Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest

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Scripts for TV pilot shows must be set in the U.S. between the years 2045 and 2100, when significant milestones toward improving the world have been reached. The contest is free.

Hollywood, Health & Society is accepting submissions for our Blue Sky Scriptwriting Contest. Five fellowships of $7,500 each and one grand prize of $20,000 will be awarded. We’re looking for stories that take place in a future that we would actually aspire to live and thrive in. Instead of the standard dystopian landscape, think environmental sustainability, a fair and equitable social system, and a world without war.

In partnership with the Future of Life Institute and the Writers Guild of America East, we’re offering fellowship grants for television scripts that focus storylines in a world set between the years 2045 and 2100. Although it may be hard to envision a brighter future like the one described here, the research, innovations, policies and grassroot efforts already exist to accomplish these goals. This is not an unrealistic utopia, and since humans are involved there will still be plenty of drama and comedy to go around. Writers submitting scripts can tell whatever story they want in this Blue Sky future, but along the way we should learn how we got there.

Tell whatever story you want in a pilot script for a TV episode, but it needs to be set in this new world, and along the way we must learn how we got there.

To enter, submit the following:

  • 30- or 60-minute pilot episode script set in this Blue Sky world. It can be a comedy or a drama.
  • Logline (one sentence description of story and premise)
  • Brief treatment (with key characters and how the premise unfolds over a few episodes)

The material must reflect themes of racial equity, climate change mitigation or adaptation, advancements toward peace, and incorporating the beneficial use of artificial intelligence (A.I.). For additional rules, terms and more information, and to submit an entry, visit the Blue Sky Scriptwriting Fellowship website.

There's no entry fee. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Aug. 5, 2022The winning writers will be announced on Oct. 20, 2022, at the annual Sentinel Awards. Writers will receive mentorships and expert consultations for script revisions. The grand prize of $20,000 will be awarded in early 2023.

This contest is sponsored in part by the. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

To learn more, visit the Blue Sky Scriptwriting Fellowship website