*Dates are generalized from previous years. Check individual websites for up-to-date information and associated fees.
Writing Opportunities and Contest Deadlines:
Academy Nicholl Fellowship – Submission season begins in March and ends, generally in May.
Austin Screenwriting Competition – Begins in March and ends in May with different fees associated whether you’re submitting a feature or teleplay.
Bluecat Screenplay Competition – Always accepts scripts – Submissions for 2020 will most likely open in the Fall.
Cinestory Fellowship – Retreat and Fellowship opportunities. Submission season begins in January.
Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition – Early submission period begins in October. 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 deadline begins in March with final submissions accepted through August. Prices reflect submission only. Additional fee for notes.
Fresh Voices – Opened last year in late Summer.
Launch Pad by The Tracking Board – Offers contest for pilots, features, and prose beginning in February. The prose competition is currently open.
Nickelodeon Writing Program – Opens for submissions in January.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Early deadline begins in January.
ScreenCraft – A list of all their contests.
Scriptapalooza – Offers opportunities for features, shorts, television, and a fellowship. Currently open with the early deadline set for December. Additional fee for notes.
Script Pipeline – Offers a number of opportunities for submission. Check their page for more information.
Shore Scripts – Open for Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts.
Slamdance – Currently open for Features, TV Pilots, and Shorts. 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 – Submission period begins in May.
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 – Promotes women writers.
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