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The Writers Lab

Final Deadline: 03/05/2018 (expired)

The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, is open for submissions of screenplays by women over the age of 40 ABOUT THE LAB The Writers Lab brings 12 women screenwriters over the age of 40 with promising scripts together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive four-day screenwriting development retreat of one-on-one meetings, panel discussions and other activities designed to inspire the artists; to prompt rigorous creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Launch Pad Pilots Competition

Final Deadline: 03/04/2018 (expired)

The sole objective of the Launch Pad Competition is to recognize writers who have the passion and talent deserving of a professional Hollywood career, and with our track record we have shown that we can do just that. That is why the Launch Pad Competitions have led to 63 writers being signed in just 18 months! 9 writers have been staffed. 27 projects set up generating 3 bidding wars.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Barnstorm Fest

Final Deadline: 03/02/2018 (expired)

Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every submission receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards.

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Horror Hotel International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018 (expired)

Recognition for bloody good scripts and writers.

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ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018 (expired)

The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship has quickly become one of the most important screenwriting talent discovery platforms for the entertainment industry. The chosen recipients will receive ongoing professional support and a special trip to Los Angeles for meetings and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and representatives.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition

Final Deadline: 03/01/2018 (expired)

Introducing the Emerging Screenwriters SHOOT YOUR SIZZLE Competition Brought to you by the International Screenwriters’ Association Not only does this contest catapult you right onto the ISA Development Slate, but you’ll receive over $30,000 in funds, equipment and the support you need to shoot a proof of concept, otherwise known as a sizzle reel.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Writers and Filmmakers

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot one of the top 10 scripts. Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script! The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

L.A. Neo Noir Novel, Film, & Script Fest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

It's been hailed by L.A. Weekly as the festival with "THE WORLD'S SEXIEST DARKEST CRIME SHORT FILMS." Saturday, May 27th, Dave and Buster's hosts THE L.A. NEO NOIR, NOVEL, FILM, AND SCRIPT FEST V (LANNEFF). This festival is brought to you by Carey Westbrook and Associates, whose students include the Academy Award nominated producers of Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond The Pines, Men of Honor, and Soul Food.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Stage 32 Annual TV Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

The wait is over! One of our most popular screenwriting contests is back. The Stage 32 3rd Annual TV Screenwriting Contest is now LIVE! For the 3rd straight year, Stage 32 is seeking the most original writing voices. No matter what format you write in – sitcoms, dramas, serialized, procedurals, mini-series, limited series – we want your work! All 30 and 60 minute original pilots and 30 to 60 minute existing show teleplays are eligible.

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Grave Intentions Horror Anthology & Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

One screenplay and up to ten short films will win $500 each! As filmmakers, we know that outside of the film festival circuit, most shorts will die a lonely death in the bowels of the interwebs. So to help amazing shorts get the audience they deserve, we’re creating "Grave Intentions: An Anthology of Chills, Thrills, and Kills." And your film could be a part of it! If your short would be at home on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, The Outer Limits, or Creep Show, we want to see it.

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Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 02/28/2018 (expired)

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 will 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.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

TV One Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/27/2018 (expired)

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2018 is meant to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The competition is meant to: Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.

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Sun Valley Film Festival/High Scribe Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/25/2018 (expired)

An Academy Award® nominated producer with over two decades in the entertainment industry, Kevin Walsh will judge the Screenplay Competition, with director Lynn Shelton hosting the Screenwriter's Lab.

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ISA Fast Track Fellowship VII

Final Deadline: 02/22/2018 (expired)

Our Fellows have been optioned, signed, and received major production deals. Are you next? The ISA Fast Track Fellowship will catapult two emerging writers into industry pro exposure and career development. The selected fellows will experience an accelerated week of meetings in Los Angeles with 8 top level executive mentors and a full year of industry visibility through the ISA Development Slate.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

2018 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 02/20/2018 (expired)

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. We provide each writer who enters BlueCat one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 165 Comments

The Poe Contest/Autumn Suspense

Final Deadline: 02/02/2018 (expired)

The Poe Contest mission is to recognize and reward fresh voices and creative storytelling, and to assist writers in their quest to obtain representation and produce their work.

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Nickelodeon Writing Program

Final Deadline: 01/31/2018 (expired)

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's General Track, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for Domestic writers) and up to six months (for International writers).

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Screencraft Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship

Final Deadline: 01/31/2018 (expired)

The 2018 Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship is open for applications! This is the first cross-cultural screenwriting mentorship program to develop writers in both English and Chinese languages. Screenwriters worldwide are encouraged to submit original feature film screenplays in English or Chinese promptly for consideration.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

IndieFest Film Awards

Final Deadline: 01/19/2018 (expired)

The IndieFEST Film Awards are unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. The IndieFEST is about helping industry professionals who create fresh, standout entertainment achieve the publicity and credibility they deserve.

