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SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest

SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest

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), Creekside10 Entertainment, and Cap Gun Collective will be joining the SCTC Comedy Screenplay Contest!

The winning script and two finalists will be sent to Thruline Entertainment, Creekside10 Entertainment, 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 Creekside10 Entertainment.

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.

Creekside10 Entertainment

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.


A listing with

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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
A listing with
Second City Gear

Other prizes TBD



Entry Fees and Submission Information

Submit here!

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: November 1, 2017

Staged Reading: November 17, 2016

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