National Lampoon and Stage 32 have launched a contest to find the next great comedy screenwriter.

The contest, which is taking submissions through July, offers a grand prize of $5,000 with an 18-month option at the Lampoon, as well as mentoring from Lampoon creatives and executives.

“We’ve admired Stage 32’s mission to help creatives from all over the world gain the knowledge, access and support necessary to succeed in this competitive industry. Additionally, Stage 32’s talent pool is undeniably the deepest anywhere online. We’re thrilled to join forces with them to honor our mission in finding and cultivating the next great comedic voices,” said Co-CEOs of National Lampoon Raj Singh & Kevin Frakes.

“National Lampoon is an iconic brand and I have a romantic attachment to so many of their films. To be working directly with Raj and Kevin to discover new talent to push forward their vision of the new National Lampoon is not only an honor and a privilege, but furthers the Stage 32 initiative of presenting all creatives with the tools and opportunities to be discovered,” said Stage 32 CEO Richard Botto.

This contest is open to all comedy writers.

Any writer or writing team may participate by submitting a completed feature-length comedy script they have written. The competition will highlight scripts with an emphasis on social satire, but also will accept entries focusing on dark comedy, dramedy, action, horror, and any other cross-genre hybrid.

Deadline is July 17, 2018. Submission fees run $50-$60, depending upon when you submit.