Applications are open for Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award 2021. The competition aims to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to onehour (commercial length) television drama script. The script may be originally written in any language, but must be submitted in English.
The winner of Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a USD $2,500 prize at the International Emmy World Television Festival on November 20, 2021. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 49th International Emmy Awards on November 22, 2021.
- The Applicant must be a non-U.S. citizen (non-U.S. citizens currently studying in the U.S. are eligible.)
- The Applicant must not have reached his/her 30th birthday as of December 31, 2021.
- The Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age upon completion of entry form.
- The Applicant cannot be an Employee or a relative of a staff member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
- The Applicant must deliver an original completed DRAMA script for television (Drama Series: A dramatic production in which theme, storyline, and main characters are presented under the same title.)
- The script must be submitted in English.
- The script must be a minimum of a half-hour and a maximum of one-hour commercial length.
- The script should be a stand-alone or pilot script, not a random episode that is part of a series.
- Entries must be original work of the participant.
- All Applicants must complete the entry and release forms to be eligible.
- Applicants must not have had a script, or contributed any written words, to any fiction material originally produced for and aired on television or distributed over-the-top (digitally) prior to date of entry. This includes any credit as story editor; script supervisor; or writer assistant.
- Material that has previously been sold or is currently under option may not be submitted.
- Only one entry per scriptwriter will be accepted.