SCTC Original Sitcom Contest

SCTC Original Sitcom Contest

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

Grand Prize: Monster Cops by Matt Harry
1st Runner-up: Production Choice by CJ Hoke
2nd Runner-up: Hello, I Live Here by Dani Messerschmidt

Congratulations to all and a big thank you to all who entered!

Don’t forget, the staged reading is on June 1 from 6-8pm in Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago. For those who cannot attend, the reading will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Join us!


Uncoupling – Gil Hizon
Monster Cops – Matt Harry
Simonology – Grant Pardee
On My Honor – Amanda Hoffman
Mega Men – Trent Meunier
The Brothers Wang – Rammel Chan
Hello, I Live Here – Dani Messerschmidt
F in Florida – Shelli Wright
Production Choice – CJ Hoke
Space Cartoon – Dave Urlakis

The Second City Training Center has developed, nurtured and produced some of the most prolific and talented writers and performers in the television business. Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve got!

New Categories!
Original Sitcom Pilots
Animated Pilots


The SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest is looking for the next hit comedy TV Sitcom, Animated Pilot or Webseries 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.

Don’t wait until the last minute! Enter today!



Three winning scripts will be read by professional actors at Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago in front of a live audience. Winners will also be given a copy of Final Draft, the industry’s finest screenwriting software.

We are pleased to announce that Karen Horne of NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios, Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, Thruline Entertainment (Los Angeles), MomentumTV (Los Angeles), and Laura Hilker of Creekside 10 Entertainment (Chicago, Los Angeles) will be joining the 2017 SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest! All three scripts will be passed along to our contest partners. Winners will also be given a copy of Final Draft, the industry’s finest screenwriting software.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize-winning teleplay will be read by professional actors on Thursday, June 1 at Judy’s Beat Lounge at The Second City Chicago in front of a live audience.


The 2017 SCTC Original Sitcom Contest is thrilled to announce that Karen Horne, Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios, will be reading the top three scoring scripts and will select the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Original Sitcom Contest!

As part of the Grand Prize, Ms. Horne will meet the writer(s) either in person in Los Angeles or Chicago, or over Skype if the writer(s) is not local to LA or Chicago. Karen Horne is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television.  NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, NBC’s StandUp for Diversity nationwide talent search and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.


The Grand Prize winner will also have their script sent to Thruline Entertainment, Momentum TV, and Creekside 10 Entertainment who will arrange a script consult via Skype or phone.

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.


Todd Milliner, President of Hazy Mills Productions, is back!
Todd will read the Grand Prize winning script and have a consult with the winning writer(s)!
Hazy Mills Productions was founded by actor/producer Sean Hayes and long-time friend and producer, Todd Milliner. The company has had a very successful run of hit television shows and multi-genre shows, including Hot In Cleveland (TV-Land), Grimm (NBC), Hollywood Game Night (NBC), The Soul Man (TV-Land), Sean Saves The World (NBC) and recently Hair-Jacked (tru-TV). Most recently, they’ve added the highly acclaimed documentary The History of Comedy to their roster for CNN.


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An InkTip Script Listing – a listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

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Second City Gear


Additional prizes may be added!

Two Runner-up Prizes

Scripts will be sent to all participating management and production companies

A class at the Second City Training Center in the TV, Film & Digital Program – either online or in-person

Final Draft Software – the industry’s leading scriptwriting software

An InkTip Script Listing, a listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you

Second City Gear


“Thank you for the amazing news! Nearly threw my computer I was so excited.
I’ll be at the live reading and I’m looking forward to it!”
– Brady Guy, Grand Prize Winner, 2016 SCTC Original Sitcom Contest

“Thank you so much for putting on the Second City Comedy Screenplay Contest, and organizing the award ceremony/ live reading. I had a blast visiting Chicago, and laughing along to the reading. The event was fun, went smoothly, and showed how much hard work you put into it. Thank you for the opportunity for exposure, and feedback you create for writers by hosting this contest.”
– Mark Cummings, Winner, 2016 SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest



SCTC Original Sitcom Contest Judges consist of industry professionals with many years of combined experience in writing for Television and Film and also evaluating scripts. Scripts will be judged
on the following criteria:

Originality – Is there something out there just like it? Or is this an original concept? Perhaps it’s an original take on something that’s already been done.

Formatting – Is the script formatted correctly according to industry standards.

Structure – Is there an effective use of the three-act structure (most commonly used)? Framework of the script.

Humor – Is it funny?

Voice – Do the characters each have a distinct voice?

Pacing – The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.

Style/Tone – Overall quality of the writing.

Commercial Appeal – Does it have audience and commercial appeal for the script’s particular niche?


Entry Fees and Submission Information

Submit here!

Contest Entry – US$65
Save $10 if you submit by March 1!

Judges’ Feedback – US$60 (Optional)
The judges will include up to 1.5 pages of script feedback for your script. Feedback may not be contested as part of the competition. Please allow up to two months after the reading of the winning scripts to receive feedback.

“Thank you for the feedback, and for hosting this contest! These were really in depth, and the notes will certainly help me with later drafts, so I am excited to get into a re-write.”
– Dan B.


Important Dates

Early Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017

Announcement of Finalists: May 1, 2017
Announcement of Winners: May 15, 2017

Staged Readings: June 1, 2017 (6-8pm)

Questions? Email

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