Access Screenwriting Contest 2017
The Access Screenplay Contest was founded with the express goal of discovering new talent and connecting those emerging writers with Industry decision makers.
We are seeking unproduced material from writers across the globe in the following categories: feature film, television pilot, web series, and short film.
Our team is well versed in the discovery process. Script Magazine, a division of The Writers Store, has over 20 years of contest experience and over 30 years experience educating aspiring and professional writers. Our contests, pitch events, and feedback services have resulted in enormous success, with many of our screenwriting contest alumni securing representation and gaining unmatched access to Industry execs.
So how do we do it? Our process is similar to that of the studio system. Our team of experienced readers will grade your submission based on the same criteria used by studios, production companies, and Industry Execs. From there scripts are organized based on their scores, with top submissions receiving an additional read from our panel of judges.
Your talent is all you need to succeed, but it won’t get you far if it hasn’t been seen. Our years of experience and Industry access can connect you with the Industry greats who can skyrocket your career.
James Engle - Manager at Echo Lake
Stuart Arbury - Director of Development at Captivate Entertainment
Christian Taylor - Owner/Producer at Taylor Lane Productions
Drew Smith - Creative Executive at Unique Features
Kevin Nicklaus - VP of Development at The Wolper Organization
Scott Stoops - Manager at Good Fear
Sandy Shenkman - Head of Television at Storyscape Entertainment
Eric Boshart - Coordinator at The Exchange
Evan Schmitt - Assistant to Manager at Pallas Management Group
Dylan Mulick - Creative Executive at Rob Weiss & company Big Meyer
Seth Nagel - Manager at Infinity Management International
John Hilary Shepherd - Director of Development at Cross Creek Pictures
Scott Stoops - Manager at Good Fear
Open for submissions: February 1, 2017
Early deadline: February 1 – 28, 2017
Standard deadline: March 1 – April 30, 2017
Final deadline: May 1 – 31, 2017
Judging: June 1 – 30, 2017
Winner selection: June 15 – 30, 2017
Semi-finalists announced: July 13, 2017
Finalists announced: July 20, 2017
Winners announced: July 27, 2017
Meetings: August / September
Roadmap Writers aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen through educational and marketing programs.
Roadmap is a hub for writers who have the talent, put in the work, and take advantage of every opportunity to build relationships with executives from all corners of the industry. Roadmap's motto is "Get Real. Get Ready. Get Traction." Roadmap has helped 19 writers get signed to places like Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Gersh and The Shuman Company and projects picked up by Route One Entertainment, Untitled Entertainment and the Hawk Koch Company. Roadmap is also working with the WGA and the PGA on Gender Diversity Initiatives.
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