Screen Writer Ink’s Best Screenwriting Contests of 2018

2018 Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriting contests have been around for years and it seems like a new one pops up every month. This list is a collection of many of the most popular screenwriting contests of 2018. Entering and winning a screenwriting contest can be a lot of fun and can open doors to getting your screenplay read and produced, but do your research and only enter contests that your screenplay is perfect for. Some contests are genre specific or are only for television or are for short films or only for feature films so a little bit of research and planning can save you time and money. If you haven’t noticed already most of these contests have entry fees that are not cheap and if you enter several contests per year, those fees add up quickly. So write a great screenplay, only enter in the contests your screenplay is perfect for and only contests that have a real benefit for you and your screenplay versus the costs, effort and time you spend to enter. Good luck.


January

06 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Early Bird Deadline $45
07 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Early Deadline $65
11 Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab
12 Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition Extended Deadline $50
15 CineStory Feature Retreat Regular Deadline $55
15 BBC Writersroom: Drama Room [UK and Republic of Ireland residents only]
17 PAGE International Early Entry $39
17 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab Feature length screenplays. U.S residents only.
28 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Regular Deadline $75
31 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Film and TV Regular Deadline $69
31 Nickelodeon TV Writing Program Spec scripts from Accepted Show List – Free Entry

February

01 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Regular Deadline $50
09 Red Planet Prize [UK residents only. Opens for submissions 1 February 2018.]
09 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Early Deadline $45
15 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Spring Early Deadline $35
15 PAGE International Regular Deadline $55
20 Blue Cat Sceenpay Competition
25 CineStory Feature Retreat Late Deadline $65
29 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Late Deadline $85

MARCH

01 Script Pipeline TV Writing Early Deadline $50
01 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship: Film and TV Final Deadline $79
04 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Last Minute Deadline $95
05 Final Draft Big Break Early Bird Deadline $40
07 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Early Deadline $45
10 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Late Deadline $55
15 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Regular Deadline $45
15 PAGE International Late Deadline $65
23 HollyShorts Film Festival Regular Deadline $45

28 New York TV Festival Script Competition Half-hour comedies and hour-long dramas.
30 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi Regular Deadline $65
31 Austin Film Festival Early Bird Deadline $45
31 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Regular Deadline $40

APRIL

02 European Independent Film Festival Script Competition [Short scripts 5-50pp & feature length scripts 80-130pp. Not mainstream Hollywood type films].
09 WeScreenplay Short Screenplay Contest Early Deadline $29
10 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Regular Deadline $60
15 CineStory Feature Retreat Extended Deadline $70
15 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Spring Regular Deadline $55
16 ScreenCraft Comedy Early Bird Deadline $45
16 PAGE International Last Minute $75

17 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Extended Deadline $60
20 Austin Film Festival Regular Deadline $55
27 WeScreenplay Short Screenplay Contest Regular Deadline $59
29 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Manuscript Early Deadline $50

MAY

01 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Final Deadline $65
01 Script Pipeline TV Writing Regular Deadline $55
01 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Late Deadline $85

02 ScreenCraft Public Domain Screenplay Contest Early Deadline $45
02 Shore Scripts Short Film Fund Late Deadline $50
03 ScreenCraft Horror Early Bird Deadline $45
03 WeScreenplay Short Contest Regular Deadline $39
04 HollyShorts Film Festival Late Deadline $55
14 CineStory TV/Digital Retreat Early Deadline $45
15 Script Pipeline TV Writing Late Deadline $65
15 Austin Film Festival Late Deadline $70
18 WeScreenplay TV Contest Early Deadline $29
22 Script Pipeline TV Writing Extended Deadline $60
28 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Manuscript Regular Deadline $60
31 Shore Scripts Features/TV Pilot/Shorts Early Bird Deadline $45
31 Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop Spec script of selected existing shows. [Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for submissions 1 May 2018].
31 NBC Writers On The Verge. Accepting spec script of selected existing shows. [Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for submissions 1 May 2018.]

JUNE

01 ScreenCraft Comedy Final Deadline $65
01 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest Early Deadline $35
15 WeScreenplay Short Contest Final Deadline $49
17 The Tracking Board Launch Pad Manuscript Late Deadline $70
18 Final Draft Big Break Regular Deadline $50
22 WeScreenplay TV Contest Regular Deadline $39
29 ScreenCraft Horror Final Deadline $65

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