Only 2-and-a-Half Weeks Left to Enter PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Writing Contest

Lest anybody out there forget–

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK! 

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Fiction Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Fiction Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

“INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

Winners, Finalists, & Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
WESTWORLD
MOM
STATION 19
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE

THE GOOD DOCTOR
THE WALKING DEAD
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
LETHAL WEAPON
SNEAKY PETE
PERSON OF INTEREST
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE
SNOWFALL

Plus various TV movies & other one-offs!

You’ve got from now until the 10 p.m. November 1, 2019 to pay the entry fee of $40 (20% lower than last year!) and upload your pilot script for your own original series, of any length and in any genre, intended for electronic media – broadcast TV, cable or satellite TV, the internet, you name it.

ENTER HERE

or HERE

Learn all about PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 HERE

Have questions? Send them HERE

Only 3-and-a-Half Weeks Left to Enter PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Writing Contest

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!

FREE FEEDBACK! 

FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Fiction Series Pilots – See ‘Enter’ Page for Details!

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Fiction Series Pilots – See ‘Prizes’ Page for Details

“INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

Winners, Finalists, & Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s contests are or recently have been on the staffs of:

STRANGER THINGS
WESTWORLD
MOM
STATION 19
NARCOS
TIME AFTER TIME
GREY’S ANATOMY
THE LEFTOVERS
BASTARD EXECUTIONER
ANIMAL PRACTICE
KILLER WOMEN
NTSF:SD:SUV
GIRLFRIENDS
FILTHY PREPPY TEENS
MELROSE PLACE

THE GOOD DOCTOR
THE WALKING DEAD
CHICAGO PD
CHICAGO FIRE
LETHAL WEAPON
SNEAKY PETE
PERSON OF INTEREST
RIZZOLI AND ISLES
COLONY
ONCE UPON A TIME
THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES
SMALLVILLE
ROME
PRIVATE PRACTICE
SNOWFALL

Plus various TV movies & other one-offs!

You’ve got from now until the 10 p.m. November 1, 2019 to pay the entry fee of $40 (20% lower than last year!) and upload your pilot script for your own original series, of any length and in any genre, intended for electronic media – broadcast TV, cable or satellite TV, the internet, you name it.

Find out more about our prizes, rules, and all aspects of PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 HERE

Have questions? Send them HERE

Larry Brody: Of Cabbages & Kings & PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019

People's Pilot 2019

by Larry Brody

As many of you already know, PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 opened for entries back on June 1st, and fortune smiled upon us.

As the old-time showbiz trade press might’ve put it, we had a boffo opening weekend, the highest-grossing in the history of TVWriter™ and PEOPLE’S PILOT.

Since then, entries have held steady, and we could be heading for our biggest year in the twenty year history of PEOPLE’S PILOT. We’re a boutique competition, so I’m not talking about thousands of competitors here – nowhere near that, in fact – but seeing the curve go up a bit definitely brings a smile to my face.

The whole “boutique competition” thing has always been something I’m proud of. We’ve deliberately kept PEOPLE’S PILOT lowkey – with little outside advertising and no paid advertising as all – because I’ve always believed that regular TVWriter™ visitors should come first.

A few years ago, though, we brought on a new SEO – that’s marketing, in non-interwebspeak – consultant because I got this weird idea that maybe TVWriter™ should try to actually make a little money. Maybe even turn a profit.

Our SEO Lady is a whiz, truly brilliant when it comes to finding ways to turn unexpected things into moolah, and I put my toe in the water of change.

Ms. SEO’s research had showed that a lot of people hadn’t entered PEOPLE’S PILOT in the past because – of course – we hadn’t spread the word all over the web – and also because we hadn’t been charging a high enough entry fee. She said the $40 fee we’d been asking since the year 2000 made TVWriter™ look “penny ante” and cast doubt on the contest’s validity.

She also showed me how many, probably most, writing contests used tier-priced entry fees, increasing the cost of entering as the end of the submission period approached, and how they also used outside entry sites and lots of paid email blasts to get the word out to more potential entrants. And flash sales! My God, that woman loves flash sales.

I knew Ms. SEO was an expert and that not following her advice meant I was wasting an important resource – her – and a lot of time – my time as well as hers. Because we were trading expertise and experience one each other’s projects instead of slapping each other’s bank accounts with that green stuff so many fools are so soon parted with.

I decided to give a few of her suggestions a try.

I started by raising the submission fee to $50 and trading email blasts with some other writing and intellectual property sites and also listing the PP on a few sites that carry such listings. I also added some special discounts.

The email blasts didn’t accomplish much, and neither did the outside listings. The $50, on the other hand, didn’t seem to scare anyone away, so last year I went a little further and added an outside entry site – FilmFreeway – as a secondary entry path for PP 2018. And I did the flash sale thing a few times.

The flash sales were wonderful. They definitely garnered more entries. FilmFreeway was wonderful too. Through FF we not got more PEOPLE’S PILOT entries, we also got a host of new visitors to TVWriter™. (Hi, newbies, glad you’re still here.)

This year I changed the special discounts around a bit and finally went with Ms. SEO’s pet technique, the tier-priced entry fee thing, adding five bucks a month to the submission price, and there’s no sign that we’re taking any kind of hit as a result…

But I just haven’t been feeling right. Instead of concentrating on the entrants’creativity and enjoying what all of us here at TVWriter™ have been doing for them, I’ve been focusing on increasing our income.

