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Screenwriting Contests and Competitions for 2015
Screenwriting Contests and Competitions for 2016
Many of today's successful screenwriters sold their first screenplays to a Hollywood agent or a film production company by entering a screenwriting contest. Having worked in many fields of writing over the past two decades, I have personal knowledge of many of these screenwriting contests that I am about to reveal to you. These screenwriting contests are the "best of the best," according to many emerging and accomplished screenwriters. Each one of these competitions is sponsored directly by either a film production company, Hollywood agents, film executives who work at leading studios, and/or by a national film festival backed up by influential film producers and directors.
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Most aspiring and emerging screenwriters know the pitfalls of trying to market and pitch a screenplay. The harsh reality of screenwriting is that it is (undoubtedly) the most difficult genre of writing to sell what you write. The screenwriting trade is cutthroat. The best-written, most engaging screenplay does not win. You are not competing with other screenwriters (so to speak); instead, you are competing for the attention of film agents and producers who can turn your masterpiece into reality. Most writers do NOT make a part-time or full-time living writing screenplays. Many ambitious writers work passionately on a full-length screenplay for years and, once completed, polished, formatted, and printed out, they can never sell it. And I do mean NEVER. Will your screenplay lie dormant on your desk and become one of the millions of fatalities? Or will you come to your senses and realize that you need assistance in making those all important industry connections?

Winning one of these screenwriting contests will catapult your screenwriting career. During my extensive research into each of these contests, I can say for certain that all winners (and even entrants) do sell their screenplays and land lucrative deals with entertainment trade professionals. When you visit each of these competition's websites, you can find a section devoted to recent and past winners along with their newest development deals with a film production company as a result of becoming a finalist.

I created this special section to help you identify the best screenwriting contests that offer the best chances of making your dreams come true. I have ensured that each competition offers: 1) large cash prizes; 2) ongoing promotion and publicity; 3) direct connections with influential industry professionals (film agents, movie producers, executives, etc.); 4) some form of "mentorship" to advance your talents and career; and 5) analysis or feedback of your submitted screenplay.

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2016 Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition - $12,000 in Cash Prizes

Final deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $25-$65
The Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition is dedicated to inspire, support, and discover innovative narrative storytellers in film and television. A total of $12,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, round trip travel, 2 VIP Passes and two nights hotel accommodations at the Vancouver Hilton for. All screenplays from each genre and category will be eligible for consideration.
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 The winners of the Short Film, Original Half Hour Teleplay, Original One Hour Teleplay, Feature Film categories will each receive $1,000 in cash, two VIP Passes and two nights hotel accommodations at the Vancouver Hilton for the 2016 Vancouver Filmworks Screenwriter Conference in Vancouver, WA (Saturday July 2, 2016). All screenplays from each genre will be eligible for consideration.

The winners of the ACTION/ADVENTURE, COMEDY, CRIME/THRILLER, DRAMA, HORROR, SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY genre will each receive $500 in cash, 2 VIP Passes and two nights hotel accommodations at the Vancouver Hilton for the 2016 Vancouver Filmworks Screenwriter Conference in Vancouver, WA (Saturday July 2, 2016). All screenplays from each category will be eligible for consideration.

LENGTH:
Original Short Film: Up to 40 pages
Original Half Hour Teleplay: Half hour format up to 40 pages (including supplementary materials)
Original One Hour Teleplay: One hour format between 41 and 80 pages (including supplementary materials)
Feature Film: Between 41 and 140 pages

Visit Vancouver Filmworks' website for entry deadlines and submission fees. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

Writers and Filmmakers.com Short Film Competition - $10,000 Prize

Final deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry fee: $50
WritersAndFilmmakers.com is inviting writers and filmmakers to enter this year's short film competition. Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. The winning writer gets their script made by the winning filmmaker!

The winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot the winning script. Entries must be original screenplays.

How it works: The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts.
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 The winning filmmaker selects one of the top 10 scripts to shoot and WritersAndFilmmakers.com funds the production. The screenwriter gets paid and their script made. The filmmaker gets funded to shoot the script.

Writers can't judge writers. Filmmakers can't judge filmmakers. Approximately 500 writers and 500 filmmakers can enter.

