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Screenplay competitions

Below is a list of script competitions which I put together in late 12014 for a class of my producing students. As time passes the competitions will close and may not re-open in future years.  However, I will leave this list online as it may be a useful starting place for people looking for screenplay competitions.

 You may find that these are useful places to follow or contact for ‘spec’ screenplays you can option.

Note: I am not endorsing these competitions; merely letting you know they exist. They have been presented in alphabetical order. You should should always exercise caution when contacting new people and organisations and perform your own due diligence.

All Access Screenwriting Competition

Contest will help writers open the Hollywood Door. 

  • Next Deadline: 20/12/2014
  • Website: sellascript.com
  • Contact Name: Donna Milazzo, Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Amazon Studios

Movies have been developed pretty much the same way since talkies were considered cutting-edge. But here at Amazon Studios, we believe 21st-century technology creates opportunities to make and share movies and scripts more easily than ever. We invite you to: Win money. Amazon Studios will award a combined $2.7 million in our first year’s worth of monthly and annual contests for the best scripts and movies.

Aura Screenwriter Awards

Our mission is to recognize new and emerging screenwriters by providing affordable entry fees and cash awards in all categories for screenwriters that win the Gold Award, Silver Award, or Bronze Award. 

Austin Revolution Film Festival

The Austin Revolution Film Fest shines a light on true independent screenwriters and filmmakers. Our writing competition is sponsored by Ink Tip and Final Draft who provide excellent prizes for the writers in addition to tremendous networking opportunities. 

Bankable Script

Ready for the opportunity to take your screenwriting to the next level, win $10,000 and other great prizes, and market your script to prominent leaders in the filmmaking industry? Send us your script and find out in less than 2 weeks if your script has what it takes to make it onto our A-list of semi-finalists! We actively work to offer our writers opportunities to both get your script in front of industry professionals as well as improve your craft. 

Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest is an international screenwriting competition dedicated to discovering and showcasing the work of the world’s best new emerging screenwriters in the city globally recognized as the center of the movie and television industries. We celebrate and share your passion for storytelling by helping to advance the careers of talented screenwriters, connecting our winners with working industry producers, agents, managers, and development executives. 

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. We provide each writer who enters BlueCat two written analyses, ensuring each entry is reviewed by two readers, while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require. 

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest

Breaking Walls is a contest for thriller screenplays with contacts at established Hollywood literary representation and production companies who have agreed to consider the full winning script and the top finalists’ loglines. Well-written thrillers are always an excellent way for writers to show Hollywood pros a combination of commerciality, unique voice, and a clear understanding of effective feature film narrative. 

Charleston International Film Festival

The festival provides a premier showcase for all aspects of filmmaking and screenwriting: the art, the filmmaker, the screenwriter, talented directors and actors, and the film-lover in all of us. Our goal is to educate the community & festival attendees through the art and science of film, promoting cross-cultural awareness, the exchange of ideas, and social understanding.

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Entering it’s eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating their drive towards success.

CineStory Foundation Retreat and Fellowship

CineStory is a national non-profit dedicated to nurturing emerging screenwriters through mentorship programs. Winners of our competition have gone on to pen films such as IRON MAN, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14. Our 2013 Fellow Patrick Tobin had his winning script premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. One of the main goals of the CineStory Screenwriting Awards is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our mentorship programs.

Comedy Screenplay Contest

To promote writers within the comedy screenplay genre.

  • Next Deadline: 31/12/2014
  • Contact Name: Mike Dean, Contest Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Contest of Contest Winners

There are dozens of screenwriting competitions, but which screenplay from among the winners of all of these quality competitions is the best of the best? The Contest of Contest Winners hopes to answer that question and shine the spotlight on many accomplished, award-winning screenplays in what amounts to a definitive last shuffle of an elite pack.

Courier Screenwriting Awards

Welcome to the Courier Screenwriting Awards! Our mission is to discover new screenwriting talent and emerging screenwriters. The Courier Screenwriting Awards is a green and paperless competition, accepting online submissions.

CreativeScope Awards

To provide the best all-around screenplay evaluation. We seek to promote the most artistic screenplays, hoping to advance the careers of aspiring writers.

