Here you can find all the latest information about screenwriting contests worldwide.

Feature, Short
Final Registration ends: 04/17/2017
Contest Begins: 11/01/2016   Ends: 05/01/2017
FEE: $60/$55 Enter Contest

Success stories

back to contest
2015 Scriptapalooza quarterfinalis SMALL BLUE is a science fiction feature about a pilot who is pressured by her fellow astronauts to take command of a troubled deep space mining mission when all contact from Earth goes dead.
Jason Kessler's "HIGH OFFICE" a Scriptapalooza top 10 Runner Up

Jason Kessler's feature comedy "High Office" was recognized as one of 10 Runners Up in the 2015 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.  High Office is about a U.S. President who must distance himself from his daughter after she's caught smoking weed. But she's the only person who could help him when he accidentally eats one of her pot brownies. 


Jason is currently earning a screenwriting MFA at UT Austin, and he previously attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School.  His feature comedy "Up In Flames" won the 2014 Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, and his web series "Over Thinker" has enjoyed over 400,000 views on Youtube. 

Sidney J Bailey Finds Long Term Success

Two of Sid's  screenplays have been recognized by International Screenplay competitions:

1) Babycakes – The Nicholl Fellowship Awards – Semifinalist - 2001

2) Blue Moon / Blue Dream – American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Quarter-Finalist - 2011

     Scriptapalooza – Quarter-Finalist – 2012

In addition,  he  has recently published on-line – Babycakes – The novel - On Kindle.

SADIE HAWKINS Makes Top 100 of Scriptapalooza/Semifinals at ScreamCraft

SADIE HAWKINS, the horror genre script written by Shayna Weber made the Top 100 in the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition out of over 7500 screenplays from and genres.


The quirky horror screenplay also advanced to the Semifinals of the ScreamCraft Horror Script contest.

Suzanne Lutas Finds Success in 2014

In 2014, Suzanne Lutas ranked as a quarter-finalist with her first spec script THE  DEAD RINGER at Page Awards International, Scriptapalooza and Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contests, where she placed finalist in Spotlight's Diversity & Inclusion Award.  

Mary Goldman - Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters' Competition

"Unholy Toledo", which Goldman co-wrote with Tim House, has made the top 100 of the 2014 Emerging Screenwriters' screenplay competition, as well as the quarterfinals at the 2014 Scriptapalooza competition. Inspired by true characters and events, "Unholy Toledo" is an action/crime drama set in the Prohibition Era.

June Escalante's Script MR. CLARK, Top Three at Fresh Voices June Escalante's script, Mr. Clark made honerable mention in the top three winners in the thriller genre in Fresh Voices Screenwriting contest 2014/15.
Shelley Krawchuk's Continuing Success for Kill Haole Day

After a successful rewrite Shelley Krawchuk's feature screenplay KILL HAOLE DAY was accepted into the quarter-finals for the Scriptalooza Screenplay Competition and successfully rated in the top 15% of the Nichols Fellowship.  


Alpha, by Christina Pamies, Top Placement in Multiple Contests Christina Pamies' science fiction thriller, ALPHA, was one of ten runners up in the 2014 Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competiiton. It was also named the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category winner at the 2013 Fresh Voices screenplay contest. The Blue Cat Screenplay Contest also advanced ALPHA to its 2014 quarterfinals.
"7th SON", by William Maurer, Named Finalist at Numerous Contests "7th SON" garners a top 10 placement (top 2 overall for thriller/horror genre) in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. It has also placed highly - Quarterfinalist - in the Screencraft Horror contest and the 2014 Page Awards.
Writing Team Places as Quarterfinalists at 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting team, William Harrison and Kimberly Evans-Baer, has received a quarterfinalist selection of their script SOUL OF A MAN in the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition.
Alastair Collins is a 2014 Scriptapalooza Finalist Conllinson's script, RED GOD, has been named as a Finalist, reaching the Top 30 of the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition 2014. Prior contest success for Collinson includes Creative World Awards, Fresh Voices, and the LA Page Awards.
Sci-Fi screenplay "Genesis Prime" by Joe Crouch Wins/Places in 12 contests

Genesis Prime is a four quadrant screenplay with fun sci-fi action, humor, and drama that recently was named the Winner for Best SciFi Screenplay at the Shriekfest Film Festival, and as a Finalist at the Hollywood Screenplay, New York Screenplay Contests, as well as Back in the Box Competition, Int'l Horror & and SciFi Fest, Fresh Voices and Scriptapalooza Competitions. It has received acclaim as a Semi-Finalist at the Creative World Awards, the Write Movies 33rd Writing Contest and at the Cinequest Screenwriting Contest.

Parker Briscoe's Thriller, HELL, is a Top 10 Runner-Up at Scriptapalooza Parker Briscoe's Thriller/Horror "HELL", submitted to a number of Screenplay contests, recieved strong recognition in 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition with a top 10 Runner-Up Award. HELL is now currently being promoted to Film Producers, Agents and Management active in the Film Industry because of this honor.
"The Sasha" by Alexandra Kudelia, A Scriptapalooza Quarterfinalist

The screenplay "The Sasha" by Alexandra Kudelia entered the quarterfinals of the Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition in August 2014.

This heart warming work tells the story of how a man and a woman, being passionately in love, find the way to meet and recognize each other in next life. The script follows Kudeli'as specialty in creating powerful love stories.


Steve Sherman's Places Two Script in PAGE, Scriptapalooza & ScreenCraft

Sherman's HOME BREW is a PAGE International Quarterfinalist and a Scriptapalooza Semifinalist. it continues to receive recognition in the screenplay contest circuit with more notices of placement (and hopefully wins) yet to come.