And for me, messing with money just ain’t no fun at all. If I wanted to dedicate myself to the symbol of money and that for which those dollars stand, I would have kept writing and showrunning and arguing with execs and agents, and, well, with everybody. (Because that’s what I did back in the day. I wrote a lot, to be sure, but arguing was the biggest part of the job.)

I look out at the world from my little – very little – forest enclave, and I see things crumbling apart. The earth is burning, my fellow Americans are at each other’s throats, the middle class is history, and society and psyches everywhere are shattered.

Sorry, Ms. SEO, but I just can’t take pride in marketing success.

TVWriter™ and PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 and I are here because I got lucky and achieved not just everything I dreamed of, but more than I’d ever had the chutzpah to dream of.

And the reason we’re here is because I want to help others, oh so many others, achieve their dreams too. I want to help as many people as possible attain the personal power and mastery of their creative craft and immerse themselves in lives of joy and fulfillment.

To do that, to increase the impetus, I’m rolling back PEOPLE’S PILOT’s Official Entry Fee price to $40.

Forty fucking bucks, kids, with no tiered pricing, the same price we charged way back in 2000, right around the time so many of you were kids whose dreams hadn’t yet become distorted by reality’s light.

That’s the price I’m putting up on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 website right now.

And it’ll be there till PP 2019 closes at Midnight, November 1st, 2019.

No more monthly increases.

No paid-for eblasts or ads on other sites to bring in strangers to our little storytelling campfire here.

But more flash sales. Absolutely.

And, if after PP 2019 is over, we do find ourselves with more entry fee dollars than before, more prize money spread among more top finishers, if not for this year’s contest, then definitely next time around.

Uh-oh, almost forgot. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand. Ms. SEO is a fine person and good friend, and I appreciate all the input she’s given me. In fact, to show my appreciation, I’m using an idea of hers that I’ve been rejecting since we first met.

Never mind that forty buck price. I’m going to practice good old tried and true – and corny as hell – SEO pricing.  As of right this minute, the revised Official Entry Price is…

How many of you know what’s coming?

$39.95 per entry.

A steal, amIright?

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 IS HERE

Sponsored By

MANNER MOVIE LIMITED

 

It’s TVWriter™ – PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Flash Sale Time

NOTE FROM LB: The PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 Midsummer Madness Flash Sale described below is now over. But, as Stan Lee might have said, don’t despair true believers. We aren’t finished, um,”flashing”yet!


In case you missed our email, here’s what’s going on.

Today, August 15th, you can enter as many original spec pilot scripts as you’ve got for our Midsummer Madness Flash Sale Price of $25/entry, just by CLICKING HERE before 7 PM Pacific Time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After paying the entry fee you will receive an e-mail acknowledgment containing the information you need for submitting your entry. You may upload your entry and any replacement drafts at any time between the time of payment and the November 1st closing of this year’s contest.

If you need to learn more about PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 before making this important decision, by all means CLICK HERE

Today’s Flash Sale is also available via our favorite contest and festival jumping-off point – FilmFreeway – and continues till there till MIDNIGHT. Just be sure to use the special discount code, “MSMFLASH815” – without the “” after you CLICK HERE

As usual, if you run into any problems, contact us ASAP at tvwriter@tvwriter.com

The clock is ticking, so hurry! And remember, you can pay now and upload and/or revise your entry later, when it’s ready. Because what we want most is your writing at its very, very best.

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 WINNERS!

27th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

Here they are, the Best of the Best of the many fine entries in PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, as determined by not one, not two, but three different judging teams.

COMEDY SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE BOOK OF JOEY by Steven Block

Second Place
THE COACH by Eric McKeever

Third Place
VIDIOTS by Sasha Tolmachyov

1st Runner-Up
PATIENT by M. Rowan Meyer

2nd Runner-Up
THE BEST OF TIMES by Keith Dowd

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE FUCKING NEW GUYS by Meredith Bagby

Second Place
THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB by Elizabeth Hrib

Third Place
BELOVED by Tammy Gross

1st Runner-Up
TWIRL by Cara Winter

2nd Runner-Up
PLANTATION by Melissa L. White & Alan Scott Young

SPECIAL BONUS AWARDS

Best Web Series Pilot
ALLEGORY by Vesta Giles

Best Audio Series Pilot
J.B. HICKOK’S WEIRD WEST by Robert Tinsley

Attention, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and Special Bonus Award Winners, Larry Brody will be contacting you over the weekend regarding your prizes. 

For Team TVWriter™, the judging was a wild ride, with the top 5 scoring entries in both the Comedy and Drama/Action categories constantly changing places, and it took several weeks for the final team of judges to make its selection.

In the Comedy category, the judges favored 1st Place finisher Steven Block’s THE BOOK OF JOEY for its humor, irreverence, and potential series longevity.

And on the Drama/Action side, Meredith Bagby’s THE FUCKING NEW GUYS took the top spot, finishing well ahead of its rivals because of its “cracking good script about a fascinating subject, populated with characters you can root for. “

Not only the Winners, but all entrants in this year’s PEOPLE’S PILOT will of course be receiving LB’s personal Feedback on their work. He’ll be starting on this not-exactly-insignificant project early next week.

As usual, the boss is flying solo on this, writing each Feedback email himself, which means it may take awhile for yours to arrive, so we hope you’ll be patient. Please, no angry “Where’s my Feedback, dammit?!” messages  – until at least the end of spring, okay?

Congratulations to the Winners, Runners-Up, Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and everybody who entered. We Really Love You Mean It for all the work you’ve put in and hope you love yourselves for it as well. You are the possessors of extraordinary talent, courage, and perseverance and should be very, very proud!