Writing Competition

Celebrating great books that have cinematic adaptation potential. Our Hollywood judges are looking for great novels and true stories.

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Contest Opening on September 1

Deadlines

Sep 30

Early

Oct 31

Regular

Nov 30

Final

Announcements

Jan 6

Quarterfinalist

Jan 27

Semifinalist

Feb 17

Finalist

Mar 17

Winner

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 the potential to be adapted for the screen. We’re looking for novels, novellas, true stories and biographies. Submit your work for consideration today!  

The final deadline is November 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Judges

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great books.

James Melia

Senior Editor, Henry Holt & Co.

James Melia is a Senior Editor at Henry Holt and Company, the publishing company behind many award-winning and bestselling books. Notable books Melia has edited include THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING, CADDYSHACK: THE MAKING OF A HOLLYWOOD CINDERELLA STORY, and THE DINNER LIST. He also published #1 New York Times bestselling memoir BLACK KLANSMAN, and instant New York Times bestseller, DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?

John Beach

Literary Manager and Founder, Gravity Squared Entertainment

John is the founder of Gravity Squared Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Management/Production Company. He currently manages writers, producers and directors for film & television, while also controlling media rights for well over 150 published books, including Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times Best Sellers.

Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis

Screenwriters

Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriting duo behind CBS Films FIVE FEET APART and Warner Bros.THE CURSE OF LA LLORNA fka THE CHILDREN, are currently penning the script to a new DIRTY DANCING film for Lionsgate, and also adapting Mikki’s novel ALL THIS TIME for Lionsgate. Additionally, they are writing NIGHTBOOKS for Netflix with Sam Raimi.

Katrina Escudero

Agent, Media Rights, UTA

Katrina Escudero is an agent in the Media Rights department at United Talent Agency (UTA). Escudero takes compelling works and packages them into acclaimed films and TV shows including THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS (Hulu), PANIC (Amazon), LIGHT AS A FEATHER (HULU), KILL CREEK (SHOWTIME) and features AFTER (Netflix). Currently, she oversees a roster of accomplished literary clients such as Lauren Oliver, Pablo Cartaya, Maurene Goo, Hope Larson, and Loren Grush. Most recently, Escudero facilitated a deal for Netflix to develop Tanya Smith’s upcoming memoir THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE with Issa Rae and David Heyman producing.

Rachel Kahan

Executive Editor, William Morrow/HarperCollins

Rachel Kahan is an Executive Editor at William Morrow. A passionate advocate for new and diverse voices in both fiction and non-fiction, she has published many bestsellers, including THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL, THE SUMMER WIVES, EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS and HIDDEN FIGURES, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film.

Prizes

Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner

The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Circulation and personal recommendation of winning book to our network of literary agents, managers, film/ TV producers and studio executives.

Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and advise on option/purchase offers.

  • $1,000 cash

  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program

  • Personal Introduction to top literary managers

  • Complimentary Badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit + Travel Stipend

Runner-Up Prizes

Second Place

The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

50% off 2021 ScreenCraft Summit

Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and strategize industry outreach.

Top Quarterfinalists

The top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on our website when we announce in early January.

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RULES AND MORE

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between September 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020.
  2. Entry fee for each submission (regardless of pagecount) is $49 until the early deadline on September 30, 2020, then $69 until the regular deadline on October 31, 2020, and then $89 until the final deadline on November 30, 2020 by 11:59pm Pacific Time.
  3. Full manuscripts may be of any length, however as a guide, we recommend 20,000 to 150,000 words. Only the first 20,000 words will be evaluated in the first round.
  4. Submissions are open to both published and unpublished manuscripts.
  5. All entries should be made in standard manuscript format. Files should be submitted in PDF format.
  6. All adaptation/film and television rights must be available at the time of entry and wholly owned by the writer(s).
  7. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  8. 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.
  9. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be owned by the writer(s).
  10. 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 the title page.
  11. 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.
  12. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for free within the first 12 hours, and for a $5 re-entry fee through our submission management platform Coverfly at any time until the finalists are announced. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  13. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require WGA or Copyright registration.
  14. Contact info may be included on the cover page, however it is not required.
  15. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
  1. 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.)
  2. 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).
  3. All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
  4. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  5. Work and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the film & TV adaptation rights owner(s).
  6. Material should be submitted in standard PDF format, with standard font, spacing and margin (Times New Roman is preferred font, but not required).
  7. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  8. Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
  9. Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  10. All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality, (ii) uniqueness and personality in voice in storytelling, (iii) characterization, (iv) dialogue, (v) visual storytelling, and (vi)overall professional presentation. 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 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.

  1. 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 work 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.
  2. PUBLICITY: 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.
  3. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
  4. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release 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 work 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).

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