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Contests Found: 27

Wildsound TV SPEC and TV PILOT Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Ongoing - submit anytime.

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.

Significance rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 6 Comments

Wildsound Reading Series

Final Deadline:

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 2 winning readings done every single month. Click the website info and watch the winning videos.

Significance rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

TLLjournal's Logline Contest

Final Deadline: Bi-Monthly. Example: Oct/Nov contest open from October 1- November 30. Any submission received after the deadline will be entered into the next 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).

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 44 Comments

Screenplay Festival

Final Deadline: 09/01/2014

As one of the highest rated contests on MovieBytes, Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem. By accepting all submitted screenplays and judging them based upon their quality -- not their source or their standardized formatting or the quality of the brads holding them together -- Screenplay Festival looks to give undiscovered screenwriters an opportunity to rise above the crowd.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 34 Comments

WMCm Monthly Contest

Final Deadline: The 27th of each month.

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.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 116 Comments

hollywoodscript.com monthly contest

Final Deadline: Last Day of any calender month

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.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 27 Comments

Writers Place

Final Deadline: 11/15/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

Shore Scripts

Final Deadline: 08/31/2014

Our aim is to discover new screenwriting talent from around the world. To put the best feature scripts in the hands of the Producers and Companies that have the means to get them made.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Acclaim Film

Final Deadline: 10/25/2014

To introduce writers to the decision makers in film and multimedia markets. Top script receives $1,000 and ALL competition winners, runners-up, and finalists will earn the chance to have their scripts read by established production companies and agents in LA and NY. We strive to provide commentary on each script.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 22 Comments

Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/06/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 24 Comments

Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/29/2014

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 41 Comments

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/15/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 156 Comments

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 08/10/2014

Our aim, quite simply, is to discover and recognize the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. We identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry's radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 16 Comments

ScriptVamp's Dream Quest: Attention Grabber Competition

Final Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on the last day of each month.

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.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 20 Comments

Contest of Contest Winners

Final Deadline: 12/15/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 22 Comments

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 10/25/2014

To introduce writers to the decision makers of traditional broadcast television, the cable market, and multi-media outlets. Competition winners will have their material read by experienced producers and agents in L.A. and N.Y.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 10/17/2014

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing spec scripts, 1/2 hour existing sitcom spec scripts, original pilots, and reality programs. This competition is designed with the TV writer and crossover screenwriter in mind. The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Final Deadline: 11/03/2014

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.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

MoviePoet.com ~ Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly on the last day of each month.

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

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 11 Comments

Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/30/2014

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Significance rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

International Family Film Festival (IFFF)

Final Deadline: 08/15/2014

IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by emerging artists and productions companies.

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Final Draft, Inc. Big Break International Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/31/2014

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles and A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

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One in Ten Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 09/01/2014

To promote gay and lesbian material in a positive light.

Significance rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Cynosure Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2014

The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding screenplays in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.).

Significance rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 8 Comments

TVWriter.com Spec Scriptacular

Final Deadline: 12/01/2014

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.

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Hollywood Outreach Program - Scriptwriters Network

Final Deadline: HOP is run three times (sessions) per year, with entry deadlines on the third Saturday of January, May and September.

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.

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