Entry fee is $50. Pay only when the competition starts. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition - $25,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: May 1, 2016
Entry fee: $50
Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest was established to find and develop writers of TV and Film and connect them with leading film production companies, talent agencies, and film executives. The screenwriter who writes the best screenplay of any genre receives a cash prize of $25,000, face-to-face consultation meetings
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 with a film production executive, and direct script promotion to film companies in Script Pipeline's exclusive industry network. The panel of judges consist of industry professionals, senior analysts and experienced script readers with five or more years in feature-length film development. To enter, submit a feature-length screenplay of any genre and style and page length. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest - $10,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: May 1, 2016
Entry fee: $50
Script Pipeline invites emerging TV writers to enter this year's TV Writing Contest for the opportunity to win a first-place prize of $10,000 in cash, along with personal introductions to industry professionals and consultations with Script Pipeline's Director of Development. A runner-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000, plus a free consultation with a development expert.
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 In addition to prizes, Script Pipeline exposes finalists to 200 qualified contacts. To enter, submit an unproduced and non optioned spec script. You may enter multiple scripts, each with an entry fee. Former Script Pipeline participants can re-enter.

For more than 15 years, Script Pipeline has developed writers for film and television, linking them with leading producers, agents, and managers. The company has generated over $5 million in writer spec sales and has had numerous films produced.[ Enter screenwriting competition ]

AFF Screenplay and Teleplay Competition - $5,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: May 20, 2016
Late entry fee: $30-$50.
The Austin Film Festival sponsors numerous screenwriting and filmmaking competitions, one of which includes the AFF Screenplay Competition. The Screenplay Competition is for screenwriters who do not make a living writing for movies or TV shows. You can submit your movie script in a handful of categories: Drama, Comedy, Enderby Entertainment, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Short Screenplay. Screenplays must be between 90 and 120 pages.
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 A first-place winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, an all-expenses-paid trip to the Festival and hotel accommodations. The AFF Screenplay and Teleplay competitions are among the most acknowledged and distinguished competitions to help aspiring screenwriters connect with industry professionals and land lucrative development deals. [ Enter screenplay competition ]

Fade In Awards - $5,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: January 31, 2016
Entry fee: $55-$65
The Fade In Awards was created in 1996 to help gifted aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers launch a successful career in the entertainment industry. The Fade In Awards offers a cash prize of $5,000 to one grand prize winner, and a cash prize of $1,000 to a first place winner. The two finalists will also receive a complete script analysis
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by a highly-qualified WGA writer, and their scripts will be sent to Hollywood agents and film producers. To enter, submit an original full-length screenplay, between 90 and 130 pages, or one finished original short screenplay, between 20 and 45 pages, formatted accordingly. Genres include comedy, action, thriller, drama, sci-fi, family, and horror. [ Enter screenwriting contest ]

Nickelodeon Writing Program - Full-time Salaried Position

Final deadline: February 28, 2016
Entry fee: $0
Each year Nickelodeon Animation Studio sponsors the Nickelodeon Writing Program aimed at emerging TV screenwriters, from all qualifications and experiences. Nickelodeon hires the chosen candidate full-time for one year, helping to hone his or her skills in a studio environment while working on one of the studio's live action or animation TV shows.
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 Additionally, the candidate experiences hands-on, real-world interactions with executives working on spec scripts, story boards, show tapings, and pitching stories. This is a paid, salaried position. Screenwriters, 18 years and older, are eligible to apply. Submit a 30 minute spec script (35 pages) of an existing TV comedy series (live action or animation). The show must be in Primetime or on cable.
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PAGE International Screenwriting Awards - $25,000 Prize

Final deadline: April 15, 2016
Entry fee: $39-$69.
To help budding screenwriters put their scripts in front of film producers and executives, the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards offers a cash prize of $25,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay in any genre. Cash prizes are also awarded to additional finalists. The first place winner also receives national publicity through a press release sent directly to more than 4,000 Hollywood producers, film agents, managers, and executives.
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 This screenwriting competition is judged by trade professionals in the entertainment industry, each with years of expertise analyzing and creating scripts for big Hollywood studios, agencies, and production companies. To enter, submit an original screenplay or teleplay written in English. Novels, short stories or stage plays are not considered, nor are reality show ideas or spec scripts for existing TV shows. If you want to submit a full-length feature, keep the page length between 80 and 120 pages; a short film script under 40 pages; a TV drama pilot between 50 and 70 pages; and a TV sitcom pilot between 25 and 45 pages.
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ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest - $2,000 Prize

