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Screenplay Contests Found: 26

2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 04/15/2016

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.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 59 Comments

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Final Deadline: 05/02/2016

To identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.

Overall rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars User Feedback: 20 Comments

Scriptapalooza Features & Shorts

Final Deadline: 04/29/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 72 Comments

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship

Final Deadline: 04/05/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 32 Comments

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 27 Comments

StoryPros Awards Contest

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 23 Comments

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 04/15/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 10 Comments

Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 05/15/2016

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 55 Comments

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2016

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

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 59 Comments

SHRIEKFEST Horror/SciFi Film & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/10/2016

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

Wildsound 1st Scene Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline:

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?

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

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 02/28/2016

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.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Wildsound Reading Series

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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.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 23 Comments

Final Draft, Inc. Big Break International Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/15/2016

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, attendance at the Final Draft Awards, 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.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 23 Comments

Indie Gathering Script Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 05/08/2016

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

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

The 12th Annual American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016

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

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Acclaim Film

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016

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.

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

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 06/30/2016

To make Hollywood more accessible than ever before to more aspiring screenwriters, 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 / Screenplay Contest) and its association with the Radmin Company has been going on since late 2000.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 34 Comments 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.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 26 Comments

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/02/2016

Screamfest was formed in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 04/30/2016

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 producers and agents in L.A. and N.Y.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

TVWriter.Com People's Pilot

Final Deadline: 06/01/2016

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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Shore Scripts

Final Deadline: 08/31/2016

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.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 5 Comments

Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/15/2016

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.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 15 Comments

Cynosure Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/10/2016

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.).

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 8 Comments