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.

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Script Angel Screenwriting Contests

To be sure you’re submitting the best possible draft of your work, don’t forget to get feedback on your script ahead of time.

Cinestory Foundation Feature Retreat Contest – Deadline: 5 April 2017 (final).  Screenplay 85-130pages.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting:  Deadline: 10 April 2017 (regular) / 1 May 2017 (final). Screenplays 90-120pp.

Screencraft Horror Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 15 April 2017 (early) / 1 July 2017 (final).  Screenplays up to 140pp.

The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Deadline: 17 April 2017 (final). Short scripts up to 40pp, feature screenplays 80-120pp, TV drama pilots 50-70pp, TV comedy pilots 25-45pp. 

Scriptapalooza –  Deadline: 17 April 2017 (extended) / 1 May 2017 (final). Screenplays 80-140pp.

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition – Deadline: 20 April 2017 (regular) / 15 May 2017 (final).  Feature scripts 90-120pp, teleplays (original pilot or spec of existing show) 45-70pp, sitcom scripts 22-40pp.

BAFTA Rocliffe Script Call: TV Comedy – Deadline: 21 April 2017.

Finish Line Script Competition – Deadline: 28 April 2017 (regular) / 13 June 2017 (final).

Sitcom Mission – Deadline: 30 April 2017 (final). Submit 15 minute sitcom script for tv, radio or stage.

Access Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 30 April 2017 (regular) / 31 May 2017 (final).

Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab – Deadline: 1 May 2017 (final). Open to screenwriters, producers & directors. Feature films only.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: 1 May 2017 (final).  Feature length screenplays.

Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest – Deadline:  1 May 2017 (final).  Any length script, pilot of original or spec of existing show.

BBC Writersroom Script Call: Comedy – Deadline: 15 May 2017 (final).  Opens for submissions 17 April 2017.

New York TV Festival Script Competition – Deadline: 16 May 2017 (final). Accepting half-hour comedy and hour-long drama scripts. Opens for submissions 11 April 2017.

Shore Scripts Screenplay Competition – Deadline: 31 May 2017 (early) / 31 July 2017 (regular) / 31 August 2017 (final)  – Feature screenplays 80-120pp, tv pilots 15-70pp, short screenplays 3-20pp.

Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop – Deadline: 31 May 2017 (final). Spec script of selected existing shows. Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for applications 1 May 2017.

NBC Writers On The Verge – Deadline: 31 May 2017 (final). Accepting spec script of selected existing shows. Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles. Opens for applications 1 May 2017.

Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship – Deadline: expected to open and close for applications within May. Applicants must be able to prove US employment eligibility.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 2 June 2017 (late) / 15 June 2017 (final).  Feature screenplays 75-130pp in Horror genre.

Big Break Screenwriting Contest– Deadline: 26 June 2017 (regular) / 14 July 2017 (final). Teleplays 25-70pp / Screenplays 80-120pp.


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. Opens for submissions mid-April 2017.

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

Berlinale Talent Campus – Deadline: usually September.

Tracking Board Launch Pad Features 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 Drama Series Script Competition – 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. 

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

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

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition  – Deadline: usually November.

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually November.

Screencraft Family Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually December.

Seattle International Film Festival Screenplay Contest – Deadline: usually January.

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.

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

Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship – Deadline: usually January.

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

The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Contest – Deadline: usually February.

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

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

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

Good luck!