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All Contests

Our complete contest list. Bigger, longer, and uncut.


Contests with deadlines coming up within the next 12 months.

Readers Choice

Contests given the best overall MovieBytes Report Card ratings.

Most Significant

Contests rated as the most significant in the MovieBytes Report Card ratings.


Contests that offer feedback to each contestant.

Regional Contests

Contests for regional authors, or restricted to regional settings.

Workshop Contests

Contests offered as part of a workshop or script reading program.

Student Contests

Contests restricted to students only.

TV Contests

Contests that accept television scripts.

Festival Contests

Contests offered in conjunction with Film Festivals.


Contests offered by Production Companies or Literary Agencies

International Contests

Contests that are based in countries other than the United States.

Free Contests

More than you might think!

Monthly Contests

Contests with new deadlines every month.

Online Contests

Contests that allow or require entries to be submitted via the Internet.

Short Screenplay

Contests that accept short screenplays.

Expired Contests

Contests that haven't yet announced their next deadline.


Contests sponsored by Screenwriting Consultants.


Contests we couldn't categorize in any other way.


Contests that encourage minority authors or protagonists.


Contests that promise to produce the winning entry as a film or video.


Contests that accept material adapted from another source.

Christian Contests

Contests that encourage Christian values or themes.

Logline Contests

Contests that evaluate loglines only.



Contests that feature a special category for comedy scripts.


Contests that feature a special category for horror scripts.


Contests that feature a special category for Action/Adventure scripts.


Contests that feature a special category for dramas.


Contests that feature a special category for family scripts.


Contests that feature a special category for Sci-Fi/Fantasy scripts.