The Industry’s Top Screenwriting Competitions

Here’s a list of the Hollywood’s top screenwriting competitions dates and deadlines. Screenwriting contests are a good way to get your work read by entertainment industry professionals – and cash prizes are always nice!

Winning a major screenwriting competition is a great way for emerging screenwriters to get the attention of industry professionals.


WeScreenplay Feature Contest

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 21st, 2018

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

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Next Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: May 30th, 2019

HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition

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Next Deadline: January 25th, 2019
Final Deadline: May 24th, 2019

ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship

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Next Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Final Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 30th, 2018

Launch Pad Feature Competition

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 30th, 2018

ScreenCraft Film Fund

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Next Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Final Deadline: December 1st, 2018

Sun Valley Film Festival

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Next Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Final Deadline: February 15th, 2019

ScreenCraft Family Contest

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Next Deadline: December 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 30th, 2018

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest

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Next Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: May 30th, 2019

Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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Next Deadline: December 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: April 5th, 2019

The Film Empire's Diversity Mentorship for Screenwriters

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Next Deadline: November 23rd, 2018
Final Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Creative World Awards

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: April 10th, 2019

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 30th, 2018

FiLMLaBtv

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Next Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Final Deadline: December 1st, 2018

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Contest

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Next Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 15th, 2018

Script Pipeline Great Idea Contest

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Next Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Final Deadline: January 5th, 2019

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest

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Next Deadline: December 16th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 16th, 2018

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition

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Next Deadline: January 7th, 2019
Final Deadline: April 29th, 2019

The Film Empire's Horror Screenwriting Contest

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Next Deadline: November 23rd, 2018
Final Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Scriptapalooza Fellowship

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Next Deadline: April 29th, 2019
Final Deadline: April 29th, 2019

Script Summit

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: June 30th, 2019

Pitch Now Screenplay Competition

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Next Deadline: November 30th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 30th, 2018

Road to New Republic Feature Competition

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Next Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Final Deadline: January 31st, 2019

New Media Film Festival

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Next Deadline: January 3rd, 2019
Final Deadline: April 3rd, 2019

SF Indie Screenplay Competition

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Next Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Final Deadline: December 1st, 2018

Barnstorm Fest

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Next Deadline: December 5th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 5th, 2018