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Deadlines

  • Early
    Nov 11, 2021
  • Regular
    Jan 13, 2022
  • Final
    Feb 17, 2022
ISA Exclusive Deadline:

Sep 30, 2021

Mega Early Deadline:

Oct 06, 2021

Early Deadline:

Nov 11, 2021

Regular Deadline:

Jan 13, 2022

Final Deadline:

Feb 17, 2022

CATEGORIES & FEES

Early Deadline
(11/11/21)
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
Regular Deadline
(01/13/22)
  • Standard Entry $49
  • ISAConnect Entry $44
Final Deadline
(02/17/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59
Early Deadline
(11/11/21)
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
Regular Deadline
(01/13/22)
  • Standard Entry $49
  • ISAConnect Entry $44
Final Deadline
(02/17/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59

Announcements

Quarter-Finalists

Mar 17, 2022

Semi-Finalists

Apr 14, 2022

Top 10 Finalists

May 03, 2022

Genre Winners

May 19, 2022

Grand Prize

May 19, 2022

SPONSORS

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Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

 

Compete in your own space!

8 Genre Categories & 8 Winners

$30,000 in CASH PRIZES

We’re looking for ALL emerging screenwriters! Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned writer ready to redefine your career, we can elevate you to the next level. We’re searching for the most authentic and unique scripts in eight broad genre categories. 

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Bio, Horror/Thriller, Mystery/Crime, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Family/Holiday/Young Adult


The winner of each genre category will receive $2,500 cash. Of the eight scripts selected, one of you will go on to win the Grand Prize and receive an additional $10,000 for a total of $12,500. You will also be accepted onto the ISA Development Slate, where the Development Team will get your script in front of top industry pros from companies like:

The Top 8 Scripts Will Be Read by Top Agents, Managers & Producers like these:



Last season's readers include:

Sheila Hanahan Taylor (Breaking In, American Pie, Final Destination):
One of the few people in Hollywood who is both a full-time film producer and full-time educator, Sheila’s main priority when she is not on set is helping the next generation of filmmakers find their creative path. With over 25 feature films under her belt, including Universal Studio’s recent box office darling BREAKING IN, and the $2 Billion Worldwide grossing AMERICAN PIE and FINAL DESTINATION franchises, she has also had movies awarded in competition at Toronto, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Mill Valley, Tumbleweeds, Heartland and many other worldwide fests. Upcoming projects include the sixth installment of New Line Studio’s FINAL DESTINATION franchise; horror film SISTERS OF SAMHAIN, in partnership with Cinestate/Fangoria Films, Bloody Disgusting, and Grade A Entertainment; and the high-tech thriller ENTRY LEVEL, in partnership with Culmination Films and 13 Films. Previously, Sheila spent almost a decade running the room for the Fox TV Writers Lab, where she oversaw the development of over 75 original pilots and helped staff new voices into network shows. Currently, she sits on multiple University and Workshop Boards, runs screenwriting and producing labs around the world, has been an instructor in the Graduate and Professional Programs at UCLA film school for 20 years, is a specialist on Pitching and Branding, and believes everyone has a story to tell.

Farrell Ingle (Homestead, Saltwater Cowboy):
A writer-producer whose recent credits include sci-fi thriller HOMESTEAD with Gunpowder & Sky and SALTWATER COWBOY starring Glenn Howerton with FX and USA. He has worked in the writer’s room of the Marvel Disney+ series MS. MARVEL and on the run of production for DEADPOOL 2. Previously, he was a development executive with 87eleven and Zucker Productions.

Diane Drake (What Women Want, Only You):
Drake is an accomplished screenwriter, writing instructor, story consultant, author and international speaker. Her first produced original script, ONLY YOU, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, sold for one million dollars, while her second produced script, WHAT WOMEN WANT, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, is the second highest grossing rom/com of all time (boxofficemojo.com). Both films have also been remade in China featuring major Chinese stars, and WWW was recently again remade as WHAT MEN WANT with Taraji P. Henson. Prior to becoming a screenwriter, Diane served as VP of Creative Affairs for Academy Award-winning director/producer Sydney Pollack. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and recently released her debut book on screenwriting, ”GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT”. She teaches screenwriting through the UCLA Extension Writers Program, has served as a judge for numerous screenwriting contests including the WGA Awards and the Humanitas Prize, and serves as a mentor at the Rocaberti Writers Retreats in France and Italy.

