Aug 1


Aug 31

Early Deadline

Oct 31

Final Deadline


Recipients Announced

Closed for entries until August 2019.  

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Previous judges from Apelles, Bad Robot, Columbia Pictures, Donners’ and Elevate.

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Our jury is looking for emerging voices in the action movie genre! Whether you have a tense thriller or a big, effects-driven action film, we want to read your screenplay. Professional feedback from studio-trained readers is available on all entries.  See all our other genre contests here.

1st PlaceGrand Prize

$ 1,000

  • $1,000 cash prize and Introduction to Hollywood producers and executives, as well as a meeting or phone call with a literary manager or agent.
  • WriterDuet Pro screenwriting software – lifetime license ($199 value)

2nd Place

$ 500

  • $500 cash prize and Introduction of project to Hollywood industry professionals including producers, executives, managers and agents.
  • WriterDuet Pro screenwriting software – lifetime license ($199 value)

Top 10 Finalists

Industry Access 99

Per MonthRecommendation of the top 10 loglines to our network of over 60 producers, managers, agents and executives.


The 2018 jury:

Belle Avery, Apelles Entertainment

Producer of THE MEG, a big budget action adventure starring Jason Statham in theaters August 10th, 2018.

Jeannette Francis, Bad Robot

Creative Executive at Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ company behind such franchises as CLOVERFIELD, STAR WARS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and STAR TREK.

Matthew Leonetti, Columbia Pictures

Executive at Columbia Pictures, production company and distributor behind such action titles as JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, and THE EQUALIZER 2.

Andrew Bergamo, Donners’ Company

Development Executive at The Donners’ Company, company behind such titles as DEADPOOL, LOGAN, CONSTANTINE and The X-MEN films.

Jenny Wood, Elevate Entertainment

Manager of Taylor Sheridan, writer of HELL OR HIGH WATER, SICARIO and SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO.

Steven E. de Souza, Screenwriter

With his films grossing over $2 Billion at the box office, he is the screenwriter behind such legendary action films as DIE HARD, 48 HRS., COMMANDO and LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE.

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  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between August 24th, 2018 and October 25th, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the August 24th early deadline and then $69 until the final deadline on October 25th.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.
  • There is a slight overage fee of $1 per additional page for screenplays over 120 pages to compensate our professional readers for their additional time spent reading.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft or its representatives in its sole discretion, will include one screenplay development professional from each of these studios and production companies listed on this year’s jury, however these studios and companies are in no way official sponsors or endorsers of this contest. The top 10 finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) story; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; and (v) overall impression. The top 10 finalists will be notified by email and may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. Quarter-finalists will be announced by November 15th, semifinalists will be announced by December 15th, and winners will be announced by January 19th, 2018. Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All entries are non-refundable.


BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC,, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of ScreenCraft and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility. By entering the contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s).