Screenplay & Screenwriting 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.


ScriptXpert Script Search Top Writers Announced!

The ScriptXpert team is pleased to announce the considerations of the first round of the Script Search service featuring The Asylum. Please join us as we congratulate the top 5 writers in each category and wish them luck! The Asylum’s optioned screenplays will be announced January 15, 2015.  Thriller 3 to 11 – Jeff...

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Breaking In: Winning Screenwriting Contests Using Psych 101

My favorite philosopher, Yogi Berra, supposedly said: “Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical.” The same could be said of screenwriting.  As in baseball, winning at the game of screenwriting depends partly on talent and stamina– but even more on having the right mental attitude and understanding the way people think. When...

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Back to the Chalkboard: Screenwriting Polygamy

It’s a Sin! No manager or agent will represent you. No studio or producer will buy your script. You must build your brand and be consistent! You must not confuse the very smart, often Ivy League-educated people who run production companies, studios, and networks! You must either write alone or with a writing partner,...

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Interview with Industry Insider Contest Winner Patrick Rockwell

By Ryan Kelley Patrick Rockwell is the most recent winner of The Writers Store’s Industry Insider Contest Featuring Roger Avary with his script, “The Recruitment.” Recently, Patrick came to Los Angeles to meet with Academy Award-winner, Roger Avary and development executives from Benderspink to discuss his future in the industry. While in L.A., we...

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Screenplay Competition: Frankenstein Gets a Makeover

When the Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition launched last year with twenty categories, it was practically unheard of. In NaFF Director Michael Wood‘s words, “We looked at other competitions and what they were doing. We wanted to combine the best ideas we could find and make sort of our own Frankenstein competition.“ And so...