TV Writing Competitions (PT33)

TV Writing Competitions (PT33)

Alex and Nick discuss television writing competitions, their personal experiences with them, and whether or not they’re worth participating in.

Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before paying and submitting your script? What do you actually get out of them? What if you win and nothing happens?

The Paper Team submits their entry fee…



1 – What are screenwriting competitions? (00:32)
2 – Why you should enter TV writing competitions (01:56)
3 – Competitions that are out there and our own experiences (09:44)
4 – What you should consider before entering a competition (22:50)
5 – What if I win and nothing happens? What if my win is old news? (27:41)
Takeaways and Next Week On (31:42)


Academy Nicholl Fellowships
Tracking Board’s Launch Pad
“Answers to the questions I’ve been asked” – Mickey Fisher
Austin Film Festival Competition
JHRTS Pilot Competition
How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)
PAGE Competition
Final Draft’s Big Break Contest
Script Pipeline

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  1. David Harscheid

    April 27, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    What are the qualifications for joining JHRTS and/or TV CALLING, and are they the same?

  2. Alex

    May 18, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    According to the JHRTS website, membership is “open to all those in the beginning stages of their careers in entertainment, including assistants, associates and coordinators at television studios, networks, agencies, new media, production companies and all other areas in the entertainment industry.”

    TV Calling (this website) is unaffiliated with JHRTS.

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Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.

I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

687 posts and 9 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.

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