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Monday Morning Editor Picks: Screenwriting Contests

Screenwriters often ask me if screenwriting contests are truly a way to break into the industry. The more popular contests consist of submitting a feature-length script, but The Writers Store sponsored contests provide a much more unique way of getting noticed. I urge you to check them out!

For tips on prepping your script for submission to contests, read Lucy V. Hay's Submissions Insanity #4: Screenwriting Contests

Open Contests at The Writers Store

The Write Start Contest

There’s no better way to commence a screenwriting career than with a quality education. That’s why we’ve partnered with the prestigious New York Film Academy (NYFA) for a contest that awards six winners with scholarships to NYFA's 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop. This program is valued at $3,300 per scholarship, and results in a completed screenplay. Here’s how it works: Contestants create a "one-sheet" based on their screenplay idea, which ...


Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest - Roger Avary

Take a logline and write a mere 15 pages of a script... any genre you choose... and get a chance to meet with Benderspink! PLUS every finalist gets a one-on-one mentor to turn those 15 pages into a full script!

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CONTEST DETAILS: Think you can turn this logline from Roger Avary, Academy Award winning Screenwriter for Pulp Fiction, and Writer of Silent Hill, Beowulf and Writer/Director of Killing Zoe and Rules of Attraction into a killer script? Three neurotic hit-men, each with troubled pasts, are separately enlisted by a highly secretive client to assassinate each other. Break out your scriptwriting software and get to work, because the Industry Insider...


Industry Insider Television Writing Contest

Some of today’s most exciting storytelling happens on the small screen. From dramas like Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad to comedies like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, television has evolved to become the writer’s realm, where the most talented scribes rule season after season. Sound like a dream job? Then get ready for your chance to break in to the dynamic world of writing for TV! The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest...

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Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and a webinar instructor for The Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writers on how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace - a screenwriter's therapist. More information can be found on her blog, ramblings of a recovered insecureaholic. Follow @jeannevb on Twitter.