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mission & history


The Screenwriter’s Challenge is an international screenplay competition, now in it's 4th year, that challenges participants to create original short scripts in as little as 24 hours.  The event is organized by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness, an organization dedicated to discovering and promoting a new wave of talented storytellers.  NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step towards writing professionally.


Participation in the Screenwriter's Challenge has quadrupled since the first competition was held in 2004.  110 writers competed in 2004, 336 in 2005 and 440 writers from around the world competed in 2006.  Previous winners are shown below:








James Felder

(New York, NY)

Amy Neswald

(New York, NY)

Elizabeth Chase

(Pasadena, CA)





the winning scripts


Information for winning scripts from past Screenwriter's Challenges can be easily found in our new scripts section on www.nycmidnight.com.  Each winning script's logline, genre, page count and contact information for the writer are listed.  Click here to visit NYC Midnight Scripts.




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