2019 Screenwriting & TV Writing Finalists

The top 10 finalists of the 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions have been selected.

2019 Screenwriting Finalists

America Online by Ariel Sobel
Animal by Milena Korolczuk
Darryn the Bold and the Sword of Boldness by Justin Best
Molly by Justin Kwon
Somewhere Lies the Truth by Elizabeth Musgrave
Song of Myself by Warner Wood
The Bitterroot Chronicles by Debbie Castanha
The Heeler by Darcy Bahensky
The Motherfuckin' Ruckus by Joseph Tower & Alexander Gradet
Visitation by Helen Gaughran

2019 TV Writing Finalists

Blood of the Vine by Daniel Kavanagh
D1 by Brooke Buffington & Maddy Curley
Glacier Point by Alan Baxter
Laurel Canyon by J.P. Estes
Redflags by Nathan Patton
Signature by Jess McKillop
The Chelsea Hotel by Warner Wood
The School by Adam Rocke
Uncanny Valley by Joshua Salzberg
Welcome to You by Courtney Burness

Winners will be announced at our event in Los Angeles on July 27th and awarded the $50,000 grand prize, followed by extensive circulation to industry. 

The 2020 season opens on August 1st.


Stuber, Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner, Releases Friday July 12th

The action/comedy, written by Tripper Clancy, releases this friday. Stars Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Iko Uwais (The Raid), Mira Sorvino, Betty Gilpin (Glow), and Natalie Morales (White Collar). 

Winner of the 2009 Screenwriting Competition with his dramedy Henry the Second, Tripper was introduced to manager Jake Wagner by Script Pipeline execs. Over the past decade, Tripper has sold a handful of specs to studios and is currently writing projects for Amazon (High Five) and IMG / Mandalay (The Art of Fielding). Stuber is his first major feature film release.

Tripper joins several other Script Pipeline writers with films released in 2019, including Henry Dunham (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek), Eddie Mensore (Mine 9), and Max Martini (Sgt. Will Gardner). Coming in 2020: Screenwriting winner Peter Malone Elliott's debut feature Wired Shut, the coming-of-age dramedy The Miseducation of Bindu, co-written by TV Writing winner Kay Tuxford, and the Lionsgate thriller Run, from First Look Project winners Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty, fresh off their massively successful 2018 indie Searching.

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Submit a screenplay to the 2019 Script Pipeline First Look Project


WritersForWriters now offering 20% discounts on mentoring consultations- Limited Space

Dave Kline and co-founder of Script Pipeline along with his colleague Chris Sey at WritersForWriters will be taking slots for script and book consultations. All consultations during that period will be discounted at 20% off. To schedule a session, please enter promo code WIMSP at http://www.writers-for-writers.com/consultations/

And we will be continuing to offer the free 10 min free where you connect with Dave or Chris to discuss what the consultations will entail or if you simply have questions about your writing. To sign up for a ten min call please contact info@writers-for-writers.com

The mission statement of WritersForWriters has always been for our WGA consultants and mentors to pay it forward to aspiring writers hoping to soon become WGA writers themselves.

We look forward to reading!


Dave, Chris, Fior, and the team at Writers-For-Writers

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Adapting Nonfiction - Register by July 31st

Winner Receives:
$5,000 | long-term industry circulation | project development

The Book Pipeline Non-fiction Competition is open to unpublished and published works based on a true story, including biographies, memoirs, news articles, and essays--anything that could be adapted as a scripted film or TV series. Entries are judged on how well the material would fit into the current marketplace, as Book Pipeline producer partners are continuously seeking diverse, universally appealing projects revolving around real people and real events. Distinct and compelling stories that will resonate with a broad audience.

Every entrant receives general feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential. Comments are emailed after final judging is completed.

"Book Pipeline's support and advice in helping develop a compelling package to industry decision-makers has been invaluable. . . . This is a contest that truly delivers what it promises. We are grateful to work with the Book Pipeline team and for the compassion they had for this story of truth about our veterans. "
- Paula Pedene and Doug Williams, Grand Prize Winner (Veteran's Day)

Winner and finalists receive one-on-one assistance from Book Pipeline execs prior to industry exposure, in addition to the following:

• $5,000 to winner, $500 to runner-up

• Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs specifically searching for true stories

• Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch

• Additional material review and circulation consideration of other stories, published or unpublished

• Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Submit Your Book


June 2019 Script Sales 

Lionsgate, Point Grey Pictures, and 3Pas Studios have picked up Jeff Bushell’s comedy/fantasy spec Bad Dog. The story follows Satan’s favorite dog after he is mistakenly booted from Hell and adopted by an unsuspecting family. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to produce. Jill Soloway will write and direct the Red Sonja movie for Millennium Films. Their film will be based on the character created by Robert E. Howard and comic writer Roy Thomas. Over at Screen Gems, Bert V. Royal is set to write and direct a spinoff for Easy A. Royal wrote the original screenplay. Finally, Quentin Tarantino and Jerrod Carmichael are teaming up to write the sequel/crossover Django/Zorro. The movie will be based on the comic book by Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner and Esteve Polls.

