This competition is now accepting entries!

Early deadline: July 11th  |  Final deadline: September 15th, 2018

The 2018 ScreenCraft Drama Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions, and this year the jury is better than ever, featuring executives from Fox Searchlight, Verve Talent & Literary Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Management 360.

Feature film dramas drive deep into the heart of what it means to be human, expressing universal themes with nuanced complexity. Our judges are looking for great stories with original voices and honest emotion. This competition celebrates great dramatic film writing. Whether you’re writing a sweeping period drama or a contained relationship movie, we want to read your script!

All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader (highly recommended).

1st Place FeatureGrand Prize

$ 1,000

Cash
  • Introductions and phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers, agents, and/or studio executives and producers.

2nd Place

$ 500

Cash
  • Will receive an introductory phone call with a Hollywood literary manager
  • Circulation of project to ScreenCraft’s network of producers, managers, agents and studio executives

Top 3 Finalists

$ 100

Cash
  • ScreenCraft development consultation including notes and advice for navigating the industry with your specific project.
  • Complimentary lifetime license for professional screenwriting software from our official sponsor WriterDuet
  • 5 complimentary Coverfly Tokens

Judges

Get your screenplay to our 2018 jury, featuring some of Hollywood’s best executives, producers and managers:

Sara Nestor, Verve Talent and Literary Agency

Agent at Verve Talent and Literary Agency. Verve is a talent and literary agency whose clients include Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), and Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok). Sara is a literary agent whose client Chris Bergoch wrote the critically acclaimed film The Florida Project.

Richard Ruiz, Fox Searchlight

Creative Executive at Fox Searchlight, the production company synonymous with prestige dramas including Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, The Wrestler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Best Picture winners Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The Shape of Water.

George Heller, Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Literary Manager George Heller and his assistant Natasha Simone join this jury from Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the company behind such renowned Hollywood talent as Amy Adams, Brad Pitt, Charlie Hunnam, Vin Diesel, Eva Longoria, Timothy Olyphant and many more.

Melissa Breaux, Management 360

Literary Manager at Management 360, the management company for talent such as Bryce Dallas Howard, Shailene Woodley and Greta Gerwig. Melissa Breaux manages actors, writers and directors behind such projects as The Spectacular Now and Bernie.

Our jury’s credits include some of Hollywood’s biggest recent dramas:

RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website only, between June 11th, 2018 and September 15th, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on July 11th, and then $69 until final deadline on September 15th, 2018.
  • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
  • 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 allowed. See your special link in the submission confirmation email for re-entry procedure.
  • 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. 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • 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.
  • Page limit requirements are between 75 and 140 pages. Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.
  • 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. Every script is read a minimum of two times at every stage of the competition by multiple readers and assessed in the following craft categories: concept, plot, characterization, format, originality, voice, structure, dialogue, conflict, pacing, theme, tone, catharsis, commercial appeal, current market potential, and casting potential. Scripts that receive divergent analyses are read by an additional reader. Quarterfinalists represent approximately the top 25% of submissions received, semifinalists represent approximately the top 10% of submissions received, while finalists list the top ten submissions. As scripts advance, industry judges and eventually the executive jury continue to read at every round to ensure that the most compelling scripts rise to the top.

The top 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-finalist, semifinalist, and winner announcements will begin approximately 6 weeks after the final deadline. 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.

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 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.

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.

REFUND POLICY

All entries are non-refundable.

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 LLC, ScreenCraft.org, 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 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).