Anyone may compete from anywhere in the world

► There are 2 rounds

1st Round:  Screenwriters are placed randomly in heats.  Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject (ex. genre - comedy, subject - competing lemonade stands).

► Screenwriters have 1 week to write an original short screenplay (maximum 20 pages) and submit to NYC for judging.

► Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd round and compete for for over $9,000 in prizes and exposure to the industry.

2nd Round:  The winning screenwriters all receive the same genre and subject at midnight (NYC time).  They have just 24 hours to write an original short screenplay and e-mail to NYC for judging.

► A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and a grand prize winner is chosen.


PRODUCING THE SCRIPTS : If you are looking to produce a short script, a complete list of winning scripts, loglines and writer contact info can be found by clicking here.  If you would like to produce in a specific genre and with a specific budget in mind, contact us at and we can recommend several scripts and put you in touch with the writer.



336 writers from around the world competed in the 2005 Screenwriter's Challenge.  In the 1st Round of the competition, writers were separated into 20 different heats and were each given one week to write an original short screenplay based on a genre and subject assignment.  24 talented writers were chosen to advance to the final round and compete for over $9,000 in prizes by writing an original screenplay in just 24 hours based on the following assignment: genre: Fantasy  subject: Steps.   The final round winners are listed below.  Congratulations to Amy Neswald and to all the writers for rising to the challenge and writing some amazing screenplays!


1st Place - Amy Neswald (New York, NY)
WILDERNESS - Reticent from birth to live the first of many lives, Robert, now 40, shies away from any attachments -  until he finally meets his soulmate.

2nd Place - Joni Brainard (Wichita, KS)
THE SHOESTRING TREE - A vow to scatter their eccentric mother's ashes according to her wishes reunites wayward siblings, until they learn of the other-worldly location she's chosen.

3rd Place - Spencer Christian (Austin, TX)
WEDDING DANCE - Sometimes it's the steps you don't take that make all the difference.

4th Place - Joe Rye (Brooklyn, NY)
WALKING STILL - Osmond has been fleeing death since the womb.  Walking to the ends of the earth, he must decide if it's worth the hurry.

5th Place - Richard Schimpf (San Francisco, CA)
STEP #5 - Who knew running off to join the circus meant jumping  through so many hoops?






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