There are lots of contests out there for screenwriters, many of which can be helpful or even financially rewarding to win. These contests can be from festivals, from production companies looking for material, or various schools.
However, it's rare that a writing contest can lead to direct contact with someone who's both active and highly successful in the major network television business. Urgent Content, (full disclosure) is working with a contest that actually offers this as part of the prizing - along with $5,000 for the winner.
The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment - which has been involved with getting such shows as Gilmore Girls, Everybody Hates Chris and Friday Night Lights on the air - are sponsoring a FREE contest. They're looking for comedy screenplays having to do with the modern American family.
The winner will receive $5,000, along with guidance and input from John Wells, whose work includes ER, Third Watch and The West Wing. It's a great opportunity to shoot past the gates to someone who can really help you break the code of the Hollywood writing business.
This is clearly a unique opportunity. The ANA membership includes some of the largest national advertisers and has awarded more than 50 scholarships to young screenwriters at leading universities across the country. It's as legit as a writing contest gets.
Please note that the contest deadline is fast approaching (see below), so entrants need to act quickly. So dust off that 30-minute screenplay you polished last year or finish up on the one you started a couple of weeks ago. Anyone with talent and great material can win this, and with a little guidance your script could be ready to become the next big pitch!
Submit your screenplay and find additional details here: ComedyWriterContest.com
DEADLINE: October 28th at 11:59 am ET.