Screenwriting Contests

Log in above to get submission discounts, take notes, and favorite contests you're interested in.

Register here to post your call for entries.

Writers and producers, register here instead.

Fee Colors:
Feature Fee
Shorts Fee
Teleplay Fee
Toronto International Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2017
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 21, 2017
Our mission is to launch the careers of cinema’s next generation of screenwriters by holding the most prestigious competition in North America and the world. Our goal is to connect emerging talent with the film industry’s movers and shakers so that they can get their scripts into production. We believe that we have created a vehicle that will infuse new energy into filmmaking while also creating opportunities for incredible new talent.

We are a team of Canadian artists and industry professionals who are passionate about filmmaking and about nurturing, developing, and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from Toronto and around the world.

We are convinced that our Toronto International Screenwriting Competition will bridge the gap between emerging artists and the talent agents and managers who will ultimately introduce them to the producers and studio executives in both Canada and the US who will get their movies made. We are also eager – and able – to introduce these artists to producers and production teams that call Toronto 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 alike. 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 now want to give screenwriters the same level of exposure. We encourage writers to work on studio films as well as high-end independents. We hope to inspire, support, and develop writers at all levels to make great films that leave others touched, moved and inspired.

The bottom line is that we support the arts, not only locally, but around the world. Our aim is to create a screenwriting festival that will inspire generations of aspiring writers and filmmakers in all genres to tell great stories in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters.
New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Dec 14, 2017
$69
Winners Notified:
Dec 21, 2017
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. Our team is passionate about developing artists. 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.

We love so many of the great films set in New York and made by New Yorkers. As such we love all kinds of scripts from studio blockbusters to little indies. No two paths are ever the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

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.

Our aim is to open doors for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres.
Women Who Write in Film
Standard
Dec 14, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended
Jan 11, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 10, 2018
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 Beverly Hills based competition in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Cannes International Screenwriting Competition
Extended Reg
Dec 14, 2017
$57
$57
$57
Late
Jan 12, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 13, 2018
Cannes has long been the Mecca of the entertainment industry. It is the place to showcase the best of the best films. It’s as if the city was founded for the sole purpose of showcasing timeless classics. And now, it is also the home of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition that will showcase the next generation of great writers.

We are Cannes and we are passionate about cinema. Our city has showcased the best cinema in the world for decades. Our city has given a platform to the auteurs of our art even when they were banned by theatres in their own countries and the largest markets around the world. We are proud to support great cinema and now we are proud to support great screenwriting with the launch of the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition.

The Cannes International Screenwriting Competition will launch the careers of the next generation of great filmmakers by recognizing the absolute best screenwriting talent in the world and rewarding them with introductions to the most prestigious talent agencies and lit managers in the world. We want to connect artists with the people who can not only get them working, but can also get their films made.
Screenwriting Competition - SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York
Late deadline
Dec 14, 2017
$70
$n/a
$70
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2017
$80
$n/a
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 22, 2018
SR Socially Relevant Film Fest NY™ is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human interest stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. Shorts, docs, features, AR/VER 360 films, and feature film scripts are showcased in competition with prizes offered to the winning films and scripts.

SCREENWRITING:
One to three best scripts from the SR script submissions are selected by a special jury for an award by InkTip in the form of a free listing on InkTip and an additional prize from Final Draft as a download of the latest scriptwriting software.

Our unique selection process offers the three-five finalists the opportunity to see/hear excerpts from their scripts read by actors. The festival was established in January 2013 and the first edition took place March 2014. Script may be dramas, historical, comedic, or any other genre, as long as they are not previously produced, they are feature length and they are written in English (translations are OK).
LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
Regular
Dec 14, 2017
$50
$50
$50
Ext Regular
Jan 18, 2018
$52
$52
$52
Standard
Feb 15, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Late
Mar 22, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Jun 14, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 12, 2018
We are the world's most prestigious and fabulous screenwriting competition ever!!!

