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C21 Drama Series Script Competition

The fifth edition of The C21 Drama Series Script Competition (#C21scriptcomp) is now open for entries, aiming to uncover the Next Big Thing in scripted entertainment.

The competition is produced in association with Studio21, WritersRoom and Script Angel.

We are looking for six outstanding pilot episode scripts (for an internationally compelling drama series) to compete for an unrivalled prize at The International Drama Summit, part of Content London in November.

From the pool of submissions made between 10 July 2019 and 4 October 2019, a shortlist of 21 scripts will be selected and six finalists will be chosen to present their script to the global drama business, including key commissioners from digital platforms including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, to broadcasters from ABC, BBC and C4 to YLE, and ZDF, attending Content London. Shortlisted entries will be notified on 20 October 2019 and the finalists will be announced on 23 October 2019.

In addition to the live pitch final, each finalist will have the opportunity to connect with key executives in the drama business through Content London’s Content Concierge service. Each finalist receives a complimentary pass to the three-day event worth £899.

Each finalist will also be eligible to choose to engage with WritersRoom’s initiative to develop the project further during Content London.

The winning writer will receive a US$10,000 option from Studio21 and be developed for series.

Each finalist will also receive a free consultancy session from Script Angel.

There is a £40 fee to enter, which is used to pay a team of professional script readers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your script in front of the world’s drama community! We are looking for original drama series with global appeal. Be part of the story.


“Since winning the C21 Drama Series Script Competition the Studio21 team have really helped me tighten my script, to focus on what it’s really about.  My new leaner, meaner script is now attracting the attention of highly respected producers. I’ve also had other projects optioned too – the win has definitely made me more visible in the industry. At  Content London there was so much to see and do, and it was a fantastic networking opportunity. The Writers Room was a blast. A pretty full-on, intense, seat-of-the-pants stuff – but such a valuable learning experience and the best fun I’ve had in ages. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Jan Smith


“Making the final of the C21 script competition is a hugely significant opportunity. Not only the potential subsequent relationships formed with C21 but also the unique chance to pitch at Content London – an intimidating prospect which turned out to be immensely confidence-boosting. On top of that, seeing and hearing about so many sides of the industry over the course of the conference and talking to delegates was fascinating and eye-opening.I felt I learnt more in two days in the writer’s room masterclass than in a year’s worth of figuring things out alone, due both to the incredible showrunners leading the groups and the other super-talented writers taking part.We received full support and encouragement throughout the whole process – something that has continued to be the case now that my project is in development with Studio21. I can’t recommend entering enough!” Alice Burden




If you have any questions please email or call C21 on +44 (0) 20 7729 7460

The competition is now closed for entries.



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