Screenwriting Competitions for Scripts and Stage Plays 2021

Screenwriting Competition List updated 25 September 2021. Includes International and UK competitions for screenwriters and playwrights. Details are accurate as far as possible and updated monthly – bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for all these comps personally, but if you have experience of any of them, let us know in the comments. Good luck!

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

BAFTA Rocliffe Competitions

Various 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: Film & TV Comedy opens 2022; Family & YA Media opens 2023; TV Drama open now. NOTE: deadlines dates subject to change…

Entry Fee: £46

Deadlines: TV Drama – 15 September 2021 *CLOSED*

Submit: synopsis, treatment, character breakdown, script extract. 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: either drama or comedy scripts. Next window will be for Comedy scripts later in 2021.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 6 January 2021 *CLOSED*

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

Blue Cat Screenplay Competition

International contest with multiple awards. Win up to $10,000 cash prizes in various categories. Awards for Feature, TV Pilot and Short. Further prize 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 – $80

Deadlines: Regular 11 October 2021; Final 14 November 2021; Late 12 December 2021; Final Resubmission 21 February 2022

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

Channel 4 Screenwriting Competition

Contest run by 4Screenwriting 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 be available to attend two weekend workshops in January and June 2022. Open for entries.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 1 October 2021

Submit: screenplay in pdf format and CV. 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 here.

Entry Fee: £40

Deadline: 31 March 2022

Submit: 2 page treatment for feature film and 10 page script sample and entry form. 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: $10-$45

Deadlines: BIFF – Early Bird 15 October 2021; Regular 14 January 2022; Late 11 March 2022; Extended 29 April 2022

BAFF – Regular 17 December 2021; Late 11 February 2022; Extended 1 April 2022

BHFF – Extended 29 October 2021

IFFW – Extended 30 October 2021

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: $45 – $75

Deadlines: Extended 19 October 2021; Last Chance 9 November 2021

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

Green Stories Radio Series Competition

Open to screenplays for a radio play or series that uses ideas about environmental sustainability and building a sustainable society. Your script can be in any genre as long as it has a positive and inspiring vision rather than a dystopian one. Win appraisal by the Literary Consultancy and the script will be sent to production companies. BBC Writer’s Room will read the top 5 scripts.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 26 August 2021 *CLOSED*

Submit: first episode and 3 page outline of series. Check website for full submission 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. Fees vary by deadline and script type.

Entry Fee: $35-$80

Deadlines: Early Bird 7 October 2021; Regular 11 November 2021; Late 13 January 2022; Final 10 February 2022

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

Netflix Screenwriters’ Fellowship

A *NEW* talent initiative offering 6 writers the opportunity for a programme of professional development, including a bursary of £22,568 to write a spec script for an original idea over a year, plus a paid placement in a writer’s room of a Netflix or Sky series. Open to Black, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in TV and film. You must be a resident of the UK to enter and available to take part from 13 September 2021.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 18 June 2021 *CLOSED*

Submit: a script in pdf format. 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. Opens for entries in December 2021.

Entry Fee: $45-$75

Deadlines: TBC

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. In 2021 three winners will receive £2,000 and audio production.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 7 February 2021 *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 4 writers will have a final interview to choose the winner.

Entry Fee: Free

Deadline: 3 April 2020 *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. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $50-$70 for features; $30-$50 for shorts

Deadlines: Early Bird 13 December 2021; Regular 14 February 2022; Final 4 April 2022

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

Scriptation Showcase Script Competition

Run by professional scriptwriters to connect screenwriters with the industry and circulate scripts to the directors, showrunners, and producers of your favourite movies and TV shows. Win cash prizes, a Scriptation Showcase, and industry access. For teleplays, screenplays, and shorts written in English. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $39 – $59

Deadlines: Teleplay – Early 9 January 2022; Regular 6 February 2022; Final 13 March 2022

Submit: script in pdf format. 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 $30,000 in writing fees since 2013. All genres accepted. Fees vary by deadline.

Entry Fee: $45 – $60  ($40 – $50 for Short)

Deadlines: Final 31 August 2021 *CLOSED*

Submit: screenplay in pdf format. 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. Fees vary by deadline and script type.

Entry Fee: £20-£65

Deadline: Reminder 12 October 2021; Regular 23 November 2021; Final 28 January 2022

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

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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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