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Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Objective

To introduce writers to the decision makers of traditional broadcast television, the cable market, and multi-media outlets. Competition winners will have their material read by experienced production companies.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/24/2017

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Rules

Work must be original material of the author(s), and must not be sold or optioned at time of submission.

Multiple entries may be submitted by author(s).

Author(s) must sign entry form for eligibility.

Format and bind your script according to industry standards.

There are two categories:

Spec scripts (for a show already in existence) of half-hour or one hour length, comedies or dramas (The Office, CSI, etc.)

Pilots and MOW (Movie of the Week). Pilots for comedies or dramas may be up to two hours in length. MOW: please follow standard MOW format. Sorry, we are not accepting mini-series at this time.

Be sure to make a copy of your script before you mail it. Scripts will not be returned.

Electronic submissions accepted.

Awards

To winners of EACH category:

First Place: $500

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Contest News

Acclaim Names 2017 TV and Film Contest Winners

Cara Hanson's romantic comedy Fourth Down and Love took top honors in the Acclaim feature screenplay category, while Josh Bressler's Playing By Ear, a pilot centered around a jazz genius, won the pilot/MOW contest. Matt Kenny's TV spec for Archer, Registered Sexy Offender won the TV spec contest.

Updated: 07/18/2017

Acclaim TV Names Fall/Winter 2016 Contest Winners

Acclaim TV has named their Fall/Winter 2016 Pilot/MOW and Spec Category Contest Winners.

Updated: 02/18/2017

Acclaim TV Names Pilot and Spec Contest Winners

Acclaim TV has named their Pilot and Spec Contest Winners scripts for Spring/Summer, 2016.

Updated: 08/09/2016

Acclaim Names Fall/Winter TV Winners

Winners for the Acclaim TV Fall/Winter Script Writing Competition have been announced.

Updated: 04/12/2016

Acclaim Names 2015 Spring/Summer Film & TV Contest Winners

Acclaim has announced their Film and TV Contest Winners for Spring/Summer 2015.

Updated: 08/18/2015

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Contact

300 Central Avenue
Suite 501
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Web: http://acclaimscripts.com
Email: info@acclaimscripts.com

Contact: Frank Drouzas, Coordinator

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (2.8/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.8/5.0)
Feedback: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Report Cards: 10    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Adam Balsam

An interview with screenwriter Adam Balsam regarding the Acclaim TV Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: It’s a sitcom pilot called “Present Tense” about a struggling screenwriter who takes a job teaching English to a class of adult immigrants in Los Angeles. In a truly bizarre coincidence, I myself am a struggling screenwriter who teaches English to adult immigrants in Los Angeles. What are the odds? After years of writing sitcom specs for existing shows, I decided to try my hand at a pilot and use my own wretched life as fodder.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: This script won Second Prize in the Page International Contest, and was a Finalist in both the Scriptapalooza and Slamdance TV contests. I entered the Acclaim TV contest because I’d heard good things about it, and it was one of the few contests that accept sitcom pilots.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: The contest was very well run. Everything happened on time and my prizes were delivered on schedule.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: I received a nice congratulatory letter which had a few bits of feedback in it, but nothing in great depth.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: Truth be told, I don’t think a lot of Hollywood players are actively searching for undiscovered sitcom pilot scripts. On the other hand, a lot of people are interested in reading pilot specs as a writing sample, so doing well in a contest is a good way to get people to read your stuff. So far, however, I have not had a direct request to read the script as a result of this particular contest.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I have an MFA in Film from NYU and moved to L.A. a decade ago. I studied improv comedy at the Groundlings, Second City, and Improv Olympic, wrote a lot of sitcom specs, worked as a Writers Assistant in TV, and wrote a produced episode of “Murphy Brown.” To quote our dear dear leader, George W. Bush, landing a TV staff writing job proved to be “hard work... it’s hard,” so I moved over to writing features. I’ve written about nine so far, and l have won or done well in several contests.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I live in L.A. and just received a $70 parking ticket on Olympic today. I had until 3:00 and the ticket is marked 3:07, which sucks for me.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I’m currently working on two features. One is a broad, Zucker Brothersesque comedy called “The Village Idiot.” It’s about a medieval village idiot named Dumkopf who yearns to move up in life and become a fool. The other is a sports comedy called “Geezerball.” It’s about a group of 40 year-old guys who had been on an undefeated basketball team back in high school. Now, one of their sons is on the same team and goes undefeated, prompting the 40 year-olds to challenge the teenagers to a game of hoops. The old guys then have to round up their old teammates, who are in various states of physical and mental disrepair. Both scripts were developed in Advanced Screenwriting Seminars at UCLA Extension, and have benefited from a lot of feedback. Care to read one?

Posted Friday, October 27, 2006