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Sundance Feature Film Program

Final Deadline: 01/17/2018 (expired)

The Sundance Institute is interested in supporting original, compelling, human stories that reflect the independent vision of the writer and/or writer/director.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

WAN Writers Workshop

Final Deadline: 01/15/2018 (expired)

The Writers Assistant Network is teaming up with Roadmap Writers for the third annual WAN Writers' Workshop. It's a FANTASTIC opportunity for ten amazing up-and-coming writers to workshop their material with top showrunners and other well-established creatives, then get read and very possibly REPPED by of agents and managers at dozens of major companies.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 01/12/2018 (expired)

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Awards

Final Deadline: 01/07/2018 (expired)

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. This unique 6-week, 12-session Fellowship arms each participant with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry. Each session is taught by top television and film writers, producers, agents, managers, and executives through a series of intimate panels and discussions.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 01/04/2018 (expired)

We are looking for innovative and compelling storytelling, for characters that surprise and challenge you, for words that pop off the page, and for narratives that twist and turn like a country back road. This year we’re accepting both feature scripts and pilot scripts; you’re more than welcome to submit in both categories.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Script Pipeline Great Movie Idea Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2017 (expired)

To discover original, high-concept feature film ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for industry circulation.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest

Final Deadline: 12/31/2017 (expired)

To discover original, high-concept TV show ideas and develop the winning material with the writer for circulation network execs and television producers.

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CrowdSource Studios Script Competition

Final Deadline: 12/31/2017 (expired)

Due to overwhelming demand, we're opening our competition to Television Pilots as well as feature scripts this year! CrowdSource Studios Script Competition was created by professional screenwriters, actors, directors & producers to give unknown screenwriters a real, fair opportunity to be discovered & have your script or pilot produced! Most script competitions offer prizes including publicity, connections & merchandise.

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ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 12/30/2017 (expired)

Calling all family-friendly feature film screenplays! Families are the most influential moviegoing audience, yet there’s a surprising lack of high-quality films that appeal to the WHOLE family. This contest avoids the genre-bias of some other contests by seeking exclusively screenplays that are life-affirming stories of faith, courage, hope and love.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Phoenix Film Festival Short Screenplay Search

Final Deadline: 12/18/2017 (expired)

We want to see the best short screenplays from around the globe.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Destiny City Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 12/18/2017 (expired)

The Destiny City Film Festival was founded in part because we want to show great movies. And we know that at the heart of every great movie is a great story – one that is destined to inspire and entertain. Screenplays are the foundation of every memorable film, and we are dedicated to supporting the writing community and the stories they create. Thus, we are thrilled to host Tacoma’s first short screenplay competition! We know that the Northwest film community is chock full of talented writers, thinkers, and artists.

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ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

Final Deadline: 12/16/2017 (expired)

Our jury is looking for short stories (not screenplays) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 1 Comment

The WeScreenplay Feature Competition

Final Deadline: 12/15/2017 (expired)

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to feature screenwriters who are looking to have their stories told. FEEDBACK: We believe that writers need feedback to improve, which is why we provide the judges’ scorecards to every entrant at no additional charge. PROMISE: We promise to give all scripts two rounds of scores and there will be a total of six rounds of scores to ensure fairness and transparency.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

Screenwriting Goldmine Awards

Final Deadline: 12/14/2017 (expired)

Get noticed by the British TV industry. More than 40 key players from the industry are on the final judging panel, including producers, Heads of Development, script editors and agents from companies such as BBC, C4, HBO Europe, STV, Kudos, Left Bank, Abbotvision, Bad Wolf, Tiger Aspect, Hat Trick, Bentley and World Productions. This means the five shortlisted finalists get an extraordinary simultaneous distribution of their writing into the upper reaches of the industry.

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Roadmap Writers & Route 1 Entertainment

Final Deadline: 12/06/2017 (expired)

Roadmap Writers and Route One Entertainment are looking for the next great feature, pilot or short script, from un-produced screenwriters. Winning Script will be optioned by Route One Entertainment, put on their high profile development slate for production and, to further show commitment to the project, Route One will also have a proof of concept short produced.

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Table Read My Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 12/05/2017 (expired)

This season we're taking the Feature/Pilot winner to Park City during Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. Like those Table Read winners who have received Oscar Nominations, or have premiered their produced scripts at a major film festival like Cannes, Table Read My Screenplay will help to motivate your passion for writing through the film festival and showcase experience, put some cash in your pocket, give you the opportunity to confidently network with the title of “Grand Prize Winner,” and a support mechanism for layering a long-term career with an invitation to be a part of the elite ISA Development Program Slate.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 5 Comments

Limbo Script Awards

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017 (expired)

LIMBO screenplay contest is now open for the second year! This year LIMBO will announce two winners. Submit your screenplay for a chance to win $500 cash and a chance to sell your screenplay to the producers. If your script is already in perfect shape, great! Submit it as is. We are looking for the best writer in the bunch. Enter the LIMBO Script Competition and come out a winner!

