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Contests Found: 25

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

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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).

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WriteMovies Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 11/26/2014

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.

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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.

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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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Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 04/29/2015

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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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.

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CineStory Foundation Retreat and Fellowship

Final Deadline: 03/25/2015

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.

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StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/31/2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 02/28/2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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Indie Gathering Script Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 05/15/2015

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

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2015

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

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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.

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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.

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TVWriter.Com People's Pilot

Final Deadline: 06/01/2015

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.

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FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/15/2015

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.

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All Access Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/20/2014

Contest will help writers open the Hollywood Door.

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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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