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Take center stage in our esteemed TV Pilot Contest! Let your boundless talent shine, fuel your passion, and let your creativity run wild.

Welcome to our TV Pilot Contest, where your creativity will be reviewed by a team of seasoned analysts and industry experts who truly understand the craft. Beyond the chance to win prizes, this is an opportunity to forge connections within the industry, turning your dreams into tangible accomplishments. This contest isn't just a platform; it's a launchpad for your imagination, a gateway to a world of boundless animated wonders.

current SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Aug 05
Quarterfinalist
Aug 15
Semifinalist
Aug 30
Finalist
May 26
Winner

DEADLINES

March 12
Early
Apr 12
Regular
May 12
Final
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GRAND PRIZE Mentor

FarIda Zahran
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Co-writer of RAMY (A24)

Farida Zahran is an Egyptian writer/director based in Brooklyn, working across film and TV. Co-Writer of the acclaimed TV series RAMY (A24 & Hulu). Her short film, YOUTH, premiered at SXSW in 2019, screened at festivals worldwide and received an Oscar-qualifying award at Palm Springs.

The winner of the TV Pilot Competition will have a 1-to-1 Mentorship (45 minutes) with her, where they'll go through the script and receive personalized feedback, insights and advices for their career.

GRAND PRIZE Mentor

Nicola Larder
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Co-Creator of MARCELLA (Netflix)

Nicola Larder is the Drama Executive Producer at PULSE FILMS, the leading production company in the UK. Notably, Nicola co-created the internationally acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning NETFLIX ORIGINAL drama, MARCELLA.

The TV Pilot Competition winner scores a special 45-minute one-on-one mentorship with her. They'll go over their script, get personalized feedback, and receive professional advice for their career. A fantastic opportunity to level up in the industry!

Star judges

Meet the industry's best—visionaries involved in top projects.

Nicola Larder
Executive Producer and Co-Creator | Pulse Films

Nicola Larder is the Drama Executive Producer at PULSE FILMS, the leading production company in the UK. Notably, Nicola co-created the internationally acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning NETFLIX ORIGINAL drama, MARCELLA.

Zach Cox
Literary Manager | Circle of Confusion

Zach Cox, a 15-year veteran at Circle of Confusion, has been a manager since 2010. The agency is now a premier hub in LA, representing top TV writers from series such as THE WALKING DEAD or DAISY JONES & THE SIX.

Jon Hersh
Literary Manager | Housefire Management

Jon Hersh heads Housefire Management, an indie literary hub for writers and writer/directors in film and TV. His clients are behind projects with big names like UNIVERSAL, NETFLIX and DISNEY.

1 Grand prize winner

Enter the TV Pilot Competition by Premium Screenplay and embark on your journey to success!

1 Grand prize winner
$1,000 Cash Prize
1 Grand prize winner
Special Badge in our Industry Marketplace
Get easily seen by studios, managers, agents, and development executives actively seeking fresh talent
1 Grand prize winner
1-to-1 MENTORSHIP with Farida Zahran, screenwriter of RAMY (A24) & Nicola Larder, Co-creator of Marcella (NETFLIX) and Executive Producer (PULSE FILMS)
Receive feedback, insights and career advice from relevant and experienced people in the industry!
1 Grand prize winner
Writer Duet Pro Software License (1 Year) & Mysterious Gift Token

Runner Up prizes

2nd Place Winner
  • $500 Cash Prize
  • Award Certificate
  • WriterDuet Pro Software License (1 Year)
  • Mysterious Gift token
3rd Place Winner
  • WriterDuet Pro Software License (1 Year)
  • Award Certificate & Mysterious Gift token
Finalists (Top 20)
  • Mysterious Admission token
  • 15% off next competition entry

Everything you need to know

Please read and understand all the competition rules and regulations before submitting your entry

Submissions
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a. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only (PDF).
b. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No couponor discount is applicable on a previous entry.
c. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry
d. Only TV Pilots screenplays are eligible for submission.
e. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 20 pages and a maximum of 70 pages.
f. Submissions exceeding 70 pages without feedback will incur a $0.50 per page overage fee. Submissions with feedback will incur a $1 per page overage fee.
g. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit. h. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59 PM GMT.
i. Submission fee payment must be made in full at the time of submission
All entry fees are non-refundable.

Eligibility
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a. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), although them a trial may be based on other works not owned by the writer(s).
b. All writers who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to participate.
c. Material must be submitted by the writer. If a writing team is involved, them a trial must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other(s).
d. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing any prizes awarded as they deem fair, regardless of whether there is a cash value or not.
e. Participants from all countries are welcome to enter the competition.
f. All submitted material must be in English. Occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, provided subtitle translation is provided.

Requirements
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a. All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible for this contest.
b. There are no restrictions on when the material was written.
c. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, including font, spacing, and margin.
d. The title and name of the writer should be included on the titlepage. Additional content is not required.
e. Submissions must be in electronic format as a PDF. Broken files or non-PDF files may be accepted, but if the file cannot be read, it will not be judged.

Ownership and Plagiarism
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a. Scripts or projects based on underlying material not owned by the writer are accepted as samples, provided that the script itself is indisputably written by the submitting writer and does not contain any plagiarism.

Rule Amendments
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a. Premium Screenplay reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Please ensure that you carefully review and adhere to these rules when submitting your screenplay.

Additional Terms
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Please ensure that you carefully review and adhere to these rules when submitting your screenplay.

1. COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: Premium Screenplay, its partners, employees, and agents acknowledge no ownership or first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. The original rights holders retain all ownership and rights to the submitted scripts unless alternative agreements are made.

2. PUBLICITY: Participation in the contest implies consent for Premium Screenplay, its agents, and contest sponsors to use entrants' names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, except where prohibited by law. All use of entrants' information complies with our Privacy Policy.

3. REFUND POLICY: Please note that all entries are non-refundable.

4. SITE TERMS OF SERVICE: By entering this competition, users agree to ad here to all Premium Screenplay Terms of Service in addition to the contest rules and eligibility criteria outlined.

5. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: By entering the contest, participants acknowledge reading and agreeing to the specified conditions. They release and hold harmless Premium Screenplay, subsidiaries, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, sponsors, and other organizations involved in administering, advertising, or promoting the contest, as well as their respective members, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (the "Released Parties") from any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities. This includes damages, negligence to property and persons, invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of the right of publicity, copyright infringement, or trademark infringement related to a participant's entry, contest participation, and/or acceptance or use or misuse of the prize. This release does not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of the participant's rights under applicable copyright law. Participants also agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Premium Screenplay, its sponsor, agents, and employees from any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities(including reasonable attorney's fees) arising from their participation in the contest and/or use or misuse of the prize. Employees of Premium Screenplay and their immediate families are ineligible to participate, and any submission from them will be immediately disqualified. Entry to this contest is void where prohibited or restricted by federal, state, or local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients' eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded, and winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, participants authorize the use of trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting their submission file(s).

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