Drama Screenplay Contest

Organizer: Screencraft

Open to: All, 18+
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 eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)

Length: Minimum of 75 to maximum 140 pages

Genre or Subject: Drama

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,000 plus other prizes
  • Second place wins $500 plus other prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: July 15th, 2018
Final deadline: September 12th, 2018 – $69 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Short Screenplay Contest

Organizer: Screencraft

Open to: All, 18+
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 eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)

Length: Minimum of 5 to maximum 35 pages

Genre or Subject: Short

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,000 plus other prizes
  • Second place wins $500 plus other prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: May 10th, 2018
Final deadline: August 1st, 2018 – $49 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Horror Screenplay Contest

Organizer: Screencraft

Open to: All, 18+
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 eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)

Length: Maximum 140 pages

Genre or Subject: Horror

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,000 plus other prizes
  • Second place wins $500 plus other prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: April 15th, 2018
Final deadline: July 1st, 2018 – $59 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Comedy Screenplay Contest

Organizer: Screencraft

Open to: All, 18+
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 eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)

Length: Maximum 140 pages

Genre or Subject: Comedy

Prizes:

  • First place wins $1,000 plus other prizes
  • Second place wins $200 plus other prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: April 1st, 2018
Final deadline: May 17th, 2018 – $59 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Shore Scripts – Feature Screenplay Contest

Organizer: Shore Scripts

Open to: All
A writer who has earned more than $30,000 (or equivalent currency) since 2010 in screenwriting fees is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)

Length: Recommended 80 to 120 pages

Genre or Subject: All

Prizes:

  • First place wins $4,000 plus other prizes
  • Second place wins $1,000 plus other prizes
  • Third place wins $500 plus other prizes
  • Fourth place wins $250 plus other prizes
  • Fifth place wins lots of other prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: March 1st, 2018 – $45 Submission fee
Regular deadline: June 1st, 2018 – $50 Submission fee
Final deadline: August 1st, 2018 – $60 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Script Template
Advice, Screenwriting

MS Word Script Template

Following the interest from my Script Formatting Guide, I thought I’d knock together an MS Word template with the margins set and the most common format styles set up as shortcuts. If you’d like a copy, then just Enter your email below. Oh, I couldn’t find a suitable photo for this, so I thought I’d use one of a cute puppy.

MS Word Script Template (49 downloads)

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What's in a Script photo
Advice, Screenwriting

Components Of A Script

One question every single fledgling scriptwriter asks is, “How do I write a script?” In this article, we are going to break a script down into its component pieces and explore what you can do to make them better. This article should be read in conjunction with How To Format A Script. So, without further ado, let’s get to it…

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Advice, Creative Writing, Screenwriting

Screenwriting And Creative Writing Competitions

Writing and Scriptwriting Competition LogoI’m very happy to announce the launch of a new Competitions section on Cyber Write. I’ve been working hard in the background and combing the internet to find details of lots of competitions for both Authors and Screenwriters.  This section, in its nature, is very much a work in progress, and I will be adding both screenwriting and creating writing competitions as I become aware of them.

As a writer, entering competitions is a great way to hone your craft, and winning one (or even being a finalist) gets you great exposure. Getting to the finalist’s stage is something you can add to your resume, which helps get your manuscript/script noticed. That’s not to mention some of the fantastic prizes you can win, many of which simply aren’t available to unpublished writers.

If you know of any competitions that you would like to recommend, then please let me know. And if you host a competition and would like me to feature it in the calendar, then drop me a line.

 

Screenplay and Teleplay Competition

Organizer: Austin Film Festival

Open to: All, 18+
The competition is only open to writers who do not currently earn a living writing for film or television.

Length: See below

Genre or Subject: 
FEATURE SCREENPLAYS – approximately 90 to 120 pages
SHORT SCREENPLAY – 5 to 40 pages
TELEPLAY – Appropriate length depending on the format. The recommended length for single-camera sitcoms is approximately 22 to 40 pages, and 45 to 70 pages for single-camera one-hour programs.

Prizes:

  • The Drama Award Winner: $5,000 cash plus other prizes (you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories)
  • The Comedy Winner: $5,000 cash plus other prizes (you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories)
  • The Enderby Entertainment Award Winner: $2,500 cash plus other prizes (you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories)
  • The Horror Award Winner: $2,500 cash plus other prizes (you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories)
  • The Sci-Fi Award Winner: $2,500 cash plus other prizes (you must be entered in the Drama or Comedy categories)
  • The Short Screenplay Winner: $1,000 cash plus other prizes

Deadlines: 

Screenplay
Early deadline: March 30th, 2018 – $45 submission fee
Regular deadline: April 20th, 2018 – $55 submission fee
Late deadline: May 15th, 2018 – $70 submission fee

Teleplay
Early deadline: March 30th, 2018 – $35 submission fee
Regular deadline: April 20th, 2018 – $45 submission fee
Late deadline: May 15th, 2018 – $60 submission fee

 

Please read the rules before entering the competition

Shriekfest Horror Film Festival

Organizer: Shriekfest

Open to: All, 18+

Length: See below

Category(s):

  • Feature screenplay – Minimum of 45 pages
  • Short screenplay – Maximum of 45 pages

Genre(s): 

  • horror
  • comedy horror
  • thriller
  • sci-fi
  • fantasy

Prizes: No details yet on prizes

Deadlines: 
Early deadline: February 1st, 2018 – $45 submission fee
Regular deadline: May 1st, 2018 – $50 submission fee
Late deadline: July 1st, 2018 – $55 submission fee
Final deadline: July 10th, 2018 – $60 submission fee

Please read the rules before entering the competition