A separate script, "AMOE EMBODIMENT", is also a ScreenCraft Comedy Quarterfinalist. 

Sidney J. Bailey

Two of his screenplays have been recognized by International Screenplay competitions:


1) Babycakes – The Nicholl Fellowship Awards – Semifinalist - 2001


2) Blue Moon / Blue Dream – American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Quarter-Finalist - 2011

                                                Scriptapalooza – Quarter-Finalist – 2012

Please note: Blue Moon was renamed Blue Dream and no changes were made to the content.


Babycakes was also adapted into a novel and is listed on Amazon - Kindle.


Sha-Risse Renee Smith's drama CURIOUS placed in the semifinals of the 2014 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition. Her feature film script STRIVERS ROW was optioned to producer Robert Rippberger and is now in development with Aletheia Films. STRIVERS ROW was previously a quarterfinalist at the Cynosure Screenwriting Competition in the category of diversity.

Dylan Brann - Scriptapalooza - Quarter-Finalist My mystery/thriller feature Lifeline placed as a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting competition. Lifeline has also placed as a Second Round Winner in the Movie Script Competition: The Golden Brad Awards in 2011, and as a Semi-Finalist in the Creative Screenwriting AAA Screenwriting Competition, also in 2011.
Wendy Wilkins' Feature Comedy Script WHERE THE MEN ARE wins 3rd place After a year of making the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of over ten contests, Wendy Wilkins' feature comedy script, Where The Men Are wins 3rd place in the 2014 Comedy Screenplay Contest as well as is a top-10 finalist in Scriptapalooza's Screenplay Competition.  
Nick Driggs -- 5-time screenplay competition finalist

My scripts have garnered a finalist distinction five times, and twice advanced to the second round of the Austin Film Fest.
The Fix
- 3rd place, dramas -- Fresh Voices
- second round (top 10% among dramas) -- Austin Film Fest

High Seas
- finalist -- Slamdance Film Fest
- second round (top 10% among comedies) -- Austin Film Fest

Losing Walter
- finalist -- Scriptapalooza
- finalist -- Cinequest Film Fest
- finalist -- Hollywood Screenplay Contest


BRYAN HILSON'S SCRIPT NAMED NICHOLL SEMIFINALIST AND TOP 13 SCRIPTAPALOOZA THE WRINKLEMAN was named a Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist (Top 100 out of 5,000) and Scriptapalooza Top 13 Winner in 2007.
Dan Healy - Finalist in Multiple Contests Gabriel's Bones was a finalist in the Screenplay Search and New Hope Film Festival screenplay contests, and a semi-finalist in the Scriptapolooza screenplay contest.
Howard Allen's Client Signs New Rep & is Runner-Up at Scriptapalooza

A client of mine, Robert Hestand's script THE TALOQUAN NETWORK was officially named one of the 10 Runners-Up at Scriptapalooza this year, and the interview regarding the script is available on Scriptapalooza's Facebook page. His new comedy, HIDE AND GO CHIC, is done. And he is headed to the CineStory Retreat.

Christopher J. Valin Places in Multiple Screenwriting Contests

Christopher Valin has placed in numerous writing contests, including: Wins: Golden Age of Television Pilot Competition (2010), Cowrite Script, Week 9 (2009), Scriptwriters Network, Producers Outreach Program (2000),, Kirk v. Picard contest, Week 3 (2007), L.A. Times “Birds of Paradise” novel, Chapt 14 (2008),’s “Spec Scriptacular” contest (2nd, 2011). Finals: TV Writer People’s Pilot Competition (2010), Cowrite Script, Week 7 (2009), Scriptapalooza TV (2000),, Speed Racer contest (2008). Semi-Finals: TVWriter Spec Scriptacular (2011, 2012), Chesterfield Fellowship (2000), Fade In Awards (2009), Storypros Screenwriting Contest (2010), Scriptapalooza TV. Quarterfinals: Nicholl Fellowship (1999), Scriptapalooza (2000), Scriptapalooza TV (2002, 20011), Top Ten Percent (Second Round): Austin Film Festival, TV Pilot Competition (2011) and Screenwriting Competition (2002).

HIRED TO WRITE A TRUE LIFE STORY (Screenwriter: James Vincent) James Vincent was hired to write the true life story of a legendary American sports icon.
Tim Davis was a finalist in Scriptapalooza My pilot script for my Viking Comedy "The Four Norsemen" was a finalist in the 2013 Scriptapalooza TV Contest in the original pilot Category.  The script is posted here on ISA and
Randall C Willis's success with Tank's in Scriptapalooza 2012 Randall C Willis's animated family feature Tank's was announced as Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza 2012 screenplay competition.
Rick Markus' Chicago Nine-Eleven - finalist in multiple contests Chicago Nine-Eleven placed Top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters, was a Table Read My Screenplay 2012 Semi-finalist and a Scriptapalooza 2012 Quarter-finalist.
Thomas J. Herring


Competition Highlights:

The Merging; sci-fi (Quarterfinalist Scriptapalooza competition 2006) Pinewood; horror thriller (Round Two Slamdance 2007) Mom's New Toy; comedy short (First place in WildSound Competition 2008; Second Place Gimme Credit Super Short Category of Cycle V 2007) Smallville: To Eternity And Back; television (Quarterfinalist Scriptapalooza TV competition 2007) Vacation Burnout; comedy (Quarterfinalist Bluecat Competition 2007) Smallville: Fractured Wings; television (Top Ten Finalist Scriptapalooza TV competition 2007)


Tags: Feature, Short, USA, Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, We accept Student writers, Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western