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May 28, 2019 100 comments
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Best Screenwriting Contests to Supercharge Your Career in 2019/2020

Many screenwriters got their big breaks from winning one of the best screenwriting contests. But there are so many out there it can be hard to know which are duds and which might kick-start your career.

Not all screenplay contests are created equal. From what we’ve seen over the years, there are actually very few that are worth mentioning in a query letter. Or that can open any doors.

Rather than spending a small fortune sending your screenplay off to a dozen competitions, do some thorough research and be super-selective on which ones you enter.

Below you’ll find the top ten, very best screenwriting contests in 2019/2020 we believe can actually advance your career.

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And don’t forget to download our free Screenwriters’ Calendar which lists all the screenwriting competitions below, as well as the best festivals, fellowships and labs.

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Best Screenwriting Contests #1: Nicholl Fellowship

Generally regarded as one of the top three best screenwriting contests in the world. Up to five writers each win $35,000 fellowships from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Be warned: it does seem to favor drama. Place highly in the Nicholl, though, and be prepared to buy a new cell phone after your old one melts from all the industry heat.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Early: March, 2020 (approx. $45 entry fee)

♦  Regular: April, 2020 (approx. $60 entry fee)

♦  Late: May 1, 2020 (approx. $85 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters.

♦  From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2017, $4.265 million has been awarded to 166 writers.

Check out the Nicholl Fellowship >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #2: Austin Screenwriting Competition

This screenwriting contest continues to open doors by creating a networking system for new writers to further their career within the industry.

Industry professionals recognize the Austin Film Festival as one of the best screenplay contests in 2019, with representatives from agencies and production companies participating in the judging process.

Past judges include Focus Features, Lightstorm Entertainment, CAA and more.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

Features

♦  Early: March, 2020 (approx. $45 entry fee)

♦  Regular: April, 2020 ( approx. $60 entry fee)

♦  Late: May 15, 2020 (approx. $70 entry fee)

Teleplays and Shorts

♦  Early: March, 2020 (approx. $35 entry fee)

♦  Regular: April, 2020 (approx. $50 entry fee)

♦  Late: May 15, 2020 (approx. $60 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  Cash prizes of $2,500 (Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature), $1,000 (Narrative Short, Dark Matters Feature, Comedy Vanguard Feature), $500 (Narrative Student Short, Animated Short, Documentary Short

♦  Reimbursement (up to $500) of round-trip airfare to attend AFF

♦  Reimbursement of hotel accommodations at an AFF hotel (up to $500)

♦  AFF Typewriter Award

♦  The winning films in the Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short categories are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award. 

Check out the Austin Film Festival >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #3: ScreenCraft Screenplay Contest

What makes ScreenCraft one of the best screenwriting talent-discovery organizations around is the fact that entrants have a wide range of genre-specific competitions to choose from when submitting their script.

These include action/adventure, drama, comedy, horror, family-friendly and more. This means the prizes and readers are much more focused and in tune with the writers’ sensibilities, and each Hollywood jury is tailored to the genre.

The annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship accepts feature film screenplays and TV pilots. It’s an effective program at launching careers of emerging screenwriters.

Past winners have gone on to sign with agents at CAA, WME and UTA write for Netflix, Blumhouse, CBS and Millennium Entertainment. Winners and finalists of ScreenCraft’s competitions have come from all over the world.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Rotating throughout the year. Click the link below for full information.

Contest Prizes

Each ScreenCraft genre-specific contest is unique, but all of them feature cash prizes and career-launching introductions to entertainment industry professionals. 

Check out ScreenCraft’s many screenplay competitions here >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #4: Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

This is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers, hosted by Final Draft. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles and A-list executive meetings.

Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Early: March 13, 2019 ($45 entry fee)

♦  Regular: June 18, 2019 ($55 entry fee)

♦  Late: July 9, 2019 ($65 entry fee)

♦  Last Chance: July 23, 2019 ($75 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Los Angeles and introduced to producers and executives AND receive a NYFA Fellowship.

♦  Over thirty past winners have sold scripts, received representation, or gone on to professional writing careers.

