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● Anyone may compete from anywhere in the world.

● There are 2 rounds.

● 1st Round (April 16 - 24, 2010) :  Writers are placed randomly in heats.  Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject (ex. comedy : competing lemonade stands or horror : a family reunion).

● Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay (15 pages max) based on their genre and subject assignment.

● Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd round and compete for over $20,000 in cash and prizes.

● 2nd Round (June 4 - 5, 2010) :  All of the writers receive the same genre and subject at midnight (EST time) and have just 24 hours to write an original short screenplay (15 pages max.).

● A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are chosen!




Photo by Yoon S. Byun

Act I, Scene I, Round I: Writers vie for shot at fame. Read an article in the Boston Globe covering participants in the 2009 competition.

Luke Kalteux

Click here to check out an interview with Luke Kalteux, winner of the Screenwriter's Challenge 2009.



50 Finalists were challenged to create an original short screenplay (15 pages max.) based on a genre (romantic comedy) and a subject assignment (retirement).  Congratulations to the winners below!   To check out a list of the 1st Round winners, click here.


#1  'Love Number' by Evan Beier   LOGLINE - A phone sex operator facing retirement comes to terms with her loveless life and struggles to fulfill it. PAGES - 14

#2  'The Greeter' by Kirk White   LOGLINE - A cantankerous widower, fighting against a manual retirement from his job at a local discount store finds an unexpected champion...and perhaps more...when he reunites with the one who got away.  PAGES - 13

#3  'Retiring the Mind Blower' by Teresa Celsi   LOGLINE - The retirement of an old rollercoaster rekindles memories for its operator. PAGES - 15

#4 'Wally and George Make Hot Shot Soup' by Gregory Awada   LOGLINE - After twenty years living as a third wheel while pining away for his bosses wife, a butler is spurred to make his move because of his bosses egregious infidelities and his pending retirement. PAGES - 15

#5 'School Daze' by Brad MacDuff   LOGLINE - Walter is the best kindergarten teacher that Eastberry Elementary school has ever seen, but - one year away from retirement - he may have finally met his match. PAGES - 11

#6 'Dispatch' by morgan von ancken   LOGLINE - Lonely truck driver Larry Lubell falls for a women he's known for 16 years but has never actually met -- his dispatcher. PAGES - 15

#7 'If Earl Likes Her' by Honesta Romberger   LOGLINE - Divorced, retired and routined, he let Earl do his dirty work. But, what happens if Earl likes her? PAGES - 10

#8 'Scream for Ice Cream' by Dana Whitney   LOGLINE - A Flavor Engineer at an ice cream factory finds love after being reprimanded at work for developing ice creams with offensive names. PAGES - 15

#9 'THE MATCHMAKER' by KEN CHADWICK   LOGLINE - An elderly resident of a retirement home brings two competing caretakers together. PAGES - 15

#10 'OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS' by ANDY NELSON   LOGLINE - Rejoining the senior dating world, Bea and Walter start things off on the wrong foot. Can these old dogs learn some new tricks to find love again? PAGES - 15


Honorable Mentions
'BREWSTER SMITH' by Harry Roth 

'Early Retirement' by Jeff Bayer
'How was your day, Ray?' by Ramon Ricard
'Ice Moves' by Evans Justin
'Out of Retirement' by Christopher Schrader
'Owl Vs. Pussycat' by Moran Nicholas
'Pushing The Button' by Jeff Prezenkowski
'Retiring Milton' by Christine Bartsch
'Who Rewrote the Book of Love? ' by Jenny Levison & Steve Klausner


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