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LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition
Ext Regular
Jan 18, 2018
$52
$52
$52
Standard
Feb 15, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Late
Mar 22, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Jun 14, 2018
$60
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 12, 2018
We are the world's most prestigious and fabulous screenwriting competition ever!!!

As one of the few screenwriting competitions for the LGBTQ community, our aim is to discover and recognize the best emerging talent and most original voices from our community in film and television writing from around the world. We are proud to be LGBTQ and even prouder to support the LGBTQ community. Members from our community have long been known for being the best artists in the world and we want to not only recognize them for that, but to support them in being talented as well as a member of our community. We go out of our way to find great new talent and place top new screenwriters firmly on the industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our competition based in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Nickelodeon Writing
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$FREE
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2018
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, developed to broaden Nickelodeon’s outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year (for domestic writers) or up to six months (for international writers).

The Preschool Track (Domestic writers only for up to 6 months) is available for writers specifically interested in writing and/or creating shows for the Nick Jr. demographic.

The submission period runs from January 2 – January 31, 2018.
Review the submission guidelines and apply via our website at www.nickwriting.com.

For more info via email: info.writing@nick.com, Follow us on twitter @NickWriting, Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickWriting

No previous writing experience is necessary. Domestic (U.S.) applicants must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). International applicants must meet all passport and visa requirements for traveling to and working in the United States.
Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship
Late
Jan 31, 2018
$50
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$55
$55
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2018
COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL SCREENPLAYS AND PILOTS:

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 to 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. The competition is proudly sponsored by Robert McKee's Story Seminar, InkTip.com and Filmmatic.com.

Its not what you know, its who you know, and the Inroads staff wants you to meet the right people, right now.
Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
First
Feb 1, 2018
$50
$30
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$55
$35
Late
Apr 16, 2018
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2018
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998

From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts.

Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies.

But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.
Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition
Late
Feb 8, 2018
$62
$62
$62
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 20, 2018
Welcome to the Edinburgh International Screenwriting Competition. We are the world’s foremost screenwriting competition dedicated to promoting the most creative and original authors in the world. Because as Jack Kerouac once said, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue center light pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
New York International Screenplay Awards
Late Deadline
Feb 15, 2018
$50
$30
Extended Late Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Final Deadline
Apr 15, 2018
$60
$35
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2018
The New York International Screenplay Awards aims to bring together producers and screenwriters, whether amateur or professional, from all over the world. Winners will have a chance to meet with producers in New York, as well as other rewards.
Winners and Official Finalists of the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards will be announced officially May 10th, 2018. The Call for Entries for the 2018 New York International Screenplay Awards is currently open and accepting submissions.
Creative World Awards
Late
Feb 15, 2018
$59
$49
$49
Final 1
Apr 5, 2018
$69
$59
$59
Final Deadline
May 17, 2018
$79
$69
$69
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2018
Now in its eleventh year, CWA is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward. CWA has built relationships with many of the industry’s most recognized companies.

With several options and deals signed for past entrants, CWA has firmly established itself worldwide as a leading source for discovering talent in the entertainment industry.
2018 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Regular Entry
Feb 15, 2018
$55
$50
$55
Late Entry
Mar 15, 2018
$65
$60
$65
Last Minute Entry
Apr 16, 2018
$75
$70
$75
Final Deadline
Apr 16, 2018
$75
$70
$75
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2018
Founded in 2003, each year the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards contest presents over $50,000 in Cash & Prizes to some of the most talented new screenwriters from across the country and around the world -- including a $25,000 Grand Prize and Gold, Silver & Bronze Prizes in 10 different genre categories. Most importantly, the contest has built an unprecedented track record of success. Dozens of PAGE Award Winners have landed top Hollywood agents and managers, optioned and sold their winning scripts, and seen their movies and television shows produced. Enter this year's contest and you could soon join their ranks!
Hollywood International Screenwriting Competition
Late
Feb 16, 2018
$62
$62
$62
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 9, 2018
Our goal is to connect writers with agents, managers, and producers. Most great films are made in Hollywood. Most Award winning films have been made in Hollywood and the majority of Award winning artists live in Hollywood so it makes sense to get your script read by the people who have access to the people who can get it made and get it made right! We don’t care where you’re from or what sort of past you have, if you’ve written a great script, we want to read it. Please submit it today!

We are the home of the entertainment industry and we get our winners the exposure they deserve. We are a passionate group of industry executives who care deeply about developing the next generation of Hollywood filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. We are located in the heart of the entertainment industry and are proud to be the only International screenwriting competition in Hollywood. We are committed to fostering the careers of local talent as well as finding the next generation of talent from around the world.

