Television Outreach Program (TOP)
NEXT DEADLINE: July 31, 2013
CONTACT: Hoda Shoukry, Co-Director and/or Mark Litton, Co-Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Scripts that receive a double recommend from Phase One advance to Phase Two where members of the TOP committee determine the final results. Again, the selection(s) will be based on an industry standard: Is the script so compelling that it might get the writer work?
The Scriptwriters Network reserves the right to publicize the writer’s name and selected script.
ELIGIBILITY and ENTRY RULES:
- TOP is open to both SWN members and non-members who are 18 years of age or older.
- SPEC SCRIPTS for half-hour or one-hour network or cable series in production as of the entry deadline are eligible.
- Pilot scripts for original series are also eligible. All scripts must be wholly original works of the writer or writing team.
- Electronic submissions must be posted by midnight on the entry deadline.
- 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.
- Submissions that do not meet the full requirements will be disqualified.
To submit scripts to TOP, please follow the PayPal link. After payment, you should be automatically redirected to a site where you may fill in a submission form and upload your script.
SUBMISSION PROCEDURE & FEES
1. Payment: PAY via PayPal (using PayPal account, credit card, or debit card) and SUBMIT your script online.
$100 SWN Members $130 Non SWN members $200 Total = Entry Fee and membership
There are NO REFUNDS.
Entries occur once per year with the next deadline of July 31, 2013.
Final results are announced in January 2014.
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 email@example.com for details.
Since the creation of TOP, many participants have gone on to staff jobs on various shows. Just a few include:
- Heather Ash (Stargate SG-1)
- Carla Robinson (Battlestar Galactica)
- Alessia Costantini (Scrubs)
Please contact Hoda Shoukry or Mark Litton, Co-Directors - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.