Screenplay Competitions

Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature length screenplay and entry fee via the online application when the competition is open for submissions. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

Regardless, of gender, age, ethnicity, or background, AFF champions all writers and looks for a strong original voice above all.  From the indie to the mainstream, we strive to ensure that unique, compelling stories rise to the top and get the recognition they deserve.  We are invested in your success and want to help you grow as a writer whether or not you advance in the competition.  If you have a story to tell, YOU are important to AFF.  Send us your best and let your voice be heard!

Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today. We provide each writer who enters BlueCat one written analysis while supporting screenwriters of all levels and stages of development with the constructive feedback all writers require. Our Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.

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The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards competition was founded in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents, and development executives to discover and promote up-and-coming new screenwriters from around the world. In October of each year, the PAGE Judges present 31 Awards in ten different genre categories. After receiving their awards, many PAGE winners have gone on to build successful careers in the film and television industry. 

Discovering & Promoting Writers Since 1998. From choosing our judges to creating opportunities, our top priority has always been the writer. We surround ourselves with reputable and successful companies, including the many producers, literary agents, and managers who read your scripts. Our past winners have won Emmys, been signed by agents, managers, had their scripts optioned, and even made into movies. But the most important prize of all is this: Scriptapalooza will promote, pitch, and push the Semifinalists and higher for a full year. No other competition in the world does that.

The Launch Pad is a place dedicated to launching screenwriting careers. Going well beyond what other competitions offer, we have created a platform that has helped more than 100 writers launch their careers. Utilizing our three competitions - pilots, features and manuscripts - as well as our advanced coverage services, we provide a hub that reaches far beyond a simple prize with your name listed on a site. The Launch Pad is a community of writers, executives, agents, managers and producers working together with one focus in mind – THE WRITER.

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