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Screenwriting Contest

TV Pilot Open Topic

WIN $1,000

+ Chance to be produced!


TV Pilot Open Topic

The changing landscape of entertainment and the growth of streaming services has placed us firmly and happily in the midst of the golden age of television. And with format limitations quickly disappearing, TV writers are free to write and explore with boundless creativity and originality. We invite you to write a pilot episode for a TV series that leaves audiences wanting more and setting aside entire weekends to binge-watch every episode.The topic is open, just be sure to follow the rules and guidelines. Happy Writing!


60 min or less


Submission Deadline is
April 30th, 2021

Contest Entry Fee

See Guidelines



$1,000 USD

License fee cash award

+ Chance to be produced!

$500 USD

License fee cash award

+ Chance to be produced!


$250 USD

License fee cash award

+ Chance to be produced!


Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is open to Members of Open Screenplay only or by paying a $40 contest entry fee. Contest begins on Feb 3, 2021 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM (ET). There are a total of three (3) prizes available to be won as follows: one (1) First Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $1000, and in Open Screenplay’s sole discretion, the option of production, one (1) Second Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $500, and one (1) Third Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of USD $250. Open to Open Screenplay Members, excluding residents of Quebec, Canada, who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry (parental or guardian consent required if entrant is under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry). Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limitations apply. See full Contest Rules & Guidelines.

Enter to Win

Participating is easy! There are two ways you can contribute:

START a new short film screenplay: simply sign in to Open Screenplay and click START SCREENPLAY on the main menu. Choose TV Pilot Open Topic contest to enter your screenplay into the competition. The screenplay must be completed onopenscreenplay.com..

FIND a short film screenplay to contribute to: go to the Find Page and under type, select SHORT FILM and CONTEST ENTRY. Select any short film screenplays with Short Film Contest II contest's label below it. If the screenplay is public, you can contribute right away. If it’s private, you have to request an invitation to the screenplay.

Chance to get produced!

The screenplay awarded the first prize will be considered for production! The screenplay must be original and must be written on www.openscreenplay.com.

(Optional) Refer to win!

As part of our contest, we are also offering a very special incentive: refer someone and, if they win, you can earn the same amount of money they earn.

Yes, if you refer someone who participates in the contest and their contribution earns them part of a cash award, you will receive an amount of money equal to what they earn.

For example, if you refer one person who earns $50 – you receive $50. If you refer 15 people who collectively earn $1,250 – you receive $1,250

Hurry! Contest closes April 30th, 2021