  • Next Deadline: 31/12/2014
  • Contact Name: Contest Management
  • Contact details: [email protected]

DSR’s Full Accountability Script Challenge

To give recognition to those who might not get it otherwise from contests that require higher fees and attract hundreds, if not thousands, of entrants.

  • Website: discountscriptread.com
  • Contact Name: Donald John, Contest Administrator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Evolution International Film Festival

The Evolution Film Festival welcomes submissions for Screenplay Feature in any genre transporting new visions of Art culture and tradition.

  • Next Deadline: Rolling Deadline
  • Contact Name: Mahmoud Awad, Co-founder
  • Contact details: [email protected]

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

To discover and honor the new voices of independent film. Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.

FREE Online Movie Idea Contest at ScreenplayFest Philadelphia

Think you have a good idea for a movie? Submit your Movie Idea and it will be uploaded online for everyone to vote on and review. Why LoglineFest? 1) So you know whether or not your idea is ready to be written into a screenplay before you spend days and months writing. 2) To perfect your Logline to prepare to pitch your script. 3) To win $500 in Awards!

Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition

The 2014 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition celebrates its 5th year with more amazing opportunities for screenwriters to advance their career! Just asked last year’s winner Jade Shames, who within one month of being announced the Grand Prize Winner, has already been signed by manager Evan Cavic at Principato-Young Ent. With over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes, guaranteed script consideration from top Hollywood Production Companies and a proven track record of discovering and launching the careers of new screenwriters, Fresh Voices continues to cement its position as one of the leading screenplay competitions for screenwriters and a trusted source of new material by the industry! Enter before the Regular Deadline (Sept.

Garden State Film Festival Screenplay Competition

The Garden State Film Festival was founded in 2008 to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works, as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. Our goal is to present films of the highest quality in both production value and content.

Great Gay Screenplay Contest

To foster excellence in screenwriting that features gay characters, history, or themes important to the gay community, and relevant to our world. Up to four full length finalists and up to six shorts finalists will be named by September 1 annually, and those scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Hoover-Leppen Theater of the Center on Halsted in Chicago.

  • Next Deadline: 30/6/2015
  • Contact Name: David Zak, Executive Director
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Holiday Screenplay Contest

To promote holiday centered screenplays.

  • Next Deadline: 15/11/2014
  • Contact Name: Mike Dean, Contest Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Hollywood Drama Screenplay Contest

A great drama will grab the attention of the audience from the first to the last scene. We love dramatic stories and if you are passionate about what you write, please enter and share your stories with us. The industry is looking for fresh and compelling dramas. Allow us to assist you with getting your drama screenplay noticed!

  • Next Deadline: 15/11/2014
  • Contact Name: Harry Williams, Contest Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Hollywood Outreach Program – Scriptwriters Network

Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP) provides access to enlisted production companies, agents, and managers for feature film and movie of the week screenplays (entries) that are recommended by the program. All entries receive at least two studio-style comprehensive written evaluations (coverage) in any one session. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft with a goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment.

hollywoodscript.com monthly contest

We pick the best and most marketable (in our opinion of course) CLIENT SCRIPT and announce it with shameless prominence on the MAIN page of our web site. Our winner will also be invited to POST their log line, link and even a scene or two (if you so choose) from your winning work to which we’ll add our GLOWING REVIEW and convert the whole thing into professional “COVERAGE” (FOR FREE) which can be used for submission purposes as well as being POSTED on our site.

  • Next Deadline: Last Day of any calender month
  • Website: hollywoodscript.com
  • Contact Name: Craig Kellem or Judy Kellem
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Horror Hotel International Film Festival

A haunted event for the living and dead.

IFIPG Screenwriting Contest

To find new and upcoming scriptwriters. To help promote scriptwriters and find potential future projects.

  • Next Deadline: 31/12/2014
  • Contact Name: Arnold Jones, President
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Indie Gathering Script Writing Contest

To recognize excellence in script writing of shorts and features in a wide variety of genres.

