Fox21 has selected three scripts, all for one-hour dramas, as finalists in the third annual Slamdance Teleplay Competition.

The production arm will option the winning teleplay for $45,000. Winner also receives a blind script deal and is guaranteed to have one of his or her ideas developed into a pilot.

The finalists are “American Standard,” by Scott Burgin, David Robinson and Kerry Lambert, which examines the lives of four diverse families to explore what it means to be an American; “Ghost Towns,” by Marcus Clay Carmouche and Seamus Kevin Fahey, about two disillusioned Civil War veterans who lead a secret government agency charged with preventing a confederacy of supernatural creatures from taking control of the Western frontier; and “Predators,” by Latrisse Goffigan, which focuses on the leader of the National Special Victims Task Force, a federal law enforcement agency set up as a response to escalating violent crimes of a sexual nature.

“Slamdance and Fox21 have a very symbiotic vision, so this partnership makes perfect sense,” said Slamdance prexy Peter Baxter. “Both organizations are continually striving to tap into the vast amount of new and emerging creative talent that we know is out there, just waiting for the chance to be seen, heard, discovered — and put to work.”

The finalists will attend Slamdance and participate in a roundtable discussion with Fox21 executives and Slamdance reps, then will be invited to Los Angeles for a pitch session with Fox21.

Slamdance received more than 600 entries for one-hour and half-hour dramas and comedies.

Fest runs concurrently with Sundance Jan. 18-27 in Park City, Utah.