5th Annual Television Writing Contest

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Contest Info

Winner Flown to LA and set up on meetings with top industry executives!

All 10 finalists loglines will be sent out to industry executives in a Stage 32 look book!


Don't touch that dial! The biggest television writing contest of the year is back and better than ever! After an awesome series of meetings we set up for last year's winner (Christine Torres) followed by her signing with Energy Entertainment - Stage 32 is proud to launch the 5th Annual Television Writing Contest!

Television is at the height of its Golden Age and there are unlimited opportunities for writers with unique voices and fresh stories! No matter what format you write in – sitcom, drama, serialized, procedural, mini-series, limited series – we want your work! All 30 & 60 minute original television pilots are eligible for entry. Please note, this contest does not accept spec episodes of pre-existing television shows.

The Stage 32 5th Annual Television Writing Contest is on the cutting edge of this evolution. This year, we pulled out all the stops and brought in heavy hitting executives from ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television, as well as the Principal of management company, Energy Entertainment, and the Head of Television Lit at The Cartel! 

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Los Angeles to meet with executives from: 

  • 20th Century Fox Television
  • ABC Studios
  • The Cartel Management
  • Energy Entertainment Management
  • Emmy-winning HBO's Veep
  • Untitled Entertainment/Rosey TV 
  • Industry Entertainment (Amazon's The Other F Word)
  • Paper Plane Entertainment (Founderd by former UTA TV executive)
  • Good Fear Film + Management 
  • Zero Gravity Management
  • Smart Entertainment

PLUS! All finalists will have their loglines sent out to our extensive list of executives.

Stage 32 contests offers screenwriters unprecedented access to some of the industries leading industry players who are launching careers and getting projects made!



For an additional fee of only $49 you can receive 1-2 pages of coverage from our industry readers on your screenplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout. Coverage will be returned after the winners are announced.

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

Will be flown to Los Angeles to meet privately with the contest judges! But that isn't all! The Grand Prize winner will also meet with executives from:

  • ABC Studios
  • 20th Century Fox Television
  • Energy Entertainment Management
  • The Cartel Management
  • Emmy-winning HBO's Veep
  • Untitled Entertainment/Rosey TV
  • Industry Entertainment (Amazon's The Other F Word)
  • Paper Plane Entertainment (Founderd by former UTA TV executive)
  • Good Fear Film + Management
  • Zero Gravity Management
  • Smart Entertainment

All Top 10 Finalists

All of the top 10 finalists will have their loglines sent to hundreds of producers, managers, agents and executives that work with Stage 32 in a Stage 32 Lookbook!

Our Track Record

Christine Torres - Winner of Stage 32 4th Annual Television Writing Contest

We pride ourselves in giving our writers exclusive and direct access with industry decision makers. Our contests have produced numerous writers who have been signed, optioned, produced or placed on television writing staffs! We work diligently for our winners to make sure they have every chance to take their careers to the next level!

The first 4 years of our TV contest provided the following success stories:

  • Christine Torres was signed by Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after meeting with over a dozen television producers, executives, and managers through Stage 32!
  • Heidi Nyburg was signed by Sonia Gambaro from ESA and met for development meetings with Norman Lear and Peter Horton's production companies, and is now meeting with AMC!
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Duane Piedmont signed with Kaplan-Stahler and Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
  • Danny Baram was mentored by Mickey Fisher (Extant – Steven Spielberg).

Contest Judges

Brooklyn Weaver

Brooklyn Weaver - Manager & Producer, Energy Entertainment

Brooklyn Weaver founded the literary management and production company, Energy Entertainment in 2000.

Energy is widely regarded for its high level identification of new writer voices - frequently packaged with A-list producers, directors, and talent - and sold to its film, television, and premium streaming service buyer relationships.

These film and tv packages are backstopped by top agency partners - and have resulted in several film and television projects being produced to screen by Energy clients and Weaver respectively.

He has produced Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio, Executive Produced Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson, and Executive Produced The Number 23 with Jim Carrey!

In 2016, Weaver launched Energy books - identifying, packaging, and selling an unprecedented amount of new author material in film and television rights deals - amid bidding wars within the book publishing sphere.

Evan Corday (Judge)

Evan Corday (Judge) - Partner & Head of TV Literary, The Cartel

Evan represents clients in all areas of television, including scripted and reality series, and occasionally crosses over into film, theatre, and literary endeavors. She held the same position at Evolution Entertainment and helped develop and produce projects for the company, as well as for clients with outside producers.

In the past, Evan was an executive in the television literary department at Artists Management Group, as well as an agent at Writers & Artists. Right after graduation, she went to work in development at Warner Brothers Television.

David Hurst (Judge)

David Hurst (Judge) - Development Executive, 20th Century Fox Television

David Hurst works as the Development Executive for television Showrunner Natalie Chaidez, who has an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. Natalie just finished Seasons 2 and 3 of Queen of the South for USA Network and is actively developing projects for 20th Century Fox and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Prior to joining Natalie's team at Fox, David managed the development slate for Lincoln Square Productions' Scripted Division at ABC, developing projects at ABC, History, Netflix, Lifetime, Investigation Discovery, and others.

The team at Lincoln Square has over 30 Emmys, 12 Cine Golden Eagles and multiple Peabody Awards.

Prior to joining ABC's Lincoln Square Productions, David worked in the Talent Department at APA Talent and Literary Agency.


Jalessa Jones (Judge)

Jalessa Jones (Judge) - Development Executive, MetaMorphic Entertainment (Amazon Studios)

Jalessa Jones is a Development Executive at MetaMorphic Entertainment to Producer and Manager Adesuwa McCalla. MetaMorphic Entertainment, has recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, McCalla will develop original series via MetaMorphic to be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

As principal of MetaMorphic, McCalla identifies under-the-radar fresh voices that reflect different worlds and perspectives. Her client roster counts critically praised film and TV writers and directors whose projects include the Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda, HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Tuskegee Airmen, as well as series Picard, Counterpart, 13 Reasons Why, Unsolved: The Murders of Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, Star Trek, How to Get Away With Murder, The Flash and Tell Me a Story.

Previously, Jalessa was a Development Executive at WindPower Productions for writer Sabrina Wind, at ABC Studios. Prior to WindPower, Jalessa worked in the literary department at the leading management company, Circle of Confusion. She also worked for the VP of Production at Columbia Pictures, and at Media Res, an independent studio that focused on prestige, character driven television projects.

Jalessa has been involved in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry, including on the buying and selling side of the business. Jalessa attended Columbia College Chicago's esteemed Television school, where her academic focus revolved around the development, writing, producing, and directing of television shows and aspires to head a studio one day.

Contest Rules

All 30 and 60 minute original pilots are eligible.


Winner Announcements

Jan 15
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jan 29
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Feb 12
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Feb 26
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird

Thursday, Aug 29 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $42.50

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Sep 25 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $52.50

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Oct 23 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $62.50

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Nov 20 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $72.50

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