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Category: Readers Choice

NOTE: This list is limited to contests with at least 10 report card submissions. Hover over contest name for report card display.
Contests Found: 21

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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 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).

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 36 Comments

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 04/15/2015

The PAGE Awards competition was established 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: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 59 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.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 9 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.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 19 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 5 winning readings done every single month. Click the website info and watch the winning videos.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 17 Comments

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Acclaim Film

Final Deadline: 12/27/2014

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 22 Comments

Creative World Awards

Final Deadline: 04/15/2015

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

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 97 Comments

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.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 72 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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 26 Comments

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 32 Comments

Acclaim TV Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/27/2014

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.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2015

For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been launching writers into their careers. This year more than ever, AFF celebrates its long and growing track record by creating a week that will change your life. With one of the most respected Screenplay and Teleplay competitions, AFF yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and catapults them into the bustling world of the film industry.

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

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.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 56 Comments

All Access Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 12/20/2014

Contest will help writers open the Hollywood Door.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 6 Comments

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.

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

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.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

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.

Overall rating: 1.5 stars1.5 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments