Deadline: March 14, 2024
Entry fee: $55
About the competition
The 21st annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters worldwide. There are three rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (March 15-23), writers are placed randomly in groups and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment. Writers have eight days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.
The judges choose a top five in each group to advance to the 2nd Round (May 9-12), where writers receive new assignments. This time, they have just three days to write a short screenplay no longer than eight pages. Judges choose a top three in each group from the 2nd Round to advance to the competition’s Final Round (June 21-22), where writers are challenged to write a screenplay no longer than five pages in just 24 hours.
A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in thousands in cash and prizes. Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and writers retain all the rights to the screenplays they write during the challenges.
- The Screenwriting Challenge is an international screenplay competition, now in its 21st year, that challenges participants to create original short screenplays in as little as 24 hours based on genre, subject, and character assignments. The challenge is organized by NYC Midnight, an organization founded in 2002 with the mission to discover and promote a new wave of talented storytellers. Through inspiring and challenging writing competitions, NYC Midnight aims to provide the prizes and exposure necessary for writers to take their next big step toward writing professionally.
- Check out the whole guideline and submit your entry here.