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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.

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Don Murphy

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Win an A-List Screenwriter Experience and Gain Unparalleled Access Do you think you can turn this logline from Don Murphy, Producer of the live-action Transformer movie franchise and Natural Born Killers into a killer script? “After an accident, two science students stumble upon a discovery that could change the world for the better, placing them in the crosshairs of sinister forces who want to stop them by any means necessary.” Working fr...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Judd Payne

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UPDATE 10/20/16 Congratulations to Russell Ward & Scott Miller for their selection as grand prize winners of the Industry Insider Contest featuring Judd Payne for their script Strake's Watch! UPDATE 5/13/16 Join us as we congratulate the 10 finalists! Angela Uzun – The Crown of Monomakh Justin Fox – Hemorrhage Kieran Cashin – Second Sight Steve Isles – Red Watch Chris Canning – Hurricane Hacker Julia White – Saints and Storms Russell ...

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The Spotlight Screenplay Competition

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Cash Prize. Invaluable Mentorship. Industry Access. When you enter the Spotlight Screenplay Competition, you put your script in the running for a $5,000 grand prize, a one-year ISA CONNECT membership, and meetings with industry professionals that could launch your career. To enter, send us an original feature script in any genre. Screenplays should be between 90 and 130 pages. You must own the sole rights to the story. There can be ...

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The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Round 12

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UPDATE 7/7/16 Exciting news for S.K. Valenzuela - she is now represented by management company Super Vision! Way to go S.K.! UPDATE 6/5/16 During S.K. Valenzuela's visit to Los Angeles, she stopped by Pilar Alessandra's On The Page Studios and discussed the similarities of writing poetry and films. You can listen to the entire Podcast interview here: The Poetry of The Page UPDATE 5/12/16 Winner S.K. Valenzuela stopped by The Writers Stor...

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The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Round 11

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UPDATE 10/12/15 We are happy to share the first 15 pages from the ten finalists screenplays for the 11th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. Download for free and happy reading! UPDATE 9/25/15 Join us as we congratulate Cher Lytle, winner of the 11th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest with her script Past Crimes. UPDATE 5/15/15 The 11th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest brought in some ...

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The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest

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UPDATE 3/11/15 We are happy to share the first 15 pages from the ten finalists screenplays for the 10th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest. Download for free and happy reading! UPDATE 2/27/15 Join us as we congratulate Steve Marovitch, winner of the 10th round of The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest with his script Cryptos. UPDATE 10/31/14 Top 10 Finalists Sarah K. Moss - Grey Matter John Burton - Henna Lanfia Wa...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest featuring Sheldon Turner

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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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The Write Start Contest

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UPDATE 3/31/15 Please join us as we congratulate our three top winners of the second round of the Write Start Contest! T.M. Hayes has been placed as the Grand Prize Winner. He will receive a one-on-one phone consult with a top exec in the industry. All three winners will receive Platinum Passes to the Screenwriters World Conference 2015.  Grand Prize Winner - T.M. Hayes, Christmas Time is Here 2nd Place - Victoria Rau, Alice in Zombieland...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Roger Avary

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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

The Finalists: Congratulations to the 10 finalists for the 2016 Industry Insider TV Contest: Alex Bradley, "Amortal" Alice Charles, "Green" Christina Burlison, "Aftermath, Inc." Chris Squadrito, "The Argyle" Chryss Terry, "Blowback" Eric Newman, "Black & Blue" Faisal Azam & Erica Velis, "H8" Josh Gilbert, "Full Recovery" Kelsie Mhoon, "An Empire Above" Marcus Thomas, "Diamonds" The Semi-Finalists: We thank all those who entered th...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Edward Saxon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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UPDATE 6/7/16 Mickey Fisher shares what it was like writing and selling his TV show Extant with the BlackList. Read all 7 segments here. 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 virtual...

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Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Robert Mark Kamen

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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

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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

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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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