Elliot Grove (The Living and the Dead, Deadly Virtues, Amber):
Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance FiIm FestivaI (1993) and the British Independent FiIm Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short fiIms and five feature fiIms: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice). In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to fiIm education.

Krista Sipp (Literary Manager / Producer at First Friday Entertainment)
Krista Sipp is a literary manager based out of Los Angeles. She and her partner, Devon Byers, founded First Friday Entertainment in 2017. First Friday is a management and production company representing writers, directors, and producers in the film, TV, and digital space. 

Originally from Connecticut, Krista started her career at management company Circle of Confusion in 2008. After holding positions at studios and production companies across the industry, she returned to Circle of Confusion in 2015 before moving on to launch her own company. 

Currently, Krista is focused on developing clients with fresh voices and diverse points of view. She loves to discover writers and directors from backgrounds that traditionally have been underrepresented in the entertainment industry and creating access for the stories they have to tell. Her clients have worked on projects such as A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW (HBO), KATY KEENE (CW), the upcoming independent feature TUNNELS, starring Susan Sarandon, as well as the upcoming Legendary Comics series LUPINA.

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Categories: Feature / TV Pilot

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical/Bio, Horror/Thriller, Mystery/Crime, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Family/Holiday/Young Adult

PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner 
(Selected from 8 Genre Award Winners)

$12,500 Cash (Includes $2,500 from Genre Award)
- Invitation onto the ISA Development Slate, where the team will work with you to further package and champion your winning script to more industry execs for a full year. Over 80 scripts from Development Slate writers have been produced or optioned.
- 1 Year ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros
- All Additional Category Prizes

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Genre Award Winners
(8 Winners Selected from 8 Genre Categories)

$2500 Cash Each
- Genre Winner's Scripts Will Be Read by Top Agents, Managers & Producers
- ISA Development Slate Consideration 
ISA Development Slate Evaluation (for a New Script)
- 12 Months ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros

- 8-Year Copyright from Creator's Vault
- All Prizes from Finalists

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Finalists (Top 10 of Each Genre)
- The Craft Course in Screenwriting 
- 6 months ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros
- ISA Logline Review

- Digital Copy of "(Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting"

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Semi-Finalists 
- 3 months ISAConnect with access to Writing Gigs and Industry Pros
- Digital Copy of "(Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting"

Categories: ,
GENRES: Action, Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction, Thriller

Announcements

  • Quarter-FinalistsMar 17, 2022laurels

Rules

All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Emerging Screenwriters Grand Prize Winners and their screenplays are ineligible to enter into any future contest season.
If you receive 2nd – 6th place awards 3 times with 3 different screenplays, you will no longer be eligible to submit.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible, provided all rights have been secured to adapt the work.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
Those that receive a free script feedback are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses or unless otherwise stated in a promotion.
You understand that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
Entries and payments are accepted online only. We’re GREEN!
Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.
Multiple entries are permissible and get a discount.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
You understand that it is your sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Payments to be accepted via Paypal or through registrations on the ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist and/or winner, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
You are under no obligation to participate therein.
You may submit your screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
If you submit to the Emerging Screenwriters Competition, you will retain all rights to your screenplay.
No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.
The cash prizes will be distributed 3 months from the date of the final announcement.
ISAConnect Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free ISAConnect membership.
Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
If you order a script analysis you may be charged separately $1 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes, may be included with a TV Pilot submission. Email them to: Submissions@ EmergingScreenwriters.com.
You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
You understand and accept without reservation that you are an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
By entering the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, you agree to the rules.
For more inquiries, please email us at Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

FAQs

FAQ: https://www.emergingscreenwriters.com/rules-faqs/

For any other questions, please email us: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

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Screenplay competitions like Emerging Screenwriters are a great way to take a chance on your dreams through your creativity. However, unless you win the Grand Prize or one of the Genre Awards, you may never know how your script actually compared – and even if you do find success, you won’t actually know what it was about your script that caught the judges’ eyes and set you apart. That’s where Professional Script Feedback comes in.

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Deep Dive (4-5 Pages) $99 – This offers more than the General feedback with analysis on every aspect of the script. Examination of plot, character, format, marketability, etc. Suggestions and recommendations of other helpful screenplay resources.


