Happy Middle of August everyone. The 2016 PEOPLE’S PILOT is bouncing up, up, and away, with only 2 1/2 months left till entries close on November 1st of this year.
In case you’re new to TVWriter™ and this email list, here’s the lowdown on our premier TV writing competition. Well, electronic media writing, if you want to get technical. (But most people who like to get technical don’t become writers, do they)
THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE’S PILOT COMPETITION IN A LARGE NUTSHELL
TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT is one of the oldest – if not the actual oldest – television writing contests on the interwebs, and generally accepted as the stand-out competition for new series pilot scripts.
Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s past contests are or have most recently been on the staffs of:
LETHAL WEAPON (upcoming)
PERSON OF INTEREST
THE WALKING DEAD
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
ONCE UPON A TIME
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER
And that doesn’t include the various one-off writing gigs, TV movie assignments, and staff jobs we don’t yet know about. We’d love to see you join this fine group of successes!
THE PEOPLE’S PILOT COMPETITION is held yearly, opening for entries March 1 and staying open for 8 months, until November 1. We do our best to announce the Winners, starting with Semi-Finalists, over a two week period in January and February of the following year.
The contest is for scripted series intended for just about any media you can think of. Broadcast TV. Cable and satellite TV. Internet series on major sites from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu through YouTube, Vimeo and other popular uploading channels and venues, to your own personal website.
The PP is divided into 3 prize-giving categories:
- Scripted series One-Half Hour Or Less in length – including everything from broadcast and premium cable length shows through 11 minute Adult Swim and Cartoon network type shows to short-short 5 minute or less internet shows
- Scripted series One-Hour Or Less in length – including broadcast and premium cable length shows and personal, idiosyncratic shows as short as 30:01 minutes and as long as 60:00 minutes
- Scripted series More Than One Hour in length – including mini-series and other shows whose episodes will be feature film length (like several on seen on BBC and ITV in the UK. Especially welcome in this category are series deliberately designed to be binge-watched and viewed at longer sittings. (Can any other contest say the same?)
- All three categories are open to all series genres. To put it another way, the PP is wide open to whatever you want to express and whatever expresses you as a creator.
PEOPLE’S PILOT PRIZES & BONUSES IN EACH CATEGORY
- Free Feedback for Each Entry
- Free “Storytelling Patterns E-Book by Larry Brody with Each Entry
- 2 weeks of 1-On-1 Career Coaching (by phone, e-mail, or, if possible, in person with producer-writer Larry Brody of TVWriter™ ($700 value)
- Monetary Prizes in Each Category of $500 (1st Prize) – $100 (2nd Prize) $50 (3rd Prize) from Manner Movie Ltd.
- Script Consultation from Script Pipeline ($395)
- Free admission to Larry Brody’s Online TV and Film Writing Master Class ($279 value)
- 1 yr access to Writing the Master Screenplay, The Online Course ($99 value)
- 1 year of Gold Plan Spotlighted Screenplay Posting Service at ScreenwriterShowcase.Com ($84 value)
- 1 InkTip Script Listing so that producers and reps can find you ($65 value)
- 1 InkTip Magazine Logline Listing to make your presence known in print ($40 value)
- Inclusion in the vaunted TVWriter.Com List of Recommended Writers (priceless)
HERE COMES THE FINALE
In recent years new online writing contests have been springing up with almost dizzying speed. Not all writing contests, however, are created equal. TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT COMPETITION has been running online since the year 2000 – the dawn of the 21st Century. Winning or placing highly in PP means something. It’s a genuine step into your future. Jump start your career with a contest win that counts.
Find out more about THE PEOPLE’S PILOT, one of the oldest and most respected writing contests on the web – including its rules, prizes, et al – HERE
Again, the closing date for entries is November 1st. As we used to say on the original Hawaii Five-0: “Be there!”
Larry Brody & Team TVWriter™
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