The People’s Pilot & Spec Scriptacular Contests are Now Open

          

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It’s that time again. New Year’s Day, of course. And, more importantly – to us here at TVWriter™ anyway – it’s the opening day for submissions in our two contests.

Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of the  SPEC SCRIPTACULAR and its sister contest the PEOPLE’S PILOT are currently on the staffs of CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, and GREY’S ANATOMY. We’d love to see you join them!

In a nutshell, ourcontest situation is this:

The People’s Pilot is our yearly pilot writing contest for scripted television and New Media/interweb series. Prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in 2 categories – 1-hour series and 1/2-hour series. All genres are fair game, and it’s up to the entrant to choose the appropriate length for the material.

We’re looking for the best material anyone can come up with. The kind that attracts and holds attention. That shows its writer is a force to be reckoned with, somebody who can do the job better than it has ever been done before. Somebody with the kind of talent both the business and the viewing audience need. For 2 reasons:

  1. Everyone involved with TVWriter™ loves TV, whether we watch it on our bigscreens or our tablets, via cable, satellite, broadcast network, or website. And we want to see not just good but great material on those media. Material that makes us think and feel and laugh and cry and get all involved so that we’re completely lost in a reality every bit as vibrant as real life. This, believe it or not, is the 22nd running of the PP, and every time our judges sit down to read the entries they’re hoping to find a series that can go on the air and be appreciated as, well, as the best series in the history of TV.
  2. We know how important it is for new writers to have the kind of sample scripts that make agents and producers and executives sit up and take notice. That make those who control viewer access go all squirmy inside so they think, “Wow! This is the best writer ever. We’ve gotta work with him/her. Gotta have her/him as a client/on our staff. A terrific pilot script is absolutely the best way to get this attention and propel you through the door. (Or at least into the damn doorway, where you need to be.)

Does this sound like you? And what you want? Then click here and find out more…oh, and don’t forget to enter.

Speaking of entering, the cost of both TVWriter™ writing contests is $40/entry. But from now till 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) March 1, 2013, the Early Bird Discount is solidly in place, reducing the price by 25%, to $30. And, yes, we’re all for entrants taking advantage of the discount by paying now even if their teleplays aren’t ready. The final due date, after all, is June 1.

Those of you who have visited or entered the contest before will notice some changes this time around. Part of our ongoing attempts to make the best-known and, we think, just plain best pilot contest even better. This year’s changes include:

  1. More prizes. Over $5000 worth of services and in-your-hand dinero, including free admission to the TVWriter™ Advanced Online Workshop.
  2. More potential winners. Our new category system means twice as many entrants can take home prizes as last time around.
  3. Free feedback. After the Winners are announced, each entrant will receive an e-mail giving him/her their score and explaining what it means.

The Spec Scriptacular is our yearly contest for spec scripts written for current and recent television and New Media/interweb series and original spec television movies and specials, regardless of what country those series are in (as long as they’re written in English so the judges can read them). And, yes, when we say “television movies” we also mean screenplays because – especially these days – there’s absolutely no difference between the writing of a good film for television and a good film for the big screen.

Prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in 3 categories – sitcoms, dramas (which also include action and dramedy shows), and original movies and specials of all genres.

As with the People’s Pilot, we’re looking for the best material anyone can come up with. The kind that attracts and holds attention, demonstrating that its writer is somebody who can do the job better than it has ever been done before. Somebody the business and the viewing audience need. Because, as we said earlier, we love television and want to find the best writers we can to help make it become the best it can possibly be. And because the competition within the biz is so keen that those who want writing careers have to roar off the line by showing not merely that they can write as well as, but better than, those who are already working in the industry.

Is this sounds like who you are and what you want, then click here and find out more…oh, and don’t forget to enter.

Again, as we said earlier, the cost of each TVWriter™ writing contests is $40/entry. But from now till 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) March 1, 2013, the Early Bird Discount is solidly in place, reducing the price by 25%, to $30. And, yes, we’re all for entrants taking advantage of the discount by paying now even if their teleplays aren’t ready. The final due date, after all, is June 1.

We’ve made some changes in the Spec Scriptacular this year as part of our ongoing efforts to make it the definitive spec TV & film writing contest on the web, including:

  1. More prizes. Over $6000 worth of services and in-your-hand dinero, including free admission to the TVWriter™ Advanced Online Workshop.
  2. Free feedback. After the Winners are announced, each entrant will receive an e-mail giving him/her their score and explaining what it means.

That’s it for now, but you know us; we’ll be bugging you about entering the 22nd People’s Pilot and 19th Spec Scriptacular for the next 6 months. But we really mean it when we say we believe wholeheartedly that you’ll be glad you did.

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