Turner TV Pilot Contest


Turner Writing Contest

ABFF is excited to announce the launch of the very first American Black Film Festival Turner Writing Contest designed to shine a spotlight on new diverse writers who are required to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories.

Together, Turner and ABFF will select five TBS/comedy finalists and five TNT/drama finalists, and one winner in each category will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 14-18, 2017, where they will receive an award before the festival audience which comprises of a cash prize $500, and the opportunity to meet with Turner Original Programming executives.

The following provides general submission information. Please read carefully and along with the official rules.

Entrants must:

  • Be members of a diverse or underrepresented community
  • Not have had any prior professional TV writing experience
  • Submit an original pilot script (drama or comedy) suitable for adaptation into a television program, and a plot summary
  • Submit headshot photo and bio
  • Read, complete, and sign the submission agreement within the official rules document
  • Submit all materials as outlined in the official rules to TurnerWritingContest@abffventures.com
  • Submit within the submission period: February DATE TBD, 2017 to April 5, 2017

Please note: only the first 200 submissions will be accepted for review.

Click here for the official contest rules and submission agreement