From an original field of over 1,100 writers and after 3 rounds of challenges, we finally have our winners!  The 40 finalists in the third round were challenged to create an original screenplay no longer than 5 pages using the following assignment:


Genre: Open

Subject:  A hidden door

Character:  A homeschooled child


Congratulations to the winners listed below, to all the finalists for making it through each round of increasingly intense competition, and to everyone that completed the challenge this year!


#1 ''The Dancer'' by Paul Searles LOGLINE - As a precocious orphan girl in a besieged city tries to hide her secret from an oppressive regime, an unexpected hero enters her life.

#2 ''A Homeschool Lesson'' by Greg Sisco LOGLINE - An old man with a past full of wild tales returns to his childhood home with his grandson to teach the boy the lesson that made his own life so rich.

#3 ''Open Letter'' by Jesse Shaul LOGLINE - Hell-bent on becoming an actor, 8-year-old, Grace, cancels school for the day and holds a master class in determination.

#4 ''The Red Helping Hand'' by Billy Hanson LOGLINE - An angry young girl is given strange gifts through a small hidden door in her new bedroom, but for each new gift the helping hand asks for something more and more precious in return.

#5 ''Erik The Red'' by Jim Bromley LOGLINE - A young boy's escape from his tyrant father shows him that things can always get worse.

#6 ''Original Inhabitants'' by Wendy Hanna LOGLINE - Poppy is entranced with the beautiful old dollhouse her mother has found. But both mother and daughter soon discover the antique piece hides a grim horror within.

#7 ''A Fine Kettle of Fish'' by Becca Barnes LOGLINE - When spoiled young Rosamund messes with the mudfish in her family lake, she gets more than she bargained for.

#8 ''Pedagogue'' by Matt Batten LOGLINE - Living in isolation, a boy is late home to his strict mother after secretly venturing where he is forbidden to go and retrieving more than he is allowed to know.

#9 ''Lila the Great'' by Adrienne Frank LOGLINE - A young cancer victim finds solace from her illness and her bickering parents in a fantasy world where she can be great.

#10 ''Recess'' by Patrick Downing LOGLINE - A young girl tries to outwit her stern artificial intelligence tutor in order to get a break from her demanding and ridiculously regimented studies.

#Honorable Mention ''MOLLY, GOODBEAR & HAM-HAM'' by Mark Underwood LOGLINE - A troubled little girl searches for a hidden door she hopes will hold the answer to fixing her father.

#Honorable Mention ''The Birds Will Sing Us All To Sleep'' by Oscar Morphew LOGLINE - A young girl living under her zealous father finds joy in the smallest moments she is afforded but there is something sinister beneath their house, something that could ruin everything.

#Honorable Mention ''IVY'' by Tracy Maxwell LOGLINE - An Amish girl finds her train, and lifelong calling, during an adolescent adventure into the city.

#Honorable Mention ''Survival 101'' by Katherine Middleton LOGLINE - Mikey is about to find out that his mom's lessons aren't so dumb after all.

#Honorable Mention ''Adaline'' by Jason Merrin LOGLINE - LOGLINE: Grace struggles to keep her daughter Adaline safe from religious fundamentalists in this science fiction story.



The 13th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 29 - May 7), 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 23-26) 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 29-30).  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...



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View the 2nd Round Assignments

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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 on April 29th, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  Extended Final Entry Deadline 9PM EDT on April 29, 2016
  1st Round April 29 - May 7, 2016
  2nd Round June 23-26, 2016
  3rd Round July 29-30, 2016



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 2015, there were over 900 comments made on the 100+ 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.”
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!” 












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