Check out the Big Break Screenwriting Contest >> 

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Best Screenwriting Contests #5: Slamdance Screenplay Competition

This is one of the best screenplay contests around as it has a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the industry.

The Slamdance screenplay competition consists of four categories—feature, horror, short and teleplay/webisode.

The top three scripts in the first two categories receive passes to the Slamdance Film Festival, $2,500 in legal services and membership to the WGA’s Independent Writers Caucus.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Early: April 8, 2019 (approx. $50 entry fee)

♦  Regular: June 10, 2019 (approx. $60 entry fee)

♦  Late: July 22, 2019 (approx. $75 entry fee)

♦  Last Chance: July 29, 2019 (approx. $75 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  A total of cash prizes of $16,000.

♦  Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash. 

♦  Winners of the Feature, Horror, TV Pilot, and Short categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each. 

Check out the Slamdance screenplay competition >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #6: Page Screenplay Contest

Over the years the Page Awards have become widely recognized as one of the most important screenwriting competitions. It’s become one of the premiere sources for new writing talent within the Hollywood community and worldwide.

Each year dozens of top producers, agents, and development execs judge the contest and read the winning screenplays.

Many of the winning writers have landed script assignments, secured representation, and signed option agreements on their work. And many now have movies and television shows in production, on the air, and in theaters.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Early: January 15, 2020 (approx. $45 entry fee)

♦  Regular: February 15, 2020 (approx. $55 entry fee)

♦  Late: March 15, 2020 (approx. $65 entry fee)

♦  Last Minute: April 15, 2020 (approx. $75 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  $25,000 for Grand Prize winner

♦  $1,000 for Gold Prize winners

♦  $500 for Silver Prize winners

♦  $250 for Bronze Prize winners

In addition, along with co-sponsors InkTip, TV Writers Vault, and Roadmap Writers, they will actively publicize and promote your winning script. This gives you a shot at the ultimate prize: the chance to get your screenplay produced.

Check out the Page Screenplay Contest >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #7: Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab

Out of all the top screenwriting contests listed, this is the only one to feature a five-day writing retreat with top professional screenwriters.

The lab was created by Robert Redford in 1981 and has proved itself to be one of the very best ways to break into the industry for an aspiring screenwriter. Every year, Sundance Institute provides over $400,000 in financial support to aspiring screenwriters, filmmakers, directors through a series of fellowships and labs.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  TBC Deadline: April/May 2020 (approx. $40 application fee)

♦  Date of Lab: January 2020

Contest Prizes

The Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work with creative advisors on their feature scripts. This is done through a series of one-on-one story sessions and the best films have the chance to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

Check out the Sundance Screenwriters Lab >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #8: Tracking Board Launch Pad 

Not to be confused with the (pretty terrific) TrackingB screenwriting contest, the Launch Pad is run by one of the industry’s best sources for all things screenwriting: The Tracking Board.

As you may have guessed from the name, the whole focus of the contest is to launch new writers’ careers. A large group of managers, agents, execs and producers await the winners. But it’s more than a simple screenwriting contest. Think of it more as a community, dedicated to getting the best writers’ feet in the door.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Early: June 17, 2019 ($65 entry fee)

♦  Regular: July 15, 2019 ($75 entry fee)

♦  Late: August 5, 2019 ($85 entry fee)

♦  Final: August 26, 2019 ($95 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  Top 10 winners will be introduced to agents, managers, execs, producers at a special winners’ party. Plus many other bonuses (see website for full details.)

♦ Top 25 winners’ scripts will be announced on the Tracking Board website and via press releases to more than 100,000 industry folk worldwide. Plus many other bonuses (see website for full details.)

Check out the Tracking Board Launch Pad Screenplay Contest >>

Best Screenwriting Contests #9: BlueCat Screenplay Competition

This is one of the best screenwriting competitions to enter if you’re an international screenwriter looking to break into the film industry. Their Fellini award is $5000 and given to a screenwriter from outside the US.

