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2021 Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition Calendar

By December 14, 2020No Comments
2021 screenwriting competition calendar

As the new year fast approaches, we know that writers will be mapping out their writing plans for 2021. We are honored that so many writers make Launch Pad a part of their plans, and want to outline our 2021 competition schedule to make that process as smooth as possible. Once again, we will be offering three competitions in 2021:

2021 Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition Calendar


TV Pilot



Opening Date 1/13/2021 4/1/2021 7/1/2021
Early Deadline ($55) 2/12/2021 4/30/2021 7/30/2021
Regular Deadline ($65) 3/12/2021 5/28/2021 8/27/2021
Late Deadline ($75) 4/9/2021 6/25/2021 9/24/2021
Final Deadline ($85) 5/7/2021 7/23/2021 10/29/2021


TV Pilot



Second Round 7/2/2021 9/17/2021 12/17/2021
Top 100 8/13/2021 10/22/2021 2/4/2022
Top 50 9/3/2021 11/5/2021 2/25/2022
Top 10 9/24/2021 11/19/2021 3/18/2022
Winners 10/15/2021 12/8/2021 4/8/2022

Launch Pad TV Pilot Competition

  • Opens: Jan 13th
  • Final deadline: May 7th
  • Winners ana

The Launch Pad TV Pilot Competition will open on January 13th and the submission period will run through May 7th, with our winners scheduled to be announced on October 15th.

Launch Pad Feature Competition

  • Opens: April 1st
  • Final deadline: July 23rd

The second competition of the year will be the Launch Pad Feature Competition, with submissions open from April 1st through July 23rd. Winners will be announced on December 8th.

Launch Pad Prose Competition

  • Opens: July 1st
  • Final deadline: October 29th

Our Prose Competition for books and short stories will open on July 1st and accept submissions through October 29th. Winners will be announced in 2022. 

What’s new for Launch Pad Competitions in 2021?

This year we will also be adding an official announcement to the schedule for each competition. With so many excellent submissions every year, it became clear that only highlighting 100 projects for each competition left many worthy writers without recognition.

After all submissions have been read, we will announce a Second Round, reflecting the projects which are still in consideration and will receive further reads. In the past, we have informed writers of their placement in this Second Round so that they could update the draft of their projects, but we have not previously made that information public. 

We will then go through our regular schedule of announcing finalists, beginning with a Top 100 and continuing on to Top 50, Top 10 and winners. 

Take a look at the full schedule below with pricing and detailed dates.

We can’t wait to read your work!

2021-2022 Launch Pad Competition Pricing & Submission Deadlines

Launch Pad 2021 Screenwriting Competition calendar

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