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Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing spec scripts, 1/2 hour existing sitcom spec scripts, original pilots, and reality programs. This competition is designed with the TV writer and crossover screenwriter in mind.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early-bird deadline April 2, 2018 $45 131
Final April 16, 2018 $50 145

You can order FEEDBACK with your entry. That costs $110.

Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.

Scriptapalooza TV Alumni:

     
  • Barbara Schwartz wins Daytime Emmy for Rugrats
  • Andrew Colville wins WGA award, writes for Mad Men
  • Aaron Blitzstein writes for Comedy Central
  • Jason Nieves develops and produces Latino 101
  • Scott Gray writes The Backyardigans
  • numerous writers have gotten agents, managers and meetings

Notification: February 15, 2018

Rules

  1. Any spec script from any existing television show, or any original television pilot will be considered. Reality shows are accepted also.
  2. Entered scripts may not have been previously sold.
  3. Multiple entries are accepted, provided a signed entry form and appropriate entry fee is attached to each submission.
  4. Multiple authorship is acceptable.
  5. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s),18 or older.
  6. Scriptapalooza recommends registering your script with The Library of Congress.
  7. No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for script entries will be accepted under any circumstances.
  8. Emailed entry must be accompanied by the following:

    a. Completed official entry form
    b. Entry fee
    c. Completed original script

  9. Submit scripts in English only.
  10. Do not send originals. Scripts will not be returned under any circumstances.
  11. Please submit your entry with all your information on the cover page: The title, author's name, address, phone number and email address.
  12. Body pages must be numbered.
  13. Scripts must be in television standard format.
  14. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

Awards

The television competition is awarding over $3000 in cash prizes.

We are giving awards in the following categories:

  • Pilot Category
  • 1/2 Hour Category
  • 1 Hour Category
  • Reality Shows

    All the winners will be sent to over 50 producers, managers and agents.

    After Scriptapalooza announces the TV winners we do call and promote the 12 winners to all of our contacts. Also we do get calls from interested agents, managers and producers looking to read the top winners. The goal of Scriptapalooza TV is to connect writers with producers, managers and agents...people that can make a difference in a writer’s career.

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

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Updated: 10/04/2017

Scriptapalooza Posts Video Interviews with TV Contest Winners

Scriptapalooza has posted video interviews with recent contest winners David Schlow & Dan Sheehan, Shandton D. Williams II, and Robert Wheaton.

Updated: 03/18/2017

Scriptapalooza Names TV Contest Winners

Scriptapalooza has named its latest Pilot, 1-Hour, Sitcom and Reality TV Contest winners.

Updated: 02/20/2017

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Updated: 11/10/2016

Scriptapalooza TV Announces Script Requests

Updated: 10/04/2016

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Contact

Hollywood, CA
(310) 594-5384 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@scriptapalooza.com

Contact: Mark Andrushko, President and CEO

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 33    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Gary Weinberg

An interview with screenwriter Gary Weinberg regarding the Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: I entered in the Pilot Category. The script is entitled The Asylum. It's about a group of manic, telephone sales "closers." This gaggle of social misfits work for a shadowy company called Inferno Financial. They raise money for all kinds of whack-o ideas, while simultaneously dodging the feds, angry investors, and the nut-cases in their own lives. Deftly employing their one usable skill -- separating people from their money-- the lunatics at The Asylum chase the "American Dream," one phone call at a time.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I did on a lark. I had been pitching the script around town for awhile with not much to show for it. A couple of close calls, but no deals. I moved from LA to Northern California in early 2010. Not much was happening with the script so I figured what the heck. Low and behold I placed 2nd!

I've never entered any other other contests.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes on all counts.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: I'm not sure I can remember how many drafts I've actually written. At least a dozen. I'm a notorious and obsessive rewriter. Didn't write an outline that I can remember for this project: not in the traditional sense. I have done some general plotting out of the story lines. Maybe that qualifies as an outline. It was mostly just hand written notes that I could refer back to along the way as I pushed through the writing process. I started developing the idea back in 1998. It has gone through many permutations.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft. The best.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: No. I wish I could. I feel like I should. Life gets in the way.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Writers block is a state of mind. Nothing more, nothing less. It's a block and what do you do with a block? You pick the bastard up and move it out of the way. Easier to say than to do but the only real way to break writers block is to force yourself to sit down and keep writing. Just keep doing it even if you hate every word thats being slapped on the page. I also do Julia Cameron's Morning Pages from the Artist Way. Great way to bust through the mental garbage and get to the real inspiration. The only other thing I can suggest is to go 180 degrees and just completely step away from the project for awhile. Not always possible if you're writing on a deadline. At least for a day or a few hours and just get it out of your head. Go take a bath, have a beer, masturbate, just think about something else for a time, then step back in. In other words, refresh your brain as best as you can.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: A couple screenplays, several additional scripts for Asylum, some stage plays, a couple of musicals. I'm also an actor, musician, songwriter and massage therapist. And of course, I'm a salesman.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Lived there for 12 years from 1997 to 2010. Living in NoCal right now. I would come back if the right situation presented itself, but probably not permanently.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: Yes. Working on a one-man show about going broke, called Free-Falling in America. Doing lots of rewriting, working with some producers on a work-for-hire, teaching and working with a number of aspiring writings to help them flesh out their projects.

Posted Thursday, February 3, 2011