Does your short story have cinematic potential? Hollywood has adapted countless movies and TV pilots from great short stories. Our judges are looking for stories with potential to be adapted for the screen. We’re looking for true and fictional short stories, novellas less than 20,000 words in length. Submit your work for consideration today!
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TV Writer, Creator, and Showrunner (Amazon, FOX, CBS, etc
Sean E. Crouch was the Showrunner of the popular Amazon Prime series, LORE, an anthology of short works. Previously he was showrunner of the critically acclaimed FOX series, THE EXORCIST and Co-EP on THE 100. He also wrote and produced numerous episodes for CBS's NUMB3RS, HELIX, UNFORGETTABLE and even VERONICA MARS.
Producer & Development Exec, Vandal Entertainment and Four Daughters
An experienced Producer and Development Executive with more than 40 films and television shows packaged from development to production, Navid McIlhargey worked on films from BLACK HAWK DOWN to WHITE CHICKS to BROKEN CITY and was a Producer on Guy Ritchie’s ROCKNROLLA. Now as co-founder of both Vandal Entertainment and Four Daughters, he most recently produced THE HUNTER’S PRAYER with Sam Worthington and short anthology series MODERN LOVE for Amazon Studios.
Managing Editor, Granta Magazine
Eleanor Chandler is an editor at Granta Magazine, a UK-based literary magazine and publisher that has published works by A.A. Milne, Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath.
Series Editor for “The Best American Short Stories”
Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels THE BIRTHDAYS, THE DAYLIGHT MARRIAGE, which was optioned for film, and Impersonation. A former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has been the series editor of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES since 2007. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Lit Hub, Ploughshares, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
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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.
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
Recommendation to top literary managers
Complimentary Badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit + Travel Stipend
Second Place Winner
The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
50% off 2021 ScreenCraft Summit.
Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program.
The top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on our website when we announce in early January.
Placing in a ScreenCraft competition can launch your career.
Signed with Manager & Agent
2018 ScreenCraft Comedy Runner-Up, Shiwani Srivastava, signed with literary manager Nicholas Bogner of Affirmative Entertainment and Paradigm Talent Agency after ScreenCraft introduced them.
Signed with Manager & Agent
Less than one month after winning the grand prize in the 2019 ScreenCraft Sci-fi Screenplay Competition for his project Pod, Nabil Chowdhary was introduced to manager Bash Naran at Writ Large by the ScreenCraft team and signed with him for representation. In December 2019, Nabil was named to BOTH The Hit List and The Black List as one of the best screenplays of the year as voted on by entertainment industry professionals!
"Within hours, I was in touch with Bash at Writ Large. Three weeks later, we are officially working together. I was in constant communication with the ScreenCraft team, seeking advice and looking for guidance on how to navigate this very new situation for me and they couldn’t have been more helpful."
Elie El Choufany
Signed with Manager & Agent
2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship winner, Elie El Choufany, has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts. Elie previously signed with Think Tank MGMT after ScreenCraft introduced them.
"During the spectacular whirlwind that is the ScreenCraft Fellowship, the ScreenCraft team introduced me to my manager from Think Tank Management, as well as setting up meetings with some of the biggest studios and the most influential people in the film and television industry. This experience filled me with so much gratitude and humility, and I am now more driven than ever to keep pushing forward."
Signed with Manager and Agent, Hired by Netflix
Anna Klassen was the winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship and subsequently signed with her manager at Plattform and with an agent at WME, her screenplay was recently voted onto 2017’s The Black List! Also, she was just hired by a major company to write a film adaptation.
"Thanks to the ScreenCraft Fellowship I took meetings with Warner Bros., Sony, Fox Studios, STX, Vertigo Entertainment, and Covert Media – to name a few. I had breakfast with the writers of Die Hard and Face/Off, and ate dinner with the Oscar-winning writers of Brokeback Mountain and Precious. One of the Oscar-winning screenwriters I met at the Fellowship dinner recommended me for a writing gig."
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Rules and More
- Selection Criteria
- Additional Legal
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between September 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020.
- Entry fee for each submission (regardless of page count) is $29 until the early deadline on September 30, 2020, then $49 until the regular deadline on October 31, 2020, and then $59 until the final deadline on November 30, 2020.
- Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback after an entry is submitted will not be accepted.
- Short stories may be of any length, however as a guide, we recommend 5000 to 20,000 words.
- Submissions are open to both published and unpublished short stories.
- All entries should be made in standard short story format. Files are required to be submitted in PDF format.
- All adaptation/film and television rights must be available at the time of entry and wholly owned by the writer(s).
- 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 original, and all rights must be 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 the 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 will be allowed for free within the first 24 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.
- 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.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page, however it is not required.
- 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).
- 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 (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.
- Work and intellectual property must be wholly owned and submitted by the writer(s).
- Material should be submitted in standard PDF format, with standard font, spacing and margin (Times New Roman is preferred font, but not required).
- We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
- Entries for this competition are managed on the submission platform Coverfly.
- Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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).