Screenplay Contests Directory

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The 2024 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
Late
Apr 10, 2024
$75
$70
$70
Final Deadline
May 1, 2024
$85
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 9, 2024
The future of narrative storytelling is in the hands of the next generation of writers — and AoBFF believes in celebrating diverse creative voices from all over the world. For 2024 we're continuing our tradition of exciting industry partnerships, valuable prize packages, and great networking opportunities.

** As part of our mission to support emerging writers, everyone who enters will receive a FREE webinar from Roadmap Writers.**
New York International Screenplay Awards - NYISA
Final Deadline
Apr 16, 2024
$60
$35
$50
Extended
Apr 16, 2024
$60
$35
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 27, 2024
NYISA is one of the most prestigious international screenplay competitions for screenwriters who aspire to connect with US industry workers and explore the US markets!

NYISA prizes are not only for the winners! but, Finalists & Semi-Finalists will have prizes too!

The prizes include;
InkTip Pro memberships,
Copyright protection registrations, by Creators Vault,
Online Screenwriting Courses, by Script Reader Pro,
Final Draft Software,
Audio Production Packages, by Sound of Scripts
Production Company meetings/pitchings, by VPF!
Email blasts to the 1050+ agents and producers, by Script Mailer,
Coverages, page-by-page script analysis & an e-book, "Common Screenwriting Mistakes" by Uplift Script.

And everyone who enters;
will have free feedback for their logline!

The award ceremony will be at the DROM Venue, on May 9th, 2024! YOU ARE INVITED!
It's free, one of the most effective networking cocktail parties in NYC!

NYISA offers the workshops "How to write An Award-winning Screenplay" and "Advanced Screenwriting Development Programs."
For more info, workshops@nyisa.com
Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Early
Apr 22, 2024
$45
Final Deadline
May 6, 2024
$55
Winners Notified:
Aug 12, 2024
Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include one hour existing shows, ½ hour existing sitcom, original pilots, and reality shows.

The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies. Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote you.
Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest
Early
Apr 26, 2024
$50/55
Regular
May 31, 2024
$60/65
Final Deadline
Jun 28, 2024
$70/75
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2024
EMMY & BAFTA Judges will decide this year’s Winners. Mentorship + Cash Prizes + Industry Meetings. Writer Development Program for Winners & Finalists.

The Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest is for screenwriters who are looking to get staffed on TV shows and have their pilots picked up by production companies. Many contests will quickly move on after announcing the placings. Not us. We are constantly getting each year's top scripts out to the industry and creating real and tangible opportunities and successes for our writers.

This year’s Judges’ panel of EMMY & BAFTA nominees will be awarding prizes for ½-hour and 1-hour pilot scripts. We welcome submissions from writers around the world creating ongoing shows or limited series. Web series pilots should be entered in the ½-hour category.

Both of our 1hr and 1/2hr Grand Prize Winners will win a call with SEAN CHARLES - Development & Production Manager at AMC Networks - who will read and discuss your script with you, imparting expert advice on how to best position yourself to take the next step in your screenwriting career.

With the rise of TV since the advent of streaming, the prestige of the showrunner, and the growth of the writer's room, there has never been a better time to set your sights on a writing career in the industry. Backed by our unique Writer Development Program, our alumni have gone on to write and get staffed on shows for Netflix, HBO, HULU, Universal, SYFY, FOX, Sony, and SkyTV. Take a look at some of our successes - www.shorescripts.com/success-stories/.

The 2024 JUDGES PANEL includes:
- Randall Keenan Winston, Emmy-nominated Writer & Producer - SHRINKING, GRACE & FRANKIE, COUGAR TOWN, SCRUBS.

- Kirstie MacDonald, Bafta-nominated Producer – OUTLAWS, LINE OF DUTY, IN PLAIN SIGHT.

- Michael Hyatt, Actress – NIGHTCRAWLER, SNOWFALL, FAME, THE WIRE.

- Joseph Mallozzi, Writer & Producer – STARGATE SG-1, DARK MATTER, TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES.

