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Screenplay Contests Found: 78

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Final Deadline: 05/02/2016 (expired)

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

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Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship

Final Deadline: 06/01/2016 (expired)

To seek out and employ culturally and ethnically diverse new writers.

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Sundance Feature Film Program

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Sundance Institute is interested in supporting original, compelling, human stories that reflect the independent vision of the writer and/or writer/director.

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2017 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 04/17/2017

The PAGE Awards competition was established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development execs. Our goal: to discover the most exciting new scripts by up-and-coming writers from across the country and around the world. And due to the success of our winning writers, the PAGE Awards competition has rapidly become one of the most important sources for new screenwriting talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.

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Warner Bros. Writers Workshop

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. The list of graduates who have gone on to do great things is long: Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food) to name a few.

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Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Final Deadline: 05/01/2017

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.

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ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/11/2016 (expired)

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader. Our judges are some of the top comedy producers in the industry!

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Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2016 (expired)

The Ultimate Runway For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 02/28/2016 (expired)

Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, 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 (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers).

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CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Final Deadline: 04/05/2016 (expired)

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, CAKE, THE CHILDREN OF MEN, BALLAST, KING OF CALIFORNIA and 11:14. One of the main goals of the CineStory Feature Retreat is to select up-and-coming screenwriters for our four-day intensive program held in the Fall.

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Slamdance Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/29/2016 (expired)

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.

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trackingb.com Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/09/2016 (expired)

We don't offer any of the usual screenplay contest smoke and mirrors. No coverage from someone being paid $10 per script (please ask Mom). No cash (please ask Grandma) or writing clinics from gurus who have never sold a screenplay (Dad?). What our winners do receive is: INDUSTRY ACCESS AND INDUSTRY READS.

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Screenplay Festival

Final Deadline: 09/09/2016 (expired)

Now Accepting Television Scripts! The writers spoke, and we listened. We have now added four categories to our contest for television scripts. Screenplay Festival now features the following categories: Feature Film: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller Horror Television: Half Hour Pilot, Half Hour Spec, One Hour Pilot, One Hour Spec As one of the highest rated contests on MovieBytes, Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem.

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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Final Deadline: 11/02/2015 (expired)

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.

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/15/2015 (expired)

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 one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2017

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

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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/04/2016 (expired)

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

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100 Screenplays

Final Deadline: 04/01/2017

"100 Screenplays" is a unique contest brought to you by "Screenplay Festival," one of the longest running and highest rated screenplay competitions on MovieBytes. We accept one hundred scripts into each contest, and quickly get the results to you. "!00 Screenplays" is a fast, targeted screenplay contest where every writer who enters goes in knowing exactly how many scripts will be in the competition, and every writer knows that there will be results less than a month after the contest closes.

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WeTV

Final Deadline: 08/05/2016 (expired)

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to television screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why we provide the judges’ score cards to every entrant at no additional charge. PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

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Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 04/15/2017

Creative World Awards (CWA) is an international screenwriting contest that is well known for having the writer's interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion. Production: CWA brings an exciting production opportunity to the Grand Prize Winner. This year’s winner will have a short version of their script produced by The MIX, and the film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival.

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WeScreenplay International Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/02/2016 (expired)

MISSION: 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 judges’ scorecards to every entrant at no additional charge. PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

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Writers On The Storm Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Batten down the hatches - the STORM is upon us! Welcome, friends, to the sixth annual Writers on the Storm Screenplay Competition. It's been a pleasure to bring this contest to you all for the past few years. And last time out, we got our runner-up Jeremy Shipp (Sleight of Hand) and honorable mention Paul Moxham (Vertically Challenged) signed -- to UNITED TALENT AGENCY and MURAVIOV COMPANY respectively.

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Stage 32 Happy Writers Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 04/29/2015 (expired)

Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring you our biggest screenwriting opportunity yet in our second Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest. We are looking for the best undiscovered writers and scripts of 2015 to connect them directly with our industry insiders! As a result of our history with executives throughout the industry and the extent of our global reach, we are able to connect the top writers from around the world with leading executives who can make the critical difference in their career.

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StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/11/2016 (expired)

Open to writers of all levels and backgrounds, the StoryPros International's objective is to recognize, support and promote your work with financial rewards, software and services -- as well as providing an open door to industry professionals with guaranteed reads and promotion to our network of contacts. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options, assignments and sales.

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StoryPros Awards Contest

Final Deadline: 05/10/2016 (expired)

To find the best GENRE scripts. Genre scripts are bought and produced more than 10 to 1 over the serious drama, tentpole or quirky scripts that usually win screenplay contests. This contest pits genre scripts only against scripts within their genre, and seeks to identify and promote to the industry the very best in each genre -- in other words, the scripts with the very best chances in the marketplace.

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Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 10/17/2016 (expired)

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.

