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Screenplays, TV pilots, and short films accepted across six categories.

Winners receive $10,000, development assistance, and industry circulation to major agencies, managers, and production companies. Register by 11/15.

Screenplay Contest Category: Online

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Screenplay Contests Found: 253

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 11/11/2016 (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: 23 Comments

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 11/04/2016 (expired)

Cinequest voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. 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. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: VIP All Access passes to the Cinequest Film Festival and exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 11/03/2016 (expired)

Now in our 7th 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: 24 Comments

TVWriter.Com People's Pilot

Final Deadline: 11/01/2016 (expired)

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

The Crime List Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 10/30/2016 (expired)

The Crime List Screenplay Competition recognizes and showcases exceptional feature and television writing in all genres of scripts with crime elements, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to industry executives, producers, agents, and managers. All script entries receive a logline listing on the Official Selections page of the website.

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Crime & Thriller Script Showcase

Final Deadline: 10/30/2016 (expired)

Accepting ALL genres of scripts that feature Crime or Thriller Elements (such as: Murder, Mayhem, Deception, Cons, Gangland, Mafia, White Collar, Heists, Gambling, Kidnapping, Theft, Financial, Espionage, Corruption, Injustice) The Crime & Thriller Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature and television writing, and provides opportunities for writers to showcase their projects to industry executives, producers, agents, and managers.

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CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 10/28/2016 (expired)

CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition is an International Young Talents Project dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talents. We welcome scenarios from anywhere in the world. We are looking forward to reading your scenario! WHY FANTASY? Fantastic films push the boundaries of the imagination to another realm where anything in this world, other worlds, or even the entire universe, can exist.

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ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest

Final Deadline: 10/20/2016 (expired)

We’re looking for ACTION MOVIES and carefully crafted THRILLERS. Whether you have a tense thriller or a big, effects-driven action film, WE WANT TO READ YOUR SCREENPLAY. Professional feedback from studio-trained readers is available on all entries. Last year’s winner signed with a top literary management company and has projects in active development!

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Stage 32 Happy Writers 3rd Annual Search for New Blood Contest

Final Deadline: 10/19/2016 (expired)

OUR WINNERS GET RESULTS Over the last two 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 year 3 of 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: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: Be the first to comment

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

Final Deadline: 10/17/2016 (expired)

Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to, which include 1 hour existing spec scripts, 1/2 hour existing sitcom spec scripts, original pilots, and reality programs. This competition is designed with the TV writer and crossover screenwriter in mind. The participants we have chosen to read the winning scripts are individuals from established production companies.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 13 Comments

13Horror.com Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/15/2016 (expired)

We are looking for thirteen screenplays with the potential to terrify audiences. Prizes include cash, publishing deals, contacts with industry insiders and much, much more. Unlike a lot of screenplay competitions, we guarantee that all screenplays received will be read in their entirety, with every writer receiving at least one page of feedback from one of our judges.

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Diverse Voices presented by WeScreenplay

Final Deadline: 10/15/2016 (expired)

MISSION - To provide a platform focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. We're looking for writing from perspectives – through the author or characters – that are underrepresented in Hollywood. GIVING BACK - For every entry, we are donating $3 to Books For Kids to help children from all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Women in Film & Television Vancouver

Final Deadline: 10/15/2016 (expired)

Vancouver International Women In Film Festival is committed to highlighting the best stories the world has to offer that are written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. We encourage women writers to submit a feature film script of any genre, challenging the perceptions of what stories women write, and what we want to see.

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trackingb.com Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/09/2016 (expired)

We don't offer any of the usual screenplay contest smoke and mirrors. No coverage from someone being paid $10 per script (please ask Mom). No cash (please ask Grandma) or writing clinics from gurus who have never sold a screenplay (Dad?). What our winners do receive is: INDUSTRY ACCESS AND INDUSTRY READS.

Overall rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 3 Comments

Richmond International Film Festival (Screenplays & Films)

Final Deadline: 10/01/2016 (expired)

The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that screens more than 120 international cutting edge films, 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: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Circus Road Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 10/01/2016 (expired)

Circus Road wants to find a great project to produce. We have produced and sold films in all genres. We will analyze all finalists with an eye towards optioning one or more screenplays for production.

Overall rating: 1 star User Feedback: 5 Comments

Screenwriters' Capital Fall Feature Script Competition

Final Deadline: 09/30/2016 (expired)

The Screenwriters Capital is based in Greater Sacramento. We are looking for talented screenwriters near and far to help great aspiring writers realize their dreams. We look forward to reading your scripts and wish you luck!

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Milano Playwriting Festival - New TV Series Projects

Final Deadline: 09/30/2016 (expired)

Milano Playwriting Festival and its producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for innovative TV series projects from across the globe. Milano Playwriting Festival opens itself up to innovative serial projects because it believes that supporting the playwriting fragile economy requires practically the creation of a flourishing screenwriters’ market around it.

