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Storytellers Initiative

At the core of all good stories is good writing. Presented in partnership by Propagate Content, our Storytellers Initiative is a scriptwriting competition designed to discover and celebrate exciting new series through exceptional scripts that present a strong point of view and bold characters. Writers are invited to submit their pilot script for a chance to participate in a writers’ workshop, a live read of their script with professional actors, and a year-long development deal with Propagate Content. Additionally, finalists will build invaluable, lasting relationships with industry executives that are uniquely focused on supporting diverse voices, championing marketable storytelling, and pushing independent projects into production. 

Check out what Storytellers Initiative alum Josh Brown had to say about his experience and how it impacted his career:


Submission are now closed for SeriesFest: Season 7. Please carefully review the deadlines, material requirements and guidelines listed below and on our Coverfly page. Fill out your applications and get your projects end before the final deadline. Got questions? Check out our Submission FAQs or email us at info@seriesfest.com.


Once submissions are closed, our team of experienced producers, writers, programmers and filmmakers carefully reviews each application and reads each script looking for bold characters, exceptional story structure, and series potential. SeriesFest and Propagate work together to identify three finalists for the workshop opportunity and to be in final consideration for the grand prize.


The three finalists will take part in a two-day creative workshop with industry experts, which includes sessions on 'how to pitch' and mini writers’ rooms for all three scripts. The goal of this workshop is to allow the teams at Propagate Content and SeriesFest to further get to know the creators and their skill levels as well as determine the Season 7 Storytellers Initiative winner. This workshop will take place either in Los Angeles or virtually depending on the state of Covid-19 and safety precautions.


The winning artist(s) will receive an exclusive development deal with the Propagate Content. The winner will also be flown out to Denver, Colorado for SeriesFest: Season 7 to participate in the production of a live read presentation of their script with professional actors.

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Key Dates and Fees

  Early bird
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 27, 2021
Mar 05, 2021
Standard $40 $45 $65
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Accepted Genres
Diverse content, culture piercing, commercial dramas, and comedies.

Pilot Script
Pilot scripts with episodes running between 15–60 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 60 pages)

Series Format Deck

Must also include a Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments.” The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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