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ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest

ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest


Successful feature film dramas drive deep into the heart of what it means to be human, expressing universal themes with nuanced complexity. Our judges are looking for great stories with original voices and honest emotion. This competition celebrates great dramatic film writing. Whether you’re writing a sweeping period drama or a contained relationship movie, we want to read your script!

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 08/31/2019


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between June 11th, 2018 and September 15th, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on July 11th, and then $69 until final deadline on September 15th, 2018.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. See your special link in the submission confirmation email for re-entry procedure.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.


1st Place Feature GRAND PRIZE
  • $ 1,000 Cash
  • Phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents
  • Introduction to studio executives and producers
2nd Place
  • $500 Cash
  • Will receive a page of feedback from one of our 4 industry judges
Top 3 Finalists
  • $100 Cash
  • ScreenCraft development notes
  • Free professional screenwriting software from official sponsor Final Draft

ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest

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ScreenCraft Drama Feature Script Contest

Contest News

ScreenCraft Names Drama Contest Winner

Artesia by Emily Tomson has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Drama Screenplay Contest. The script is described as a deeply compelling and tense human drama that boasts two sharply-drawn female leads, weighty conflict, a bold structure, immersive cultural details and a resonant point of view. Here is the logline:

An ambitious corporate lawyer and stalwart single mother is forced to move to New Mexico to act as a litigator in defense of oppressed women hoping to seek asylum in the United States, but must overcome hurdles and obstacles in the form of corruption, xenophobia, and sexism the likes of which she's never seen.

ScreenCraft has also announced Second Childhood by Clifton Koons II as the runner-up. This script is described as a bracingly original drama with cinematic flair and an unforgettable central character arc. It centers on a famed, spiraling children's story author who, to get over her mother's death and save her career, checks herself into an experimental rehab center that recreates her childhood with actors and trickery, but struggles to survive the treatment, with only a psychotic patient and her fictional animal characters by her side.

Both of these engaging scripts exude verve and exceptional storytelling instincts, as do the following finalists:

3. The Boat by Robert Wooldridge Jr.

4. Someday, Ohio by Anna Hozian

5. Land That We Love by Julian Renner

6. The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

7. Little Africa by Curtis Adair

8. The Heart of a Tiger by Dr. SreyReath Kuy & Dr. SreyRam Kuy and Ross Raffin

9. The Man in The Jungle by Shruti Swaminathan

10. Stan’s Killing Himself by Billy Kirland

In addition to the ScreenCraft team, the jury consisted of: Manager/Producer Jewerl Ross, whose clients include Academy Award-winning writer-director Barry Jenkins, the filmmaker behind Best Picture MOONLIGHT, and Matthew Aldrich, writer of COCO and the upcoming OPENING BELLE for Warner Bros. and Reese Witherspoon; Manager/Producer Andrea Dimity, whose clients include Pete Barry, who recently sold his spec script MARIAN to Amy Pascal/Sony with Margot Robbie attached, and who is currently producing BURN RUN by Mitch Lafortune, which is set up at Thunder Road Pictures; George Heller and Kelsi Fleming at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the company behind such renowned Hollywood talent as Amy Adams, Brad Pitt, Charlie Hunnam, Vin Diesel, Eva Longoria, Timothy Olyphant and many more; and Michael O’Sullivan, Director of Development at Broad Green Pictures, the financier and production company behind such award-winning and acclaimed films as 99 HOMES, SONG TO SONG, THE NEON DEMON and KNIGHT OF CUPS.

Grand Prize Winner Tomson will receive a $1,000 cash prize and hand-picked industry consultations, Runner-up Koons II will receive $500 and judge feedback, and the top three finalists will each receive ScreenCraft feedback and a free license to Final Draft 10.

Updated: 12/27/2017
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