7 days of intensive professional meetings.

3 months of career consultation.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Remind Me

Contest Opening on October 1.

No other screenwriting program has had the consistent, high impact success that the ScreenCraft Fellowship has had. Dozen of writers have started high profile writing careers from ScreenCraft's flagship program.

The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is a program designed to provide career guidance with personalized plans of action and thoughtfully curated industry meetings for emerging screenwriters. It is a growing and thriving community of talented screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors.

You'll be in good company.  Check out several Fellowship Alumni from previous years.

Tevin Knight

2020 Fellow, Signed with Gersh

"As creators we often think about the movies and tv shows we loved growing up, and idolize those very people who made them. The great thing about ScreenCraft is once you win, those idols of yours officially become your colleagues. The transition from fan to fellow filmmaker is strategic and nurturing. With each introduction and meeting your web grows and your dream has now become your career. The networking at this organization is invaluable."

Lucy Luna

2019 Fellow, Signed with manager Kailey Marsh of Brillstein Entertainment Partners

"When all our hopes and dreams rely on someone opening a door for us, well…a gentle knock on the right door is louder than banging on all doors. Winning ScreenCraft Fellowship jump-started my career. They immediately understood where I wanted to go, and what I needed and they worked with me as if my dream was theirs."

Davia Carter

2018 Fellow, Staffed writer on USA’s TV show QUEEN OF THE SOUTH!

"The Fellowship week of meetings was invaluable; I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t have a career without it. I had the opportunity to sit down with executives at Netflix, Universal, and Bad Robot, and those dozen-plus meetings I took taught me something that would have taken years to learn without ScreenCraft: meeting etiquette and becoming more confident pitching myself as a writer."

Anna Klassen

2017 Fellow, signed with her manager at Writ Large Management and with an agent at WME

"I can’t begin to express how beneficial the ScreenCraft Fellowship was for my career. It put me in rooms I would have never otherwise gotten into. It gave me valuable experience pitching my projects. It helped land me a manager. And the ScreenCraft staff, specifically John and Cameron, have been my relentless cheerleaders ever since."

Anya Meksin

2017 Fellow, hired to write on Netflix series “In From the Cold”

"ScreenCraft gave me a much-needed boost of confidence at a moment when I felt discouraged and stagnant in my career. With that new surge of energy and validation, I was able to recommit to my work and regain a sense of purpose and hope."

T.A. Snyder

2014 Fellow, Signed with Manager at Zero Gravity

"Through the people I met during the ScreenCraft Fellowship, I signed with a literary manager, moved to Los Angeles, and began to connect my creative instincts to people who actually make movies as their day job. It accelerated everything. The ScreenCraft Fellowship week also introduced me to a development assistant at a major production company who, after he was promoted, and based upon his love for my ScreenCraft-winning script, brought me in three years later to pitch for a feature film writing assignment. The world needs fresh voices fighting to tell stories that bring us together, and challenge us to examine what continues to divide us. I tell you with all sincerity, ScreenCraft is seeking to not only discover those voices, but help nurture and connect them to the world."

Mark Stasenko

2015 Fellow, signed with multiple agents at United Talent Agency and a manager at 3 Arts Entertainment

"There is going to be that moment where the timeline splits and it puts us down that path of being a working, professional writer. For me, the ScreenCraft Fellowship was what made that possible. John and Cameron chose me as one of the winners, and made the introduction to my incredible manager at 3Arts which led to other successes including being staffed as a writer on a critically acclaimed Netflix series, selling my TV pilot script to a studio and signing with 3 agents at UTA."

The Fellowship Experience.
Occurs October 2021

Networking

Whether in person or virtual, the program is designed to not just make introductions, but facilitate relationships. You'll be expanding your network in meaningful ways with writers, execs, and representatives who want to work with you.

7 Days of Professional Meetings

We setup meetings for you to meet with award-winning screenwriters, studio executives, and literary agents and managers.

