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Which Screenplay Contests Launch Careers?

Updated: 06/18/2024

For aspiring screenwriters, entering screenplay contests is not just about winning cash prizes or gaining recognition. It's about getting a foot in the door of an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into. While numerous screenplay contests exist, a select few are renowned for their ability to launch careers, providing winners and finalists with invaluable industry exposure, networking opportunities, and sometimes even direct paths to representation and production deals.

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Final Deadlines

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Short Com TV Sitcom Writing Competition
Late: 07/12/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athena Lab
Final: 07/28/2024
WSPro Discount: No

ScreenCraft Animation and Family Screenwriting Competition
Final: 07/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards
Final: 07/31/2024
WSPro Discount: 25%

Optimus Feedback Screenplay Competition
Final: 08/01/2024
WSPro Discount: No

New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition & Film Awards
Final: 08/14/2024
WSPro Discount: 25%

Screenplay Festival
Final : 08/15/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Launch Pad Feature Screenwriting Competition
Final: 08/20/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest
Final: 08/30/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

ScreenCraft Drama Screenwriting Competition
Final: 08/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Rome Independent Film Festival
: 08/31/2024
WSPro Discount: No

New York City Horror Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Final: 09/01/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
Extended: 09/02/2024
WSPro Discount: $10.00

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Final: 09/04/2024
WSPro Discount: No

Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest
Extended: 09/07/2024
WSPro Discount: $5.00

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab
Film Independent Member Deadline: 09/09/2024
WSPro Discount: No

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