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.
New York International Screenplay Awards
Regular Deadline
Dec 15, 2017
$40
$25
Late Deadline
Feb 15, 2018
$50
$30
Extended Late Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2018
The New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional, from all over the world. Winners will have a chance to meet with producers in New York, as well as other rewards.
Winners and Official Finalists of the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards will be announced officially May 10th, 2018. The Call for Entries for the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards is currently open and accepting submissions.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Standard
Dec 15, 2017
$55
$55
$55
Extended
Jan 11, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Late
Feb 8, 2018
$62
$62
$62
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 20, 2018
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!”
Much More Than A Script Competition
Early Bird Deadline
Dec 17, 2017
$60
$40
Regular Deadline
Jan 14, 2018
$65
$45
Late Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2018
As part of the ÉCU 2018, the script competition’s focuses on independent screenplays, those that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival. We read scripts in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian before making an official selection of the very best. The winners will receive the coveted title of Best Feature Script/Best Short Script.
Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search
Final Deadline
Dec 18, 2017
$70
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2018
The Phoenix Film Festival is looking for the best unproduced short film scripts out there. Screenplays must be yours, original and under 25 pages. So let's see what you've got!
PRIZES:
FIRST PLACE:
$250 cash from the Phoenix Film Foundation
One InkTip.com Script Listing on InkTip.com.
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack and two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
SECOND PLACE:
One InkTip Script Listing on InkTip.com.
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack and 2 VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
THIRD PLACE:
One InkTip Script Listing on InkTip.com.
Two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).

All scripts in the top 10 will be listed on the Phoenix Film Festival website with contact information for producers to request copies of their scripts.
International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival Short Screenplay Challenge
Final Deadline
Dec 18, 2017
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2018
The Annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Screenplay Challenge will coincide with the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. All screenplays should fall within the Horror or Sci-Fi genres and be no longer than 25 pages.

PRIZES:
First Place:
$250 cash from the Phoenix Film Foundation
One InkTip.com Script Listing
A IHSFF prize pack and Two VIP Passes to the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included).
Second Place:
One InkTip Script Listing,
A Phoenix Film Festival prize pack
Two VIP Passes to the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included)
Third Place:
One InkTip Script Listing,
Two VIP Passes to the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival (accommodation and air fare not included)
Top Ten Finalists receive a listing on the IHSFF website
Black Screenplays Matter
Final Deadline
Dec 21, 2017
$67.50
Winners Notified:
Dec 21, 2017
The mission of the ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ is to bridge the gap between emerging black screenwriters and producers who want to make films that represent the black experience. By shining a light on the culture and historical perspective that has shaped – and continues to shape – the lives of the black population in both the United States and abroad, we hope that the scripts and films generated will bring about a greater representation of black talent and a greater assimilation of black stories into the film industry.
We are a team of artists, writers, directors, and producers who are dedicated to the success of the next generation of filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. We look for storytellers who are passionate about creating narratives about our communities in the U.S. and abroad – from inner city Atlanta, LA, New York, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee to Wall Street and the NBA; and from Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean to the streets of London.
Because we believe that these stories are part of the incredible tapestry of our world culture, we welcome submissions from artists from around the world of any sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, white, black, Latin, Asian, and everything in between in order to create diversity in the film industry. We are passionate about discovering promising artists and we love all kinds of stories from studio blockbusters to art house fare; from silly comedies to gritty dramas. No two paths are the same and no two stories are alike. As long as your script is about the black community or issues affecting the black community, where ever that black community might be, be it in the U.S., Africa, or outer space. We just want to see more stories about our communities.
We specifically hope that our ‘Black Lives Matter Screenwriting Competition’ will inspire more talented black authors to submit their work so that we will have the opportunity to introduce more films about the black experience to the industry. Our goal is to inspire more black authors to write, to see 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.
Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Final Deadline
Dec 22, 2017
$60
Winners Notified:
Jan 26, 2018
Breaking Walls is the leading screenplay competition for writers in the thriller genre. Well-written thrillers are an excellent way for writers to show the pros a combination of commerciality and effectively delivered narrative.

Hollywood literary representation and production companies have agreed to receive each round's winning script as well as consider all of the finalists' loglines for read requests.

Plus: Cash prizes for the winner and runner-up... and winner gets a free Inktip listing.
WriteMovies Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition
Late
Dec 24, 2017
$49
$49
$49
Extended Late
Jan 14, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Final Deadline
Jan 14, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Mar 16, 2018
Welcome everybody to the latest WriteMovies main contest – the Winter 2018 Screenwriting Competition!

We’re really enjoying the progress of our contests and winners, and all you writers out there, so it brings us great joy whenever a new contest starts!

After a satisfying response to the Summer Contest we decided to keep on our new special awards – the “Book with the Best Screen Potential” and “Best teleplay or Pilot” will remain a part of the Winter contest! (By the way, the Summer winners of these cool prizes will be announced this Friday. Exciting times!)

You might be familiar with our fabulous prizes: $2000 in cash for our grand prize winner, one free year of script development for our top three winners as well as guaranteed pitching to industry, and exclusive script and logline listings in InkTip’s script Directory and in their very popular magazine (sent to 1000s of producers and executives!).