Final deadline: April 11, 2016
Late entry fee: $49.
Screenwriters and film producers Cameron Cubbison and John Rhodes of ScreenCraft is seeking submissions for this year's Comedy Screenplay Contest. Open to all screenwriters in the U.S. and elsewhere, the judges are eager to receive original comedic stories on any theme, such as romantic comedy, action-comedy, indie comedy, etc. First-place winner receives a cash prize of $2,000, plus an exclusive meeting with an executive.
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 Other finalist will receive small stipends, a phone meeting with an established literary agent/executive, and analysis notes from the judges. Screenwriters can submit as many scripts as they like, under 140 pages, along with the entry fee for each submission. ScreenCraft, founded in 2011, is a film-development consultancy. [ Enter screenplay contest ]

Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition - $3,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: April 15, 2016
Entry fee: $39-$69
To discover and promote the talents of emerging screenwriters, the Creative World Awards International Screenwriting Contest awards over $30,000 in cash and prizes (not to mention ongoing publicity and promotion) to finalists, semi-finalists, and runner-ups. The grand prize offers a cash prize of $3,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay or teleplay of any genre. Judges accept feature screenplays, short film scripts, and teleplays.
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 Creative World Awards currently has several production deals in the process from past winners, and many other contestants have built relationships with the industry's most distinguished film agents and film producers, all of whom scout out colorful, new material.

CWA presents fifteen awards in nine categories within screenwriting, short film, and teleplay. To enter, submit a feature film script, between 90 and 120 pages; or a TV teleplay (sitcom pilot or drama pilot), up to 70 pages. The competition is extended to all screenwriters, 18 years or older, whose overall revenue from film and/or screenwriting may not surpass $30,000. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

Scriptapalooza TV Writing Contest - $3,000 Cash Prizes

Final Deadline: April 15, 2016
Entry fee: $45.
Scriptapalooza also sponsors the TV Writing Competition (est. 1999) which awards $3000 in cash prizes to screenwriters who have written the best scripts in these genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Detective, Drama, Myth, Political, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, or Thriller. The judges accept formats for 60 minute shows, 30 minute shows, TV pilots and reality shows. First place in each category is a cash prize of $500; second-place winners receive a $200 cash prize; and the third-place winners receive $100.
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The judges in charge of evaluating the submissions are from well-known studios and production companies. Scriptapalooza connects all finalists to TV executives, managers, and producers. Emerging and established screenwriters are encouraged to enter. Scripts must be written in English and not currently optioned or under consideration.
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Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest - $10,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: April 29, 2016
Entry fee: $45-65.
Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition was established in 1998 to find talented (unknown) screenwriters and to promote them in the highly competitive film industry. The first place winner receives a cash prize of $10,000. Scriptapalooza also supports the winner, finalists and semifinalists by publicizing each screenwriter's script for one year. Applicants will have their scripts read by over 90 top filmmakers, film production companies, and film agents.
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Scriptapalooza is among the most favorite screenwriting competitions to enter, and it is recommended by celebrated author and screenwriter Robert McKee (author of "Story") and Write Brothers Inc., creators of Movie Magic Screenwriter software. Every year, numerous film production companies and film agents use Scriptapalooza to read script entries, leading to development deals.
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The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards - $5,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: July 10, 2016
Entry fee: $50-$75
The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards recognizes and honors feature-length scripts in two distinctive niches: 1) screenplays which spotlight interesting female protagonists; and 2) screenplays that emphasize diversity (ethnic culture, race, sexuality, disability, etc.). Cynosure awards a cash prize of $5,000 in either category to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay. Additionally, a first-place winner gets $1,000 from each category, and a second-place winner gets $250 from each category.
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 Furthermore, the grand prize winners will meet with an influential Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. Judges for the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards are leading industry professionals from film studios, production companies, and talent agencies. Many well-known studios and production companies solicit and option scripts from Cynosure. In the past 12 years, the competition has awarded more than $85,000 in cash and prizes. To enter, submit a screenplay, between 90 and 130 pages, written in English and formatted accordingly.
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The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest - $20,000 in Prizes

