Screenwriting Contests 2021

A quick reference for my friends and fellow writers, previous students, and emerging storytellers.

“The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The 2021 competition is now open for submissions“. – Academy Website

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline March 3rd, 2021 $48
Regular Deadline April 3rd, 2021 $63
Final Deadline May 3rd, 2021 $88

For over twenty-seven years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter.” – Austin Film Festival Website

Feature Screenplay

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline March 26th, 2021 $45
Regular Deadline April 16th, 2021 $63
Late Deadline May 21st, 2021 $70

Short Screenplay & Teleplay

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline March 26th, 2021 $35
Regular Deadline April 16th, 2021 $50
Late Deadline May 21st, 2021 $60

Founded in 1995, the CineStory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating new writing talent through its screenwriting and TV writing retreats, fellowships, and events. These educational programs are designed for emerging writers with a high level of craft who are ready to enter or are in the early stages of navigating the entertainment industry.

The CineStory Foundation is based in Los Angeles with a retreat center in Idyllwild, California. Competitions, retreats, and events are open to international TV writers and screenwriters.” – CineStory Website

Feature Screenplay

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline January 18th, 2021 $50
Regular Deadline February 15th, 2021 $69
Late Deadline March 21st, 2021 $81
Late Deadline April 25th, 2021 $88

Television

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline Estimated June , 2021 TBD
Regular Deadline Estimated July, 2021 TBD
Late Deadline Estimated August, 2021 TBD
Extended Late Deadline Estimated October, 2021 TBD

On behalf of our Judges and Administrative Staff, I invite you to enter The 2021 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards competition! This marks our 18th Anniversary year, and in just a few short months, our Judges will once again present over $50,000 in cash and prizes to some of the most talented new screenwriters from across the country and around the world.
You could be one of them!

Each year some of Hollywood’s most influential producers, agents, managers, and development executives judge the contest and read our winning scripts. As a result, dozens of our past winners have secured representation, landed script assignments, signed option agreements on their work, and many now have movies and television shows in production, on the air, and in theaters..” – Page International Screenwriting Awards Website

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline January 15th, 2021 $45
Regular Deadline February 15th, 2021 $55
Late Deadline March 15th, 2021 $65
Last Minute April 15th, 2021 $75

They have several contests throughout the year for various genres and subcategories:

Category Early Regular Late
Comedy February 28 March 31 April 30
Film Fund March 31 NA May 31
Sci-Fi & Fantasy March 31 April 30 May 31
Action & Adventure April 30 May 31 June 30
Animation May 31 June 30 July 31
Drama May 31 June 30 July 31
Stage Play June 30 July 31 August 31
Feature July 1 August 1 September 1
TV Pilot July 31 August 31 September 30
Horror August 31 September 30 October 31
Family NA NA December 31

The 19th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running and most successful screenplay contests, we focus specifically on finding emerging writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, bold storytelling, and pushing original projects into production.

The company’s unique process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives finalists access to top execs worldwide as well as the proper guidance to advance their careers.” – Script Pipeline Website

Feature Screenplay

Description Deadline Fee
Regular Deadline May 1st, 2021 $60
Late Deadline May 15th, 2021 $65

TV Writing

Description Deadline Fee
Regular Deadline May 1st, 2021 $60
Late Deadline May 15th, 2021 $65

First Look Screenplays and Pilots

Description Deadline Fee
Early Deadline June 1st, 2021 $55
Regular Deadline September 15th, 2021 $55
Late Deadline October 1st, 2021 $60

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging screenwriters. Since 1995, the competition has established a strong track record for introducing writers to members of the entertainment industry who have gone on to produce, option and represent submitted work. Like the Film Festival, the Screenplay Competition is a place for new, bold, and raw voices. We are looking for scripts that take risks, refuse compromise, and go places where Hollywood hacks fear to tread.

Description Deadline
Early Deadline April 5th
Regular Deadline June 7th
Late Deadline July 19th
Late Deadline July 27th

Hello everyone, I try to update this when I can but please make sure to click through and confirm dates on the official websites. These dates and information may be changed by the contest providers at any time and its always best to double check.  Happy Writing.