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The Script Lab Free Screenplay Contest
A free competition through which winners receive exposure to a strong industry jury and cash prizes. Limit one submission per person.
The Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running and most successful screenplay contests, they focus specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, ambitious storytelling, and pushing original projects into production
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PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Each year some of Hollywood’s most influential producers, agents, managers, and development executives judge the contest and read the winning scripts.
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The Academy Nicholl Fellowship
Each year they awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters.
Founded by a television writer, the competition circulates winners’ scripts to the directors, showrunners, and producers behind your favorite movies and TV shows.
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The International Horror Hotel Film Festival
The International Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention is held every June in Northeast Ohio. They have yearly competitions for films, scripts and music videos in the following genres: fantasy, horror, horror-comedy, slasher, sci-fi and suspense-thriller, documentary (film only), and experimental (film only), as well as a yearly horror film scoring competition. At the event, they also have live scream queen and FX makeup competitions. The event features four days of film screenings, two days of panel discussions and lectures, a convention, special guests, networking parties, live competitions and more. Script submission deadline: March 8
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The Universal Writers Program identifies up-and-coming and experienced 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 it's audiences. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program develops storytellers who organically incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.
The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers.
While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for their critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. The General Track is a 12-month commitment.
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Winners are paid a weekly salary for a one year position that provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives leading ultimately to a potential staff position on a Disney or ABC television program. Free To Submit
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Early Deadline September 30th. All submissions receive written analysis by October 15th
A screenplay contest for underrepresented perspectives: women, LGBQT, writers of color, writers with disabilities and writers over 40.
Final Deadline October 15th
The Launch Pad Feature Competition
Winner gets an agent with Echo Lake Entertainment. Deadline September 19
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Rod Serling Short Screenplay Contest
Each script must be written in the same genre and style that would have been suitable to conform with episodes for either THE TWILIGHT ZONE or NIGHT GALLERY.
PAGE-TURNER SCREENPLAY CONTEST
A unique Feature and TV Pilot contest designed with the writer in mind.
The Independent Television Festival
ITVFest is proud to present a potential pathway forward for indie creators and their projects.
The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays Late Deadline is November 1
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