We want to launch the careers of our industry’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. Hollywood is all about blockbusters and we want to find the talent capable of delivering those blockbusters. We are passionate about developing artists. We want to connect up and coming artists with the agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of the producers who will get their films made.

We love movies and the artists who make them and we are committed to seeing more of you get your films made. As such, we are committed to having the most prolific distribution list of any screenwriting competition. We not only want to get our winners' scripts into the hands of people who can do something with them, we want their scripts in the hands of everybody who can do something with them. And we want them to get made.

Great films come in all shapes and sizes, from thrillers to comedies and epic blockbusters to small indies, as such we love all kinds of scripts from big studio projects to arthouse indies. No two paths are the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city produces the most films in the world because we have the most talented people in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers and filmmakers to work in every facet of production. We want to support writers at all levels to make great films all over the world. We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support and inspire the next generation of filmmakers to tell great stories that will be told for generations to come.

We want to open doors for aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers in all genres.
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Feb 20, 2018
$65
$55
$60/55
Winners Notified:
Jun 28, 2018
The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, now in its 20th year, is accepting submissions for its 2018 competition.

Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world.

BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

NEW PILOT AWARDS

Along with awards for feature screenplays and short scripts, BlueCat will now be offering awards for both hour and half hour pilot scripts.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK TO ALL ENTRANTS

BlueCat remains committed to the undiscovered writer, and will continue its tradition of providing written analysis on every script submitted.

THE FELLINI AWARD

Our international award, the Fellini Award, will be given to the best feature screenplay by a writer living outside the U.S.

AWARDS

Feature Screenplay Winner $10,000. Four Feature Finalists will receive $1000 each.
Short Script Winner $5,000. Four Shorts Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
Pilot (Half-Hour) Winner $5,000. Four Pilot Finalists will receive $500 each.
The Fellini Award $1000.
Writers Competition @ The Seal Beach Film Festival
Early Bird
Mar 1, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Regular
May 31, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Late
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2018
$30
$30
$30
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2018
The Seal Beach Film Festival is proud to support independent films and screenwriters. We are honored to showcase you the filmmakers and writers and your creative visions. We work to give your film or script the best industry exposure we can by partnering with and personally inviting industry shakers and movers as our guests along with masters in the crafts and celebrity guests who truly appreciate the independent films and screenplays created.

Awards are presented in 30 categories including "Best of Show", "Best Feature", "Best Short" etc. We also present awards for "Best Actor & Actress and Best Supporting Actor & Actress" and "Best Screenplay". We also present audience choice awards.

Screenwriter prizes are proudly provided by InkTip
Sponsors and local businesses also provide prizes and gifts for the filmmakers swag bags!
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
Regular
Mar 8, 2018
$47
$36
Late
May 1, 2018
$53
$40
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$59
$46
Winners Notified:
Jul 6, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

Inspired by the idea of a cultural revival, we recognize that the digital revolution creates the conditions for a New Renaissance, opening a door for a different set of stories to be told.

OUR MISSION

Film is a unique medium, and the New Renaissance Film Festival’s mission is to support and champion the best upcoming filmmakers and screenwriters in this new era, to fulfill their dream in telling their stories.

We achieve this by:

(1) actively finding new gems and discovering excellent stories that move us, challenge us and above all inspire us;
(2) promoting talented filmmakers and screenwriters on our social media, with initiatives such as Film of the Week, interviews, and panel discussions during our festivals in London and Amsterdam;
(3) being open to a diversity of different voices and points of view;
(4) providing screenwriters, directors and producers with top industry judges, professional masterclasses and expert script analysis and development to enable them to achieve success;
(5) hosting award-winning films on our pay-per-view distribution platform which benefits the filmmakers; and
(6) attracting sponsors who are passionate about indie film and can help us to nurture the artists we showcase.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS, alongside Raindance and Aesthetica. Our top industry judges from the UK and USA enable us to keep standards consistently high.

As of September 2016, NRFF is ranked in the top 20 best reviewed film festivals on FilmFreeway. This platform serves more than 5,000 film festivals around the world. What makes this special is that the ranking (currently #14) is determined by reviews from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have participated in our festival.

A FESTIVAL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS, STORIES AND STORYTELLERS

This three-day festival is organized by JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN and MASSIMO BARBATO who are themselves filmmakers and writers. They believe at the heart of every great film is a great story, one that will inspire an audience and hopefully help to shape culture in a positive way.

NRFF London has several categories for UK and International filmmakers and screenwriters, but very close to our hearts is the YOUNG TALENT AWARD. This is a special award for screenwriting and for short films that will be presented to young talent between the ages of 18-24.

We feel it is important to give those starting out in film a chance to discover their own unique voice and vision, as an artist, and to communicate with a larger audience.