See the full list of our TV Pilot Judges here - http://www.shorescripts.com/judges/.

FOR ALL THE INFO: https://www.shorescripts.com/tv/.

SHORE SCRIPTS | DISCOVERING NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

Awards & Prizes

* All of our Winners and Finalists have the opportunity to participate in our Writer Development Program receiving one-to-one support from our Writer Development Manager who will send out scripts to our roster of over 300 Managers, Agents, Producers, and Directors. This bespoke and personal approach to script circulation, built on knowing what our roster members are looking for, and what our writers wish to achieve, is what makes Shore Scripts stand out from the crowd, and has enabled us to help launch the careers of over 100 screenwriters to date.

* 1-Hour & ½-Hour Grand Prize Winners - receive $2,500 each.

Both our Grand Prize Winners will win a call with SEAN CHARLES - Development & Production Manager at AMC Networks - who will read and discuss your work with you, imparting expert advice on how to best position yourself to take the next step in your screenwriting career.

Plus, both Grand Prize Winners will receive a free call with Save The Cat’s Master Cat Team to discuss the craft.

* 1-Hour & ½-Hour 2nd Place Winners – receive $500 each.

All four (4) of our Winners will also receive four (4) month's free InkTip Pro membership & the opportunity to receive free one-to-one career advice from InkTip's staff.

* Top 10 Finalists in each category will have the opportunity to join our private alumni Facebook community where they can network with other winners, readers, and members of the Shore Scripts team, and our directors roster and take part in exclusive live events and access specially provided learning materials.

Placing in Shore Scripts contests will boost your rating on Coverfly’s Red List. At the end of 2023, over 100 scripts by Shore Scripts writers were listed in Coverfly's Top 10%.

Plus, every writer who enters will receive a FREE 18-page booklet on HOW TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY PRODUCED.

Dates & Fees

Opening Date - FEBRUARY 01, 2024
½ Hour Pilot $50
1 Hour Pilot $55

Early Deadline - APRIL 26, 2024
½ Hour Pilot $50
1 Hour Pilot $55

Regular Deadline - MAY 31, 2024
½ Hour Pilot $60
1 Hour Pilot $65

Final Deadline - JUNE 28, 2024
½ Hour Pilot $70
1 Hour Pilot $75

AUGUST 26, 2024
Quarter-Finalists Announced

SEPTEMBER 11, 2024
Semi-Finalists Announced

OCTOBER 07, 2024
Winners & Top 10 Finalists in both Categories Announced

RULES, FAQ & MORE INFO CAN BE SEEN HERE: https://www.shorescripts.com/rules-faq/#tv-rules.
VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition
Spring
May 1, 2024
$55.00
$35.00
Regular
Jul 1, 2024
$60.00
$40.00
Late
Sep 1, 2024
$70.00
$50.00
Fall
Oct 1, 2024
$75.00
$60.00
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2024
$85.00
$70.00
Winners Notified:
Dec 14, 2024
VISIONFEST is an annual online screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF) and founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow's visionaries... today. The Screenwriting Competition accepts feature length and short screenplays in all genres for a chance to win cash prizes, commemorative certificates, and more... Top winning feature script gets $1k cash prize - winning short $350 cash!
Script Summit
Regular
May 3, 2024
$50
$45
$50
Late
Jun 1, 2024
$60
$50
$60
Final Deadline
Jun 14, 2024
$70
$60
$70
Winners Notified:
Sep 13, 2024
Script Summit was created to help more writers get signed, staffed, and produced. Our previous winners have been signed by talent managers, seen their scripts get produced, and have had their work pitched to production companies.

This is why Script Summit is listed as one of the Top 20 Biggest Screenwriting Contests in the world by the ScriptLab!

