The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is launching a script competition offering aspiring comedy writers the chance to grab the spotlight at this year’s festival.

The initiative’s inaugural year will review submissions of original half-hour comedy scripts.  Top submissions will be named official selections of NYTVF 2016 and will be made available to the festival’s extensive roster of industry participants, various jury members and partners, which this year includes Bento Box Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, Seeso and truTV. At the conclusion of the festival, one script will be recognized with the NYTVF Scripts Best of the Fest title at an awards ceremony.

“2016 has already been a big year in comedy for the NYTVF, and the launch of this initiative is in response to an increased desire from our industry partners to engage with new voices and read scripts from independent storytellers,” said NYTVF founder Terence Gray.

NYTVF Scripts will be held alongside the festival’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), which accepts original TV pilots and web series from around the world.

Since 2005, NYTVF has aimed to open industry doors for aspiring TV artists in pursuit of writing, directing and producing careers.

NYTVF 2016 runs Oct. 24-29.