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.


ScreenCraft Horror Contest

Next Deadline: June 29th, 2018
Final Deadline: June 29th, 2018

Shore Scripts Feature Contest

Next Deadline: July 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: August 31st, 2018

WeScreenplay TV Contest

Next Deadline: June 22nd, 2018
Final Deadline: August 10th, 2018

Fresh Voices

Next Deadline: August 14th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 7th, 2018

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat

Next Deadline: July 9th, 2018
Final Deadline: October 29th, 2018

ScreenCraft Drama Contest

Next Deadline: July 11th, 2018
Final Deadline: September 15th, 2018

Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Next Deadline: July 12th, 2018
Final Deadline: November 15th, 2018

ScreenCraft Shorts Competition

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

ScreenCraft Film Fund

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

Public Domain Screenplay Contest

Next Deadline: July 10th, 2018
Final Deadline: July 10th, 2018

Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest

Next Deadline: July 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: August 31st, 2018

Shore Scripts Short Screenplay Contest

Next Deadline: July 31st, 2018
Final Deadline: August 31st, 2018

Vail Film Festival Screenplay Competition

Next Deadline: September 28th, 2018
Final Deadline: December 21st, 2018

Filmmatic Screenplay Awards

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

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards

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

SF Indie Screenplay Competition

Next Deadline: July 2nd, 2018
Final Deadline: November 1st, 2018

Scriptapalooza Fellowship

Next Deadline: July 9th, 2018
Final Deadline: July 9th, 2018

The Film Empire's Diversity Screenwriting Contest

Next Deadline: July 11th, 2018
Final Deadline: July 31st, 2018

First Look Project

Next Deadline: September 20th, 2018
Final Deadline: October 5th, 2018

Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition

Next Deadline: October 8th, 2018
Final Deadline: October 29th, 2018

New Orleans Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Next Deadline: June 29th, 2018
Final Deadline: June 29th, 2018

Script Summit

Next Deadline: July 20th, 2018
Final Deadline: July 20th, 2018

The Southern California Screenplay Competition

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

Apu Screenwriting Contest: Crowdsourcing the Cure for The Simpsons

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

The Breakk Screenwriting Competition

Next Deadline: July 10th, 2018
Final Deadline: July 10th, 2018

ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Contest

Next Deadline: Closed
Final Deadline: October 11th, 2017

The Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship

Next Deadline: Closed
Final Deadline: February 10th, 2017

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Next Deadline: Closed
Final Deadline: May 22nd, 2018

Shore Scripts Short Film Fund

Next Deadline: Closed
Final Deadline: May 2nd, 2018

The LAUNCH Million Dollar Student Screenplay Contest

Next Deadline: Closed
Final Deadline: May 31st, 2018