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.

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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...

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Submissions Insanity # 11: How To Win Screenwriting Competitions

If you enter the word “screenwriting” into Google, you’ll discover from its Autocomplete function that after “software,” “competitions” is the second most popular search term on the web. But how do screenwriters WIN or place highly in screenwriting competitions, my Bang2writers always ask? Well, from my time sifting through submissions for screenwriting contests, schemes...

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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 45 years, but...