Winners of the BlueCat screenplay competition have gone on to start careers in the industry having been signed by a talent agency, sold their scripts or won major film festival awards.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

Late Deadline: January 20, 2019 (Feature Screenplay $80 entry fee, Pilot (Hour) $75, Pilot (Half-Hour) $70, Short Script $65, Short Film $65)

♦  Early: June 30, 2019 ($50 entry fee)

♦  Regular: September 15, 2019 ($55 entry fee)

♦  Late: November 11, 2019 ($60 entry fee)

♦  Final: November 15, 2019 ($70 entry fee)

♦  Final Resubmission: February 17, 2020 ($50 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  The Feature Screenplay Winner receive $10,000

♦  Four Feature Finalists receive $1,000 each

♦  The Fellini Award Winner for the best script receive $5,000

♦  The Pilot Winners (hour and half-hour category) receive $5,000 each

♦  Four Pilot Finalists for each category receive $500 each

Check out the BlueCat screenplay competition >>

Best Scriptwriting Contests #10: Cinestory Foundation Fellowship  

Cinestory is a script writing competition with an outstanding track record in launching screenwriters’ careers. Top scripts are requested by companies such as Paradigm, The Lisa Callamaro Agency, Energy Entertainment and many more.

Finalists’ prizes include cash but, probably more importantly, a one-year fellowship and screenwriting retreat in which they’re paired with a Hollywood professional to mentor their career.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

Feature Retreat:

♦  Early: January, 2020 (approx. $55 entry fee)

♦  Regular: February, 2020 (approx. $65 entry fee)

♦  Late: March, 2020 (approx. $75 entry fee)

♦  Extended Late: April, 2020 (approx. $80 entry fee)

Contest Prizes

♦  Cash prize of $10,000

♦  12-month fellowship program with two industry mentors ($9000 value)

At the retreat, three 90-minute one-on-one sessions with working Hollywood agents, managers, producers, development executives and other pros to discuss the writer’s work and career strategy.

Check out the CineStory Foundation script contest >> 

Bonus Contest: Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge

Save the Cat! has just premiered their first screenplay challenge and their premise is simple: “A screenplay competition that uses the same language the writer, the reader and the decision makers use.”

Their focus is on structure and marketability to help set participants up for successful pitch meetings and script submissions. All screenplay submissions receive feedback in the form of a report containing 50 points of analysis based on the Save the Cat! beat sheet methodology.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

♦  Regular Deadline: January, 2020: $135 USD

♦  Late Deadline: February, 2020: $140 USD

♦  Extended Deadline: March, 2020: $145 USD

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

♦  Live table read to bring your work to life

♦  3-day trip to LA ($600), 3-night hotel stay ($1200)

♦  In-person pitch to an LA-based production company, Treehouse Pictures

♦  Black List and InkTip 1-year subscription

♦  Poster/key visual development

♦  Save the Cat! 4.0 Software

Check out the Save the Cat screenwriting competition >>

Honorable Mentions

This post has focused on the top ten very best screenplay competitions you should enter. However, there are a few other screenwriting competitions that are worth checking out:

♦  Finish Line Script Competition

♦  Nantucket Film Festival

♦  TrackingB

 Zoetrope

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Something to Remember Before Entering Screenwriting Contests…

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes aspiring screenwriters make is sending their work to screenwriting contests, agents and managers when it’s not yet ready.

As you’ve probably heard before, you only get one shot at this, so make sure your screenplay is in the best shape it can be before you enter it into one of these best screenwriting contests.

Once it’s been rejected it’s too late, so check out our script coverage services and help us give your script the best possible chance of placing highly in a screenwriting competition.

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We hope this review of the best screenwriting competitions out there has helped. And don’t forget to check out our Screenwriters’ Calendar.

It lists all deadlines for the best screenwriting contests 2019 as well as the top screenwriting festivals, labs, courses etc.

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100 Comments
  1. James Isac says:

    I’ve entered 3 screenplay contests. What do you think will be the next step ? Thanks for your answer.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Have these screenplay contests released the winners yet?

