Writing Opportunities and Contest Deadlines:
Academy Nicholl Fellowship – Early: March 7 ($45), Regular: April 10 ($60), Late: May 1 ($85)
Austin Screenwriting Competition – Early: March 29 for Features ($45), Shorts & Teleplays ($35), Regular: April 19 for Features ($60), Shorts & Teleplays ($50), Late: May 15 for Features ($70), Shorts & Teleplays ($60)
Bluecat Screenplay Competition – Always accepts scripts, but the competition period is currently closed – Submissions for 2019 will most likely open in the Fall.
Cinestory Fellowship – The submission period for the Feature Retreat is still open. Late Deadline: March 11 ($75), Extended Late: April 15 ($80). The Television Retreat submission period is closed but will most likely open in Spring/Summer.
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition – Final: March 1 ($69), Extended: April 10 ($75). Prices reflect cost of submission only. There is an additional fee for notes.
Final Draft Big Break – TBA – Early Deadline last year was in March.
Finish Line Script Competition – Early: March 4 ($35), Regular: May 16 ($40), Late: July 11 ($40*), Final: August 29 ($90). Prices reflect submission only. Additional fee for notes. *There is generally an increase in price for later submissions. This may be a misprint.
Fresh Voices – Currently closed. Opened last year in late Summer.
Launch Pad by The Tracking Board – Pilot competition currently open. Regular Deadline: April 21 ($75), Late: May 18 ($85), Final: May 31 ($95).
Nickelodeon Writing Program – Opens for submissions in January.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Regular Deadline: February 15 ($55), Late: March 15 ($65), Last Minute: April 15 ($75)
ScreenCraft – A list of all their contests.
Scriptapalooza – For Features or Shorts Only. Regular: March 4 ($55), Late: April 15 ($60), Final: April 29 ($65). Additional fee for notes.
Script Pipeline – Offers a number of opportunities for submission. Check their page for more information.
Shore Scripts – Currently open for Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts as of March 1
Slamdance – Currently open for Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts with the Early Deadline on April 8. Prices vary on submission.
The Stage 32 Happy Writers – A list of all their contests.
Sundance Labs – A list of all their programs.
Warner Brothers Writer’s Workshop – Opens May 1.
WeScreenplay – A list of all their contests.
Writer’s Digest – Offers numerous competitions for every writer (check for specific genre submission dates)
The Writers Lab – Currently closed – promotes women writers
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