Calling All Writers: Weekly Contest Roundup – 05/08/2017

By Cameron Cubbison · May 7, 2017

Welcome back to The Script Lab’s weekly contest roundup – our gathering of all the latest in contest news, and announcements for screenwriters looking to unleash their latest masterpiece on the right crowd. Screenwriting contests offer direct links to all kinds of rewards, from fellowships and grants, to networking opportunities, and guaranteed reads. They’re tried and true when it comes to planting your foot firmly in Hollywood’s door, so check back often (every Monday) for the most up-to-date info on all the weekly winners and deadlines.

So, without further adieu…

Weekly Winners:

None this week. Stay tuned for future announcements!

Upcoming Contests:

The following deadlines are closing in fast! Get those scripts polished and ready to submit! 

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship – Early Deadline: 05/08/2017

“Attendees will receive three one-on-one, one and a half hour sessions with CineStory mentors during which they can discuss everything from the project they submitted for feedback to jump starting their writing careers.”

HollyShorts Screenplay Contest – Extended Deadline: 05/26/2017

“Top 3 screenplays will be announced/awarded at the HollyShorts Awards Ceremony and the winning scripts receives production deals courtesy of Evil Slave and The Louisiana Film Prize $10,000 production grant to film the short in Louisiana.”

New Renaissance Film Festival – Extended deadline: 05/09/2017

“The New Renaissance Screenwriting Competition has several categories, including 3 minute screenplay, 15 minute screenplay, and feature screenplay.” 

StoryPros Awards Contest – Extended deadline: 05/10/2017 

“Most contests favor dramatic, serious, or off-the-wall scripts as contest winners…but what about the comedy, western, fantasy, or horror screenplay that just plain kicks ass? The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest gives your genre script a fighting chance!”

Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Comp – Late deadline: 05/11/2017

“The 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival is expanding with the addition of a screenplay contest with a $2500 U.S. first prize and Final Draft screenwriting software for the top three placegetters.”

WriteMovies Spring 2017 Screenwriting Competition – Final deadline: 05/14/2017

“Hundreds of writers have found representation and many have had their scripts produced through our competitions since 1999. Screenplays, teleplays and pilot scripts are all welcomed.”

Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition – 05/15/2017

Our short screenplay competition offers screenwriters of unproduced short scripts a chance to win cash prizes and be considered by Hollywood professionals for representation.”

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition – Final Deadline: 05/15/2017

“The Ultimate Runway For over two decades, 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.”