Calling All Writers: Weekly Contest Roundup – 10/30/2017

By October 30, 2017Main, Screenwriting 101

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!

Contest News, Updates, and Announcements:

2017 ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Contest Quarter-Finalists Announced

ScreenCraft has unveiled the quarter-finalists in this year’s Pilot Launch Screenplay Contest, comprising half-hour and hour long teleplays as well as web-series. The quarter-finalists represent the top 25 percent of over 2000 submissions.

Read the full list here.

2017 ScreenCraft Drama Contest Quarter-Finalists Announced

ScreenCraft has announced the quarter-finalists in their first annual Drama Screenplay Contest. Drawn from over 900 submissions comprising a genre known for compelling, nuanced storytelling, the quarter-finalists represent the top 25 percent of submissions received.

The full list is available here.

Austin Film Festival Announces Annual Script Competition Winners

The Austin Film Festival has announced the winners in their 2017 Script Competition. Each winners will receive cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, reimbursements for travel and lodging while at AFF, and access to and recognition by some of the most important writers, agents, producers and filmmakers in the industry. In addition, this year’s winner of the Drama category will receive a 2 – 3 week residency in Marfa, Texas through the Capri Fellowship which hopes to provide a place where writers can find their voice and tell the stories they want to tell.

The winners in each category are:

Drama Screenplay Award presented by the Writers Guild of America, East: 
Brokenhearted by Caroline Hopkins

Comedy Screenplay Award presented by Sony Pictures Animation: 
The Olympian by Troy Miller

Sci-Fi Screenplay Award presented by Skybound Entertainment: 
Every Horizon Beyond by Henry Tranton

Enderby Entertainment Award: 
Apacheria by Andrew Reuland & Joey Grossfield

Horror Screenplay Award: 
Family Photos by Chad Harris

AMC One-Hour Pilot Award: 
Breakfield by Caitlin Schneiderhan

Sitcom Pilot Award: 
The Big D by Jill Taylor

Short Screenplay Award: 
Ringneck by Michael Allcock

Scripted Digital Series Award presented by Stage 13: 
The Range by Adam Groff

One-Hour Spec Award: 
Black Mirror: Punchbag by Steven Snell

Sitcom Spec Award: 
You’re the Worst: Antiversary by Cara Brown

Playwriting Award underwritten by Sweetwood Creative: 
Signature Photo by Michael Bucklin

Fiction Podcast Award presented by Public Radio International: 
How to Build a Fire by Kat Sandler

Upcoming Screenwriting Contest Deadlines:

The following contest deadlines are fast approaching. Submit now!

ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Script Contest – $49
Early Deadline 11/2

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition – $65 (features), $55 (shorts), $60 (hour long pilot), $55 (30 minute pilot)
Extended Deadline 11/3

ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest – $39
Early Deadline 11/4

CineStory TV/Digital Retreat & Fellowship – $65
Final Deadline 11/6

Universal Writers Program – FREE
Final Deadline 11/6

WeScreenplay Feature – $59
Late Deadline 11/17


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