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American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 09/15/2016 (expired)

Now in its fourteenth year, the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is judged by Francis Ford Coppola and the American Zoetrope staff. New this year: for the first time, we're opening the contest to original one-hour television pilots as well as feature-length films. The contest winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, and we send the scripts of all the top ten finalists to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 13 Comments

Screenplay Festival

Final Deadline: 09/09/2016 (expired)

Now Accepting Television Scripts! The writers spoke, and we listened. We have now added four categories to our contest for television scripts. Screenplay Festival now features the following categories: Feature Film: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller Horror Television: Half Hour Pilot, Half Hour Spec, One Hour Pilot, One Hour Spec As one of the highest rated contests on MovieBytes, Screenplay Festival was established to help eliminate this "chicken and egg" problem.

Overall rating: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars User Feedback: 36 Comments

Shore Scripts

Final Deadline: 08/31/2016 (expired)

Our aim is to discover new screenwriting talent from around the world. To put the best feature scripts in the hands of the Producers and Companies that have the means to get them made. Contest opens for submissions on March 1st 2016.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

ScreenCraft Pilot Launch

Final Deadline: 08/15/2016 (expired)

Our panel of Hollywood industry professionals is looking for the next great drama and comedy TV pilots for network, cable and online platforms! We will also be accepting web series and non-traditional series pilots.

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

CrowdSource Studios Script Competition

Final Deadline: 08/15/2016 (expired)

CrowdSource Studios was founded by professional screenwriters, actors, directors & producers to give unknown creative talent a real opportunity to be discovered & have their work PRODUCED by Pro's. Most script competitions offer prizes including publicity, connections & merchandise. We do that too... plus two more HUGE things: The Grand Prize Winner of our Competition will have their script FAST TRACKED INTO PRODUCTION & WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN EQUITY POSITION IN THE FINISHED FILM!

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Action On Film International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 08/12/2016 (expired)

The Action on Film Festival is dedicated to filmmakers and to film making in ALL Genres. AOFFEST supports artists and creators from all over the world and gives them a professional platform to present their work. Thus giving every artist an avenue to share their vision and voice via their work. The Twelfth Annual Action On Film International Film Festival and Writer's Event is truly the festival of the independent filmmaker and writer.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 4 Comments

Bentonville Film Festival and Lifetime Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 08/12/2016 (expired)

The purpose of this competition is to amplify voices of diversity and inclusion. The screenplays we are looking for will ultimately recognize, support, and embrace people of all faith traditions, genders, sexual orientations, all races and ethnicities, veterans, and the disabled community. These values may or may not manifest themselves in the subject matter of the scripts (we want scripts about almost anything and everything!).

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WeTV

Final Deadline: 08/05/2016 (expired)

MISSION: To provide industry exposure and support to television 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’ score cards 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 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars User Feedback: 1 Comment

Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition

Final Deadline: 08/01/2016 (expired)

Our objective is to discover and promote quality screenplays of any genre.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 14 Comments

ScreenCraft SciFi Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 08/01/2016 (expired)

Whether you’re writing a contained science fiction drama or an epic space saga, ScreenCraft wants to read your film script. The jury is out of this world — with judges who love sci-fi movies — from Paramount, Universal, Sony, Lionsgate and CAA! We’ve never been more excited about a contest jury than for this inaugural sci-fi feature screenplay contest.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 7 Comments

ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 08/01/2016 (expired)

Jury includes executives from the Cannes Film Festival, Maker Studios, Slamdance, Snapchat, an Oscar-winning short filmmaker, and more! With the rise in demand for high quality short content across new platforms and devices, and the increased industry importance placed on short filmmaking worldwide, we’re honoring the craft of short-form narrative screenwriting via this 2nd annual competition, which features a prestigious jury of industry-leading professionals.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 2 Comments

Cynosure Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding screenplays in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.).

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

To make Hollywood more accessible than ever before to more aspiring screenwriters, Filmmakers.com is forming strategic alliances with the powers that be... Championing Emerging Artists. FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards has been in existence since 2000 (formerly known as The Radmin Company / FilmMakers.com Screenplay Contest) and its association with the Radmin Company has been going on since late 2000.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 36 Comments

The 12th Annual American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

To promote and support new talent by creating real and original opportunities.

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

2nd Annual 1st TV Script Writing Competition: Presented by Filmmakers.com

Final Deadline: 07/31/2016 (expired)

1st TV Script Writing Competition is presented by FilmMakers.com . It wasn't that long ago that for a writer to be discovered he or she had to reside in or around Hollywood. The Film Industry is changing rapidly and so are the players as well as the playground. All you need is a break and it starts with you getting your GEM out there. Submit your work to an organization that stood the test of time.

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Joshua Tree International Short Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 07/26/2016 (expired)

The JTIFF is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 20 pages or less. Two finalists are invited to attend the JTIFF and, with the assistance of directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors.

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Final Draft Big Break International Screenwriting Contest

Final Deadline: 07/15/2016 (expired)

Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers. Big Break rewards screenwriters with over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of 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.

