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New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Regular Deadline
Jan 24, 2019
$50
$50
$50
Late Deadline
Feb 21, 2019
$55
$55
$55
Extended Deadline
Mar 21, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$70
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We love New York and we love film! We especially loves films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be from here to submit your scripts).

We are a passionate group of entertainment professionals who care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.S. and around the world.

We want our screenwriting competition to launch the careers of New York’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. We want our competition to connect up and coming artists with the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives and producers around the world. We are especially passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams in the ‘Mecca’ we call home.

Our city has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire and support writers at all levels to make great films in, about, or around New York (and no, your entry does not have to be about New York).

We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support the people who make them. We want to inspire an entire generation of filmmakers to tell great stories in New York, the US, and abroad.
LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are the world's most prestigious and fabulous screenwriting competition!!!

As one of the few screenwriting competitions for the LGBTQ community, our aim is to discover and recognize the best emerging talent and most original voices from our community in film and television writing from around the world. We are proud to be LGBTQ and even prouder to support the LGBTQ community. Members from our community have long been known for being the best artists in the world and we want to not only recognize them for that, but to support them in being talented as well as a member of our community. We go out of our way to find great new talent and place top new screenwriters firmly on the industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our competition based in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Ext Late
Jan 24, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to promoting the most creative and original authors in the world. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Regular
Jan 25, 2019
$40
Late
Feb 8, 2019
$45
Final Deadline
Feb 22, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Feb 28, 2019
The leading screenplay competition for thriller screenwriters. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way demonstrate commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood managers and producers have agreed to receive the winning script and consider the top finalists' loglines for read requests, including:

Grindstone Entertainment, MadHorse, Magnet Management, Zero Gravity, and Morningstar Films

Plus, the winning writer gets a free InkTip listing for more pros to find your script.
Nickelodeon Writing Program
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2019
$FREE
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2019
Nickelodeon's Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the globe, 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 (for domestic writers) or up to six months (for international writers).

The Preschool Track (Domestic writers only for up to 6 months) is available for writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the Nick Jr. demographic.

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2019.
Review the submission guidelines and apply via our website at www.nickwriting.com.

For more info via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting

No previous writing experience is necessary. Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet J-1 visa requirements.
Script Summit
Earlybird
Jan 31, 2019
$40
$35
$40
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$50
$40
$50
Late
May 31, 2019
$65
$50
$65
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$75
$65
$75
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2019
Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters.
You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event. The Summit also hosts Q&A panels, seminars, table reads of selected scripts, an awards dinner, and over $1,500 in cash prizes!

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with the famous Action on Film MEGAfest! This allows all of our writers with officially selected scripts, the chance to attend the AoF. There they will gain an all-access pass to official Action on Film seminars and film screenings. That is over an $800 value!

These events are held side by side at the Brenden Theaters in the Palms Hotel in the beautiful Palms Casino/Hotel/Resort in downtown Las Vegas! As a participant in this event, you can pitch your script and network with industry professionals. Meet and possibly attach celebrities to your projects! Gain tremendous insight into which projects get chosen, how they get made and of course...cash prizes!

Winners have announced at the Awards Dinner.
Utah Film Awards
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2019
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 6, 2019
It was only a matter of time before film festivals in Utah became dominant, and the Utah Film Festival and Screenplay Competition has become one of the most reputed in the film industry.

Our screenplay judges are respected industry producers on the search for great new scripts to option. By entering, you are getting your script put right in their laps.

Industry veterans, extraordinary filmmakers, and top-shelf enthusiasts are coming together in such a way that makes it hard to leave.
Break Through Screenplay Competition
Earlybird
Jan 31, 2019
$79.00
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2019
$99.00
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the only competition where you have a chance to turn your script into a fully funded motion picture!

Many script writing competitions dole out prizes, cash rewards, promises of connecting you with agents and producers that have little or no chance of helping you succeed in your career. The Break Through Screenplay Competition is the first of it's kind to actually help you kickstart your career by giving you an opportunity to experience production as a writer.

Do you have that story?
Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge
Regular
Jan 31, 2019
$135
Late
Feb 22, 2019
$140
Extended
Mar 15, 2019
$145
Winners Notified:
Apr 19, 2019
Introducing….
“Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT! SCREENPLAY CHALLENGE”

“A screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, the reader and the decision makers use”.

ALL Entrants to Receive: Review by judges trained in Save the Cat! Methodology. Save the Cat! script report - Over $495.00 worth of feedback

Grand Prize Winners: 3-day trip to LA ($600), 3-night hotel stay ($1200), live table read, pitch practice session, real pitch to a LA-based production company
Action on Film's Writers Celebration Screenwriting Competition
Earlybird
Jan 31, 2019
$45.00
$40.00
$40.00
Regular
Mar 31, 2019
$55.00
$45.00
$45.00
Late
May 31, 2019
$70.00
$55.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Jul 1, 2019
$85.00
$70.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2019
The Action on Film 15th Annual Film Festival and Writers' Celebration recognizes, celebrates and honors writers of all genres and formats like no other festival does. Now in our 15th year, our screenplay competition has garnered a solid reputation as being one of the premier competitions. The TOP winners receive over $1500 in Cash Prizes, Inktip Prizes Packages and Writing Software from Write Bros. to the Top 40 winners and Top 40 Runner-Ups. The AOF has created a solid community of writers from around the globe. We offer writing seminars, panels and workshops along with opportunities to meet and pitch your project to top Industry professionals. Get your script into the hands of those who can get it made. AOF honors writers with a 5 Star Dinner and Awards celebration. AOFFEST embraces the written word and acknowledges that it is the basis to all good films, teleplays, TV series etc. Without the Word, there would be no action. Action on Film accepts written word screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, poetry and prose in ALL GENRES. Let the AOF be your partner in getting your written works, read, recognized, celebrated and honored. Submit and be a part of the AOF Family.
Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
early
Feb 1, 2019
$45.00
$35.00
$40.00
regular
May 1, 2019
$55.00
$45.00
$50.00
late
Jun 1, 2019
$60.00
$50.00
$55.00
Final Deadline
Jul 11, 2019
$65.00
$50.00
$60.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2019
A celebration of indie horror and scifi! This is our 19th year! We are bi-coastal festival!
Scriptapalooza Fellowship
Final Deadline
Feb 4, 2019
$45
$45
FINAL
Feb 4, 2019
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2019
Scriptapalooza Fellowship