  2. James says:

    Here’s my story. 25 years ago I entered my first screenwriting competition and got second runner-up in with no prices. Last year I got into the quarterfinals and second rounders for Scriptapalooza and the Austin Film Festival competition. From that I decided to enter one of those screenplays into a bunch of smaller ones and didn’t get placed at all. I realized that I would rather spend my money on script coverage instead and perhaps with those rewrites go back.

  3. Juliane says:

    I recommend The Second City’s Comedy Screenplay Contest for all comedy writers.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for sharing, Juliane.

  4. Ismael Gomez says:

    My co-writer and I won the BlueCat Screenplay Competition for 2018. We used Script Reader Pro and their notes really made a huge difference in the rewrites. Very thankful for having found this website.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      That’s awesome news, Ismael! – thanks for the review and for using our script coverage services 🙂

  5. Ellen says:

    Can I send my script to a screenwriting contest even if I live in Australia

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes it doesn’t matter where you live.

  6. Alba says:

    I will enter Austin, PAGE and Big Break this year. I feel like my script is finally ready!!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Alba. Fingers crossed! Let us know how you’re getting on.

  7. Yolanda says:

    If you’re a new writer looking for reinforcement that you have any talent for this, take your best work and enter it in on of the top script competitions. Place reasonably well, and then put the knowledge that you don’t suck at this in your back pocket and start writing to sell. That’s my advice.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for sharing your advice. It’s not a bad strategy!

  8. Lorenzo says:

    You only get one chance to make a first impression, so thanks for sharing the best screenwriting competitions in the industry. I want to make it count.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Lorenzo.

  9. Will Domi says:

    I think the top few contests those you mentioned above are worth taking a shot at and can bring readings and connections and open doors, but they should only be entered once you have developed your craft and written a few screenplays that you would dare to be read by someone in the industry.

  10. pouyan says:

    Can I do this even if I live in iran

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, you can enter from anywhere in the world.

  11. Sherilyn Harrington says:

    I think the best screenwriting contests are Nicholl, Scriptapalooza and Sundance. Everything else is a waste of your time and money in my opinion.

  12. Manoj Kumar says:

    Can I participate in all of these screenplay competitions this year

  13. Petra Craigen says:

    Eye opener! It’s really hard to know which screenplay contest is a good investment. Thanks for sharing this list

  14. Steph G. says:

    The Filmmatic contest I entered last year was professionally run, and I see some solid press going out regarding their finalists/winners (I was a finalist 😉 ).

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    I also had a good experience with BlueCat…

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Congrats, Steph!

  15. Rob says:

    Tremendous article. I’ll lay down my screenwriting contest experience swiftly. I entered a few screenplay competitions over a four year period after finishing my first three scripts with absolutely no luck, not even a placement. I got a job in the industry, but no one took me seriously as a writer, because no wanted to read an accountant or production assistant’s script. Why would they? I finally did my research and entered the Nicholl screenplay competition. I made the semi-finals out the gate, then I put it up on the Black List site and received a 9 rating. The script was then selected for their Lab, which was amazing. I was mentored by Brian Koppelman and Billy Ray, who both said it was one of the finest scripts they’d ever read.

  16. Prema Rose says:

    I have won 8 awards to date for my animated/live action musical The MicroCosmic Cartoon Show. Some are festivals and some are screenwriting competitions. You only mention a few of the good ones to submit to, yet there are more quite reputable ones such as:
    Worldfest, Oaxaca, Filmmatic, and Write Movies, to mention others. I think it is a mistake to only go for the top tier. You want to have eyeballs on your work so that you get a sense of how it is being received in the marketplace. I prefer ones that have a variety of sub-categories, since my genre is pretty unusual.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Congrats, Prema!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Can anyone tell me if it makes a difference whether you do early, regular or late deadline for a screenplay contest?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It doesn’t make any difference – what matters is the quality of the script. Best of luck!

  18. Tony says:

    I made the top 10 in Zoetrope screenplay contest and it did zero in terms of getting me any exposure. And I mean zero. I’ll say the same about Scriptapalooza, even though that’s not listed here.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, you generally need to win or place in the top 2 or 3 to get some kind of exposure in most contests.

