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Scriptwriting Competitions for Screenplays & Stage Plays

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Scriptwriting Competition List for 2018. Updated: 2 May 2018 International and UK competitions for screenwriters and playwrights – updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for these comps personally, but if you have experience of any of them, I’d love to hear from you. Good luck!

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Please be sure to check the websites for more information, submission requirements and deadlines.

BAFTA Rocliffe Competitions

Four competitions run through the year: TV Drama, Comedy, Writing for Children, and Film. Open to UK residents only. All entries receive feedback. Win in-depth script report, industry introductions, and more. Deadlines vary depending on script type. Competition opening dates: TV Drama 8 January 2018; TV Comedy 5 March 2018; Children’s Media 28 May 2018; Film 1 August 2018. NOTE: deadlines dates subject to change…

Entry Fee: £42

Deadlines: TV Drama 12 February (*CLOSED*); TV Comedy 18 April (*CLOSED*); Children’s Media 18 July 2018; Film 26 September 2018

Submit: pitch, treatment, character breakdown, 10 page extract of script. Check website for full submission details and rules.

BBC International Playwriting Competition

Run by the BBC World Service for writers living outside the UK. Competition for a radio play for up to 6 characters on any subject. Win £2,200 and a trip to the UK to see your play being recorded for the BBC. Entries must be approx. 53 minutes in length and written in English.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 31 January 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: full script plus 400 word synopsis. Check website for full submission details and rules.

BBC Writer’s Room

Writing opportunities and events from across the industry. Open to UK residents only. It’s worth checking regularly for the latest competitions in screenwriting and theatre. You can also submit scripts to the BBC from The Script Room which opens for submissions in two windows: comedy scripts opens for submissions early in 2018, and drama scripts later in the year.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadlines: Drama scripts TBC

Submit: varies per opportunity. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition

International contest with multiple awards. Win $10,000 for a Feature script, plus 4 finalists receive $1,000 each. Win $5,000 for a Short script, plus 4 finalists receive $500 each. Awards for TV Pilot and Stage Play too. Further prizes of $1,000 for scripts from outside the US. All entrants receive a script analysis with constructive feedback. Fees vary by deadline and script type.

Entry Fee: $35-$50 Short; $45-$60 Feature

Deadlines: Final 20 February 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Channel 4 Screenwriting Competition

Contest run by 4 Talent for 12 writers to get an insight into how the TV drama industry works. Win a place at two script workshops and develop your screenplay with a script editor. Channel 4 may option the script for 6 months. Open to residents of UK and Ireland only. You must not have a broadcast credit.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 1 October 2017 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay in pdf format and CV. Check website for full submission details and rules.

The Debbies New Voices Script Award

*NEW* international competition from the Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes looking for original storytellers for TV. You must not have a broadcasting credit to enter. Win the opportunity to get your script read by top TV writers, agents and executives. Scripts should be for a single TV episode of at least 30 minutes (max 60 mins) in any genre.

Entry Fee: £10

Deadline: 1 February 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: script in pdf format and 400 words including logline. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition

Win £1,000 worth of script development and work on 3 drafts of your screenplay with an editor. All entrants receive feedback. I won this competition in 2008 and it was definitely worth entering. Read about my experience of winning here. Opening TBC.

Entry Fee: £35

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Submit: 2 page treatment for feature film and 10 page script sample and entry form. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Hammond House Screenplay Competition

Open to all writers of all ages for a short script 10 – 15 mins on the theme ‘Precious’. The winning screenplay will be professionally produced and submitted to the Aesthetica Film Festival. A film trailer will be produced for 2nd and 3rd places. Performance and award ceremony in December 2018. Open for entries.

