Over the last decade, the NYTVF has distinguished itself as an industry leader in the cultivation and fostering of independent artists across episodic storytelling platforms while engaging a wide swath of decision-makers, buyers, agents, and managers as a trusted curator of new voices. With NYTVF SCRIPTS, that opportunity is extended to emerging writers by offering a Festival experience designed to provide maximum exposure, access, and opportunity.


In its second year, NYTVF Scripts is accepting original, half-hour comedy series as well as hour-long drama series scripts for consideration by broadcast, cable, and digital platform buyers. A select number of both drama and comedy scripts will be chosen as Official Selections and the writers will be invited to participate in the Festival as Official Artists. To enter, writers must submit a series pilot script (length requirements below), an original series overview (up to 4 pages), and a current C.V.


Want to get your script in front of decision-makers across the television and digital landscape, culminating in a week-long Festival that provides a crash course in the TV Industry? Submit to NYTVF Scripts and join the indie television movement.


The 2017 NYTVF Scripts competition is now closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who entered.


Submission Info

Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the NYTVF Scripts.

For more details, check out the Submissions F.A.Q. here and download the Official Rules here.


The writers/writing teams of NYTVF Scripts Official Selections will receive designation as Official Artists and be invited to the New York Television Festival, held in NYC in October 2017. This includes an invitation to participate in the 2017 NYTVF Writers Workshop, a day-long series of panels and workshops specifically tailored to TV writers, taking place during the 2017 New York Television Festival.


All scripts designated as Official Selections will be available for pre-Festival review via NYTVF Connect by participating industry representatives, development partners, and jury members. In 2016, over 75 companies took part in NYTVF Connect, yielding over 500 meetings with Festival artists.


2016 Industry Participants, Development Partners, and Jury Members included executives from the following companies:


  • 3Arts
  • Abominable Pictures
  • Amazon Studios
  • AMC
  • Anonymous Content
  • Bays/Thomas
  • Bento Box
  • Big Beach
  • Broadway Video
  • CAA
  • Comedy Central
  • Denver & Delilah
  • DiGa
  • FOX
  • Funny or Die
  • Fusion
  • Gersh
  • HBO
  • ICM
  • IFC
  • IFP
  • JAX Media
  • Just for Laughs: Comedy Pro
  • Left/Right
  • Mad Rabbit
  • Red Arrow
  • Lifetime
  • Lionsgate Television
  • Mosaic
  • MTV
  • OneX/Interactive One
  • Participant Media
  • Pop
  • Rothman Brecher Agency
  • Seeso
  • Sony Pictures Television
  • Starz
  • STX Entertainment
  • SundanceTV
  • Super Deluxe
  • Time Warner
  • TNT
  • truTV
  • WeTV
  • WME


One comedy and one drama script will be recognized as the 2017 NYTVF Scripts Best of the Fest during the Awards presentation of the 2017 New York Television Festival on October 28, 2017.



In addition to the Official Selections, a small selection of writers will be designated as NYTVF Scripts Notable Writers. While their scripts will not receive designation as Official Selections, they will be invited to attend the 2017 Festival, and they will be eligible to participate in Festival Development Chats, Networking Happy Hours, and the 2017 Writers Workshop free of charge. Notable Writers will NOT be eligible to participate in NYTVF Pitch or Executive Access.

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  • 12:00pm (noon) EST on April 11, 2017…………….Submission Period Begins
  • 11:59am (noon) EST on May 16, 2017…………….Submission Period Ends

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  • $50 per entry
  • All fees are in U.S. dollars. Fees are submitted online.

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Comedy Scripts (Half Hour):

  • Pilot Episode Script (20 - 40 Pages for single-cam OR 40 - 60 pages for multi-cam, PDF)
  • Series Overview (Up to 4 Pages, PDF)
  • Writer C.V. (PDF)

Drama Scripts (Hour):

  • Pilot Episode Script (40 - 60 Pages, PDF)
  • Series Overview (Up to 4 Pages, PDF)
  • Writer C.V. (PDF)

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  • All scripts must be uploaded to the NYTVF website as a PDF document.
  • Single-Cam Comedy scripts must be 20 to 40 (letter-sized) pages. Multi-Cam Comedy scripts must be 40 to 60 (letter-sized) pages. Drama scripts must be 40 to 60 (letter-sized) pages. Title Page not included in length requirements.
  • Scripts can be written for broadcast, cable, premium cable, and/or digital platforms.
  • Proper formatting of scripts is advised, including proper indenting of character names and dialogue. All elements may be single or double-spaced, provided that the script falls within the length guidelines. There are many acceptable ways to format script entries, and many online resources offer templates and helpful tips on how to format a script correctly. For a rough sample script template, click here.

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  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • International entrants are eligible.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.
  • A maximum team of two (2) co-writers are permitted per entry.
  • The same script may not be submitted by multiple entrants.
  • Entries must be:
    • Completely the original work of the entrant(s).
    • Not created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks, or major production studios.
    • Not copied from any other source, previously broadcast, or otherwise distributed or disseminated on television.
    • Not in the public domain.
    • Not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity.
  • All files must be uploaded as PDF documents.
  • Submissions must be uploaded on this page by 11:59am (noon) EST on May 16, 2017.

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The NYTVF Scripts competition accepts entries beginning on April 11, 2017 and ending May 16, 2017 or until 2,000 comedy scripts and 1,500 drama scripts are submitted, whichever comes first. Writers are permitted to submit multiple entries to the competition. All entries must be received by the NYTVF no later than 11:59am (noon) EST on May 16, 2017. Final notification for all Official Selections to the NYTVF Scripts Competition will be made around mid-August 2017.


Have questions? Check out the submissions F.A.Q. page or email us at scripts@NYTVF.com. GOOD LUCK!






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