Get involved with one of the few screenwriting contests that gets writers produced! And give yourself the best chance of success by checking our Writing Tips and Submissions Tips (CLICK HERE) before you submit...
Creative World Awards
Regular
Dec 30, 2017
$49
$39
$39
Late
Feb 15, 2018
$59
$49
$49
Final 1
Apr 5, 2018
$69
$59
$59
Final Deadline
May 17, 2018
$79
$69
$69
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2018
Now in its eleventh year, CWA is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward. CWA has built relationships with many of the industry’s most recognized companies.

With several options and deals signed for past entrants, CWA has firmly established itself worldwide as a leading source for discovering talent in the entertainment industry.
The UK Film Festival Script Competitions 2017
Opens for submissions:
Dec 31, 2017
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2017
$70
$25
Winners Notified:
Feb 11, 2018
We run two script competitions - one for MICRO-SHORT SCRIPTS and one for FEATURE SCRIPTS.

1) Can you tell a screen story in 3 Minutes?

2) Or do you have a Feature Script that could be the next big thing?

1) THE 3 MINUTE SCRIPT COMPETITION 2017:
As well as the associated publicity, the winner will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and through our associates including InkTip we will get your script read by producers and directors. We are proud to say that every year since the competition began in 2013 the winning scripts have been produced or are currently in production. So far the resulting films have subsequently gone on to win awards at film festivals around the world. These awards include two Crystal Bears for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in consecutive years as well as Best Thriller and Best of Fest at the Aesthetica Film Festival and one was short listed for a BAFTA. These films have been Official Selection in 31 other festivals and received prestigious distribution deals.

For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/3-minute-script-competition/

2) THE FEATURE SCRIPT COMPETITION 2017/18:
Could your feature script be the next big thing?
As well as the associated publicity, the winner will receive UK Film Festival Winner's Laurels and through our associates including InkTip we will get your script read by producers and directors. Over the two years of the UK Film Festival Feature Script Competition’s existence both years’ winning scripts COTTONTAIL and THE CIRCLE have been optioned by production companies.

For more details http://ukfilmfestival.com/feature-script-competition/
Fantastic Horror Film Festival
Early Bird
Dec 31, 2017
$25
$$25
Main
Jun 30, 2018
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 3, 2018
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA is dedicated to bringing the latest and cutting edge Indie Horror films to the local community, It is a 3 day festival over Halloween and shows 30 + Indie Horror Short and Feature films. Following the Fest we have an Award Ceremony to celebrate our award nominees and winners. We are an official event on IMDb. For more information please go to our website http://www.fhffsd.org

Top Prizes for at least the top 3 screenplays with an additional 3 honorable mention awards
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship
Regular
Dec 31, 2017
$45
$45
$45
Late
Jan 31, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2018
COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL SCREENPLAYS AND PILOTS:

Fly to Los Angeles, attend the famed Robert Mckee Story Seminer, and have one-on-one meetings with Hollywood producers, managers, and entertainment attorneys.

Laurels to be awarded to: 100 FINALISTS + 10 HONOREES + 1 FELLOW...

The INROADS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP competition was created to locate, expose and nurture up-and-coming screenwriters who have yet to receive their invitation to the mainstream industry. The competition is proudly sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar, InkTip.com and Filmmatic.com.

Its not what you know, its who you know, and the Inroads staff wants you to meet the right people, right now.
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Regular Deadline
Jan 1, 2018
$60
$50
$55/50
Final Deadline
Feb 20, 2018
$65
$55
$60/55
Winners Notified:
Jun 28, 2018
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 20th year, is accepting submissions for its 2018 competition.

Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world.

BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

NEW PILOT AWARDS

Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will now be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK TO ALL ENTRANTS

BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer, and will continue its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.

THE FELLINI AWARD

Our international award, the Fellini Award, will be given to the best feature screenplay by a writer living outside the U.S.

AWARDS

Feature Screenplay Winner $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 each.
Short Script Winner $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Half-Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
The Fellini Award $1000.
New Media Script Competition - all stories in text format
late
Jan 3, 2018
$85
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 25, 2018
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 14, 2018
SCRIPTS - New Media: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, web series, books, ebooks, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted.

The TOP 3 Script winners receive:

INKTIP Listing to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

THE HATCHERY PRESS One month free membership to take your screenwriting to the next level at the Larchmont based writing workspace & community It has 24/7 access, multiple different spaces to work in, free tea and coffee, printing, free classes & events and a range of cool discounts and perks. On top of that you get access to a community of writers of all levels, from Emmy Award winning TV writers to aspiring scribes.

SELL A SCRIPT One Year free listing in our Script Marketplace - Six month access to our Writers Rolodex $800 value each.

IPITCH.TV Term Membership
Titles: 1 - 20 of 30
1 2  Next >>
Per page: 20 | 40