  19. sisay says:

    Hi their my name is Sisay Asefa, I’m a screenwriter. I finished my screenplay, so can you accept my screenplay?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi, Sisay, you can find all of our script coverage services here.

  20. Tom H. says:

    I was going to go full time into screenwriting after I retired. I was in the music and comedy industry for 40 years. However, my issue is that I was exposed to Agent Orange when I was in Vietnam in 1969. (thebooksnafu.com) and don’t know how much longer I have to live. Would I be wasting my time and money to even make the attempt?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s never too late, Tom, but we’d be happy to check out your work to give you a better idea.

  21. Rajesh D says:

    Thank you. Great list!

  22. DS says:

    I’ve won or placed in a few of these, but honestly I think you’d be remiss to not include TrackingBoard/Launch Pad Pilot Launch on here.That was the one I received the most industry introductions from.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Sounds good, keep the good work. TrackingB is in the honorable mentions.

  23. Anthony says:

    What about the PAGE awards contest? thats one of the best screenwriting contests and you left it out.

  24. Vanessa says:

    I think contests like Nicholl and Austin can do wonders for someone’s career but the others… not so sure. Maybe for validation?

  25. Giuessepe says:

    I did the Sundance Labs (which is listed here) and it changed my life. I also have a friend who got an agent because a script of his landed in the top 50 of the Nicholl.

    Some of these like Nicholl and Sundance are definitely worth a shot, but like everything the gatekeepers’ taste is subjective and you shouldn’t take rejection as a knock against your talent.

  26. Heike R. says:

    Lovely just what I was searching for. Can’t wait to apply for my first screenwriting contest.

  27. Steve says:

    I did receive bad feedback the first year I submitted to screenwriting contests. I submitted to 4 and didn’t advance in any of them. But it didn’t send me down. I worked harder, wrote 2 new scripts and submitted again and got into the 2nd round in AFF.

  28. Petro says:

    I was a semi-finalist in the BlueCat screenwriting contest last year.

  29. Sophia says:

    I like screenplay contests because the deadlines pushed me to finish and polish my scripts and the confidence I have gained has helped me network and get scripts read.

  30. Jospeh Racano says:

    I wanna admit that this is very helpful, it’s quite hard to know which screenwriting contests are worth my time.

  31. Robin Denison says:

    Write them polite query letters, describing your script instead of entering screenwriting contests.

  32. Rameez says:

    What’s your opinion about script pipeline?

  33. DEBDAS DEBNATH says:

    I have written a fiction fiction novel of 410 pages and ready for publishing as book. I m from India. Writing more than 10 novels as per script of Hollywood style movie. Please tell how I can sale or submit it.

  34. Pete Whiting says:

    There are good screenplay competitions and bad ones. Some give you cash, some give you opportunities or makes doors open and ultimately get your script to screen.
    Want a genuine career? Enter the big renowned screenplay competitions and hopefully place high or win. Get that on your writing resume and query letters.
    Have one good script and wanna win some cash and throw the hat in the ring? Then go for something that is less reputable where the focus is just money and maybe judges less harsh on their standards.
    If you enter every screenwriting competition, you’ll be broke pretty quick. So choose wisely.
    I was semi-finalist in Stage 32 2017 screenplay competition. Never had a phone call or email from anyone and still have no agent. Smaller and medium studios have all responded positively to query letters and most have said they want the script but the budget is too high. They love it but simply can’t do it. Lesson – make sure your first script is a simple, affordable one that appeals to a wide range of studios and producers. Sadly, my script would only appeal to major studios and I have no chance of getting it in front of them as I am a first time writer with no agent.

  35. Martin Furrow says:

    Thanks for sharing these contests!

  36. Dhruv patel says:

    I want to share my story ,But I don’t know English very well..
    And I don’t have enough money to pay..
    If you help me to pay money , I will return it to you after won this competition..✍️

  37. Sarah says:

    Nicholl, PAGE and Sundance are the three most prestigious contests and definitely worth entering if your script fits the bill. (Dramas and Historical Films do best in Nicholl. PAGE has multiple genre categories.) Everyone always likes Austin because the Festival is such fun and such a good networking opportunity, but that contest now gets something like 10,000 entries each year, so your odds of winning are next to zero. Plus, not sure their contest winners really get much traction. Anyhow, good luck to all in your quest! It’s tough to break in as a screenwriter, but it’s so rewarding once you do!

