Fox, New York TV Festival Team for Comedy Script Contest

The fifth annual contest targets aspiring television writers.

Fox and the New York TV Festival are teaming for the fifth annual Comedy Script Contest, targeting aspiring television writers.

The contest calls for writers to submit scripts for original half-hour comedy TV pilots for the chance to win a $25,000 prize and a development deal with the network.

Submissions will be accepted beginning Monday, April 16 until Monday, April 30 and the winner will be revealed at this year's 8th annual New York Television Festival, being held from Oct. 22-27.

“Five years ago FOX took a chance on the NYTVF when they partnered with us to offer a guaranteed deal to a talented writer in our community,” said NYTVF founder Terence Gray. “The network’s support and continued commitment have fundamentally changed the way in which we work with the industry and paved the way for artists to access opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. We are thrilled and honored to continue this partnership with FOX and look forward to the creative response from our community.”

Added Suzanna Makkos and Marcus Wiley, senior vice presidents and co-heads of comedy development for Fox: “Comedy is so vibrant and exciting right now, and our annual collaboration with the NYTVF to discover, cultivate and support new comedy writers is as important as ever. We are so grateful to the NYTVF and the artists who have participated in the contest for the last five years. It's incredibly gratifying to help break down traditional barriers so that original voices can be heard.”