From an original field of 1,700+ writers around the world and after three rounds of intense challenges, we finally have a winner!  Congratulations to Alex Sutton (Wrexham, Great Britain) for winning the 2019 competition with his final round screenplay "Nula".  Alex and 59 other finalists were challenged to create a 5 page maximum screenplay in just 24 hours based on the assignment below:


Genre: Open

Subject: Accident-prone

Character: A zookeeper


The top screenplays of the final round are listed below.  Congratulations to everyone that participated for rising to the challenges and submitting so many great screenplays!


Top Screenplays of the Final Round:

HM = Honorable Mention


#1 - ''Nula'' by Alex Sutton LOGLINE - A lifelong bond is formed between a deaf girl and the gorilla who saved her life.

#2 - ''Bad Luck Kiss'' by Eric Johnson LOGLINE - Morgan is on a mission to meet a handsome zookeeper at the zoo. But will he end up another in a long line of tragic romances?

#3 - ''Panda-monium'' by Lauren Taylor Boyd LOGLINE - A determined zookeeper is tasked with playing matchmaker for two pandas: one, a lovable clumsy oaf, the other an aloof newcomer who just wants to eat her bamboo in peace.

#4 - ''Only Life'' by Joe Skoff & Christian Hanway  LOGLINE - A North Korean Soldier witnesses a remarkable display of nature.

#5 - ''A Day with Shukrani'' by David DeRita LOGLINE - A zookeeper reminisces about the day he made an unexpected friend.

#6 - ''Extraction of the Zookeeper'' by Mark Piras LOGLINE - Years after a global calamity kills most of the planet, a man investigates tales of a woman who finds and keeps animals.

#7 - ''Just Like Momma'' by Jae Mazer LOGLINE - Bethany, a little girl who suffers abuse at the hands of her father, finds a bittersweet solution to the horrors of her life.

#8 - ''Lemmings'' by Josh Madden LOGLINE - A less than perfect robot is given a thankless caretaking position.

#9 - ''All God's Creatures'' by Oscar Morphew LOGLINE - In the shadow of an unspoken disaster, an old man living in the ruins of a Wildlife Park, haunted by all that he's lost, discovers there is something in the darkness with him.

#10 - ''GATEKEEPER'' by Liz Hynes LOGLINE - Annie can't remember things as well as she used to, but she always remembers to lock the gate.

#HM - ''The Oops-A-Daisies'' by Greg Sisco LOGLINE - After seeing a strange man in her front yard, a young girl raised to believe that accidents await her if she leaves the house begins to question the nature of her world.

#HM - ''Animales Salvajes'' by Christopher McKernan LOGLINE - An employee at the world's most dangerous zoo learns who the real wild animals are.

#HM - ''THE ZOOKEEPER'S KEEPERS'' by Z. R. Denis LOGLINE - When animals in a Zoo go out of their way to keep their best yet most accident-prone Zookeeper out of danger's way on a daily basis, they must suddenly think outside the box when a new member of staff threatens to make things even worse for their favorite Zookeeper...

#HM - ''Spaz'' by M. Rowan Meyer LOGLINE - A mistreated zookeeper with Down syndrome is imprisoned in his zoo overnight, where he finds more kindness than in the land of people.

#HM - ''Sweet Lorraine'' by Brett Michael Orr LOGLINE - A married man sits with his ailing wife, reflecting back to the day they first met so many years ago.




1st Round: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

2nd Round: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement



The 16th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 12-20), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here).  Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.  The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (June 13-16) 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 5 in each heat 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 19-20).  A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in over 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 will have many more competitions in 2019, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about our next competition.



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 round at 11:59PM EDT on April 12th, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  Early Entry Deadline March 7, 2019
  Extended Final Entry Deadline 9PM EDT on April 12, 2019
  1st Round April 12-20, 2019
  2nd Round June 13-16, 2019
  3rd Round July 19-20, 2019



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 2018, there were over 2,600 comments made on the 175+ 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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