Final deadline: January 10, 2017
Late entry fee: $30-$55.
The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest offers over $20,000 in cash and prizes distributed among finalists. This global contest discovers and publicizes the original works of the best promising screenwriters and connects the finalists with key industry executives and producers. The contest offers five key categories for script and screenplay submissions.
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 They are: Feature Screenplays (70-150 pgs.); Short Screenplays (under 70 pgs.); T.V. Scripts (20-75 pgs); Stage Plays; and Concepts/Treatments (under 10 pgs.). Besides monetary awards, The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest actively publicizes the winning screenwriters to both the media and the entertainment industry, helping each screenwriter establish strong relationships with key players and advance their writing careers. [ Enter screenplay contest ]

The Scripted Project

Final deadline: December 31, 2015 (pending update for 2016)
Entry fee: $39
Krane Entertainment is inviting writers to enter The Scripted Project—a screenplay contest and TV show that allows writers and filmmakers to pitch their script to a panel of directors. If chosen, their project could be produced. It is open to writers worldwide.

The Scripted Project is created by Richard Ransom, an American entrepreneur, producer, writer, director, and talent manager. Krane has produced over 40 motion pictures totaling more than $2 Billion dollars in box office revenue.

To enter, the script should be a feature-length screenplay. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part. No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee. Simultaneous submissions are of course allowed (i.e. you can enter other screenwriting contests with the same script).
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 Previous winners are welcome to enter again, either the updated version of a previous submission, or a new one. All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not. It is, however, recommended you copyright your material. The script entered must not have been produced in its full form (shorts based on the script are fine). [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest - $2,000 Prize

Final deadline: August 18, 2015 (Reopens May 2016)
Late entry fee: $59.
Screencraft's Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest invites emerging and talented screenwriters to submit a feature screenplay that's a science fiction drama or an epic space saga. Judges include industry pros from Paramount, Universal, Sony, Lionsgate and CAA. This year the feature judge is CAA agent Fred Specktor whose legendary clients include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Jeremy Irons, Dan Aykroyd, John-Henry Butterworth (writer: Edge of Tomorrow), Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, Lost in Space) and others.
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 Screenwriters may submit screenplays between 75 and 150 pages. This competition is open to screenwriters worldwide, but screenplays must be written in English.

The judges will critique screenplays based on 1) originality; 2) plot/story structure; 3) characterization; 4) visual originality; and 5) overall conjecture.

First-place prize is $2,000 plus contact with a top literary manager; second-place prize is $500 plus contact with a top literary manager; and five other finalists will receive personal recommendations to over 60 Hollywood executives, agents, producers and development directors. [ Enter screenplay contest ]

The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition - $5,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: July 28, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Entry fee: $30-$90.
The purpose of the Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition is to discover and support the talents of emerging screenwriters. Slamdance awards a cash prize of $5,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay of any genre, and a cash prize of $2,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best teleplay. A screenwriter can receive up to $7,000 if he or she wins both categories.
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 In addition to cash prizes, the grand prize winner and finalists receive ongoing publicity, connections with movie producers and film agents, and free festival passes to the Slamdance Film Festival. To enter, you can submit a screenplay of any genre in one of four categories. Full-length feature scripts should be between 70 and 120 pages in length, and teleplays should be 60 or 30 minutes long. Each entrant receives constructive feedback from and industry professional.
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Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition - $1,000 Prize

Final deadline: October 8, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Entry fee: $30-$45.
Screenwriters of faith-based stories can enter the annual Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition sponsored by The 168 Film Project. Established in 2003, the organization encourages screenwriters and filmmakers to examine and dissect scripture and to hone their craft. The 168 Film Project has two initiatives: the filmmaking competition challenges filmmakers to collaboratively produce a short film in 168 hours (7 days) based on a randomly-selected piece of scripture. The second initiative is the screenwriting contest, which challenges writers to develop a 12-page screenplay in 168 hours.
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 Writers from different cultures and religions are encouraged to enter. The focus is on producing films depicting the story that God influences the human condition through fundamental scripture. This year the scriptural theme is "Work." Scripts should portray authentic characters in redeeming, thought-stimulating stories that revere God. Length: up to 12 pages/script. The Grand Prize is $1,000 plus recommendations/intros to one or more top film producers/writers.
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Cinequest Screenwriting Competition - $5,000 Prize

