Sept 1


Sept 30

Early Deadline

Nov 30

Final Deadline


Recipients Announced

Currently closed for entries.  Subscribe via Coverfly for updates.

Winner will receive $1,000 prize + introduction to Hollywood literary agents, managers, producers and development executives at studios and publishing companies. 

For stories shorter than 20,000 words, see our short story contest here.

In early rounds of the competition, judges will be reading up to the first 20,000 words to determine the voice, style, characters, and themes of the author. Unless requested, the reader will start with the first page. If you believe the reader should start else where for the best sample, please include that in notes to the reader when you fill out your submission form.

Win $1,000 + introductions to Hollywood agents and producers!

This unique literary competition seeks book manuscripts with cinematic adaptation potential.

Is your book especially suited for adaptation to film or TV? Our jury is looking for books (published or not published) that would be great for film and/or television.

This year’s jury specializes in evaluating books for Hollywood. We’d love to read your work.

Grand PrizeGrand Prize

$ 1,000

  • 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.

2nd Place

$ 500

  • The runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize
  • Introductions to our network of agents, managers, producers and executives
  • Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and strategize industry outreach.

Top 100 Quarter-finalists

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  • The top ~100 quarter-finalists will receive special mention on our website when we announce in late January.

Graphic Novel

$ 99

Special Category for Graphic Novels and Comic Books
  • One graphic novel will be selected as the winner of this category, and distributed to our network of agents, managers, producers and studio development executives.
  • Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and strategize industry outreach.


Top literary and Hollywood professionals are judging the finalists:

Hannah Vaughn, The Gersh Agency

Book to Film/TV and Publishing Coordinator at The Gersh Agency. The Gersh Agency’s books department represents a range of writers, including best-selling and prize-winning novelists, prominent journalists, academics, self-help authors, and historians. Vaughn also focuses on developing, packaging, and selling material for feature and television.

Manal Hammad, Abrams Artists Agency

Manal is a Literary Agent at Abrams Artists Agency, a prestige talent agency representing performers and creators of well known film and TV titles such as It, HBO’s Sharp Objects, Bad Moms and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Kate Gale, Red Hen Press

Dr. Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and president of the American Composers Forum, LA. She was the 2005-2006 president of PEN USA. She is author of five books of poetry: her most recent, Mating Season, from Tupelo Press; a novel, Lake of Fire; and Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis. Her current projects include a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor, and a libretto adapted from Kindred by Octavia Butler with composer Billy Childs.

Tracy Kopulsky, MXN Entertainment

Tracy is a Manager at MXN Entertainment, the production and management company whose clients include Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody as well as writers and directors with project such as Me, Earl and The Dying Girl, Ozark, Master of None and Netflix’s When We First Met.

Tommy Wallach, best-selling author

Tommy Wallach is the author of New York Times bestselling YA novel We All Looked Up, as well as Thanks for the Trouble and Strange Fire, which is the first book of a trilogy. As a musician, he was signed to Decca Records/Universal, and released a companion album of original songs to go with his first novel. He recently made the leap into screenwriting, and just completed his first rewrite job on a film for Mandalay Films. He was also hired by Circle of Confusion and iTV to adapt We All Looked Up as a TV show. He adapted his second book for film, and is planning on directing it himself. Finally, his trilogy of novels has been optioned for television by Amazon Studios.

Judges From:


  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between September 15, 2018 and December 15, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each book is $59 until the early deadline on October 10, 2018, then $79 until the final deadline on December 15, 2018.
  • Optional feedback is available separately via our consulting service here.
  • Books must be a minimum of 10,000 words and a maximum of 150,000 words. Books over 150,000 words may be submitted, but even in the later rounds the book will only be read up to 150,000 words.
  • Writers may also submit a logline or synopsis with their submission.
  • Entries may be in English.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit for consideration.
  • 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 original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the author. 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 allowed. Please see your confirmation email for instructions and link to update your draft via Coverfly.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the US Copyright Office before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • Contact info may be included on the cover page of the file, however it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.


  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English or Mandarin Chinese (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.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Material and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
  • Material should be submitted in standard 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 underlying work or source material is in the public domain (such as a mythology or publications before 1923).
  • Books longer than 150,000 words will only be read up to 150,000 words.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or Microsoft Word or it will not be eligible.

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) originality; (ii) plot/story structure; (iii) characterization; (iv) visual inventiveness; (v) overall impression; and (vi) co-production viability. 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.


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 material 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.


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