International Horror and Sci Fi Short Screenplay Competition

To discover the best un-produced short screenplays by talented writers and present their work to LEADING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

Internet Movie Logline Creator Monthly Logline Contest

To help writers hone their loglines by competing with and judging their peers.

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

KCWIFT and KC Film Fest Short Screenplay Competition

Kansas City Women in Film and Television (KCWIFT) is pleased to announce the KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. With regard to our mission of empowering, promoting, and mentoring women in the entertainment, media, and communications industries, KCWIFT has partnered with KC FilmFest to host an annual short screenwriting competition exclusively for female filmmakers/screenwriters.

Kids First! Film Festival

We do full recommendations by trained jurors, providing in-depth feedback for screenwriters. Our annual Best of Fest Award is for the first, second and third place winners for Best Screenplay for the previous year.

  • Next Deadline: February 15; May 15; August 15; November 15
  • Website: kidsfirst.org
  • Contact Name: Lauren Longworth, Jury Manager
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest stands with the few elite and respected screenwriting competitions that can deliver on the promises of prestige and prominence for its winners. We are extremely proud to provide a level of service above and beyond what you will find in the majority of screenplay contests. Our pride comes from our extraordinary staff that has over 30 years of experience and thrives on helping make dreams come true.

London Film Awards

As a distinguished international film competition, the London Film Awards celebrates and awards independent film’s best and brightest talent spanning the globe. The London Film Awards is a medium for both fresh and masterful talent to have their extraordinary work recognized and honored before their industry peers.

Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition

The Marquee Lights Screenwriting Competition seeks to discover new emerging screenwriters and offer a cash award to the top screenplay in each category. We accept screenplays in four categories: feature film screenplays, original one hour television pilots, original half hour television pilots, and short film screenplays. Our feedback service is also available at submission.

MoviePoet.com ~ Feature Contest

Our goal is threefold: help writers improve their craft, celebrate our best work, and connect writers and their scripts with filmmakers.

MoviePoet.com ~ Short Screenplay Contest

Our goal is threefold: help writers improve their craft, celebrate our best work, and connect writers and their scripts with filmmakers.

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Coming off of the heels of its tremendously successful inaugural Screenwriting Competition, the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival is proud to open its call for entries for the 2015 contest. With over $60,000 in cash and prizes and potential exposure to celebrated industry executives and studios, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is an incredible opportunity for talented writers to get their scripts discovered.

New Hope Film Festival Script Competition

To discover and nurture overlooked and underappreciated filmmakers from around the globe.

New Media Scripts Competition

Honoring Stories Worth Telling. New Media Scripts: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, webseries, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted.

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Nickelodeon’s Writing Program offers aspiring television writers, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for our live action and animated shows. Participants will have hands-on interaction with executives writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas. The Program, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year.

  • Next Deadline: 28/2/2015
  • Contact Name: Karen Kirkland, VP, Talent Development & Outreach
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Notes & Grace Notes Monthly Contests

Notes & Grace Notes is an online writing competition seeking to reward and promote excellent writing. Half of all the sites revenue goes into the prize pot– creating a growing cash award that begins at $50 per category and grows with the site and the number of entries.

Philadelphia’s SCREENPLAY FEST – An Online Screenplay Competition

POST Your Screenplay Online. Meet 100+ Hollywood Execs at Pitchfest. Story Lessons from Master Instructor ROBERT MCKEE. Get Feedback, Exposure & multiple Script Analysis Packages. E-Queries to 6,000+ Execs. Win over $5000 in AWARDS. Our goal is to improve the Writer’s Screenplay to the max, and get it in the hands of Industry Execs who can open doors for the writer.

Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Challenge

A search for the best short screenplays out there

Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition

ALL ENTRIES RECEIVE FEEDBACK in each Round as the script advances! RECOGNITION – to award and validate outstanding works. FEEDBACK – to provide constructive, unbiased critiques from the perspective of Hollywood readers. ASSISTANCE – to help improve the quality of writers’ craft and their individual works. EXPOSURE – to place scripts in the hands of decision makers in the film industry.