  38. Mavis Welsh says:

    Where are the best places to source film, tv, pilot scripts etc for reading? Matt

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi Mavis, you can read and download 50 of the best screenplays here and the best TV scripts here.

  39. Marianna says:

    When pro screenwriters pooh pooh screenwriting contests, I always wonder what they suggest are the alternatives for newbies to standing out in a crazy crowded industry.

  40. John S. says:

    A few years back, I won the Austin Screenwriting Competition. The screenplay I had this huge success with never placed in any other screenplay competition, which goes to show that the whole process is quite subjective and what works well in one script contest, might not get you anywhere in another one.

  41. Jillian says:

    Nicholls and Austin Film Fest are the two top dogs in my opinion. I’m not sure about the other screenwriting contests.

  42. Isabella says:

    What are the best screenwriting contests for short films?

  43. Alex says:

    Wow, I was looking for a writing project for the next few months. Awesome! I will get my latest screenplay finished and enter it to the best screenwriting competitions.

  44. Tonya says:

    Thank you for this amazing lists! It’s great to hear with screenplay contests are worth entering and when the deadlines are. No more last minute / too late finds lol

  45. H. Henderson says:

    There are some good screenplay competitions – if your work is good enough, although many push the paid-for rewrite notes aspect a bit hard. However, I’d recommend avoiding The Shore Scripts Competition. Really insulting. They failed to send me the updates/notifications they promised. When I queried this and asked them to send the emails which had never arrived, they started contradicting me. I then asked them to resend the emails, they ignored this, and got ruder. I asked them to either resend the promised notifications or refund the fee, and to identify which employee was sending these emails. They then went silent – which says it all. Zero out of 10 – that’s not the way to treat customers and representing £55 very poorly spent on an amateurish setup with its strange mix of well known and poor judges.

  46. Eric Dier says:

    Nicholl, Austin & Sundance are the best screenwriting contests. Avoid Bluecat, Screencraft and Zoetrope. Not familiar with the rest.

  47. pop says:

    Screenplays contests are waste of time and money if you actually want to get your script made into a movie, on the other hand… if you want to win a contest- go for it Skippy!

  48. Ronnie Deeks says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing list. It’s great to hear which screenwriting contests can actually do something for my career and which ones are just a waste of my time. Keep up the good work.

  49. Jason VM says:

    Exactly what I wanted to know, thank you! I have a script that the Nicholl Fellowship judges said would likely attract The Hangover type of audiences. I can imagine this script would also do well in the Austin screenwriting competition – I’ll give it a go this year.

  50. Philipp says:

    I just submitted my screenplay to the Page Screenplay Contest. Fingers crossed!!!

  51. Syed kaleem says:

    Hai I m syed from bangalore I have script horror stories 200 yers old my village true story nice script

  52. Dale Swaby says:

    In essence, I think, plan a strategy and a working bit part that nobody has been equipped to think of yet. Basically take the “beat” premise that is very unclear and overused to find another example of notifying and understanding to enhance the reader. I have got one of these taken really from a shooting draft script and worked it into competition “Not telling you because it’s my idea.” …Sorry. Also for quality situations just evaluate the final piece for a week or so and do not rush. Prepare for that when you win one. Good luck — break a leg and stuff.

  53. Gopu says:

    Is there any translated to english script contests?

  54. Seth Badesy says:

    Competitions may be a long shot but it’s one worth taking imho.

