Entering Screenplay Contests

Screenwriting Contests are competitions in which writers submit completed feature-length or short screenplays to be judged on different story elements. Prizes from screenwriting contests can be anything from receiving notes, all the way to taking meetings with agents and managers. While there are now many available, the best screenwriting contests usually offer a yearly monetary fellowship and or meetings with industry professionals and often lead to representation if a screenplay becomes a finalist in that competition.

Script Angel: Are Screenwriting Contests Worth It?

Hayley McKenzie is a Script Editor and founder of Script Angel, helping screenwriters elevate their craft and advance their screenwriting career. Follow her on Twitter @scriptangel1. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! There are hundreds of screenwriting contests out there, but are they worth it? At the...

The Phoenix Rises – Phoenix Empire! Wins Fresh Voices Grand Prize Award

Los Angeles, CA.  May 5, 2014 Acclaimed Hollywood Director Joel Schumacher, Principato-Young literary manager Evan Cavic, and Fresh Voices Chairman Joel Mendoza have named Jade Shames’ explosive fictional drama Phoenix Empire! as the winner of the Fresh Voices Eli Richbourg Grand Prize Award from over 1,500 entries received. Announcing the award, Joel Schumacher...

Legally Speaking, It Depends – Screenplay Contests

There are about as many different variations of screenplay contests as the screenplays that are entered in them. Each has its attractions and detriments, risks and rewards. With so much variety it is hard to make generalizations as to what contests a writer should enter and which ones should be avoided....

Script Gods Must Die: On Rejection

“I am in the smallest room of my house. Your review is before me. Soon it will be behind me.”—Max Reger Paraphrasing here, when Samuel Beckett wrote of the ugliest word in the English language: “C-r-i-t-i-c”. Charles Bukowski once wrote me about this subject. I was complaining about a bad review....

Short Circuit: Spotlight – Nashville Film Festival

There’s a new posse ridin’ into the short screenplay circuit and they are comin’ in guns ablazin’. With ten short screenplay categories, this is one roundup you won’t want to miss at Country Music capital’s Nashville Film Festival on April 17–26, 2014! Historic and high-profile, the NaFF has been around for...