So maybe you’ve been working really, really hard on that golden script of yours…
You upload drafts on a regular basis to Script Mother’s free peer review service.
You adhere to Script Mother’s Six Writing Resolutions for 2019.
You follow in the example of previous Screenplays of the Month.
Maybe you even won in past months.
Here at Script Mother HQ, we’re working hard to connect burgeoning writers with talent-seeking industry professionals. As we strive to implement that function of the Script Mother hub, however, we want to offer other outlets to share your content with the world.
Below you can find a specially curated list of our Ten Favorite Screenwriting Contests.
Screencraft’s Rotating Contests and Fellowship
Screencraft focuses on specific genres and formats, eliminating any inherent genre bias that other major screenwriting competitions may have. They uniquely tailor the prizes, jury
Deadline: Rotating throughout the year.
Prize: Placing in any of Screencraft’s various competitions can earn you a cash prize, discounted coverage, and industry exposure.
Nashville Film Festival
The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NashFilm draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians
Deadline: December 2018-April 2019
Prize: Nashville Film Festival offers cash and in-kind sponsor prizes to screenwriters with winners selected by industry power players – including studio representatives, producers
Austin Film Festival
For over twenty-five years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.
Deadline: March 2019-May 2019
Prize: Each category is awarded their own unique prize. Check out what you could win here.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.
Deadline: March 2019-May 2019
Prize: Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2017, $4.265 million has been awarded to 166 writers.
Sundance Screenwriters Lab
The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writers’ workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that focuses on the art and craft of screenwriting and creative risk taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with creative advisors, fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers indispensable lessons in craft to facilitate the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.
Deadline: May 2019
Prize: The Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work with creative advisors on their feature scripts through a series of one-on-one story sessions and the best films have the chance to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
You may notice that all of these contests require an entry fee. The majority of outlets to screenwriting success usually come at a financial burden. Here at Script Mother, however, coverage of your up-and-coming screenplay is completely free. Plus, winning Screenplay of the Month earns you free coverage from someone with industry experience on the Script Mother team!