Writing Competitions Coming Up in 2020

By November 2, 2019Blog, Contests, Featured

We’re happy to announce all of our competition opening dates and deadlines for 2020 — and the new year comes with new changes. Starting in 2020, all of ScreenCraft’s genre screenplay competitions will accept features, TV and short scripts.

Previously, we only accepted feature screenplays for our genre competitions, leaving short script submissions to our Short Screenplay Competition, and TV script submissions to our Pilot Launch TV Script Competition and the ScreenCraft Fellowship. However, as the industry has evolved in recent years, many professional writers are focused equally on a wide variety of formats, including feature film, episodic and short form. So we’ve re-organized our competitions. We’ve eliminated our Short Screenplay Competition (and now each genre competition accepts short scripts as well as feature and TV), and we’ve expanded our 2020 Pilot Launch TV Script Competition by introducing a Series Bible requirement. We’ll be releasing more information here on our blog and on the competition pages as we get closer to the date. You can subscribe to all our competitions via Coverfly to get automatic email notifications when our competitions open for entries. 

Without further ado:

Click here to download the calendar for ScreenCraft’s 2020 dates and deadlines.

One of ScreenCraft’s biggest differences, compared to other writer talent-discovery programs, is that we tailor the prize package and the jury to each unique genre. We believe that a good script MUST be matched with a good reader who also loves and understands the genre of your screenplay.

Here’s to a successful new year of creativity and growth for all writers!

Here are ScreenCraft’s 2020 writing competitions, in order of opening date:

  • 2020 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on January 1, early deadline on January 31, regular deadline on February 29, final deadline on March 31
  • 2020 Film Fund (Feature, TV, Shorts + Documentary): opens on February 1, early deadline on March 31, regular deadline on April 30, final deadline on May 31
  • 2020 Comedy Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on February 1, early deadline on February 29, regular deadline on March 31, final deadline on April 30
  • 2020 Public Domain Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on March 1, early deadline on March 31, final deadline on May 31
  • 2020 Horror Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on April 1, early deadline on April 30, final deadline on June 30
  • 2020 Drama Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on May 1, early deadline on May 31, final deadline on July 31
  • 2020 Animation Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on May 1, early deadline on May 31, final deadline on July 31
  • 2020 Stage Play Competition (Stage Plays): opens on June 1, early deadline on June 30, final deadline on August 31
  • 2020 Pilot Launch TV Script Competition (Series Bible required): opens on July 1, early deadline on July 31, final deadline on September 30
  • 2020 Action & Adventure Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on August 1, early deadline on August 31, final deadline on October 31
  • 2020 Cinematic Book Competition (Books): opens on September 1, early deadline on September 30, final deadline on November 30
  • 2020 Cinematic Short Story Competition (Short Stories): opens on September 1, early deadline on September 30, final deadline on November 30
  • 2020 Family Screenplay Competition (Feature, TV and Shorts): opens on October 1, early deadline on October 31, final deadline on December 18
  • 2021 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship: opens on October 1, early deadline on October 31, regular deadline on January 31, 2021, final deadline on February 28th, 2021. Please note that the 2020 season opened in the fall of 2019 and is open until February 29th, 2020!

We look forward to reading your work!


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