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:
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.
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.
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