Pilot Competition

2018 Pilot Script Competition



Submissions Accepted Starting:
Monday, February 12th 2018

Submission Deadline:
Friday, May 16th 2018 11:59PM PT

Winners Announced In:
June 2018

New York Television Festival:
July 14th-19th, 2018


The Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society (JHRTS) is thrilled to present the return of the annual JHRTS Pilot Script Competition, seeking outstanding comedy and drama pilot scripts from JHRTS members.

The judging committee is comprised of previous and current members of the Los Angeles and New York JHRTS Executive Boards, who work at leading entertainment companies.

Winners will receive the Title:
JHRTS Pilot Script Competition Winner – Drama
JHRTS Pilot Script Competition Winner – Comedy

Winners and Runners Up will receive:
Official Artists of the 2017 New York Television Festival, where they will enjoy the benefits of NYTVF Connect.


  • Scripts can only be submitted by current JHRTS members. Membership must be active both at point of submission and through July 2018.
  • Co-Written Scripts are accepted with a maximum of two (2) writers, provided that all contributing and named writers meet the membership requirement above.
  • All submitted scripts must be original and unproduced projects.
  • Only one (1) script may be submitted into the competition, by any writer or writing team. Multiple submissions will not be reviewed. Scripts submitted in previous years of the JHRTS Pilot Script Competition will not be considered.
  • Scripts must be entered for either Drama or Comedy and the genre must be clearly noted in submission email (see SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS below for details). Single-camera and multi-camera comedies will be judged in the same overall category: Comedy.
  • All submissions, once received, will be graded blind and judges’ feedback will not be released to writers.
  • Submissions for the script competition may not be sent to judges or any member of the JHRTS Executive Board directly.
  • You will not receive a confirmation email that we received your script, or if your submission is somehow inaccurate. Please double-check all information is correct and requirements are met before you submit.
  • Winners will receive the title of 2018 JHRTS Script Competition Winner-Comedy or 2018 JHRTS Script Competition Winner-Drama.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to meet with judges. Additionally, they will be named Official Artists of the New York Television Festival and will be announced at the New York Television Festival, held during July 2018 in New York City.


  1. LENGTH REQUIREMENTS: Submitted scripts must abide by the following length maximums (title page excluded from page count). In the event that your submission exceeds this limit, your script will not be graded.
    2. MULTI-CAMERA COMEDIES: 60 pages (double-spaced)
    3. DRAMAS: 65 pages
  2. RELEASE FORM: All submitting writers must complete the Release Form. Individuals submitting as a writing team must each sign an individual release. Please click HERE to download the release.
  3. ATTACHMENTS: Submissions must have three (3) attachments:
    1. Completed Release Form(s)
    2. Two (2) copies of the script being submitted for consideration:
      1. Script with the following Contact Information:
        1. Project Title
        2. Writer’s Name
        3. E-mail Address
        4. Phone Number
        5. Date
      2. Script without Title or Contact Info
        1. Blank title page, without any markings or headers indicating the title or where the script originated. There should be no indication throughout any of the pilot script as to its title, authors, or any other identifying information.
  4. FORMAT: All submissions must be sent in PDF format, written in industry standard size 12 Courier font. All other formats will not be accepted.
  5. TWO-PART ENTRY: As of 2018, all submissions must be emailed to the email address below, accompanied by a fully filled out Google Form detailing your entry. Fill out Google Form HERE. Once all entered information has been submitted via Google Form, please proceed to point number 6 below.
  6. EMAIL: Submissions are to be emailed only to the designated email address below with the subject line:





The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) was founded in 2005 as the industry’s first creative festival for television artists. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the Festival strives to construct a new and innovative path for program development. Where a film festival showcases completed works of art, competing for distribution and ready for the market, the NYTVF showcases ideas and talent, complementing the development process required for network, studio and branded entertainment development.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NYTVF: http://www.nytvf.com/

Official Artist Experience

As an Official Artist, you will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in NYTVF Connect, the Festival’s comprehensive industry track serving artists and entertainment executives across the creative development spectrum. The program encompasses unique opportunities that are each designed to maximize your time at the Festival, providing you with the tools to network, build relationships, and gain knowledge on the inner-workings of the television industry.

NYTVF Connect includes:

  • Executive Access – provides Festival partners with early access to your script as well as concierge service to arrange meetings and pitches with projects and artists of interest. Executive Access culminates with these NYTVF-facilitated meetings during the Festival, yielding a streamlined interaction model.
  • NYTVF Pitch – is an exclusive development initiative hosted during the Festival allowing Pitch Partners to solicit pitches from the class of Official Artists. Each Pitch Partner guarantees a development deal to be distributed out of the initiative.
  • Industry Development Chats – provide industry partners with informal platform to present their development and/or acquisition strategy to the Festival’s Official Artists. We will provide you with Development Chat participants as they are confirmed in the weeks leading up to the Festival.
  • Artist-Only Happy Hours and Mixers


JHRTS, created in 2000, is the junior chapter of the Hollywood Radio Television Society (HRTS). JHRTS continues the HRTS tradition of community building by coordinating top level programming for young executives, who are the future of the television, radio, film, new media, and advertising industries.

HRTS is the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum. Chartered since 1947, the HRTS gathers together leading industry executives and companies representing broadcast and cable networks, studios, talent and management agencies, producers, legal and financial firms, new media companies and more to address issues that are relevant to the ongoing success and future of our business.


The guidelines, information, and release form are subject to change without notice.

For more information, please email