Thank you to all of the incredible writers who entered WeScreenplay TV Contest this year! Your hard work, talent, and dedication to storytelling shines through in the entries we received.
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We have chosen our winners thanks to a wonderful team of readers and many thanks to our fantastic Jury of industry professionals for their insights! Our jurors included:
Erin Cardillo — Showrunner with Overall at Warner Bros, who previously created and wrote the CW show LIFE SENTENCE (staring Lucy Hale) and the comedy SIGNIFICANT MOTHER. She also worked as a CO-EP on FULLER HOUSE and wrote the feature ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, and Priyanka Chopra.
Jermaine Johnson — Literary Manager and Producer at Zero Gravity Management, the company that produces Netflix’s OZARK. Their clients have worked on television shows like STRANGER THINGS and AMERICAN HORROR STORY.
Tracy Kopulsky — Literary Manager and Producer at MXN Entertainment, whose clients have written on THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, THE WITCHER and more.
1 Hour – 3rd Place
MIGRANT MOTHERS by Ashley Rebecca Farley
A story of survival shared by two matriarchs during the Dust Bowl Depression. Initiated through circumstance, forged by experience, and grounded in compassion, two families intertwine in a harrowing journey of blended fact and fiction.
1 Hour – 2nd Place
HEAVY by Collette Legault
Set in the 1970s in a working class Connecticut neighborhood, HEAVY is based on the true story of a five-hundred-pound black man who becomes the de facto father of two white boys, guiding them through the throes of racism, addiction, and poverty, when their racist, drug addicted mother winds up in the hospital.
1 Hour – Grand Prize
GRAPHIC by Jeff Perreca
A meek, social media content moderator forced to watch the worst of humanity on a daily basis finds his mental state deteriorating, until he starts hunting down a user posting graphic content — soon, he finds himself in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer.
1/2 Hour – 3rd Place
SPECIAL TOYS by Benjamin Lewis
A 30-year-old woman trapped in extended adolescence must learn to deal when her family’s toy factory gets sold and the new owner shifts production from hula hoops and dolls to anal beads and vibrators.
1/2 Hour – 2nd Place
SALVADOR DOLLY by Brandon Burkhart
A half-hour meta horror-comedy about a family who tries to have a normal suburban life despite being plagued by a haunted old doll.
1/2 Hour – Grand Prize
I NEED BLACK FRIENDS by Kelechi Urama
Tired of being surrounded by white people, a young black woman in Pittsburgh sets out to find black friends.
Congratulations to the winners! The jury loved your scripts and we’re excited to work with you to see what’s next in your writing careers.