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Final Draft Big Break International Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/15/2016 (expired)

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 for a series of 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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American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/15/2016 (expired)

Now in its fourteenth year, the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is judged by Francis Ford Coppola and the American Zoetrope staff. New this year: for the first time, we're opening the contest to original one-hour television pilots as well as feature-length films. The contest winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, and we send the scripts of all the top ten finalists to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

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Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/03/2016 (expired)

Now in our 7th year, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as one of Hollywood's leading screenplay competitions. We offer every screenwriter FREE PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT FEEDBACK plus winning writers receive CASH & PRIZE PACKAGES worth over $20,000 and GUARANTEED SCRIPT CONSIDERATION from top Hollywood Production Companies. Fresh Voices strives to identify, nurture and bring to market the most promising new voices in screenwriting and has developed a successful track record of discovering new screenwriters with many of our past winners now signed by representation, produced, and staffed on TV series.

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Wildsound Reading Series

Final Deadline: Monthly.

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.

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Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 10/01/2016 (expired)

The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that screens more than 120 international cutting edge films, making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, the creative FLOW conference, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Bowtie Criterion/Movieland and the historic Byrd Theatre.

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Champion Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

Our winners will be champions and we will work to champion our winners. Our motto is "Winning is just the beginning."'' We don't want to write you a check, shotgun your synopsis around and then wave goodbye. Win our competition and we will prepare you for what you can expect in Hollywood by giving you a team of mentors who will champion you, your current script or even your next script to a higher level and to help you achieve the goal of becoming a working screenwriter in Hollywood.

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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.

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WriteMovies International Winter Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/15/2017

After the success of our recent contests, we are delighted to announce the WriteMovies Winter 2016 Screenwriting Competition! Earn $2000 in a cash prize plus over $3000 in script development from us, and get your script promoted to the top of the international film industry by the writing company with the strongest track record of delivering success to its winning entries – us.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/30/2016 (expired)

TOP 3 WINNERS will be flown to Park City, UT during the Sundance Film Festival! The Grand Prize winner will have their screenplay read by professional actors and workshopped by an established director. We cover Accommodations & Airfare expenses during the festival, and you'll get to network with the people who can change your career! Parties, Panels, Movies, Celebs & more!

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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Final Deadline: 10/15/2016 (expired)

MISSION - To provide a platform focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. We're looking for writing from perspectives – through the author or characters – that are underrepresented in Hollywood. GIVING BACK - For every entry, we are donating $3 to Books For Kids to help children from all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers.

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FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

To make Hollywood more accessible than ever before to more aspiring screenwriters, Filmmakers.com is forming strategic alliances with the powers that be... Championing Emerging Artists. FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards has been in existence since 2000 (formerly known as The Radmin Company / FilmMakers.com Screenplay Contest) and its association with the Radmin Company has been going on since late 2000.

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Wildsound 1st Scene Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Monthly.

FULL FEEDBACK on the first moments of your screenplay from our committee of Professional Screenwriters, Production Heads and Script Consultants. Are you just starting off your screenplay and want immediate feedback on your first scenes/first moments of your script?

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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.

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WriteMovies Featured Script of The Month

Final Deadline: Monthly.

With two cycles of our main competition clashing almost directly with the deadline dates of our Monthly Contest, we’ve decided to delay relaunching our Monthly Contest again until at least January 2017. Anyone who has submitted to our Monthly contest since the start of August will be offered a free entry to the main contest (representing a significant discount on its current entry price), which currently closes at the same time as the September competition would have done anyway! In place of the Monthly Contest, we’d like to introduce our new FEATURED SCRIPT OF THE MONTH.

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Writers Place

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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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Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

The Vail Film Institute launched the Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition in order to find and foster the next generation of the film world's most innovative and creative screenwriters. With the realization that every great film needs a great story, the festival is dedicated to supporting talented screenwriters by utilizing the resources of the Vail Film Festival to foster the winning screenwriters through networking opportunities, and film industry access.

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The 12th Annual American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

To promote and support new talent by creating real and original opportunities.

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Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 08/01/2016 (expired)

Our objective is to discover and promote quality screenplays of any genre.

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SHRIEKFEST Horror/SciFi Film & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/10/2016 (expired)

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 16th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country.

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New York Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: Contact contest for deadline info.

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.

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Shore Scripts

Final Deadline: 08/31/2016 (expired)

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. Contest opens for submissions on March 1st 2016.

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Acclaim Film

Final Deadline: 12/30/2016

To introduce writers to the decision makers in film and multimedia markets. Top script receives $1,000 and ALL competition winners and finalists will earn the chance to have their scripts read by established production companies and agents.

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Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/30/2016

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 production companies.

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Contest of Contest Winners

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

The Contest Of Contest Winners joins the 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival (Florida/Los Angeles) to bring increased visibility and networking opportunities to winners! There are hundreds 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 (CCW) answers that question and shines the spotlight on many accomplished, award-winning screenplays in what amounts to a definitive last review of the elite.

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