Outstanding Screenplays TV Pilot Competition will open in September 2022!
ABOUT (our 2021 competition)
We’re currently in a clear Golden Age of TV. With audiences’ increasing desires for escapism and purely bingeable TV, it has never been this good. And there have never been as many opportunities for screenwriters to write for TV. There were a record 532 scripted TV programs in 2019. That’s a lot of pages of TV that need to be written.
Some of the best writing happens for TV. Some of the best stories being told are being told on TV. When it comes to television, it’s a writer’s world. Writers become producers and showrunners of TV shows.
Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+ are eager to find TV writers with unique voices. That is what our competition is for. We want to find undiscovered talented TV writers and connect them with the industry, so one day they’ll be able to write for their favorite TV Show. So, finish your TV Pilot script, submit it to our competition and let us do the rest.
Grand Prize Winner
*$1,000 cash award
*The Idea - an exclusive Online Course from Erik Bork ($700 value)
*Your script will be sent to our Judges & specially chosen members of our Industry contacts
*Script development with Outstanding Screenplays, with our help and suggestions on how to get your TV Pilot produced
Top 25 Finalists
*Each of the 25 finalists will receive an EXCLUSIVE one page written feedback report from one of our 7 Emmy Award Winning and Writer's Guild Award Winning/Nominated judges!
* Each of the 25 finalists will receive a copy of the NEWEST Final Draft 12 - The screenwriting software used by 95% of Hollywood (25 x $249.99 value)
* Each of the 25 finalists will receive a copy of the Script Hackr: The extensive online step-by-step screenwriting course from Script Reader Pro (25 x $299 value)
* Each of the 25 finalists will receive a collection of 5 Audio classes by Erik Bork (including Story Concept, Main Character, Act One, Act Two, Act Three) (25 x $49 value).
* All 25 finalists will be published on our Instagram and all our other social media accounts. We currently have more than 270.000 followers combined and this will be an important exposure for you and will create more opportunities for your screenplay and your writing career.
We’re on a mission to help and support ALL screenwriters who enter our competitions, not just the finalists and winners. If you have written a TV script and submit to our competition, this shows your intent that you are serious about your screenwriting career. We value that intent. Just with entering you will immediately get on our radar and we will monitor your development from script to script and how your writing is improving.
In addition, EVERYONE who enters will receive:
* FREE eBook THE IDEA by Erik Bork - Regularly listed on the top 10 lists of the best Screenwriting books, The Idea, written by Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer Erik Bork (HBO’s Band of Brothers) takes a different approach to the craft of screenwriting. It's all about selecting that initial idea. A clever, well thought out initial idea is what will motivate Hollywood “gatekeepers” to read your script.
* An invitation to a private Outstanding Screenplays forum where we’ll discuss ideas and improvements for TV Pilots, TV Shows and Web Series and how to get them produced. On the forum, we’ll also share exclusive posts for more advanced screenwriting techniques.
* A $15 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.
* 10% off of ALL subsequent Outstanding Screenplays Competitions (Shorts, TV Pilot and Feature competitions)
At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.
TV Pilot Scripts should be within 15 - 70 pages.
All scripts must be written in English.
We welcome submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from all countries around the world.
Material submitted must be written and owned by the person submitting.
There is no age limit. All ages can enter.
There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer may submit. You are allowed to submit as many entries as you like.
Outstanding Screenplays claims no ownership of your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this competition remain with the original rights of the person(s) that submitted.
All decisions of Outstanding Screenplays are final. By applying to this competition each participant agrees to hold Outstanding Screenplays, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.
Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Our 7 Judges who have won Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and Writer's Guild Awards will decide this year’s TV Pilot Winner. These are all writers who have written and are still writing for some of the best Outstanding TV series available today.
Top TV Pilot scripts are considered by our unprecedented Emmy Award winning and Writer's Guild Award winning writers, creators and producers. Our jury includes:
Erik Bork - writer on Band of Brothers - Two Times Emmy Award Winner & Two Times Golden Globe Award Winner
Erik is a Two Times Emmy Award winning & Two Times Golden Globe Award winning screenwriter, producer, script consultant and blogger best known for his work on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. He got his start in Hollywood as an assistant to Tom Hanks, who gave him the opportunity to help write and produce From the Earth to the Moon, after reading some sitcom spec scripts he had written. Bork has sold series pitches and written pilots at NBC and FOX, worked on the writing staff for two primetime dramas, and written feature screenplays on assignment for companies including Universal Studios, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He also teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension Writers' Program, National University and The Writers Store.
Marion Dayre - writer on Better Call Saul - Six Times Writer's Guild Award Nominee
Marion is a six times Writer’s Guild Award nominated writer who has worked on Better Call Saul and is the lead writer on Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series Echo. She’s got an MFA in Screenwriting which she acquired at UCLA.
Read our interview with Marion here.
Alyson Feltes - writer on Ozark - Emmy Award Nominee
Alyson is an Emmy award nominated writer and showrunner on shows like Ozark and The Alienist. She is the founder and president of Misou Media LLC which owns and develops properties for traditional, digital and social media. As a writer and producer, Feltes has made a name for herself by building emotional characters within a muscular TV landscape. In addition to her work on Ozark, Feltes is also working on new material based on books by Chelsea Clinton.
Noah Gardenswartz - writer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Writer's Guild Award Winner
Noah is a New York based comedian and writer. He is a writer on Amazon's Emmy and Golden-Globe winning show, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for which he’s received a WGA award. He has his own Comedy Central special and was a semi-finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," and has released two chart-topping comedy albums, "Blunt" and "White Men Can't Joke."
Susan is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter based between New York and London. Susan is a producer/writer of HBO's Succession, for which she has won an Emmy, a WGA and a Peabody Award. She has worked on projects for Amazon, Annapurna, Netflix, and Pixar, among others. Her plays have been produced internationally and regionally across the United States. In film, she is a co-writer for the award-winning feature film Brooklyn Love Stories. She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation.
Susan Soon He Stanton - writer on Succession - Emmy Award Winner
Ali is a versatile creator who moves easily between comedy and drama, and film and television. She writes for the Emmy-winning series The Morning Show (Apple TV+), and serves as an on-set producer. Previously, she was a Field Producer for The Daily Show spinoff The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central). She’s currently developing her first feature film as writer/director with Park Pictures.
Ali Vingiano - writer on - The Morning Show - Writer's Guild Award Nominee