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If you have an idea for a television sitcom, two Minnesota men are giving beginners a chance to break into the business through a national writing contest.

Two notable Minnesotans in the comedy world founded the 2015 National Sitcom Writing ContestBo Kaprall, who lives in Wazyata, is a veteran comedy writer who has worked on shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "Laverne & Shirley," among others.

Also behind the contest is Scott Hansen, a comedian who is credited with helping develop Minnesota's comedy scene.

They're targeting undiscovered talent – the closet sitcom writers in a 9-5 job, a "college kid with a cool idea or the mom who has a knack for writing dialogue, a news release notes.

"The National Sitcom Writing Competition is an excellent opportunity for students, professional writers and others to develop their funny stories, ideas, and life experiences into a pilot for a new television series or for an existing TV sitcom," Kaprall said in the release.

"The industry is always looking for new talent and fresh ideas and the Sitcom.com Writing Competition is an effective way to get an inside track. In fact, two 'spec scripts' were just recently picked up by Sony TV by writers who were previously unknown," he added.

Those interested in entering the contest can submit their original scripts online through the contest's website. There is a $250 cash prize for the best script in each category (original pilot or existing show) and a $500 award for best overall script.

The winning scripts will also be shared with Hollywood executives who could consider them for possible development.

Kaprall and Hansen, along with other big names in TV sitcoms, including Elaine Ko, the co-executive producer of "Modern Family," and Louie Anderson, the executive producer of "Life with Louie," will judge the scripts.

The deadline was recently extended July 31. For more on the rules and how to enter, click here.

Finalists will be notified in September.

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