Current Season Announcements
Hollywood has a long history of creating film and television from books. Does your book have cinematic potential? Our judges are looking for great stories with potential to be adapted for the screen. We’re looking for novels, novellas, true stories and biographies. Submit your work for consideration today!
ScreenCraft is thrilled to include a one-of-a-kind mentorship opportunity with writer/producer Richard Kahan (Starz's OUTLANDER, AMC's upcoming series BEACON 23). This is an incredible opportunity for anyone with a book or manuscript!
Grand Prize Mentorship
ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition is excited to bring you the opportunity to win a Mentorship with writer and producer Richard Kahan. Richard will select at least one writer who will receive: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight.
Writer/Producer Richard Kahan has worked in film and television for over 25 years. Notably, Richard wrote on Sony Television/Starz multi-Emmy and Golden Globe nominated television series OUTLANDER and produced Magnolia Pictures’ internationally acclaimed feature film LUCKY, starring Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch, recently named one of the 21st century’s best independent films by Variety. In addition to his work, Richard is currently writing on AMC and Spectrum’s highly anticipated television series BEACON 23, based on the novel by Hugh Howey and set to star GAME OF THRONES’ Lena Headey.
In addition to being accepted to ScreenCraft’s results driven Writer Development Program, we're excited to welcome Gravity Squared Entertainment who will also be supporting our Top 10 Finalists with additional benefits:
Top 10 Finalists
Read by Gravity Squared
Top 10 Finalists
Virtual masterclass with John Beach
Top 10 Finalists
Will receive an individual meeting to discuss their manuscript and offer advice
Drew Brennann is the creative executive for Aggregate Films, a production company principled by Jason Bateman and most recently produced the multifacetd adaptation UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN on Hulu.
Carly Watters is a SVP and Senior Literary Agent at P.S. Literary and the sitting VP of PACLA, the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents. Her clients’ books have been translated into 40 languages, optioned for TV and film, adapted into podcasts, and have been on every bestseller list from coast to coast, including the New York Times, USA Today, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail.
Emily Forney is a literary agent at BookEnds Literary, specializing in children's literature and adult fantasy. She has a diverse list of authors who seek to write stories about identity and community, and celebrate joy and messiness in marginalized communities who haven't gotten to see themselves flourish in traditional publishing. She's been on the young leaders council for Feminist Press and was a Publishing fellow for the LA Review of Books.
Nelson Cole is a Junior Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions, a management and production company that produced literary adapted films like INFINITE and ELI. Prior to joining Bellevue, Nelson worked for One Community LLC, City of Los Angeles and Energy Entertainment.
Kimberley is the president of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency. This agency represents many great authors, some of which have adapted their novels into feature films like THE TOY SOLDIERS and ADAM which was distributed through Searchlight Pictures.
Elizabeth Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and the author of The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript. Elizabeth represents both literary and commercial fiction as well as nonfiction, and brings to the agency experience as a former acquisitions editor, freelance publicist, and writer. In fiction, she represents thrillers, mysteries, literary, commercial, women’s, and historical.
John is the founder of Gravity Squared Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Management/Production Company. He currently manages writers, producers and directors for film and television, while also controlling media rights for well over 150 published books, including Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times Best Sellers. Last season, John Beach signed Astrid Scholte after reading her book among the finalists.
Grand Prize Winner
The overall Grand Prize winner will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers.
ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.
Personal Introduction to top literary managers
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ only workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
$500 cash award
Accepted into ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event
A 1:1 consultation with Gravity Squared
Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event
Specific virtual event with Gravity Squared
Finalists receive a 1:1 consultation with Gravity Squared
Contest opens in 23 days
Signed with a Literary Manager
2022 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Finalist was signed by literary manager John Beach of Gravity Squared with the guaranteed signing agreement for the competition.
"Much of the initial feedback for my novel, THE ARCHER’S THREAD, noted how readers could visualize the story in the their mind, and how they’d love to see the book adapted to the screen. This inspired me to not only keep writing, but to submit the novel for consideration to a handful of competitions. Becoming a finalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition was an inflection point that arrived shortly after winning the Gold medal for popular fiction at the Florida Book Awards. These two milestones were confirmation that years of work had paid off. The biggest [result] was being asked to meet the members of Gravity Squared as part of a select group of finalists of the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. That fifteen minute conversation — which was less pitch and more an opportunity to share my background, approach and inspiration—changed everything."
