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Television Outreach Program (TOP)

Submissions Are Closed

CONTACT:  Lucas McCain, Director at 


The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work.


Phase One: Two readers will evaluate your script and provide written feedback analyzing structure, story development, characterization, dialogue, format, as well as overall impressions. If recommended by two readers, the script will advance to Phase Two.

Phase Two: Details of scripts that receive a double recommend from Phase One will be forwarded to our list of agents, managers and producers.

The Scriptwriters Network reserves the right to publicize the writer’s name and selected script.


**SWN’s TOP Program is working towards the discovery of content and talent, which will better assist you in achieving the goal of a staff writing position.  Along with working to connect you to a talent agent and management team to hone your writing skills in order to maintain a staff writing position.



  • Scripts will be eligible to be read by industry professionals including studio executives, production companies, agents and managers based on their request from interest in the logline and genre.
  • Receive a one year membership or renewal to the Scriptwriters Network (SWN).
  • InkTip Script Listing:  A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
  • TextAloud DVDs (TextAloud, plus Crystal and Mike Premium Voices). is providing the DVD’s which go to the top two recommends.



  1. TOP is open to both SWN members and non-members who are 18 years of age or older.
  2. SPEC SCRIPTS for half-hour or one-hour network or cable series in production as of the entry deadline are eligible.
  3. Pilot scripts for original series are also eligible.
  4. All scripts must be wholly original works of the writer or writing team, unproduced and unoptioned, and, responsibly registered with the Writers Guild of America and/or the U.S. Copyright Office.
  5. Do NOT put your name or contact information anywhere on the script or title page you submit. Personal information should ONLY be included in the entry form, so that scripts remain anonymous.
  6. Multiple submissions are allowed by an entrant or writing team per session.
  7. Scripts are to be in PDF format only.
  8. Electronic submissions must be posted by midnight on the entry deadline.
  9. Submissions that do not meet the full requirements will be disqualified.


1)  Go through the PayPal button below with a credit or debit card.  Pay as a guest user if you are not registered with PayPal.

–   Members will then be directed to log-in with their membership info to access the member rate.

–   Non-members will have access to the nonmember rate.  Please apply any applicable discount code.

2) After submitting the required information on PayPal, click to return to the SWN page where all entrants will upload scripts in PDF format on the Gravity Forms page.

3) Check the box confirming you agree to the competition rules and regulations.

4) The script submission will now be accepted.

5) Check e-mail for successful completion of entry.




There are NO REFUNDS.



  • Earlybird Deadline:    June 30, 2015  ~ Members $100 / Non-members $130 NOW CLOSED
  • Regular Deadline:      July 31, 2015  ~ Members $115 / Non-members $145 NOW CLOSED

Entries occur once per year.

Final results are announced in January 2016.


READERS AND JUDGES (to name a few):

  • Daniela Garcia-Brcek with Circle of Confusion
  • David Binns, VP of Development with Energy Entertainment



Producers, production companies, agents, and managers who would like to read winning scripts may join our list by completing the Industry Contacts form. It can be downloaded from the documents section below. In the interim, please check out our previous winners.



We are currently looking to expand our pool of experienced readers in TOP. Please contact us at for details.



Please contact Lucas McCain, Director –





Disclaimer: Participation in SWN events, programs, contests, classes and workshops is not a promise or guarantee of employment, and is intended for educational and networking purposes only.