SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest

SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest

We are proud to announce the 2017 SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest Grand Prize Winner and Runners-up!

Grand Prize: Mortis by Tom Radovich
1st Runner-up: Field Day by Chelsea Bozzo
2nd Runner-up: Fat Girl Gets Revenge by Zack Peercy

Join us for the Live Reading at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 16 at Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City. For those who cannot attend, the reading will be broadcast live on the Second City Training Center’s Facebook page. Congratulations to all and a big thank you to all who entered!

(in no particular order)
Caution to the Wind – Maura Smith
Monster Mash – Isaac Platizky
Mr. Jacobs Versus The Demonic Party Clowns From The Great Beyond – Jeff Folschinsky
Starlight – Michael Gutierrez
The Bald American – Monty Buckles
Time Upon a Once – Angelo Campos

The Second City Training Center has developed, nurtured and produced some of the most prolific and talented writers and performers in the movie business. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got! The SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest is looking for the next hit comedy feature script that’s funny and completely original. So polish up that script that’s been sitting in your drawer. Write that story that’s been bouncing around in your head.

We’re accepting full length comedy screenplay scripts. No shorts.


Grand Prize

The Grand Prize-winning screenplay will be read by professional actors at Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago in front of a live audience on November 16, 2017 from 6-8pm.


We are pleased to announce that Thruline Entertainment (Los Angeles), The Hilk Company, and Cap Gun Collective will be joining the SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest!

The winning script and two finalists will be sent to Thruline Entertainment, The Hilk Company, and Cap Gun Collective. The winner will have a consultation with a manager at Thruline via Skype or phone as well as a consultation with Laura Hilker at The Hilk Company.

Thruline Entertainment

Founded in 2003, Thruline is a Beverly Hills-based management firm which boasts a roster of new voices as well as established award-winning clients comprised of actors, writers and directors working in television, film and theater. The company also has a production arm and has produced over 150 hours of scripted television for the major networks. Thruline enjoys a special relationship with The Second City and is committed to developing new comedic voices and introducing them to the professional community.

The Hilk Company

Laura Hilker develops scripted content for TV, film & digital. From 2005 to 2015, Hilker worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles at such companies as FOX, Fox Television Animation, and Michael Eisner’s production company The Tornante Company. She produced The Cleveland Show’s promo for the 2007 Upfronts in New York City and did voices for the series. Hilker helped Tornante launch its animated series for Netflix, BoJack Horseman. She loves comedy, traveling, and knowing nothing about Bitcoin. Angela Lansbury is her hero.

Cap Gun Collective

Cap Gun TV (Teachers on TV Land, Bobby and Iza coming to NBC) is a hybrid production company that develops, produces and markets original content for multiple platforms. We innovate new ways of funding and distribution within the landscapes of both traditional and new media. We connect filmmakers, producers and writers to develop content for broadcast, film, digital and video on demand. We create digital development pipelines that incubate micro-content into larger, fully realized properties. We also collaborate with clients to discover new ways of integrating brand participation into original content.

We believe that a content renaissance is upon us. Filmmaking has never been more accessible for the creators and their audiences. It is our mission to make a meaningful contribution, to entertain, tell great stories, create memorable characters, and to capture unforgettable imagery.


The Great American Pitchfest is awarding our Grand Prize Winner a Bronze Package to the 2018 Pitchfest in Los Angeles. Pitch Your Script to more than 120 production companies, agents, managers, financiers, and other industry professionals seeking material to option, and writers to hire, manage, and represent. This is their most popular event and sells out every year. Only 500 tickets are sold. Winner is responsible for travel, accommodations, and any other expenses, including any package upgrades.


Stage 32 script coverage by an executive (1-2 page), a script pitch session, and a webinar.

500+ agents, managers, producers and executives have heard pitches from Happy Writers!

Including Gersh Agency, Lionsgate Television, RatPac, Benderspink and many, many more!

Read success stories at


A listing with

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Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.


An Apple iPad – perfect for writing on the go!


Second City Gear

Two Runner-up Prizes

Scripts will be sent to all participating management and production companies.
A class at the Second City Training Center – either online or in-person
Stage 32 script pitch session and webinar
A listing with
Second City Gear

Other prizes TBD

ALL SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest Entrants

Stage 32 webinar and a special bonus surprise!


Entry Fees and Submission Information

All entries are in. Thanks for your submissions!

Early Deadline: August 15, 2017
Contest Entry – US$60
Contest Entry + Feedback – US$115

Final Deadline: September 15, 2017
Contest Entry – US$70
Contest Entry + Feedback – US$125

Winners Announced: October 15, 2017

Staged Reading: November 16, 2017

Feedback consists of up to two pages of feedback. Because we are The Second City Training Center/Harold Ramis Film School, feedback will be constructive and educational in nature. Our judges are educators and professionals in the business and strive to give you valuable and practical feedback. For feedback requests, please allow up to two months after the reading of the winning script.


View our submissions page for additional contest details and the full rules and regulations.

Questions? Email