Fox Broadcasting Co. and the New York Television Festival today announced the fourth annual FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest for aspiring television writers who can enter their original half-hour comedy TV scripts for the opportunity to win $25,000 and a development deal with Fox.  The opening date for script submissions is Monday, April 4. “The future of our industry lies in the stories that we tell, so it’s incredibly important that we continue to find and nurture undiscovered writing talent,” Fox  entertainment president Kevin Reilly said.

The script contest is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over who do not have any contractual commitments preventing them from entering into an exclusive development deal with Fox. Scripts must be between 25 and 35 pages in length in a proper screenwriting format to be eligible. Writers can enter by uploading a copy of their script at http://nytvf.com/2011_fox_contest.htm beginning at 12 PM ET on April 4. The deadline for submissions is 12 PM ET on April 18 or when 1,500 submissions are received, whichever comes first. A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to 25 finalists. These finalists will be presented to Fox development executives who will select the winner. Additionally, Fox could enter into development agreements with other  remaining finalists.