Overall rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars User Feedback: 23 Comments

Moondance International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 07/15/2016 (expired)

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 15 Comments

SHRIEKFEST Horror/SciFi Film & Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/10/2016 (expired)

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles' Premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 16th year, Shriekfest takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country.

Overall rating: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars User Feedback: 12 Comments

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 07/07/2016 (expired)

Our goal is to help you, the emerging screenwriter develop as a storyteller, show off your talents to industry, and give you some funding o help propel you along in your screenwriting career. The new season of the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition is proud to announce that we are offering an invitation into the Development Program, where the team will work with you and champion your winning script to industry execs for a full year, plus $25,000 in cash prizes, and a chance to go to Robert McKee's Story Seminar in New York to learn in-depth techniques and lessons on story.

Overall rating: 2 stars2 stars User Feedback: 9 Comments

New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)

Final Deadline: 07/06/2016 (expired)

The Renaissance in the 15th century was a time when art was at its height. With the digital revolution artists have a golden opportunity, once again, to shape culture and to create art for the sake of beauty or truth, to reflect, to question and to enhance peace. This is why we have established the New Renaissance Film Festival, in LONDON, one of Europe’s greatest film cities – to support and champion the first wave of independent filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era.

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ScreenCraft's Horror Screenplay Contest

Final Deadline: 07/01/2016 (expired)

Whether you’re writing an epic Thriller or contained Horror, our Hollywood judges have produced some of the most successful horror and thriller films of the last decade. Get your screenplay to these judges and launch your career!

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Writers Store Industry Insider Television Writing Contest

Final Deadline: 06/30/2016 (expired)

Do you have the next TV Pilot that production company and network AMC (Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, Halt & Catch Fire) wants? Enter The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest today! Some of today’s most exciting storytelling happens on the small screen. From dramas like Empire, Mr. Robot and The Leftovers to comedies like Black-ish and Transparent, television has evolved to become the writer’s realm, where the most talented scribes rule season after season.

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NYTVF Scripts

Final Deadline: 06/16/2016 (expired)

Are you an aspiring TV writer? Want to get your work in front of agents, managers, and development execs across the TV and digital landscape? Submit to NYTVF Scripts for a chance to have your project named an Official Selection of the 2016 New York Television Festival, become eligible for awards and development deals from NYTVF partners, and engage with the largest collection of television decision-makers anywhere on the Festival circuit.

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GenreBlast Film Festival

Final Deadline: 06/15/2016 (expired)

GenreBlast is a brand new film festival coming to you from the revitalized state-of-the-art State Theatre in wonderful downtown Culpeper, Virginia. We want to celebrate the finest in true genre cinema and we're looking for your best features, shorts, music videos and screenplays in the categories of horror, action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, exploitation, grindhouse, international, experimental and more! A festival for filmmakers, by filmmakers.

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Constitutional Conservative Coalition Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 06/01/2016 (expired)

To contribute to the building of a conservative screenwriting community that welcomes, develops, supports and promotes writers from within it's own ranks, fertile ground from which careers are made, a place in the world where conservative screenwriters can develop, be known and flourish.

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Cash Pot Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/31/2016 (expired)

To help screenwriters succeed. Entry fees build a Cash Pot that the winner receives as a prize. Our last winner went on to sign with a manager and get a screenplay optioned.

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FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards Competition

Final Deadline: 05/31/2016 (expired)

The FILMMATIC Screenplay Awards were created to locate and expose up-and-coming screenwriters, as well as to empower and educate those talented writers still waiting for their invitation to the mainstream industry. The Filmmatic Screenplay Competiton is open to short and feature-length works, with screenplay and teleplay. You've worked hard on your screenplay, and our staff and Judges are excited to read your work.

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GEFO Short Screenplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/31/2016 (expired)

The Greater Erie Film Office and the Greater Erie Arts Rental at Penn State Behrend Short Screenplay Competition is open to all Pennsylvania residents. This year’s screenwriting and filmmaking competition is themed immigration. Entry scripts must be the original work of the writer(s). The Greater Erie Film Office Screenwriting Competition is the first part of an annual two-contest combo.

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Palm Street Films Annual Script Contest

Final Deadline: 05/27/2016 (expired)

Palm Street Films is a Los Angeles-based production company owned and operated by award-winning filmmaker Dawn Fields, who has over 20 years experience having worked for such companies as Lucas Film, Twentieth Century Fox, TriStar and NBC Universal. We offer a $1,000 cash prize for best feature and $500 for best short. The contest is in its FIFTH year and we are thrilled to announce that FOUR of the winning short film scripts have gone into production! In addition to winning cash prizes! YEAR ONE WINNER, Carly Street's Fragile Storm was produced starring legendary Hollywood actor Lance Henriksen! YEAR TWO WINNER, John Whetstone's The Interrogation was produced and went on to premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as Dances With Films.

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

Short Stop International Film Festival

Final Deadline: 05/27/2016 (expired)

Short Stop International Film Festival is an online film festival based in the UK.

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Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: 05/20/2016 (expired)

The Ultimate Runway For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.

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