NRFF LONDON 2017

2018 will be our third year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.
Scriptapalooza Fellowship
FINAL
Mar 12, 2018
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Mar 12, 2018
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2018
Scriptapalooza Fellowship

The fellowship program was developed to honor dedicated writers and to help further their creative process and skills. Writing in itself is a journey and we would like to facilitate the process by giving the fellows the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and individuals.

Accepting screenplays and pilots. Deadline is March 12, 2018.
Applicants get their feedback between March thru May 2018.
We announce the top 6 Fellows on May 15th.
We announce the Fellowship recipient on May 30th.
Fellowship recipient attends the McKee Story Seminar in 2018.
Women Who Write in Film
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 10, 2018
We are Women Who Write and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our Beverly Hills based competition in the heart of the motion picture industry.
Cannes International Screenwriting Competition
Final Deadline
Mar 22, 2018
$65
$65
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 13, 2018
Cannes has long been the Mecca of the entertainment industry. It is the place to showcase the best of the best films. It’s as if the city was founded for the sole purpose of showcasing timeless classics. And now, it is also the home of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition that will showcase the next generation of great writers.

We are Cannes and we are passionate about cinema. Our city has showcased the best cinema in the world for decades. Our city has given a platform to the auteurs of our art even when they were banned by theatres in their own countries and the largest markets around the world. We are proud to support great cinema and now we are proud to support great screenwriting with the launch of the Cannes Golden Plume International Screenwriting Competition.

The Cannes International Screenwriting Competition will launch the careers of the next generation of great filmmakers by recognizing the absolute best screenwriting talent in the world and rewarding them with introductions to the most prestigious talent agencies and lit managers in the world. We want to connect artists with the people who can not only get them working, but can also get their films made.
Much More Than A Script Competition
Late Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 2, 2018
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2018
As part of the ÉCU 2018, the script competition’s focuses on independent screenplays, those that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival. We read scripts in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian before making an official selection of the very best. The winners will receive the coveted title of Best Feature Script/Best Short Script.
New Media Script Competition - all stories in text format
Final Deadline
Apr 25, 2018
$90
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 14, 2018
SCRIPTS - New Media: All stories in text format. All Genres and lengths welcomed. If you write stories worth telling, this is the category for you. Whether it is short of long form, features, shorts, docs, reality, live, TV, pilots, animation, comedy, sitcom, drama, web series, books, ebooks, anything scripted, this is for you. WGA and Non WGA accepted.

The TOP 3 Script winners receive:

INKTIP Listing to assist in providing them exposure for their scripts. InkTip Script Listings provide writers with the opportunity to get their scripts read by InkTip's extensive network of producers, reps, manager, agents, and other qualified industry professionals.

THE HATCHERY PRESS One month free membership to take your screenwriting to the next level at the Larchmont based writing workspace & community It has 24/7 access, multiple different spaces to work in, free tea and coffee, printing, free classes & events and a range of cool discounts and perks. On top of that you get access to a community of writers of all levels, from Emmy Award winning TV writers to aspiring scribes.

SELL A SCRIPT One Year free listing in our Script Marketplace - Six month access to our Writers Rolodex $800 value each.

IPITCH.TV Term Membership
Latino Screenwriting Competition
Late
May 11, 2018
$57
$57
$57
Final Deadline
Jun 7, 2018
$59
$59
$59
Winners Notified:
Jul 11, 2018
THE LATINO SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Designed to inspire and empower emerging Latino writers and producers, and any storyteller looking to tell great stories about our varied communities.

We are a team of writers, directors, producers, and executives who are passionate about cinema and dedicated to the success of the next generation of talented Latino filmmakers from all over North and South America. We want to support storytellers who are already passionate about generating narrative content about our communities in the United States and abroad - from inner city Los Angeles, New York, and Miami to the tip of Argentina to Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, and Latinos around the world.

We value all of our stories from tales about revolution in El Salvador to the U.S. Military, from the Pope to the Governors Mansions in three states, to the favelas of Sao Paulo and the beaches of Rio. We want to support you in telling all of your stories. We want to create a platform for the stories that have shaped – and continue to shape – our lives and the communities we live in. We hope that the scripts and films generated will increase the number of Latinos working in the film industry and geometrically increase the number of stories told about our culture in both Hollywood and abroad.
Fantastic Horror Film Festival
Main
Jun 30, 2018
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$40
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 3, 2018
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA is dedicated to bringing the latest and cutting edge Indie Horror films to the local community, It is a 3 day festival over Halloween and shows 30 + Indie Horror Short and Feature films. Following the Fest we have an Award Ceremony to celebrate our award nominees and winners. We are an official event on IMDb. For more information please go to our website http://www.fhffsd.org

Top Prizes for at least the top 3 screenplays with an additional 3 honorable mention awards
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