Entry Fee: £10 (members £5)

Deadline: 31 September 2018

Submit: script in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Film Festival Guild Competitions

Four festivals with international screenplay contests: British Animation Film Festival (BAFF), British Horror Film Festival (BHFF), British Independent Film Festival (BIFF), and International Film Festival of Wales (IFFW). Awards are mostly for films, but you can submit a script to win Best Unproduced Screenplay. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: £25-£60

Deadlines: BIFF Extended 5 April 2018 *CLOSED*

BAFF Extended 18 May 2018

BHFF Regular 1 June 2018; Late 27 July 2018; Extended 14 September 2018

IFFW Early Bird 16 May 2018; Regular 15 June 2018; Late 17 August 2018; Extended 28 September 2018

Submit: screenplay in pdf or doc format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest

International contest with various cash prizes, software, books, listings on InkTip, and meetings in Hollywood. Grand prizes for feature and TV. Feature screenplay categories: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Period, Sci-Fi, and Horror. TV scripts for half-hour, hour, specs, and pilots. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $40 – $75

Deadlines: Regular 18 June 2018; Extended 2 July 2018; Last Chance 17 July 2018

Submit: screenplay in pdf or Final Draft format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Full Circle Theatre Playwriting Festival

Online playwriting festival open to plays of any genre, except musicals. Your play doesn’t need to be written for radio as long as it’s easy to adapt, but it must be in English. The best submissions will be chosen for the festival in October 2017. Listen to the winning entries here!

Entry Fee: £5 / $7 / €6

Deadline: 30 June 2017 *CLOSED*

Submit: play and synopsis by email. Check website for full submission details and rules.

InRed Production Script Competition

*NEW* An opportunity to get your script produced by Swiss production company InRed Production who are looking for a short or feature script to be produced and entered into festivals. Winning entry receives a standard contract and 3% of the global budget of the film. Open to all genres. Script must be in English.

Entry Fee: free

Deadline: 30 April 2017 *CLOSED*

Submit: the script plus your resume. Check website for full submissions details and rules.

London Independent Film Festival Screenplay

To recognise and support new and unrepresented screenwriters. Winning scripts are read by production companies, studios and agencies. Four entry categories: Best Feature Screenplay, Best UK Screenplay, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Screenplay, and Best Short Screenplay. The LIFF for 2018 is on 11-23 April. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: £40-£50 feature; £25-£35 short

Deadlines: Extended 12 March 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay and 1-3 sentence synopsis plus entry form. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Nicholl Fellowship

International competition to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Open to writers who have not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or TV. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year. Opens in January. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $45-$85

Deadlines: Late 1 May 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay in pdf format and online application form. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Nick Darke Award

Celebrating the best new writing for stage, screen and radio. Open to all writers and each year it focuses on one particular type of script: stage, screen, or radio. Entries should be a minimum of 45 minutes in length. Win £6,000 and mentoring. Criteria for 2018 entries is for a stage play.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 21 May 2018

Submit: full stage play plus 1 page synopsis. Check website for full submission details and rules.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

To discover the most exciting new scripts from around the US and elsewhere. Ten award categories: Feature Scripts in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, Sci-Fi, and Thriller/Horror, plus Short Film, TV Pilot, and TV Comedy Pilot. Win $25,000, an InkTip listing, and more. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $45-$75

Deadlines: Final 15 May 2018

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Papatango New Writing Prize

Annual award to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage. Open to residents of UK and Ireland only. Win a four week production at Southwark Playhouse in London and support for your next play. The play must be at least 60 mins long. Papatango accepts unsolicited submissions all year, but the New Writing Prize opens in December.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 28 February 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: stage play in pdf or doc format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Red Planet Prize

In partnership with ITV Drama. Competition for a TV pilot in the hope of finding a new hit series. Open to UK residents only. Win a script commission and development opportunities with ITV. Up to 10 shortlisted entrants will attend a pitching masterclass and the strongest ideas will get development input. Note: this competition is open for ONE WEEK ONLY so prepare your entry now. Opens 1 February 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 9 February 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: original spec script, 1-2 page pitch for series, plus writing CV. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Screencraft Contests

Multiple contests dedicated to finding talented screenwriters and connecting them with producers and agents. Contests for feature, short, and TV scripts, plus cinematic short stories, film production funds, and more. Deadlines run through the year. Cash prizes vary by contest. Fees vary by deadlines.