  55. HL says:

    I have been entering several of my scripts to the top 3-4 contests listed here for years. What I found out was: A. It’s a waste of money B. The majority of the time the readers used by these contests are a bunch of nobodies. A little background on this: I’ve been in the business in different capacities for years. I have had three of my scripts optioned for 10k each by notable producers and production companies. I have entered those three scripts into Nicholl, Austin and Slamdance and not one of them even made it to the quarter finals or second round. Then, last year I was contacted by several of these screenwriting contests to be a judge. And what happens is this: they send you 30-40 scripts to read. You don’t have to read any of them and I suspect most judges don’t. You let the contest know which script(s) you feel should advance. You don’t have to write any coverage or make any notes. I’m certain most scripts don’t get read, hence, the reason while most people never hear any positive news from these contests. Don’t waste your money.

  56. max calkins says:

    Which screenwriting contests can guarantee me a career if I win?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No contest can guarantee that, unfortunately, Max.

  57. Elana says:

    Is there a problem submitting the same project to a few contests at the same time?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No, there’s no problem with that. Good luck!

  58. Bob Foxely says:

    Nice list, thanks for posting.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Bob.

  59. jonathan martin lee says:

    Hi, I’m a BRIT, and the Blue Cat international competition seems a good bet, thanks for the advice.
    But in truth can you tell me if my protagonist needs to be an American, in a foreign land, to increase the chances of a recommend?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No, not at all. What they’ll be judging the script on is the story and characters overall.

  60. Jeremy Whitlock says:

    How many contests should I enter?

  61. Hoffamn says:

    I stopped entering screenwriting contests a while ago even though I was a semi and quarter finalist at two well respected contests and instead have invested in shooting short films that are now award winning and gaining traction as time goes by. Entering screenwriting contests is like playing the lotto in most cases. Years will go by and no one will have never heard of you or your work. In that respect, it’s about “them” meaning Hollywood and not about those of us who actually do the work. At least today there’s ways you can have your work seen regardless of what Hollywood or anyone thinks is prize worthy.

  62. Zoe says:

    Great info. A friend recommended Script Reader Pro to me and I’m so glad they did.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Glad you found us, Zoe!

  63. Michael Ho says:

    Good list, thanks SRP!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Michael!

  64. Andrew B. says:

    I’ve got a plan to enter six screenwriting contests this year.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Andrew!

  65. Jay says:

    Do contests take in premiere status (like festivals?) Or can we just apply to all of them at the same time?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, there’s nothing wrong with applying to a bunch at the same time.

  66. Peyman says:

    Hi I’m Peyman and I’m 23 and I’m contacting you from Iran. I’m a script writer and I’ve written one script already which has 140 pages , it’s very interesting and it was written with perfect details and methods. Unfortunately I don’t have a recommender. I request you to support me so we can have progress in this project, If you’re interested in cooperation I gladly can send you a short version of my script I promise you that you will be very satisfied for this cooperation.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      We’re a script consultancy not a production company so we can help you get the script into shape before you try to find a buyer or funding.

      1. kena tozaj says:

        Hi,
        how do one enter a screen writing competition.

        1. Script Reader Pro says:

          The instructions are on each contest’s website.

  67. Vahagn Karapetyan says:

    Can you give me a suggestion where is better to apply for Horror scripts?

  68. Frederika says:

    Hi there! Do you know of any screenwriting contests that take magical realism?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Sorry, no, but pretty it usually comes under Drama.

  69. Delta Storm says:

    Great list of contests. I was just wondering if you perhaps know of what has happened to Greenlight Screenplay? They were legit as far as I could tell, having won an award from them last year. But this time, I went to put in another entry and their website is up for sale. On Twitter, they are not responding to tweets. They last tweeted last year. It would be nice to know what happened to them. If someone reading this knows please leave a message. Thanks 🙂

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks! Sorry, no idea what happened to Greenlight.

  70. Rachael Beauchamp says:

    I’ve entered my current script into a few contest, I did not place in two of them but made it to the quarterfinal in one of them. I keep reading this “you only get one shot thing” and it leaves me confused. If I have entered my script into a contest too soon, before it’s ready, and it did not place, does this mean I shouldn’t re-write it and submit it again to another contest or maybe even the same one the next year, or have I already blown the opportunity for this script?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      The “only get one shot” line is mainly referring to sending your script to industry people – managers, execs, producers, etc. – not contests. Good luck with it, Rachael!

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