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Rules and Guidelines

  • Most genres accepted: Drama (medical, police procedural/detective, legal, political, crime/mystery, action/adventure, sci-fi); comedy (sitcom, dramedy, satire); children’s, young adult or family (exceptions: no dystopian, horror or fantasy/supernatural)
  • Story must be set in a U.S. between 2045 and 2100 which has achieved significant milestones in racial equity, climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, and the abolishment of war. The script must address how these milestones were achieved, using real world data, social and scientific projections, and developments (Note: The show doesn’t need to be about these issues, but we must learn how they were resolved or addressed at some point).
  • Characters must be aligned with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values, reflecting parity in gender, race and ethnicity, ability, and socio-economic ideals.
  • The show must incorporate Artificial Intelligence, demonstrating the positive use of AI and other technology (eg. for health, environment, social systems). Audience must also learn how/why the development of AI as weapons has been discontinued.  Examples: Benefits and Risks of AI
  • Entrants must submit the following materials through the online submission form:
    • Description of television series (one-page/250-word limit), including the following elements:
      • Vision statement
      • How does your show illustrate Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
      • How does your show illustrate racial/social justice achievements?
      • Does your show depict climate change mitigation/adaptation? If so, how?
    • Summaries of 3 episodes (50-100 words each); storylines should reflect the development of the main premise
    • Principle characters (up to 7 – one sentence to identify each)
    • Pilot script (upload in standard telescript format -- download FinalDraft.com software or search Google)

Criteria for Eligibility  

  • We will accept 30- or 60-minute TV show pilots (NO short or feature films).
  • Writer(s) must have at least one TV or film screen credit for writing or one other notable credit e.g. admission to network TV writing program.
  • Scripts must be in English. If there are other languages within the story – translations must be included.