Placing in well respected screenwriting contests can bring your writing to the attention of the industry. Here’s our round-up of the best film and television writing contests in the UK and US.  We update this list every month and if you subscribe to our newsletter we’ll send you deadline reminders straight to your inbox.

Script Angel Screenwriting Contests

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European Independent Film Festival Script Competition –  Deadline: 2 April 2018. Short scripts 5-50pp & feature length scripts 80-130pp. Looking for scripts NOT aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting:  Deadline: 10 April 2018 (regular) / 1 May 2018 (final). Screenplays 90-120pp.

Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab – Deadline: 12 April 2018 (final). Open to screenwriters, producers & directors. Feature films only.

BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Call – Deadline: 16 April 2018 (final). Looking for 30 minute comedy scripts for film, tv, stage, online or radio.

Scriptapalooza –  Deadline: 16 April 2018 (late) / 30 April 2018 (final). Screenplays 80-140pp.

Cinestory Foundation Feature Retreat Contest – Deadline: 16 April 2018 (final).  Screenplay 85-130pages.

The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Deadline: 16 April 2018 (final). Short scripts up to 40pp, feature screenplays 80-120pp, TV drama pilots 50-70pp, TV comedy pilots 25-45pp.

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition – Deadline: 20 April 2018 (regular) / 15 May 2018 (final).  Feature scripts 90-120pp, teleplays (original pilot or spec of existing show) 45-70pp, sitcom scripts 22-40pp.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: 1 May 2018 (final).  Feature length screenplays.

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest – Deadline:  1 May 2018 (final).  Any length script, pilot of original or spec of existing show.

Finish Line Script Competition – Deadline: 30 May 2018 (regular) / 18 July 2018 (final).

Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop – Deadline: 31 May 2018. Spec script of selected existing shows. Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for submissions 1 May 2018.

NBC Writers On The Verge – Deadline: 31 May 2018. Accepting spec script of selected existing shows. Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for submissions 1 May 2018. 

Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship – Deadline: 31 May 2018. Applicants must be able to prove US employment eligibility. Opens 1 May 2018.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 2 June 2018 (regular) / 15 June 2018 (final).  Feature screenplays 75-130pp in Horror genre.

Sitcom Mission – Deadline: 30 June 2018. Submit 15 minute sitcom script for tv, radio or stage. Opens for entries 1 April 2018.


Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: usually July. Submit 30-60 minute television drama script. Applicants must be under 30 and non-US residents. Typically opens in April. 

Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually July.  Screenplays up to 140pp.

Big Break Screenwriting Contest– Deadline: usually July. Teleplays 25-70pp / Screenplays 80-120pp.

The Athena List – Deadline: usually August. Feature screenplays 80-120pp featuring a female protagonist.

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually August. Accepting feature scripts up to 130pp, tv scripts up to 75pp, short film scripts up to 25pp.

Shore Scripts Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually August.  Feature screenplays 80-120pp, tv pilots 15-70pp, short screenplays 3-20pp.

Berlinale Talent Campus – Deadline: usually September.

Tracking Board Launch Pad Features Contest – Deadline: usually September.

Screencraft Pilot Launch TV Script Contest – Deadline: usually September.

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually September.  Screenplays 82-145pp.

4Screenwriting – Deadline: usually September. Accepting screenplays (film or tv), stage plays and radio plays. Open to residents of UK and Ireland. Applicants must be available to attend the course in London on specified dates.

C21 / eOne Drama Series Script Competition, in association with Script Angel – Deadline: usually October. Pilot script (max 60pp) and supporting document. Finalists receive high-level mentoring. Winning writer receives $10,000 and the script will go into development with eOne Television.  Runners-Up receive 6-months coaching and script development support from Script Angel.

Screencraft Action & Thriller Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually October. Screenplays up to 140pp.

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition  – Deadline: usually November. Accepting shorts, features and teleplays.

Screenwriting Goldmine: Deadline: usually December. 

Screencraft Family Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually December.

Funny Women Comedy Writing Award – Deadline: usually December.

Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab – Deadline: usually January. Feature length screenplays only.

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Contest – Deadline:  usually January.  Screenplays 80-120pp, short script under 40pp, half-hour tv comedy script 22-35pp, one-hour tv drama 45-65pp.

BBC Writersroom: Drama Room – Deadline: usually January.  Scripts over 30′ in length for tv, film, radio, stage or online. UK and Republic of Ireland residents only.

Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab – Deadline: usually January. Feature length screenplays. U.S residents only.

Nickelodeon TV Writing Program – Deadline: usually January. Spec scripts for one of their listed shows. Open to US and international applicants. 

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually February.

Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship – Deadline: usually March.

London Independent Film Festival Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually March.  Short & feature length scripts.

Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Contest – Deadline: usually March. TV pilot scripts up to 70pp.

New York TV Festival Script Competition – Deadline: usually March. Accepting half-hour comedy and hour-long drama scripts. 

Good luck!