In the 3rd and Final Round of the Screenwriting Challenge 2015, the 40 finalists were given the following assignment:


Genre: Open

Subject: An arranged wedding

Character: A photographer


They had just 24 hours to create an original short screenplay no longer than 5 pages.  Through 3 rounds of competition and from an original field of over 1,000 writers, we finally have our winners.  Congratulations to the writers below and to everyone that participated this year for submitting so many amazing screenplays!


#1 'By The Book' by David F.M. Vaughn LOGLINE - Two childhood friends find themselves in court battling over a contract made over 20 years ago.

#2 'Tintype Molly' by Jonathan Greene LOGLINE - A photographer in the Arizona Territory is caught in the cross fire of two men laying claim to the same bride.

#3 'Shotgun Wedding' by Sydney Mitchel LOGLINE - A rookie cop goes undercover as a photographer at a wedding that turns out to be so fun, it's practically criminal.

#4 'Something Assigned, Something Free' by Meghan Malone LOGLINE - Two high school students are partnered together to plan a wedding for their “Life Skills” class, making it their mission to do so on a zero-dollar budget.

#5 'Mister Massive and the Super Squad' by David Mair LOGLINE - A father comes to understand his son through his son's photos of a superhero wedding.

#6 'Collage' by Scott Dale LOGLINE - A progressive photographer introduces her one-night stand to her collage of arranged marriages.

#7 'And Obey' by Jake Dovey LOGLINE - Lady Diana mentally prepares for the wedding of the century with the help of a photographer's assistant.

#8 'Spoils of War' by Steele Tyler Filipek LOGLINE - After making it across the frontier amidst the Bosnian War, a cynical photographer tries to help his blind companion find a forgotten treasure before enemy forces close in.

#9 'Fix You' by John O'Neill LOGLINE - Mistaken as gay by his parents, an everyday Indian-American bro must navigate out of an unpleasant arranged engagement.

#10 'Oh, Happy Day!' by Adam Harvey LOGLINE - A photographer counsels a young groom-to-be through a life changing decision.

#Honorable Mention 'Dario' by Scott Young & Derek Stewart  LOGLINE - Dario uses his camera to see lonely people in need of their significant others. When he kidnaps Cody and Trish and arranges for them to be married, things don't turn out quite the way he hoped they would.

#Honorable Mention 'Hospital Gown' by Rebecca Landman LOGLINE - Before heading into a transplant surgery, a young girl films her favorite story for her widowed mother.

#Honorable Mention 'In A Flash' by Russell Ward LOGLINE - On the evening of her arranged marriage, a young princess shares her fears and uncertainties with the wedding photographer, with unexpected consequences.

#Honorable Mention 'The First Wife of Uqbah' by Tom Bourne LOGLINE - The 12-year-old daughter of a Yemeni mountain tribe leader is married to an ISIS commander in exchange for the "protection" of their village. But, before he can claim his prize, the commander must first speak with the little girl's grandmother.

#Honorable Mention 'The Trap Room' by Jesse Shaul LOGLINE - As kids across America anxiously await the nuptials of Bun Bun and Timber, the puppeteers behind the scenes must come face-to-face with their own flawed relationships.


The 12th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 24 - May 2), 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 18-21) 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 24-25).  A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in over $14,000 in cash and prizes Sound like fun?  Join the competition below...


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View the 1st Round Results

View the 2nd Round Assignments


Official Rules and Partcipation Agreement


  1st Round April 24 - May 2, 2015
  2nd Round June 18-21, 2015
  3rd Round July 24-25, 2015


Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every 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 2014, there were over 1,200 comments made on the 125+ screenplays submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.








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