|This email went out yesterday to everyone on our TVWriter™ email list. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do it HERE
Yes, it’s that time again, when I remind everyone that:
1) PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 is up and running and wants your entry!
2) Although the contest doesn’t close to entries until November 1st, we’re getting perilously near to the August 1st deadline for discounted Early Bird sign-ups.
In other words, you’ve got less than 2 weeks to save 30% off the regular entry fee of $50 and enter as many pilot scripts as you want in this year’s 26th PEOPLE’S PILOT for only $35 each.
And you don’t actually have to complete and submit your entries till August 1!
I think this is a great deal, and although we get a good many takers for it each year – about 15% – I’m still always surprised that more of our entrants don’t take this route.
Now, truth to tell (as Roy Thomas used to say back in the dim past when he was Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics), Early Bird entrants aren’t only for your benefit. (Yeah, you’re shocked, right?)
They also help us here at TVWriter™. Because early submissions mean we’re able to get a headstart on the judging and relieve a bit of the pressure we’re under when the avalanche of entries hits us in the closing days.
This year, I’m going to sweeten the Early Bird pot. In addition to a lower fee of $35/entry, each early submitter between now and August 1st will receive a Special Gift – a free pdf copy of my classic book TELEVISION WRITING FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
That’s 375 pages of TV writing goodness, knowledge designed to prepare you for a successful television writing career in a way no other book can.
So there it is, right on the table. All you have to do is enter HERE
Complete PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 info is HERE
And, if by some weird mischance you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a not-so-brief summary of what this year’s PEOPLE’S PILOT is all about:
PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017
PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017, one of the oldest and most highly regarded writing competitions on the interweb is now open!
The future of entertainment and those who create it is open and varied. Whether the series you are creating is intended for broadcast TV, cable and satellite TV, home entertainment/video game consoles, Big Media interweb outlets like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, or indie web channels and venues like YouTube, Vimeo, Funny or Die, or the show’s own website, it is eligible for the PEOPLE’S PILOT Television and Electronic Media Pilot Script Competition.
PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 is divided into 2 prize-giving categories plus a Special Bonus Category with its own unique award – a paying development deal starting with an option. To be more specific, the categories are:
Scripted Comedy Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length of any length required for telling your story
Scripted Drama & Action Series – intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length required for telling your story
Episode length, number of episodes in the series, specific genre and just about everything else is entirely up to the creator. We do, however, require that the script be written in English and that is use standard teleplay/screenplay format so our judges can read it!
Special Bonus Category – All entries in this year’s competition automatically will be considered for the Special International Production Award, sponsored by Global Saga Media Entertainment of Hong Kong, which will be given to the entry or entries that the judges deem especially suitable for the global television market.
Prizes and bonuses for each of the two regular categories, worth over $20,000 include
An international production script development-option deal with Global Saga Media Entertainment of Hong Kong for a qualifying script or scripts.
FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK
June 1 – August 1 PEOPLE’S PILOT EARLY BIRD ENTRY $35
August 2 – November 1 PEOPLE’S PILOT SINGLE ENTRY $50
August 2 – November 1 PEOPLE’S PILOT DUO DISCOUNT ENTRY $85
PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 closes at midnight November 1, 2017. You can enter and upload your entries any time until closing. As in past years, we urge you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount even if your entry or entries won’t be ready until after the discount period ends. Once you have paid, you can upload your submissions at any time until the contest closes.
Complete PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 info is HERE
Our Entry Page is HERE
Email me, LB, with your questions on the contest HERE