3 Months of Consultation

Personalized strategies to craft your branding, portfolio, and soft skills.  We’ll share latest industry insights, and ensure you are industry ready.

ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

On top of Fellowship Consultations and Fellowship Week, we’ll be connecting you with our wider industry network.

Previous Season Mentors

The three winning writers will receive mentorship meetings with the following industry heavyweights.

Meg LeFauve

Oscar-nominated screenwriter, INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL

Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR and is currently writing the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON for Netflix. She wrote on Marvel’s box office hit, CAPTAIN MARVEL. She began her career as a producer and President of Egg Pictures, Jodie Foster’s film company. LeFauve has taught at AFI and served as co-chair of the Graduate Producers Program at UCLA’s School of Film and TV. Find her podcast “The Screenwriting Life” on Popcorn TV and available through Apple podcasts.

David Rabinowitz

Oscar-winning screenwriter, BLACKKKLANSMAN

David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. David and his writing partner Charlie Wachtel are currently penning an action-thriller called THACHER ISLAND for Berlanti Productions, which is an adaptation of the book Animal by NY Times bestselling author Casey Sherman.

Krista Vernoff

TV Writer & Showrunner, GREY'S ANATOMY, STATION 19, upcoming REBEL on ABC

Krista Vernoff is showrunner and executive producer of ABC’s long-running hit series GREY'S ANATOMY along with the spinoff, STATION 19. Her new series, REBEL, for which she serves as creator, showrunner and executive producer, was inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich and stars Katey Sagal, and premieres April 8, 2021, on ABC. She served as a writer and executive producer of Showtime’s hit dark comedy SHAMELESS for five seasons and has written for a broad variety of television shows, including NBC’s LAW & ORDER, CW’s CHARMED and Fox’s short-lived cult phenomenon WONDERFALLS.

A closer look at Fellowship Week

ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Week provides an intensive week of invaluable industry access and professional networking opportunities for emerging writers to succeed.

**based on 2019 meeting slate. Due to industry availability, some meetings may be scheduled after Fellowship Week.

  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly
  4. TV pilots may be any length -- however the standard short pilot is between 1 - 20 pages, the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages. Any pilot script submission longer than 70 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 70 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.
  5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  6. 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.
  7. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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 script carefully before submitting.
  11. 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.
  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.
  13. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 
  14. 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.
  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

3 Reasons to Get Optional Written Feedback with Your Application

Prepare your pitch

By getting a fresh set of eyes on your story, you may get some new ideas for ways to pitch your screenplay.

Get outside of your own head

It's important to understand how somebody else experiences your story on the page.

Get more value

By opting for written feedback, you're guaranteed to get great value from this competition.

Hear from previous ScreenCraft winners

Rules & Info

  • Rules
  • Eligibility
  • Selection Criteria
  • Additional Legal
  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
  3. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly
  4. TV pilots may be any length -- however the standard short pilot is between 1 - 20 pages, the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages. Any pilot script submission longer than 70 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 70 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.
  5. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  6. 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.
  7. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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 script carefully before submitting.
  11. 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.
  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.
  13. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 
  14. 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.
  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  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 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.)
  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. The material may have been written at any time.
  5. Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  6. We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  7. 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.
  8. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.
  9. Prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and proper tax documentation before prizes are released.
  10. 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 scripts will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Voice
  • Concept
  • Story
  • Structure
  • Characters
  • Dialogues
  • Genre Conventions

In addition to the scoring criteria for the script, ScreenCraft will conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects. Top scripts are ready by the industry jury who votes for their favorite scripts at their sole discretion.

Criteria for Winners and Finalists:

  1. The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers. 
  2. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. 
  3. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft. 
  4. All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 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.
  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 entrants' information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  3. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
  4. SITE TERMS OF SERVICE. All ScreenCraft Terms of Service apply in addition to these rules and eligibility criteria.
  5. 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 scripts or writer data unintentionally.
  6. 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, 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). The governing law is California.