Entry Fee: $29-$59

Deadlines: check website for latest contests

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Scriptapalooza

Scriptapalooza promotes and pitches the semi-finalists and winners for a full year to the industry. Prizes for feature and short scripts. Win $10,000, access to producers and more. Genre winners receive $500.

Entry Fee: $45-$65 for features; $25-$45 for shorts

Deadlines: Final 30 April 2018 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay in pdf, doc, or txt formats. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Script Pipeline

Three contests: First Look Project, Screenwriting, and TV Writing. First Look scripts must be ‘studio level’ projects. Cash prizes vary by contest. Winners also receive industry circulation for their script. Deadlines and fees vary by contest.

Entry Fee: $45-$55

Deadlines: check website for latest contests

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Shore Scripts

Discovering new exciting screenwriting talent from around the world. Three contests: Feature, TV Pilot, and Short screenplays. Win cash prizes, software, script feedback, InkTip listing, and more. Cash prizes vary by contest. To enter you must not have earned more than £20,000 in writing fees. All genres accepted. Fees vary by deadline. Open for entries.

Entry Fee: £33 – £44  (£27-£36 for Short)

Deadlines: Early 31 May 2018; Regular 31 July 2018; Late 31 August 2018

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

STERTS One-Act Playwriting Competition

Sterts Theatre is looking for fresh new writing for an award for a 30 minute play for four adult actors. Win £100 and a production of your play in Sterts Studio. Runners up will also receive prizes and plays will receive a public performance.

Entry Fee: £8

Deadline: 31 July 2018

Submit: play plus entry form. Check website for full submission details and rules.

Tracking Board Launch Pad

Dedicated to launching writing careers. Three competitions: Pilot, Feature, and Manuscript. Each competition has multiple possible prizes and categories and add-ons, or you can get an All Access Pass. Includes mentorship opportunities to develop your script. Fees vary by deadline and contest.

Entry Fee: $50-$80

Deadlines: check website for latest contests

Submit: 50 pages and 1 page synopsis in pdf format. Check website for full submission details and rules.

UK Film Festival Competitions

This festival runs in November every year and has three screenwriting competitions to find new talent: Feature Script, 10 Minute (or less), and 3 Minute Script. Win UK Film Festival laurels and publicity, plus InkTip listing for producers to find your script. Opens in January.

Entry Fee: $25 for 3 Min Script; $45-$48 for 10 Min Script; $80-$89 for Feature

Deadline: Reminder 24 July 2018; Regular 30 November 2018; Final 9 January 2019

Submit: screenplay in pdf format, plus treatment and synopsis for Feature. Check website for full submission details and rules.


More Competition Lists:

Before entering any competition make sure you check the entry requirements and rules. If I’ve missed any good screenwriting competitions, please let me know in the comments below…

Note: This is a list of competitions I’ve compiled from information available online. I have no connection to any of the companies. Any problems or queries should be directed to the companies concerned.

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8 thoughts on “Scriptwriting Competitions for Screenplays & Stage Plays

  1. Hi Jessica, Please will you consider adding our One Act Play Writing competition details to your website?
    Now in its 7th year, Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition is looking for 30 minute one act plays for up to 4 adult actors suitable for performance in a studio space. Deadline 31st July 2018. Full details of competition rules and prizes can be found on our website http://www.sterts.co.uk. Many thanks. Ruth

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  2. Hi Jessica
    I’d be very grateful if you would feature our new online playwriting festival on your pages. We’ve been supporting new writing for the last 5 years with local theatre productions featuring new work, and are now taking this online to reach a much wider audience. Details available from http://www.fullcircletheatre.net Radio Theatre page! Thanks, Amanda

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