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TV Writing Contest Results

2021 TV Writing Contest Results

By June 28, 2021September 27th, 2021No Comments

2021 Winner

Munch
Erin Muroski

Erin Muroski is a comedy writer and actor who prefers hurricanes to earthquakes (she’s from Orlando, but currently lives in LA). She writes about real, multifaceted women who try really hard to keep it together, but end up screwing it up in some way… just like her!

As a performer, she’s appeared on sitcoms, in national commercials, at San Francisco Sketch Fest two years running and was one of the leads in an uber religious romantic comedy that made her Catholic mother very happy called In-Lawfully Yours (available on Amazon & iTunes). She has taught and performed improv for over a decade and has her own podcast about the Bachelor franchise (so she is officially an Angeleno now.)

As a writer, won “Best Original Comedy Pilot” for her pilot Level Up at the UCLA Screenwriting Contest and won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award for “Best Comedy Pilot Script” for her script Game, based on her years of experience as a dating coach. She’s a two-time finalist at the Austin Film Festival and was chosen as a fellow by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer in “Imagine Impact Content Accelerator Program.” Her latest pilot Munch won first place in the Script Pipeline 2021 TV Writing contest. Erin is currently shopping her holiday feature Dumped on Christmas with Kimberly Montini at Cranium Entertainment.

Runner-up

Queens of Chocolate City
Donald Jolly

LA-based playwright & screenwriter Donald Jolly is a recent graduate of the inaugural class of the Writers Guild Foundation – Writers Access Support Staff Training Program, but a not-so-recent graduate of Dartmouth (1st-generation college grad) and USC School of Dramatic Arts (MFA, Dramatic Writing). Jolly’s character-driven dramas & dramedies about LGBTQ+ people of color draw inspiration from his youth as a queer child of divorce in inner-city DC during the Chocolate City days — a child raised in the world of the Black Church and respectability politics but saved by the soul-stirring styles and talents of Tina Turner, the yellowing pages of outdated World Book Encyclopedias, and Dorothy and her friends easin’ on down the road in the merry old land of Oz.

Before sashaying over to TV writing, Jolly first shantay-ed onto the LA theatre scene with the 2011 world premiere of his play bonded at Playwrights’ Arena/The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). This historical drama — about same-sex romance in the antebellum South — won the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition for LGBT Historical Plays, and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre and a LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Playwriting. After that, the Watts Village Theatre Company commissioned Jolly to write Riot/Rebellion. The 2015 immersive ensemble-driven docudrama about the 1965 civil unrest in LA’s Watts neighborhood earned a “GO!” in LA Weekly. In 2018, D’s play Baby Eyes premiered at Playwrights’ Arena at Atwater Village Theatre (Top 10 Recommendation by Stage Raw). Jolly’s plays have also been developed at The Warehouse Theatre, Celebration Theatre, The Vagrancy, EST/LA, and Company of Angels. Jolly is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, an Associate Artist with Playwrights’ Arena, an alum of Center Theatre Group’s L.A. Writers Workshop, and an alum of the Geffen Playhouse Writers’ Room. D’s pronouns are he/him/his or they/them/theirs or D/D’em/D’s.

Donald is excited to begin a career in the world of episodic drama and hopes to get repped and staffed in the not-too-distant future. For Donald’s latest happenings, visit d-jolly.net or follow @JollyDramatist on Twitter.

Finalists

Blood at the Root
LaDarrion Williams

Cheap Thrills!
Stuart Thomas

In Vitro Veritas
Catherine Loerke

Little Sweden
Sam Boyer

Palmer Island
Bianca J. Ursillo

Ponzi
Wigham Foothill

This is Not a Place
Kelsey Grace Pfeifer

Typecast
Will Lapp

Semifinalists

Always Blue
Taylor Coriell

Average-Looking Cowboy
Sam Boyer

Bastards
Erin Muroski

Be Here Now
Katie Micay

Black Hatters
Adam Toltzis

Blood at the Root
LaDarrion Williams

Cheap Thrills!
Stuart Thomas

Holy Karan
Karan Batta & Saeed Crumpler

Human Resources
R.L. Hooker

In Vitro Veritas
Catherine Loerke

Leatherette
Michael KY. Yip

Lebensborn
Karen McDermott

Little Sweden
Sam Boyer

Mask4Masc
Roosevelt Brown

Munch
Erin Muroski

Nip + Suck
Judd Schlossberg

Palmer Island
Bianca J. Ursillo

Ponzi
Wigham Foothill

Queens of Chocolate City
Donald Jolly

This is Not a Place
Kelsey Grace Pfeifer

Thunder Buns
Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout

Typecast
Will Lapp

Quarterfinalists

100% Natural
Robin Rose Singer

Always Blue
Taylor Coriell

American Easy
Judd Schlossberg

Average-Looking Cowboy
Sam Boyer

Baby Abby Fell Down The Well
Lilah Taber

Baghdad By the Bay
Michael Weinreb

Bastards
Erin Muroski

Be Here Now
Katie Micay

Black Hatters
Adam Toltzis

Blood at the Root
LaDarrion Williams

Blood Bonds
Ashley Bower

Cheap Thrills!
Stuart Thomas

Clarke
Ellen Tremiti

Complicated White Man
Aaron Mobley

Concrete
Greer Ellison

Cosmic Janet
Jessie Stegner

Countertenor
Xavier Rogers

Cruddy
John Biggers

Curses!
Tulica Singh

Dale Farm
Dorie Chevlen

Detail Woman
Patricia Lundy

Dicks
Cristi Rumpza

Dreamers
LaDarrion Williams

En Tournant
Victoria DeMartin

Founders
Marisa Hardwicke

Game
Erin Muroski

Gumheels
Ellen Tremiti

Holy Karan
Karan Batta & Saeed Crumpler

Human Resources
R.L. Hooker

In Vitro Veritas
Catherine Loerke

Leatherette
Michael KY. Yip

Lebensborn
Karen McDermott

Little Sweden
Sam Boyer

Mask4Masc
Roosevelt Brown

Master-Mime
Samuel Ashurov & Raza Rizvi

Munch
Erin Muroski

Nip + Suck
Judd Schlossberg

Palmer Island
Bianca J. Ursillo

Ponzi
Wigham Foothill

Pre-Cancelled
Vivien Jastrzebski & Paul Travisano

Puppet Me
Julie Cavaliere

Queens of Chocolate City
Donald Jolly

Salvador Dolly
Brandon Burkhart

Softies
Kyle Gillis

Temp World
Jondaniel Cornett & Jonathan Frey

The Immortal Game
Zimran Jacob

The New Era
Drew Vollmer

The Stork
Rob Maza

The Taking of Lincoln Hospital
Karina Hurtado-Ocampo

This is Not a Place
Kelsey Grace Pfeifer

Thunder Buns
Micah Goldman & Griff Kohout

Typecast
Will Lapp

Unseen
Anthony Grippa & Matthew Tyler

Week End Tonight
Lindsay Nyman

White Collar Wives Club
Bry Larrea

Finalists – July 10th

Winner – July 24th

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