Final deadline: November 6, 2015 (Reopens in June 2016)
Entry fee: $30-$65
This screenwriting competition is provided by Cinequest, one of the greatest film festivals for uncovering bold, arising filmmakers and screenwriters. The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition awards a cash prize of $5,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best script for any genre.
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 This year the competition will award $1,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best teleplay (45-70 pages). The winners, plus 10 finalists, have their scripts read and considered for representation by top Hollywood producers and development executives. All genres are considered, but preference is given to comedy, thriller/mystery, tragedy, science fiction, and action. To enter, submit a screenplay written in English between 70 and 125 pages in length. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition - $15,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: November 11, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Late entry fee: $55-$70.
To cultivate the talents of aspiring screenwriters and to help them sell their screenplays or land lucrative film production deals, BlueCat Screenplay Competition offers a $15,000 cash prize to a feature screenwriter who has written the best screenplay of any genre. Each screenwriter who submits a screenplay receives two written critiques, providing helpful feedback about their script by qualified screenplay readers.
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 Past winners and finalists have been represented by Hollywood's biggest film production studios, such as Warner Bros., Paramount Studios and Universal, as well as several professional talent agencies. To enter, submit a screenplay in English, between 75 and 125 pages long. BlueCat also awards four secondary winners with a cash prize of $2,500 each. The winning screenwriters of The Shorts category receives $2,000 each. [ Enter screenplay competition ]

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - $5,000 Prize

Final deadline: September 14, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Early entry fee: $35-$50.
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, established by legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola, offers a cash prize of $5,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay. Several leading film agents and talent studios will consider the winner, plus 10 finalists, to represent; additionally, nationally-acclaimed movie production companies will consider the winner and finalists for film options and film development deals.
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 The contest's purpose is to find and promote engaging film stories, and to connect talented screenwriters with major production companies and talent agencies. Several staff members and professional readers review all scripts. Francis Coppola chooses the winning screenwriter from 11 finalists. To enter, you can a submit a script of any genre, between 82 and 145 pages in length. [ Enter screenplay contest ]

High Concept Screenplay Competition - $1,500 Prize

Final deadline: November 1, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Late entry fee: $35-$60.
The Scriptwriters Network is seeking submissions for its annual High Concept Screenplay Competition, which will award the first-place finalist a cash prize of $1,500, second-place will receive $500, and third-place will receive $250. All finalists will have their scripts read by over 80 entertainment producers/agents from blockbuster film companies.
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 The focus of this competition is screenplays with "high concept" themes and appeal, including having a compelling premise, an engaging title, a creative logline, global interest, coherent conflicts and twists, etc.--all of which anyone can summarize in less than 26 words. Your screenplay must be original, written in English, and not optioned or produced. The Scriptwriters Network, a non-profit association launched in 1986, helps screenwriters break into the film industry and progress their careers.[ Enter screenplay competition ]

The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition - $3,000 Cash Prizes

Final deadline: November 5, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Entry fee: $45-$75
The Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition awards a cash prize of $3,000, plus ongoing publicity and meetings with industry professionals to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay of any genre. Fresh Voices offers nine categories for feature movies, TV pilots and short screenplays.
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In-house script readers and development experts judge each category individually to match the qualities of the genre, optimizing each contestant's opportunity of winning. Additional first-place winners from each category receive a cash prize of $300 plus targeted promotion of their scripts. To enter, submit a feature screenplay under 130 pages, or a teleplay under 90 pages. [ Enter screenplay contest ]

