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Screenwriting Contests and Screenplay Competitions

Looking for the best screenwriting contests? The Writers Store has online writing competitions with top prizes, including scriptwriting software, screenplay development notes and more. Plus, you’ll find writing advice and free writing classes on how to write a winning screenplay, so you’ll be ready for all the major screenwriting competitions and film festivals.

Open Contests

The Write Start Contest

$30.00

Have an idea for a screenplay? With the Write Start Contest, that’s all you need to get started on your Hollywood career! This international competition challenges you to produce a One-Sheet, using our free How to Write a Screenplay One-Sheet tool as a guide. Enter this summary of your script idea in the Write Start Contest, and you could see your work go in front of top Industry Insiders, and be crowned the top winner. The Write Start Conte...

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Closed Contests

Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Sheldon Turner

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 9/15/14 The ninth round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the Spring of 2014, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Sheldon Turner's logline: A corrupt detective with one month left to live tries to make all the wrongs right in a wobbly road to redemption, becomin...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Roger Avary

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 4/7/14 The eighth round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the fall of 2013, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Roger Avary's logline: "Three neurotic hit-men, each with troubled pasts, are separately enlisted by a highly secretive client to assassinate each oth...

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Industry Insider Television Writing Contest

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 8/29/14 Top 10 Finalists Ray Wong & Kevin Wright - Blank Slate Luther M. Mace - The Ex-Factor Brenda Arocho - Ivy Crypt Richard Valentine - The Exorcists Kathlene McGovern - Delaney J.A. Romo - Ghosts Alice Charles - The Boyfriend Project Wes Meilandt, Nathan Bane and Tim Black - Expiration Date Melissa Dearr - Apocalypse T.J. Walker & Roxanne Wilder - Kick UPDATE 7/28/14 Energy Entertainment, production and mana...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Edward Saxon

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 10/3/13 The seventh round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the spring of 2013, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Edward Saxons logline: “After a storm destroys her small farm, killing her mother and father, an adolescent girl is sent off on a journey of survi...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Todd Garner

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 11/17/12 Yesterday, winner Paul Boyer paid the Writers Store a visit, before he headed off to his lunch meeting with Todd Garner at The Ivy and a meeting at Benderspink. We can't wait to hear about how his big meetings went! UPDATE 9/28/2012 The 15-page submissions from the finalists are now available for download! Do you have what it takes to be one of our next finalists? Read these pages to see what set these finalists apart from...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Randall Wallace

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 11/26/12 The fifth round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the fall of 2012, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Randall Wallace’s logline: “A soldier returns from an 18-month deployment and finds that the family home is missing- even the address no longer exist...

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Screenplay Replay Contest: Where Your Winning Script Gets a Publishing Deal

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 12/4/13 Congratulations to the Screenplay Replay Grand Prize Winner, Kirk Weddell. He will work with a New York Times Best-Selling author to adapt his screenplay Brothers, into a novel. Kirk’s novel will then be published under one of F+W Media’s imprints and will be available in physical and e-book form through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. Grand Prize is valued at $25,000! Another congratulations are in order to t...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Susannah Grant

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 8/27/13 "This whirlwind started with your contest and just snowballed. It's been crazy ever since. " - Mickey Fisher, The Marginal Way Mickey Fisher's sci-fi spec script Extant, "..sparked one of the biggest bidding wars in recent years...from Amblin Television, is a rare property that has virtually all networks - broadcast, basic and premium cable - interested and ready to open their wallets." - Deadline August 2, 2013 Vegas co-cre...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Robert Mark Kamen

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 11/5/12 "The Disciple Program" tops 2012 Bloodlist Just in time for Halloween, Tyler Marceca's thriller "The Disciple Program" has been voted to the top of the 2012 Blood List. "(The)Disciple Program" sparked a bidding war back in May, when Universal beat out Warner Bros. for the project. Mark Wahlberg is attached to star and produce with Steve Levinson; Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") is attached to direct.  - Variety October 31, 2012...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Allan Loeb

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 11/1/2011: The second round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in the summer of 2011, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scripts based on Allan Loeb's logline: "A group of married men desperate for one last bachelor party invents a long-lost friend who’s about to be wed, but things...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Simon Kinberg

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 7/1/2011: "I was incredibly impressed with the scripts, both the quality of the writing and the original takes on the concept. They really feel like movies." - Simon Kinberg The first round of the Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition took place in Fall of 2010, bringing in almost 1,000 entries that were eventually narrowed down to 10 Finalists. We are happy to be able to share with you the First 15 Pages of the Finalists' scr...

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The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

CONTEST CLOSED

UPDATE 10/22/14 Due to an abundant amount of submissions with feedback, we will be announcing the top 10 finalists November 3rd. This will give all those that submitted with feedback the chance to receive their feedback in ample time. Thank you for your patience! Enter for your Chance to Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience Can you turn a provided logline into a killer spec script? The ability to create a screenplay based on a given idea ...

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