Signed with UK-based publisher Markosia and Optioned Graphic Novel
Congratulations to 2019 Cinematic Book Competition winner, Ken Mora who signed with UK-based publisher Markosia, for the publishing and distribution rights of his ScreenCraft-winning graphic novel, Caravaggio: A Light Before The Darkness.
"Keep at it, and never discount the power of even incremental progress. Write, rewrite, and submit your work to the highest caliber competitions. Every writer tends to swing between thinking their work is great, or absolute crap – only a competitive arena with qualified judges will give you an honest sense of your story’s true quality."
Semi-finalist in the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
After placing as a semifinalist in the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition, Raqiyah Mays signed with two literary managers at Echo Lake for his novel 'The Man Curse' which then got optioned by a producer.
"After my book, The Man Curse, made Screencraft's semi-finalist list in the cinematic book contest in 2018, and my adapted screenplay for The Man Curse (a pilot) was a quarterfinalist, I signed with a management team at Echo Lake Entertainment last week. I now have two managers working with me. They're part of a larger team of about 20 or so who will give me the lift I need. I found this management thanks to a fellow writer on the Screencraft finalist FB page. Echo Lake immediately requested my novel, The Man Curse. They were also impressed with some of the other things I've managed to do - like currently developing two shows with Ed Burns, co-creator of The Wire. I also signed a shopping agreement with a producer for my novel The Man Curse. This all happened after my random decision to enter a Screencraft contest. Becoming both a semi-finalist and quarterfinalist gave me the confidence I needed to push forward and believe I have a chance at success in this crazy world of TV writing. "
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New Add-on Prize Opportunity
Guaranteed Signing Prize with Gravity Squared Entertainment
ScreenCraft is excited to present this optional add-on prize category that will grant at least one eligible writer/writing team the opportunity to receive representation by manager and founder of Gravity Squared Entertainment, John W. Beach. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition prizes and placements.
Gravity Squared Entertainment
John W. Beach started his career at Paradigm and ACME Talent & Literary, where he helped sell films like Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE CENTER starring Nicolas Cage, and YOUTH IN REVOLT starring Michael Cera. After surviving cancer in 2014, John started his own management/production company, Gravity Squared Entertainment, representing writers/producers/directors for all media. Currently, Gravity Squared has over 150 published books/scripts/treatments under their management, including numerous Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times bestsellers. He has a number of projects set up with companies including ABC Studios, Legendary Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and recently optioned the book BEING HEUMANN to AppleTV + with CODA director Sian Heder attached to write and direct.
Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition AND that select this add-on are eligible for consideration in this category. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered.
Cinematic Book Articles
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Rules & More
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
- Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
- Books must be 150,000 words or less - - in early rounds of reading the writing will be judged based on the first few opening sections of the book. Files should be in PDF format when submitted and should be double spaced.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, 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 owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
- 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).
- 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 any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your book carefully before submitting.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the book, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before books are read by the judges.
- ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the books submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
- The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
- ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
- ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
- 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 12 months or $500,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional film or TV in the proceeding 10 years is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
- The material may have been written at any time.
- Material should be submitted double spaced.
- We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
- All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF. Broken files or non-PDF files may be accepted, but if the file cannot be read ScreenCraft will not judge the submission.
- ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
- Prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and proper tax documentation before prizes are released.
- By entering the competition, user acknowledges their eligibility for the competition. ScreenCraft will verify all eligibility requirements at the finalist stage of the competition and before distributing any prizes.
The reading and judging of the books will be based on the following criteria:
- Genre Conventions
In addition to the scoring criteria for the book, ScreenCraft may conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects. Top books are ready by the industry jury who votes for their favorite books at their sole discretion.
- The winners and top finalists 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 as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
- All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
- 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 proof of valid passport 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.
- COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original piece of writing submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the books submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
- REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
- SITE TERMS OF SERVICE. All ScreenCraft Terms of Service apply in addition to these rules and eligibility criteria.
- DATA MANAGEMENT AND PRIVACY. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly, and ScreenCraft (a d/b/a of Red Ampersand, Inc) uses other data management tools, including but not limited to, Google Services and Amazon Web Services, to securely manage your data. ScreenCraft is not accountable for any data hacks (internal or external) or user errors that may release books or writer data unintentionally.
- ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless ScreenCraft, ScreenCraft.org, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, 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 books by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ScreenCraft.org 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). The governing law is California.