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New York Screenplay Contest

New York Screenplay Contest

Contact

201 East Jefferson Street, Suite 318
Syracuse, NY 13202

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Oscar Gemayel, Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 12    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world's best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with cash, prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.

Deadline/Entry Fees

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Rules

  • All scripts should be written in English and submitted electronically via our online entry form in one of the following formats: .PDF (preferred), Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Text.
  • You may submit your entry by mail. Use our electronic form to walk you through the process.
  • All mailed in entries must be mailed and postmarked by the applicable Entry Deadline.
  • Screenplay entries submitted by mail should be clearly marked with the Submission Tracking Number issued by our electronic entry system.
  • All Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  • Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
  • Judges and employees who work for the New York Screenplay Contest are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.
  • Screenplays written by up to five people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry form. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By submitting online to the New York Screenplay Contest, all writers authorize the submission. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, all cash awards will be split equally between the writers. If a screenplay is written by multiple writers, prizes will be divided at the writers' discretion.
  • Entrants to the New York Screenplay Contest retain all rights to their screenplays.
  • The competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. Please retain an original copy of your screenplay.
  • Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.
  • The New York Screenplay Contest will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition.
  • By entering the New York Screenplay Contest, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant's own work.
  • Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our screenwriting contest guidelines and standard judging criteria; however, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
  • You agree to indemnify and hold us (including our employees, officers, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, co-branders or other partners) harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit, transmit or make available to our awards competition.
  • The New York Screenplay Contest reserves the right to make any necessary changes to deadlines, dates, rules, and scheduling.
  • By submitting a project to the New York Screenplay Contest, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all of the Rules and Conditions and that you are duly authorized to submit your project to competition.

Awards

This year's New York Screenplay Contest will see over $10,000 in cash and prizes presented to the Winners and Official Finalists of the competition!

The New York Screenplay Contest awards and recognizes only the most finely written screenplays with distinction in four exclusive award tiers.

The judges will select one Grand Prize Winner for each official competition category along with an overall Grand Jury Prize Winner selected as the very best project from among all the competition categories. This is the contest's highest and most distinguished honor.

2nd and 3rd place awards are also presented in each of the main competition categories, the Empire Award and the Park Avenue Award, respectively.

In addition, up to 10 Official Finalists will be selected in each of the main competition categories at the discretion of the judges.

Most importantly, we will promote your winning script with a targeted press release through our PR firm to Hollywood trade publications, the entertainment media, and our exclusive industry list of hundreds of production companies, producers, executives, and literary agents.

To preserve the prestige and exclusivity of the awards, only a maximum of 13 projects per competition category are honored with awards.

New York Screenplay Contest

Contact

201 East Jefferson Street, Suite 318
Syracuse, NY 13202

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Oscar Gemayel, Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 12    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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New York Screenplay Contest

Contact

201 East Jefferson Street, Suite 318
Syracuse, NY 13202

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Oscar Gemayel, Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 12    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

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Operation No Moore, by Michael Esser has been named the Grand Jury Prize Winner of the 2014 New York Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 09/22/2014

New York Screenplay Contest Announces Finalists

The New York Screenplay Contest has announced their finalists for 2014.

Updated: 09/19/2014

New York Screenplay Contest Announces Winners

Stephen Guest's The Other Side of Normal has been named the Grand Jury Prize Winner of the 2013 New York Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 09/26/2013

New York Screenplay Contest Announces Winners

Jake Lee Hanne's .270 has been named the winner of the 2012 New York Screenplay Contest.

Updated: 10/23/2012

New York Screenplay Contest

Contact

201 East Jefferson Street, Suite 318
Syracuse, NY 13202

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Oscar Gemayel, Director

Report Card

Overall: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.1/5.0)
Signficance: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 12    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Jeffrey Russel

An interview with screenwriter Jeffrey Russel regarding the New York Screenplay Writing Competition.


Jeffrey Russel
Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The title of the screenplay is GRACE. A young Scottish woman's social consciousness compels her to join the struggle opposed to The Highland Clearances pitting her against her own family and tyrannical forces during the 1800's.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: The New York Screenplay Contest is one of the premier competitions for screenwriting in the US. We were finalists last year, but with a total rewrite under our belts the proof is in the pudding. So far we have 36 screenwriting awards for GRACE.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: The New York Screenplay Contest administration is top notch and are wonderful to work with. Many thanks to those dedicated souls who man the phones and answer questions from writers like me. Our magnificent trophy is in the mail.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: Grace has taken just over two years to reach this point. We've been through several complete rewrites and hundreds of mini-edits. Getting professional feedback has been essential to our success.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: Final Draft 9

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I try to write every day, but sometimes I don't have the energy I need to get my head working. I never write when I'm physically exhausted or after a bad night's sleep. If, when I sit down to write, I'm not immediately inspired I do something else for a while to clear my head. For me, a bit of time on a good Flight Simulator works well.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Not so far.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: Lynda has an academic literary background and I retired from the real estate industry 10 years ago. We have 3 scripts, a novel in progress and lots of ideas.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I'd love to live in L.A., but I'll commute from Toronto whenever necessary.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm deep into a new script. They say write what you know. This one is close to home, set in modern times and deals with with some of today's real problems.

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014