Over the years, we’ve had more than a few writing competition placements that have resulted in great things for our writers, which is why we wanted to help you get a headstart on the deadlines for the labs, competitions, and fellowships that are coming up soon! 

Here’s What’s Coming Next:

ATX Television Festival Pitch Competition

Open for Submissions!

  • Final Deadline: 2/7/21
    • Submission fee: $40
  • Guidelines: 
    • 90-Second Video Pitch
    • 5-10 Page Script Sample

ISA Fast Track Fellowship

Open for Submissions!

  • Final Deadline: 2/16/21
    • Submission fee: $59
  • Guidelines:
    • Features: 70 – 120 pages
    • TV Pilots: 10 – 70 pages

Film Independent Episodic Lab

Open for Submissions!

  • Non-Members Deadline: 2/17/21
    • Fee: $65
  • Member Extended Deadline: 3/3/21
    • Fee: $45
  • Guidelines:
    • A cover letter explaining your interest in the Episodic Lab
    • One complete, original pilot
    • A series logline
    • A series description describing the story engine and series arc of the show
    • Project status and history, including any industry exposure

Universal Writers Program

Open for Submissions!

  • Final Deadline: 2/21
    • Fee: Free
  • Guidelines: 
    • Application (must be completed in full)
    • Original screenplay (must be between 90-120 pages)
    • Original treatment (must not exceed 5 pages)
    • Release forms
    • Resume
    • Original essay (no longer than 750 words)
    • Letters of recommendation (optional)

Screencraft Fellowship 

Open for Submissions!

  • Regular Deadline: 1/31/21
    • Fee: $69
  • Final Deadline: 2/28/21 
    • Fee: $79
  • Guidelines:
    • No limit to the number of projects entered for consideration
    • Cover letter requested at semi-final round
    • Only Feature scripts and TV Pilots are accepted

Sundance Episodic Lab

Open for Submissions!

  • Application Period: 2/10/21-3/10/21
    • Fee: $40
  • Required Materials:
    • Bio(s) of the writer(s) (no more than 250 words per person)
    • Series logline: a one-sentence description of your series (no more than 50 words)
    • The first five pages of your pilot script (in .pdf form)
    • Pilot synopsis (no more than 500 words)
    • Series overview (no more than 500 words)
    • Personal statement (no more than 250 words)
    • Thematic statement (no more than 250 words)

Trackingb.com Original TV Pilot Contest

Open for Submissions!

  • Final Deadline: 3/15/21
    • Fee: $99

Screencraft True Story and Public Domain Writing Competition

Open for Submissions!

  • Early Submission Deadline: 1/31/21
    • Fee: $49.50
  • Final Submission Deadline: 3/31/21
    • Fee: $79.50
  • Submission Guidelines: 
    • Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages
    • TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages
    • Pitches must be between 1 and 40 pages
    • Any screenplay submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120
    • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Open for Submissions!

  • Upcoming Deadline: 2/15/21
    • Fee: $55
  • Final Submission Deadline: 4/15/21
    • Fee: $75
  • Submission Guidelines: 
    • Full-Length Features (80-120 pages)
    • Short Film Scripts (under 30 pages)
    • TV Drama & Comedy Pilots (30-75 pages)

Cinestory Foundation Feature Lab 

Open for Submissions!

  • Regular Deadline: 2/15/21
    • Fee: $69
  • Late Deadline: 3/21/21
    • Fee: $81
  • Final Deadline: 4/25/21
    • $88
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Screenplays must be feature film screenplays from 85 to 125 pages

Launch Pad TV Pilot Competition

Open for Submissions!

  • Upcoming Submission Deadline: 2/12/21
    • Current Submission Fee: $55
  • Final Submission Deadline: 5/7/21
    Submission guidelines:
    • Submit your original TV pilot
    • TV pilot must be under 70 pages
  • Submission Guidelines: 
    • All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page)
    • Do not submit any form of pitch document with your pilot script.
    • The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest

Open for Submissions!

  • Early Deadline: 3/1/21
    • Fee: $50
  • Regular Deadline: 5/1/21
    • Fee: $60:
  • Final Deadline: 5/15/21
    • Fee: $65

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest

Open for Submissions!

  • Early Deadline: 3/1/21
    • Fee: $50
  • Regular Deadline: 5/1/21
    • Fee: $60:
  • Final Deadline: 5/15/21
    • Fee: $65

Humanitas New Voices

Open for Submissions!

  • Early Deadline: 3/1/21
    • Fee: $65
  • Regular Deadline: 4/1/21
    • Fee: $75
  • Late Deadline: 5/17/21
    • Fee: $85
  • Guidelines:
    • One (1) original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay
    • Logline
    • Brief (1 paragraph) synopsis
    • Release form

Academy Nicholl Fellowship

Not Yet Open for Submissions.

  • Upcoming Deadline: 3/3/21
    • Fee: $48
  • Regular Deadline: 4/3/21
    • Fee $63
  • Late Deadline: 5/3/21
    • Fee $88
  • Guidelines:
    • An entrant may submit a maximum of three scripts in the current competition
    • Script should be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The recommended length is 80 to 125 pages 
    • Writers must create an account at the Nicholl website to enter the competition

Austin Film Fest Screenplay & Teleplay Competition 

Open for Submissions!

  • Upcoming Deadline: 3/26/21
    • Fee: $45
  • Final Deadline: 5/21/21
    • Fee: $70
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Submit teleplay (pilot) or screenplay
    • Feature Screenplays must be approximately 90-120 pages in length.
    • Short Screenplays must be 5 – 40 pages in length (for more on submitting shorts, check the site as fees may vary)
    • Teleplays should be the appropriate length depending on the format. The recommended length for single camera sitcoms is approximately 22-40 pages and 45-70 pages for single camera one-hour programs. The recommended length for multi-camera sitcom pilots is approximately 52-58 pages.
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