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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.

Judges

Feature Film

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

Television

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

Web Series

Evan Schmitt - Assistant to Manager at Pallas Management Group

Dylan Mulick - Creative Executive at Rob Weiss & company Big Meyer

Short Film

Seth Nagel - Manager at Infinity Management International

John Hilary Shepherd - Director of Development at Cross Creek Pictures

Scott Stoops - Manager at Good Fear

Timeline

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 

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