Other script sales include:

– Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe have been tapped to rewrite Dan Kay’s A Wicked Tale for Universal, Circle of Confusion, and Sea Smoke Entertainment. The screenplay reimagines the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” as a horror movie.

– Annapurna Pictures snagged Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s The Hunter and the Fox based on a pitch. Joris-Peyrafitte will write and direct.

– Michael Bacall will adapt Allan Weisbecker’s memoir In Search Of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road for Waypoint Entertainment. Brad Anderson is attached to direct.

– Lindsey Beer will script the Hello Kitty movie for New Line Cinema.

– Peter Chiarelli will adapt “The Tree With Matchmaking Powers” by Jeff Maysh for Sony, Sugar23, and Grey Matter Productions. The article originally appeared in *The Atlantic*.

– Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison will adapt Jim Dent’s book Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football for Michael De Luca Productions and Santa Rita Film Co. Roberts is attached to direct.

– Jennifer Yee McDevitt will adapt Rachel Khong’s book Goodbye, Vietnam for Universal Pictures and Dylan Clark Productions. Constance Wu will executive produce.

– Allison Schroeder will write the Minecraft movie Warner Bros. and Vertigo Entertainment. Peter Sollett will direct.

– Amazon Studios and Mad Dog Films have tapped Allie Hagan to script Rabbit Cake, a dark comedy based on the novel by Annie Hartnett. Susan Johnson will direct, and McKenna Grace will star.

– Ron Howard and Brian Glazer, through Imagine Entertainment, picked up a slew of family-friendly movies: MuttnikZero by Jonathon Stewart and Eyal Podell, and Rainbow Serpent by Stuart Beattie.

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The Martian - Screenplay

Story is conflict.

It should seem obvious, but in order to have a compelling story, the characters need to face conflict and overcome obstacles with stakes high enough that the audience roots for the characters to succeed. The Martian takes these basic fundamentals and ratchets everything up to an 11.

Based on the novel by Andy Weir and adapted by Drew Goddard, The Martian follows astronaut and botanist Mark Watney’s fight for survival after he is accidentally stranded on Mars. The premise is simple (and high-concept!) enough—it’s Castaway on a distant planet. From there, everything that can go wrong does. He’s running out of food and has to find a way to grow potatoes on Mars, he has to fix pretty much every piece of equipment including the base he’s living in, he has to find a way to contact Earth with outdated and outmoded technology… it’s the ultimate fight for survival. Weir and Goddard present Watney with obstacle after obstacle, and each time, he must find a way to jerry-rig a solution or else he dies.

That could make for a bleak film, but they cleverly injected the story with a healthy dose of humor. Watney as a character is funny and sarcastic, keeping the film somewhat light even when Watney’s situation is at its most dire. Humor is a great tool to balance out drama, but it also helps the audience connect with Watney on a human level and provides a nice contrast when the dramatic moments inevitably come. (And Watney’s sense of humor helped The Martian snag a Golden Globe for Best Comedy, a decision that some people criticized as category fraud.)

Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie is thrilling, funny, touching, and visually stunning. It feels like they actually stranded Matt Damon on Mars at times. At the very least, The Martian is a perfect movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon when you just want to have a good time.

Read The Martian Script


Seeking Short Scripts for Production: Deadline September 1st

Winner Receives:

$5,000 | industry exposure | financing consideration

The 2nd Annual Film Pipeline Short Script Competition provides an opportunity for writers and directors to get their material produced. Long-recognized by the industry as an avenue to scout unique, diverse voices, short-form content has become a vital calling card in attracting representation or seeing a proof-of-concept adapted into a feature. Film Pipeline eases the immense challenge of making a short by collaborating with selected entrants from development to production. Open to any genre, experimental or narrative, the contest supports imaginative storytellers in carrying their vision to screen.

Winner and runner-up awarded:

• $5,000 to winner; $1,000 split between runners-up

• Script development and notes from Film Pipeline's executive team

• Industry exposure to specific partners for production support

• Additional reviews of other film and TV scripts, with circulation consideration

• Potential financing of the short, separate from the winner and runner-up prizes

• Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

Submit a Short Script

Notes on Screenplays and Pilots - Script Pipeline's Workshop

Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.

Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.

"When you're an independent filmmaker without a development team, you must rely on coverage. The readers from Script Pipeline on Mine 9 nailed it. My movie got made without the studio and I can't thank the Script Pipeline enough for that."
- Eddie Mensore, Script Pipeline "Recommend" (Mine 9)

Together with the suite of Script Pipeline competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.

Development Notes | General Review


Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates

2019 First Look Project (screenplays and pilots) - Deadline: September 15th

2019 Great Movie Idea Contest - Next Season Opens August 1st

2019 Great TV Show Idea Contest Next Season Opens August 1st

2019 Screenwriting Competition - Next Season Opens August 1st

2019 TV Writing Competition - Next Season Opens August 1st

Other Competitions:

Book Pipeline - Fiction, Non-fiction

Film Pipeline - Short Films and Scripts

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