Scripped.com Screenplay Contests

Scripped users get access to some of the most exciting contests around. The Scripped network of producers, writers, and Hollywood professionals comes to Scripped to find new talent and read great scripts. Past contests have been run for Edward Burns (actor, producer, director, and writer), Steven de Souza (writer of 48 Hours and Die Hard), Dawn Olivieri (leading actress on Heroes) and Alex Albrecht (popular Internet personality).

Script Exposure Screenwriting Competition

The Script Exposure Screenwriting competition main objective is to find great scripts in any genre and pass them on to working Hollywood professionals, such as: Agents, Managers and Producers. We’re about helping the screenwriter get connected. And with a very low entry fee of $25, The Script Exposure Screenwriting competition is the most affordable competition any writer can enter.

Script Pipeline First Look Project

To discover innovative, marketable, high-concept projects for studio-level development, including feature screenplays, TV material, and media content.

Script Pipeline Great Movie Idea Competition

To discover original, high-concept feature film ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for studio circulation.

Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest

To discover original, high-concept TV show ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for circulation network execs and television producers.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

To help launch the careers of undiscovered screenwriters and give unprecedented access to studio-level executives.

Script Pipeline Student Screenwriting Competition

To give the best student screenwriters a rare opportunity at studio-level industry exposure and foster new talent in the early stages of their careers.

Script Pipeline TV Writing Competititon

The Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest has a single goal: to find the next extraordinary television writer. The talent level has risen dramatically in recent contest seasons, as a fast-growing community of aspiring TV writers have proven their skills with both specs and original pilots.

Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition

Scriptapalooza was founded in 1998 with the goal of helping as many writers as possible through the competition. We have over 90 production companies, agents and managers reading all the entered scripts. (A complete list of participants is on Scriptapalooza’s website.) We actively push the Semifinalists, Finalists, Runners-Up and Winners for a full year with the intention of creating opportunities for the writers.

ScriptVamp’s Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Competition

This contest has been designed to test the mettle of the 1st 10 pages, of any script, in any genre. We’re looking for a tightly written, fluently paced opening that whets our appetite and leaves us longing for more… Sounds easy right? Can you prove your script has what it takes? Enter if you dare… One unique feature of this competition is that we provide constructive feedback for every entrant.

  • Next Deadline: Last day of each month
  • Website: scriptvamp.com
  • Contact Name: CCS, Contest Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition

The SENE Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to encourage, recognize and promote talented screenwriters.

Short Screenplay Contest

The SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST’s focus is to promote all genres of writing focusing on scripts fifteen pages or less in length.

  • Next Deadline: 01/12/2014
  • Contact Name: Mike Dean, Contest Coordinator
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Short Wars

Short Wars is an annual screenplay competition. Submission is FREE!

Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest

If you have a TV pilot that you are convinced will have the world coming back week after week, or, if you feel you have a voice that needs to be heard on an exisiting fan-favorite TV show…then the industry is waiting! Introducing the Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest – we are searching for the next best television writer! There’s no question we’re in a Golden Age of scripted television right now with some of the best written shows the medium has ever seen hitting the airwaves over the last 10-15 years.

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

To promote and support new talent and continue our pledge of creating opportunities for new writers by providing financial rewards, software to assist in future projects, and promotion of the writer and project to agents, studios and production companies. Our winners are routinely requested by top entertainment industry people and many winners have either gained representation and/or had their screenplays optioned.

Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles

MISSION: The mission is simple: Promote filmmakers and screen writers. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Lots of scripts are rejected at festivals. One of the reasons is that there are too many submissions. Producing a film is one thing. The next step is submitting your film to film festivals. Then you realize that nothing is really happening. The Sunset Film Festival is different.

  • Next Deadline: 15/2/2015
  • Contact Name: Mark Mos, Festival Director
  • Contact details: [email protected]

Talentville Script of the Month

A monthly competition for members of Talentville.com who have uploaded full length, drama or sitcom screenplays at the site. Script are reviewed and rated via a peer review system among the members, with the top three rated scripts becoming a finalist at the end of each month. All finalists receive professional coverage by Scriptapalooza, with the order of finish being judged solely by them.