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Macoproject Online Film Festival

Final Deadline: 11/30/2017 (expired)

We are an online film/screenplay competition open internationally to all filmmakers who thrive on the art and passion of filmmaking and screenwriting.

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San Francisco Indie Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/28/2017 (expired)

For 19 years SF IndieFest has developed a great reputation for filling theaters, getting press, and throwing great parties. Films at our fest regularly get Variety reviews, picked up at other fests, and find rabid groupies following the makers around town demanded autographs and buying them drinks. This year, we're rolling out a screenplay contest with the goal of expanding our filmmaker reach.

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Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 11/15/2017 (expired)

The 7th annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that screens more than 120 international cutting edge films and music, making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, the creative FLOW conference, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the Bowtie Criterion/Movieland and the historic Byrd Theatre.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Stage 32 Happy Writers Search for New Blood Contest

Final Deadline: 11/15/2017 (expired)

OUR WINNERS GET RESULTS Over the years, our contest winners and finalists have been signed, optioned, put in development, staffed and secured high level meetings with some of the top executives and companies in the film industry. Our track record with the Search for New Blood has been off the charts. Now we’re back with this incredibly popular contest designed to give our horror and thriller writers the chance to have their work exposed to some of the top execs in the industry! Our top 3 winners will get exclusive meetings with executives.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab

Final Deadline: 11/13/2017 (expired)

Through personalized feedback from experienced industry professionals and other writers in the program, Screenwriting Fellows will gain the tools to revise and refine their scripts for production. The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting.

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StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/11/2017 (expired)

Open to writers of all levels and backgrounds, the StoryPros International's objective is to recognize, support and promote your work with financial rewards, software and services -- as well as providing an open door to industry professionals with guaranteed reads and promotion to our network of contacts. Past entrants and winners have gone on to representation, options, assignments and sales.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 26 Comments

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/07/2017 (expired)

Now in our 8th year, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as one of Hollywood's leading screenplay competitions. We offer every screenwriter FREE PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT FEEDBACK plus winning writers receive CASH & PRIZE PACKAGES worth over $20,000 and GUARANTEED SCRIPT CONSIDERATION from top Hollywood Production Companies. Fresh Voices strives to identify, nurture and bring to market the most promising new voices in screenwriting and has developed a successful track record of discovering new screenwriters with many of our past winners now signed by representation, produced, and staffed on TV series.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 36 Comments

Universal Writers Program

Final Deadline: 11/06/2017 (expired)

The Universal Writers Program identifies experienced and up-and-coming screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The Program inclusively develops storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

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Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now

Final Deadline: 11/05/2017 (expired)

Eight Managers. Your Script. Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now is not actually a contest - it's a promotion. From Oct. 2 through Nov. 5, all scripts submitted to www.coverageink.com for coverage which score a 'consider' or better for script are elevated to our manager panel. That's about the top 5%. We've assembled eight of the top literary managers in town, and they are looking for the best writers around.

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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/03/2017 (expired)

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Submissions open May 1st, 2017! The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global screenwriters through discovery, recognition and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

IndieBOOM! Festival

Final Deadline: 11/03/2017 (expired)

Every great film or series starts with a great script. We want to read yours, and help you succeed. PRIZES: Our winning screenplay will be chosen by professional story analyst Dan Calvisi and will receive laurels and a digital certificate. But that's just the beginning! You'll also get an hour-long video consultation with Dan and free downloads of his e-books: ‘Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay,’ ‘Story Maps: TV Drama,’ ‘Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays’, and ‘Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan.

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Middlebury Script Lab

Final Deadline: 11/01/2017 (expired)

The Middlebury Script Lab is a new, free opportunity for emerging screenwriters (1st or second script). This one-week residential lab will bring six emerging writers to the idyllic Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont (11-17 January, 2018). The Lab offers free room and board, plus mentoring support and partial travel reimbursement. It is financed through the Fund for Innovation at Middlebury College.

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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Final Deadline: 10/31/2017 (expired)

Created by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder, publisher and executive producer of MOVIEGUIDE® and founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and Dr. Jack Templeton, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® announces the Kairos Prize that will help inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 10 Comments

Athena Iris Lab

Final Deadline: 10/30/2017 (expired)

Submissions are now open for the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The lab is designed for female writers who have not yet had a feature-length fictional script produced. Screenplays must include one or more strong female characters in leadership roles at the center of the story and must be feature-length narratives.

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