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Updated: 05/26/2024

Is it better to submit your screenplay early or to wait until closer to a contest's final deadline? Each approach has its own set of advantages and potential drawbacks.

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Austin Action Fest
Extended: 05/27/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Austin Film Festival Script Competition
Late: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Animation Screenwriting Competition
Early: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition
Extended: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenwriting Competition
Regular: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Competition
Final: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Feature Competition
Late: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest
Regular: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards
Final: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards
Regular: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: 25%

Script2Comic Contest
Late: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now
Deadline: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: $10.00

The TITAN Awards
Regular: 05/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Write LA Screenplay & Pilot Competition
Final: 06/01/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Late: 06/01/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Late: 06/01/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Capital Fund Screenplay Competiton
Final: 06/01/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
Late: 06/02/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Late: 06/02/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Hollywood Genre Action Screenplay Contest
Late: 06/02/2024
WSPro Discount: No

HollyShorts Screenplay Contest
Extended: 06/03/2024
WSPro Discount: $15.00

BlueCat TV Writing Competition New!
Final: 06/04/2024
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Disney Television Writing Program
Final: 06/07/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Late: 06/08/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

CineStory Foundation Feature Retreat and Fellowship
Extended: 06/09/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Final: 06/10/2024
WSPro Discount: No

WeScreenplay Shorts Competition
Late: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Regular: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

B!tchFest Film Festival & Screenplay Contest
Extended: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: 20%

Screenplay Festival
Standard: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Extended: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Extended: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Regular: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Hollywood Diversity Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Extended: 06/15/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Capital Fund Screenplay Competiton
Extended: 06/17/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Script Pipeline First Look Project
Earlybird: 06/20/2024
WSPro Discount: 10%

Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards
Final: 06/20/2024
WSPro Discount: 25%

Hollywood Genre Action Screenplay Contest
Final: 06/22/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Scriptation Showcase Features & Shorts Category
Late: 06/23/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Adapted Story Showcase
Final : 06/23/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Astrophobia Sci-Fi and Horror Film Festival
Late: 06/23/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest
Early: 06/24/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

BlueCat TV Writing Competition New!
Late: 06/25/2024
WSPro Discount: $10.00

Table Read My Screenplay Competition
Final: 06/27/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest
Extended: 06/28/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest
Final: 06/28/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Extended: 06/29/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Cult Movies International Film Festival New!
Extended: 06/29/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Animation Screenwriting Competition
Regular: 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: No

trackingb.com Screenplay Contest
Early: 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Action & Adventure Screenwriting Competition
Final: 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards
Late : 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: 25%

The TITAN Awards
Final Deadline: 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Los Angeles International Sci-Fi Film Festival
Final: 06/30/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Optimus Feedback Screenplay Competition New!
Regular: 07/01/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Script Competition New Media Film Festival Los Angeles
Pre-Fest: 07/06/2024
WSPro Discount: 20%

Hollywood Diversity Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final: 07/06/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Earlybird: 07/12/2024
WSPro Discount: No

WeScreenplay Shorts Competition
Final: 07/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

B!tchFest Film Festival & Screenplay Contest
Final: 07/15/2024
WSPro Discount: 20%

Screenplay Festival
Extended: 07/15/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final: 07/15/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Late: 07/19/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Extended: 07/20/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Scriptation Showcase Features & Shorts Category
Final: 07/21/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Astrophobia Sci-Fi and Horror Film Festival
Extended: 07/21/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Optimus Feedback Screenplay Competition New!
Final: 07/22/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Final: 07/26/2024
WSPro Discount: No

L.A. Sci-Fi & Horror Festival
Regular: 07/27/2024
WSPro Discount: No

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