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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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...

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Short Circuit: Throwdown Lowdown on Screenwriting Exercises

Short screenplay job opportunities abound for a writer. If you spend any time on the many screenwriting sites out there InkTip, Mandy, The Screenwriting Goldmine, DDPro Job Announcements, etc., you’ll see a constant stream of postings from directors and producers looking for writers-for-hire. That sounds great – but what if you’ve never written on assignment before? Can you...

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Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriters often ask me if screenwriting contests are truly a way to break into the industry. The more popular contests consist of submitting a feature-length script, but The Writers Store sponsored contests provide a much more unique way of getting noticed. I urge you to check them out! For tips on prepping your script...

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Short Circuit: Spotlight – Sidewalk Film Festival

By Dan Goforth Occasionally, I try to spotlight individual film festivals to give you a flavor of what they’re like. One of my favorite events is the Sidewalk Film Festival, named one of the “Top 25 coolest film festivals” by Movie Maker magazine. Time called it one of the “Top ten festivals for the...

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Submissions Insanity #4: Screenwriting Contests

By Lucy V. Hay So last month I was reading screenplay submissions for the Actors’ Read Through at London Screenwriters’ Festival in October. Delegates were asked to submit a short excerpt of their script for actors to read at the event, so writers might hear how their words on the page actually sound. I...

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Producer’s POV: Do’s and Don’t's of Reality Show Pitch Proposals

This summer, I judged The Hollywood Player Pitch Contest at NATPE’s PitchCon. For the past couple of years, I’ve helped TV Pitchers develop their materials and prepare for their pitches.  I thought it might be helpful to share some Do‘s and Don’t‘s of what ought to be in your pitch proposal. DO: Know WHAT your show is. Is it...