Screenplay Contests And More


These are links to screenwriting contests and tips on how to write and sell a screenplay.  The content belongs to the website of the authors.  Copyright infringement is not intended.


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The International Horror Hotel Film Festival

June 6 to June 9, 2019.   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 

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. 

Nickelodeon Writing Program 

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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L.A. Screenplay Awards 2018 Screenplay Contest

 Disney/ABC Writing Program

 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

San Diego Film Festival

October 10 to 14, 2018

Diverse Voices

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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"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"

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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 International Screenwriting  Awards

They will begin accepting submissions in December



A unique  Feature and TV Pilot contest designed with the writer in mind.  Early Bird Deadline October 2, 2018

The Independent Television Festival, October 10 - 14

 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 

Breaking Walls

Breaking Walls is a screenplay contest for the thriller genre.  The winner will have their script considered by the sponsoring production companies as well as all of their loglines.