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5 of the Best Screenwriting Contests of 2019


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Are you a screenwriter looking to submit your completed screenplay to a competition? Below are five of the top screenwriting competitions of 2019!


Voted best film festival by USA Today readers, the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition “empowers global screenwriters through discovery, recognition, and opportunity.” Scripts that are accepted into this competition are, “feature screenplays, short screenplays and teleplays both 60 and 30 minutes.” For more information, be sure to check out the Cinequest website.


Screencraft Screenplay Contest “has secured managers and agents for screenwriters around the world.” The Screencraft Screenplay Contest has several competitions that screenwriters can submit to, such as Screencraft Public Domain Screenplay Competition, Screencraft Short Screenplay Competition and Screencraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Competition. For more information and competitions, check out the Screencraft website!


The Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition “helps to open doors for the aspiring television writer. There are four categories you can submit to which include, one-hour existing show, ½ hour existing sitcom original pilots and reality shows.” For more information and to apply, check out the Scriptapalooza website!


Slamdance Screenwriting Competition “is dedicated to discovering emerging writing talent, where screenplays from every genre are welcomed, on any topic from anywhere in the world.” The Slamdance Screenwriting Competition has “several categories such as; Feature, Horror, TV Pilot and Short Scripts. By submitting to this competition, you will “receive concise online feedback that will provide you constructive criticism about your work.” Lastly, “If you would like additional, more extensive constructive feedback on your screenplay, a coverage service is offered.” For submission fees, prizes and rules check out the Slamdance website!


In its 16th anniversary year,The 2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards “is widely regarded as one of the industry’s top sources of new screenwriting contests, and each year some of Hollywood’s most influential producers, agents, managers and development executives judge the contest and read the winning scripts!” For more information, check out The 2019 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards website.


Is there a screenwriting competition that you know of that we did not mention? Please share with us by commenting below!

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