners
– Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for new writers
– Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs
– Additional script reviews for potential circulation
– Long-term circulation for all finalists (and select semifinalists), tailored to each individual project
– Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group
Recent Success Stories
– Henry Dunham’s The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber wrapped production in April 2018 with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dunham is making his feature directorial debut. The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, and Henry was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.
– The action-comedy Stuber, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy, attached Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Iko Uwais (The Raid) . 20th Century Fox picked up the script, based on a pitch developed by Tripper and manager Jake Wagner (Good Fear), in April 2016.
– Off the Menu, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist Jen Goldson, released in February 2018. Industry partner Jay Silverman(Girl on the Edge), who directed the romcom, picked up the project in 2015. Silverman and producer Bethany Cerrona met Goldson at the annual Script Pipeline writer/industry event in Los Angeles.
– Writers Burke Scurfield and Adam Lederer signed with manager Drew Shenfield at Mosaic in 2018. Their comedy pilot, Big Boy, was circulated by Script Pipeline to Mosaic execs after the script’s top 10 placement in the 2017 TV Writing Competition.
*FILMMAKERS: visit Film Pipeline and submit a produced short or unproduced script. Launched in January 2018, it’s a new platform to connect up-and-coming directors with agents and managers, as well as help get short films made. Learn more here.