The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.

Accepting screenplays and pilots.
Applicants get their feedback between Feb thru April 2019.
We announce the top 6 Fellows on April 22nd.
We announce the Fellowship recipient on April 29th.
Fellowship recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2019.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
First
Feb 4, 2019
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 4, 2019
$55
$35
Late
Apr 15, 2019
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 29, 2019
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Feb 14, 2019
$55
$55
$55
Late
Mar 21, 2019
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2019
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

We are a team of writers, directors, producers, and executives who are passionate about cinema and dedicated to the success of the next generation of talented Latino filmmakers from all over North and South America. We want to support storytellers who are already passionate about generating narrative content about our communities in the United States and abroad - from inner city Los Angeles, New York, and Miami to the tip of Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, and Latinos around the world.

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
San Francisco International Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Feb 14, 2019
$55
$55
$55
Ext Standard
Mar 14, 2019
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
We are a passionate group of writers, artists, and executives who love writers. In fact, we care so deeply about developing the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad that we founded what we hope will be one of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in the world for serious writers and serious subject matter.

We work in the industry, but a lot of us come from backgrounds in journalism, publishing, and in some cases some very grisly real life experiences and we like serious subject matter. A lot of other festivals do as well, but that’s really all we are interested in. We are only really interested in finding the next Schindler’s List, Judgement at Nuremburg, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption, Lincoln, Reservoir Dogs, 12 Years a Slave, the Godfather, Sling Blade, Frida, or even Shine.

We want to support serious writers who take on serious subject matter. That’s what we’re all about. We are located in the heart of California and are proud to be the only international screenwriting competition in the Bay Area. We are committed to fostering the careers of local talent as well as finding the next generation of talent from New York, Hollywood, Toronto, and around the world.

We want to connect up and coming artists with the agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of the producers who will get their films made. We love movies and the artists who make them and we are committed to seeing more of you get your films made. As such, we are committed to having the most prolific distribution list of any screenwriting competition. We not only want our winner’s scripts in the hands of people who can do something with them, we want their scripts in the hands of people who will do something with them.

Men and women have been making great films for over a century now and we want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers and filmmakers to work in every facet of production. We want to support writers at all levels to make great films all over the world. We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to tell great stories that will be told for generations to come.
Women Who Write in Film
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our Hollywood based competition.
Black Screenplays Matter
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
We are a team of artists that want nothing more than to support the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. Specifically, those storytellers that passionate about telling stories about our communities in the U.S. and abroad, from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean, to Wall Street and the streets of London to the NBA.

African-American stories are as vast and varied as any culture’s and not enough of them are being told so we want to support the artists who are telling them so we can see more of them on the silver screen. And yes, we take submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, White, Black, Latin, Asian, Arab, and everything in between. We believe in, support, and practice creating diversity in the workplace and support artists of all ethnicities.

Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, more black stories to go into production, and to connect production companies that tell our stories to the exceptionally talented storytellers who are writing them. We want to inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories that will inspire future generations to tell great stories.
Faith in Film: International Screenwriting Competition
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
Faith in Film is designed to launch the careers of aspiring faith based writers, encourage established writers to transition into faith based film, and inspire writers of all faiths to include an element of faith in their films.

Faith in Film rewards screenwriters with various prizes, including distribution of your scripts to our database of A-list executives that represent the top agents, talent managers, and distributors in the faith based market.
The Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
Late
Feb 14, 2019
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 14, 2019
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2019
We are passionate about film and passionate about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers from around the world. Our mission is to forge a screenwriting competition that will launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of great writers.

We want our competition to be a bridge between up and coming artists and the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives in both Canada and the US. We are also passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams that call our city their home.

We love all kinds of scripts and stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and Canada and from artists of all shapes and sizes, colors and ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of nurturing and showcasing the most talented filmmakers in the entertainment industry. We want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We want to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

We love film and we love storytellers. And we want to do everything we can to support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to forge a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of filmmakers to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres.
New York International Screenplay Awards
Late
Feb 15, 2019
$50
$30
Final Deadline
Apr 10, 2019
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2019
New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together the producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional from all over the world. The writers of the scripts chosen have a chance to meet producers in New York. In addition they will get glamourus trophies and various kinds of prizes.
The first of the award ceremonies was in 2016. All through out the years screenwriters from almost 20 countries applied to the contest. Those who won had meetings with about 10 New Yorker producers online. The screenwriters who submitted their scripts, producers and the other guests who work in the American movie industry had a chance to network at the award ceremony and the after party.
NYISA Jury members are producers, screenwriters and filmmakers who read the submissions and provide detailed feedback.
NYISA2019 award ceremony will take place in Manhattan on May 10th, submissions for the NYISA2019 will be open until April 10th.
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