TLLjournal’s Logline Contest

Screenwriters, how many times have you seen this? “Un-named agency/management/production company has a policy that neither it nor any of its agents or other employees accept or consider any unsolicited materials, ideas, concepts or suggestions of any nature whatsoever (“Unsolicited Materials”). Accordingly, you may not use this website or information obtained there from to submit Unsolicited Materials to Un-named Company by any means (including, without limitation, by mail, fax or e-mail).

  • Next Deadline: Bi-Monthly
  • Contact Name: Jared Dunne, Director
  • Contact details: [email protected]

trackingb.com Original TV Pilot Contest

To shine a spotlight on new, fresh voices writing for television.

TVWriter.Com People’s Pilot

The People’s Pilot is a chance for writers who aren’t yet on the “Go-to” list for television pilots to contribute to their work and themselves known to the medium they love by creating the kind of series they want to see, without worrying about the politics of television network and cable channel sales. See website for additional info.

TVWriter.com Spec Scriptacular

The basic fact about the television business is that in order to get into it you, the writer, must have at least 3 great spec episodes written for existing shows. These episodes are your calling card. They demonstrate that you have what it takes to write “on assignment.” In other words, they show that your writing can meet the demands of a show’s individual (we would never say “peculiar”) style.

WeScreenplay International Screenplay Competitions

MISSION: With over $5,000 in cash and prizes as well as promotion of our winners and finalists, our mission is to provide industry exposure and support to feature screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why we provide the first round judges’ score cards to every entrant at no additional charge.

Wildsound Reading Series

WILDsound Monthly Screenplay Festival offers screenwriters at all levels the fantastic opportunity of hearing their scripts read out loud using Top Professional Actors and seen by 10000s of people online, including producers and agents. At least 5 winning readings done every single month. Click the website info and watch the winning videos.

Wildsound TV SPEC and TV PILOT Screenplay Contest

Submit a TV SPEC SCREENPLAY or ORIGINAL TV PILOT (monthly deadlines) and get the chance to see your script read out loud at our Screenplay Festival using professional actors. Shown online on the YouTube channel that garners 1000s of views. CLICK the website link for examples of past winners. A great way to get your words out there and obtain the Agent you’re looking for or just get your script seen by more people.

WMCm Monthly Contest

We are a company run by and for writers and filmmakers. Our objective is to find hot new writers whose careers we can help launch either at the studio or indie levels, or as TV writers (longform, sitcom, not reality). We also work with playwrights and have access to a number of major theaters in the US and England and also work with novelists, as we have access to most of the major publishers.

Women In Cinema International Screenplay Competition

We are looking for standout screenplays by women. The competition awards the writer who pushes the boundaries of cinema with her original, nuanced characters and dynamic storytelling and dialogue. There are no limitations on content or genre. The main character does not have to be female, but the screenwriter does. Cash awards, as well as a Skype pitch with an executive and pitch preparation for the winning entry.

Women’s Words

Pride Films and Plays’ Women’s Work Contest has Stage, Screenplay, and Shorts categories. We aspire to honor excellence in work written by women for film or stage with lesbian characters or themes.

  • Next Deadline: 01/5/2015
  • Contact Name: David Zak, Executive Director
  • Contact details: [email protected]

WriteMovies Writing Contest

Only 1000 entries will be accepted. Enter early and save! Out of close to three hundred “contest sites,” WriteMovies is one of only a handful that has produced movies from winning projects. “The List”, was written by WriteMovies winner Marcus Folmar. It featured Jane Lynch (GLEE), Brad Dourif, Illeana Douglas, Wayne Brady and Sydney Poitier and was acquired by Warner Bros.

Writers Boot Camp Fellowship

Each month, three $5000 full scholarships to the Writers Bootcamp Online Professional Membership (OPM) are awarded, including an opportunity to compete for an annual writing/development deal with Writers Boot Camp Productions and/or a studio, network or independent producer. The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship is unlike any other. Aside from having three winners a month, Creative Categories change each month, reflecting viable genres and project parameters for both features and original TV series.

Writers Place

To assist the aspiring screenwriter in realizing his/her dream of becoming a professional screenwriter. To eliminate industry chokepoints that stifle creativity and impede screenplay access to managers,agents & producers.

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