ScreenCraft Action & Thriller Script Contest - $2,000 Prize

Final deadline: October 15, 2015 ( Currently closed - Reopens July 15, 2016 )
Entry fee: $39-$49.
Among Screencraft's handful of screenwriting contests is the company's popular Action & Thriller Script Contest, which invites screenwriters to submit scripts in the action and thriller genres. Judges are renowned film executives, producers, agents, and movie production companies. Scripts must not exceed the standard 140 page limit.
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 Prizes include:
First place: a $2,000 cash prize and one or more phone consultations with well-know action film producers.
Second place: $200 cash prize, and a phone consultation with a well-known literary agent.
Top 10 honorables: each finalist receives development notes from one of the contest's judges.
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The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest - $2,000 Cash Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2015 (Reopens in February 2016)
Late entry fee: $40-$60.
StoryProse, a professional script analysis company, sponsors an annual screenplay contest called The StoryPros Awards, which grants cash prizes, services, and screenwriting software to a grand prize winner, a first place winner, a second place winner, and a third place winner. Judges invite you to submit a script in one of five categories
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 1) Action/Adventure/Thriller, 2) Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, 3) Family/Teen/Animation, 4) Comedy, or 5) Drama. StoryProse wants to discover and honor the top genre screenplay in each niche category. Screenplays in such genres have a better chance of being produced by a leading film production company.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000; a $1,500 scholarship for membership to Writer's Boot Camp; a professional reading and analysis service; MovieMagic software; distribution of your screenplay to more than 8,000 agents, film producers, and industry executives; plus additional prizes.

The first-place screenwriters in each category will receive a cash prize of $500; a $1,000 scholarship for a membership to Writer's Boot Camp; a professional reading service; screenwriting software; plus promotion of your screenplay to more than 8,000 professionals in the industry.

Third-place screenwriters in each category will receive a $500 scholarship to Writers Boot Camp; a professional reading and analysis of your screenplay; plus promotion of your script to industry professionals.
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Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition - $25,000 Cash Prizes

Final deadline: July 1, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Early entry fee: $45-$65
The Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition recognizes and promotes emerging screenwriters who desire to sell a first screenplay or connect with industry professionals who can assist in marketing their scripts. The grand prize winner will recieve a cash prize of $10,000. Prizes for 2nd through 6th place will also receive generous cash prizes. The real value of this screenwriting competition is not the monetary prizes, but the one-on-one consultation with legendary screenwriter/instructor
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 Robert McKee, author of the best-selling book, Story. The winner will also attend four days at Robert McKee's STORY Seminar in New York. Flight and hotel accommodations are all paid for. This contest accepts screenplays or teleplays in any genre. [ Enter screenplay competition ]

BIG BREAK Screenwriting Contest - $15,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: June 30, 2015 (Pending update for 2016)
Late entry fee: $65.
BIG BREAK Screenwriting Contest, established by Final Draft Inc., is a yearly, international screenwriting contest to help kick off the careers of struggling screenwriters. The first place winner receives a cash prize of $15,000; a second place winner receives a cash prize of $4,000, and a third place winner receives $2,000.
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 Additional prizes are awarded to other finalists. The top three finalists also fly to Los Angeles (all expenses paid) for three days to meet with leading producers, directors and film agents. Winners and finalists of BIG BREAK often secure film development deals and negotiate lucrative film options, in addition to being represented by a prominent film agent. You can submit an English-written screenplay in any genre, between 80 and 120 pages in length. [ Enter screenwriting contest ]

Virginia Screenwriting Competition - $1,000 Cash Prize

Final deadline: May 25, 2015 (Reopens April 1, 2016)
Entry fee: NONE
The Virginia Film Office (Richmond, VA 23219) sponsors the annual Virginia Screenwriting Competition (est. 1988) as a way to honor and present the work of emerging and experienced Virginia screenwriters as well as to promote the advancement of scripts that filmmakers could produce in Virginia. Judges who reside in Virginia do the preliminary round of judging and select one or two scripts from prospective finalists. Industry professionals then review the finalists' scripts and choose three winners. Each finalist receives a cash prize of $1,000 at the Virginia Film Festival, hosted in Charlottesville in November.
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 The Virginia Screenwriting Competition has no entry fee, but to enter screenwriters must be legal citizens of Virginia. Additionally, screenwriters must not have earned more than $5,000 as the writer of an optioned film or TV program.

Since one of the intentions of the competition is to find a screenplay that a filmmaker or production company could shoot in the state, most of the script must transpire in Virginia or at locations that locals could sensibly find in Virginia.

Screenplays presently in production, or optioned for production, are unacceptable. Feature film scripts must run 90-120 pages in length and scripts for one-hour-long TV pilots must run 60-90 pages in length. This competition runs from April 1 to May 25, 2015. [ Enter screenwriting competition ]

About Competition Deadlines
Please check the competition's website for accurate deadlines because they may change. I have listed the "Early deadline" for each contest. All of these contests remain open for submissions between 2 and 4 months after the early deadline, but entry fees increase the later you submit your script.