Welcome back to The Script Lab’s weekly screenwriting contest roundup – our gathering of all the latest in contest news, updates, and announcements for emerging screenwriters looking to make a splash. Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door, so remember to check back often (every Monday) for the most up-to-date info on all the weekly winners and deadlines!
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Contest News, Updates, and Announcements:
ScreenCraft has announced that Garahm Parke’s original, high concept time travel odyssey Pandorium has been awarded with the Grand Prize in the 2017 Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest. Matthew Johnston’s darkly evocative screenplay, Harvest Season, has been selected as the runner-up.
In addition to having his script circulated across ScreenCraft’s network of industry professionals, Park will receive a two thousand dollar grand prize along with a series of hand-picked professional consultations. Click here for the full list of finalists, as well as more information on ScreenCraft’s various contests and prizes.
Comprising the top 5% of entries received, ScreenCraft has announced the semifinalists in their 2017 Comedy Screenplay Contest. The jury, which includes executives from WB, Funny or Die and STX Entertainment, will announce the winners on August 1st. The grand prize-winning screenwriter will receive a one thousand dollar cash prize, circulation amongst ScreenCraft’s industry network, as well as consultations with a number of professional mentors.
Shore Scripts has announced that producer Stephen Woolley has optioned the Shore Scripts 2016 winning feature screenplay, The Assessor, written by Nell and Dave Thomas. Woolley’s company, Number 9 Films, is currently developing the project.
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Upcoming Screenwriting Contest Deadlines:
The following contest deadlines are fast approaching. Submit now!
Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest – $65
Extended Deadline 7/14
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition – $40
Slamdance Screenplay Competition – $70-90 (feature category)
Late Deadline 7/24
Napa Valley Film Festival Screenplay Competition – $65
Final Deadline 7/28