The Screenwriting Challenge 2021 is underway with over 1,800 writers participating from around the world! 

 

1st Round: Kickoff Email / Assignments

Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement

  

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The 18th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (March 19-27), writers are placed randomly in groups and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments on the FAQ page).  Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.  The judges choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 2nd Round (May 27-30) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay.  Judges choose a top 3 in each group from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 16-17).  A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in thousands in cash and prizes Sound like fun?  Join the competition below...

 

Never written a screenplay before?  Click here to check out an article going over the basics.

 

 

Registration is now closed.  We'll be announcing more challenges soon for 2021, so make sure to join our mailing list or follow us on facebook, twitter, or instagram to be the first to know.  Thank you and stay safe! 

 

 

While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EDT on March 19, 2021 so that you know when to expect an e-mail.  Use the "Add to Calendar" buttons below to add to your calendar!

 

  1st Round: March 19-27, 2021 Add to Calendar
  2nd Round: May 27-30, 2021 Add to Calendar
  3rd Round: July 16-17, 2021 Add to Calendar

 

 

Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for each screenplay submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their screenplays for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  During the Screenwriting Challenge 2020, there were over 3,800 comments made on the 350+ screenplays submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.

 

 

       
 
Melinda L.
San Diego, USA
“I love this contest. I got to write ghosts, history, a little action-adventure, and an ending that makes me happy in the best bittersweet way.”
     
 
Philip L.
London, GB 
“Just put mine in. Loved the challenge of working up something at speed, with given elements. Best of luck all.” 
     
 
Cierra M.

Soddy Daisy, USA
“Let's just say.. that was SUPER fun! And SUPER challenging.”
     
 
Alexi W.

Minot, USA
“YES! Finally got it done for round one! Absolutely loved the challenge, because it got me thinking about stories I would not have even considered writing otherwise. Thinking about writing down the info for the other heats in this round to practice with later. Good luck, everyone!”
       
 
Melinda T.
Perth, Australia
“Submitted! How exciting! Loved the challenge of this”
 
Sean D.
Laezonia, ZA
“I had immense fun stretching different parts of my writing brain to find something fun and a touch ludicrous for Comedy/Chain Letter (or Email)/Piano Player... Best of luck to all!”
       
 
Melissa M.
Rockport, USA
"I just submitted my screenplay for the 1st round of the competition and WOW!! That was super fun...and it's not just a clever name--it truly was a challenge!"
     
 
Ko M.
Los Angeles, USA
“Got mine in with 3 minutes left on the clock! Hopefully the judges can overlook a few missing comma's and typos because it's pretty solid, otherwise. It's amazing what a deadline does for productivity.  You're all winners in my book!"
       
 
Marissa P.
Greene, USA
“I've never written a mystery before! What a challenging, fun exercise (and a great break from my finals!)”
     
 
Nick C.
Sacramento, USA
“Whatever happens, I really like what I came up with despite not being familiar with fashion design or pregnancy. Best of luck to all!”
       
 
Kim W.
Bridgnorth, GB
“Being a male retired boxer was so much more fun than being a female retired Legal Practice Manager. Enjoyed that immensely! Thanks.”
 
 
 
       
 
Karl A.
Bellevue, USA
"Love writing Sci-Fi when you don't have to worry about budget constraints. Great fun!”
     
   
Beth S.
Bradenton Beach, USA
“This was so much fun!” 
       
   
Scotty-Miguel S.
Los Angeles, USA
“That was intensely fun (and intensely CHALLENGING - which I assume is why they call it that).” 
       

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 





 

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