Screenwriting Competitions

Amazon Studios’ Monthly Film & Screenwriting Competition

OPEN TO ALL (Excluding residents of Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria)


Amazon Studios’ goal is to make theatrical motion pictures from great stories. The Development Slate is the roster of promising projects they’re actively developing to make into a movie. They have extended or exercised their option on these projects, and their story department may work with the original writer to develop the script. For some projects they may also offer opportunities for paid assignments for writing, directing or artwork that will help them build on the story, create test movies and carry out audience tests.

Start a project at Amazon Studios by uploading an original script that is wholly new to Amazon Studios and free of any elements from scripts and movies already at Amazon Studios. We call these original properties.

Amazon features ongoing opportunities for screenwriters and fimmakers which offer cash prizes.

Carpe Articulum Screenwriting Competition




Carpe Articulum Literary Review aims to dissolve traditional boundaries by reaching out and engaging people from all walks of life in love with the written word, beautiful photography and a desire to connect with a global community of like-minded people. For the ‘Make a Scene’ category submit either the opening scene of a feature-length script or the full text of a short film.


Everyone Has the Right Script Competition



Ice and Fire “explores human rights stories through performance.” Submit your script for a play which has human rights at its heart. Attach a short synopsis (no more than 200 words) along with a cover sheet


DC Shorts Screenplay Competition (October 2012)
Oct 12, 2012 to Oct 12, 2012 / United States, Washington, DC / 0 comments
The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition (October 2012) is a very different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of judges consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics will review and provide coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less. 5-7 finalists will be featured during ScriptDC — the region’s largest screenwriting conference — where their scripts will be read in front of a live audience — and one will walk away with $2,000 to shoot their project! If the script is shot and completed by the deadline, it will be automatically included as an official selection for the 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival.

Welcome to the Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Our aim, quite simply, is to discover and recognize the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. We identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry’s radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world.

Winners and finalists in several competition categories receive prizes and benefits including cash and exclusive packages from our industry leading partners, and priceless introductions and meetings with some of Hollywood’s top production companies and talent agencies. Over $20,000 in cash, prizes, and services will be awarded to this year’s winning screenwriters and finalists alone.

Additionally, all winners and finalists are invited to attend our luxurious annual Screenwriter’s Awards Dinner and Gala where the awards are bestowed in person and writers have the opportunity to meet and network face to face with industry professionals and peers.

Hollywood is certainly one tough nut to crack, but if you’ve got the skills, we’ll get you the recognition you deserve. From there, where your story goes is up to you.

Winners and Official Finalists of the 2012 Hollywood Screenplay Contest will be announced September 30, 2012.

The Academy's Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually


To introduce writers to the decision makers in film and multimedia markets. Top script receives $1,000 and ALL competition winners, runners-up, and finalists will earn the chance to have their scripts read by established production companies and agents in LA and NY. We strive to provide commentary on each script.

Nevada Film Office

Submission period: May 1- August 31, 2012

General Guidelines:

1. Competition open to all unsold screenwriters. Material to be © or WGA registered but not previously produced, sold or optioned.
2. At least 75% of the locations in the script must be filmable in Nevada.
3. No materials other than a standard feature length motion picture screenplay will be accepted. To avoid disqualification, please do NOT submit correspondence, books, short stories, articles, stage plays, treatments, synopses, audio or visual items, etc.
4. Material cannot be pornographic.
5. Scripts must be typed in standard industry script format and must be between 90 minimum and 130 maximum pages in length. If you do not own Screenwriting software, there are several books and websites available on the proper way to format a screenplay.
6. Submitted materials will not be returned.
7. Substitutions of corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay will not be considered.
8. Submission period May 1 thru August 31.
9. No limit to the number of scripts a writer may submit. Entry fee is $25.00 per script when submitted in PDF (Portable Document File) format and $50.00 per script if submitted in hard copy format. (Note: Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Movie Outline and other screenwriting software have this capability) Checks or money orders payable to: Nevada Film Office / CED. Each script requires its own separate submission release form. All entry fees are non-refundable.
10. Screenplays will be judged anonymously. Only one screenplay will be selected as the 1st place “Best Screenplay” winner. All decisions are FINAL.
11. Disqualified scripts that do not meet the criteria specified here and on the website will not be judged or eligible for refund. All qualifying scripts entered will receive comments and scoring from judges based on the following categories: Structure, Writing Quality, Story, Dialogue, Characterization, Conflict, Pace, Theme, Title and Marketability.
12. “Best Screenplay” winner will be notified by telephone and all others will be notified by mail on or before December 31st each year. NOTIFICATION DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE and may be in January if script judging takes more time than anticipated.

Submission Guidelines:

13. Hardcopy scripts submissions must be 3-hole punched pages and bound with two or three metal fasteners. Loose pages will not be accepted.
14. All script submissions (pdf and hardcopy) must have a cover page with only the title of the script, and a separate information page, listing:(a) script title, (b) author's name, address, telephone number(s), fax, e-mail address, website, etc. if available, and (c) Notation of copyright or WGA registration.
15. For acknowledgment of receipt of a hardcopy script submission, please send materials by certified return receipt mail. If you submit electronically using the email address provided below, you will receive an email reply that is automatically generated upon the receipt of your email.
16. A completed and signed submission release form must accompany each script, which will allow judges to read your material. Without the release form, your script(s) cannot be considered.

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