With our contest, you can even receive feedback from our professional readers.
Screamfest Horror Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Jun 22, 2024
$77
Winners Notified:
Oct 17, 2024
24th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival & Screenplay Competition call for entries open for genre feature film scripts. Top Prizes include $1K cash prize, 10 free pitches on Virtual Pitchfest (VPF), 4-month InkTip Pro Membership, Movie Magic Software,. Top 5 Finalists receive 5 free pitches on VPF, One full festival pass to Screamfest 2024, Movie Magic Screenwriter, 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. Finalists read by producers and managers.
Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest
Opens for submissions:
Apr 3, 2024
Early
Jun 24, 2024
$55
Regular
Jul 31, 2024
$65
Final Deadline
Aug 30, 2024
$75
Winners Notified:
Dec 9, 2024
Get feedback from our award-winning Judges. Cash Prizes + Industry Meetings. We've launched screenwriting careers at Sony, Blumhouse, Film4, & Hulu.

For over a decade, Shore Scripts has been shining a light on new screenwriting talent. This year we are presenting a unique opportunity for feature writers to go behind the scenes and start developing their screenplay with the support of our award-winning Judges.

Feature film production is a massive engine, made up of many moving parts and engaging the creative talents of a huge number of individuals, but as the well-known phrase goes, “It all starts with the script.”

This year, Shore Scripts will be awarding placings to five (5) Winners, Top 20 Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Quarter-Finalists.

Along with cash awards and development prizes, the Grand Prize Winner will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in one-to-one calls with FOUR (4) of our Judges to get firsthand advice on how to polish their script with a view to successful production and get on a call with our Industry Roster Manager, Alec Ring at CINETIC, to receive must-have career advice and industry guidance.

Get feedback in 2024 from:

- Alayna Glasthal Production Creative Exec. at Atomic Monster – M3GAN, THE CONJURING.

- Antony Johnston Author & Screenwriter – ATOMIC BLONDE, RESIDENT EVIL, DEAD SPACE.

- Mitchell Altieri Screenwriter & Director – THE HAMILTONS, APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

- Alex Ranarivelo Screenwriter & Director – AMERICAN WRESTLER, THE RIDE, CASA GRANDE.

- Alec Ring Manager at Cinetic – whose clients include the writers of BOOKSMART, MOONLIGHT, and PARASITE.

FOR ALL THE INFO: https://www.shorescripts.com/feature/.

SHORE SCRIPTS | DISCOVERING NEW SCREENWRITING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

BENEFITS

Our prestigious panel of Oscar & BAFTA winning Judges will decide this year’s 5 Winners.

* Grand Prize Winner - $5,000.

- Writer Development Calls with our Judges, Antony Johnston (ATOMIC BLONDE), Alayna Glasthal (M3GAN), Mitchell Altieri (THE HAMILTONS), Alex Ranarivelo (THE RIDE), and Manager Alec Ring at Cinetic whose clients include the writers of BOOKSMART, MOONLIGHT, PARASITE.
- A complimentary enrollment in a 10-week or shorter screenwriting course at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

* 2nd Place Winner - $1000.

* 3rd Place Winner - $500.

Plus, all FIVE (5) of our Winners will win 6 months of free access to the Stage 32 Writer's Room program.

In 2024 all of our 5 Winners and Top 20 Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in our Writer Development Program receiving one-to-one support from our Writer Development Manager, sending out their scripts to our roster of over 300 Managers, Agents, Producers, and Directors. This bespoke and personal approach to script circulation built on enduring, knowing what our roster members are looking for right now, and what our writers wish to achieve is what makes Shore Scripts stand out from the crowd, and has enabled us to help launch the careers of over 100 screenwriters to date.

And the opportunity to join our private alumni Facebook community where they can network with other winners, readers, and members of the Shore Scripts team, and our directors' roster and take part in exclusive live events and access specially provided learning materials.

Take a look at our alumni and see how placing in Shore Scripts contests can kick-start your screenwriting career: www.shorescripts.com/success-stories/.

Placing in Shore Scripts contests will boost your rating on Coverfly’s Red List. At the end of 2023, over 100 scripts by Shore Scripts writers were listed in Coverfly's Top 10%.

Plus, every writer who enters will receive a FREE 18-page booklet on HOW TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY PRODUCED.
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