ISA-Certified Script Readers are experienced industry professionals with a variety of success in screenwriting, producing, and literary management. They are here to empower you to improve your work based on their well-informed perspective and how it relates to the structure and technique contained within your script. We strive to give you something more than just a pat on the back; we’re here to propel your script to the front of the line.

CATEGORIES & FEES

Early Deadline
(11/11/21)
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
Regular Deadline
(01/13/22)
  • Standard Entry $49
  • ISAConnect Entry $44
Final Deadline
(02/17/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59
Early Deadline
(11/11/21)
  • Standard Entry $39
  • ISAConnect Entry $34
Regular Deadline
(01/13/22)
  • Standard Entry $49
  • ISAConnect Entry $44
Final Deadline
(02/17/22)
  • Standard Entry $69
  • ISAConnect Entry $59

Rules

All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Emerging Screenwriters Grand Prize Winners and their screenplays are ineligible to enter into any future contest season.
If you receive 2nd – 6th place awards 3 times with 3 different screenplays, you will no longer be eligible to submit.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible, provided all rights have been secured to adapt the work.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
Those that receive a free script feedback are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses or unless otherwise stated in a promotion.
You understand that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
Entries and payments are accepted online only. We’re GREEN!
Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.
Multiple entries are permissible and get a discount.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
You understand that it is your sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Payments to be accepted via Paypal or through registrations on the ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist and/or winner, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness and voice for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
You are under no obligation to participate therein.
You may submit your screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization.
If you submit to the Emerging Screenwriters Competition, you will retain all rights to your screenplay.
No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.
The cash prizes will be distributed 3 months from the date of the final announcement.
ISAConnect Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free ISAConnect membership.
Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
If you order a script analysis you may be charged separately $1 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes, may be included with a TV Pilot submission. Email them to: Submissions@ EmergingScreenwriters.com.
You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
You understand and accept without reservation that you are an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
By entering the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, you agree to the rules.
For more inquiries, please email us at Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

FAQs

FAQ: https://www.emergingscreenwriters.com/rules-faqs/

For any other questions, please email us: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com

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ISA CONNECT member Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in winners' circle of the Top 6 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. The pilot of the serialized drama series was hailed as a "kick butt...
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Julia Skikavich's workplace comedy a Top 100 in Emerging Screenwriters

Julia Skikavich's TV pilot, 'Sourdoughs', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters contest. Set in an Arctic town, the workplace comedy was cited as "brillant" fish-out-of-water comedy with a new and innovative twist. 
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Julia Skikavich's TV pilot places in Top 100 of Emerging Screenwriters 2016

Julia Skikavich's TV drama pilot script, 'Missing Pieces', has placed in Top 100 of the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters screenplay competition. Cited as a "kick butt script", the story was graded as being ripe with potential,...
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Ahana Umesh's "MATCHED BY SERA" is Emerging Screenwriters 2016 Finalist

Ahana Umesh's screenplay, "Matched by Sera" qualified as a finalist in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition. Featuring witty repartee, it revolves around the CEO of a matchmaking company, who is better adept at...
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Powderpuff wins 5th Place in Emerging Screenwriters

Chelsea Watkins' feature, Powderpuff, wins 5th Place in the 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Competition.
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Daniel J. Mitchell's TV Pilots make Top 100 in Shoot Your Sizzle

Daniel J. Mitchell's quirky, superhero action-comedy, "Superfluous", and high-octane thriller, "War Bank" both made the Top 100 in the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle competition. The scripts are now advancing to the...
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'Product 125' Advances in Shoot Your Sizzle

Jim Falletta's sci-fi feature script, 'Product 125', has placed in the Top 100 of the 2017 Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Competition and is now moving on to the final round.
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Daniel J. Mitchell's action-comedy "Superfluous" Top 100 Finalist

Daniel J. Mitchell’s quirky, superhero action-comedy “Superfluous” makes the Top 100 Finalists in the 2016 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.
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YOUNG CREATURES

Giulia is an Italian teenager with a seemingly normal life. A few months from her sixteenth birthday Giulia made an odd and recurrent dream that would change her life forever. In the dream, Giulia saw herself, running through a dark path, where it...
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Daniel J. Mitchell's 'Superfluous' 8th Place in "Shoot Your Sizzle" contest

Daniel J. Mitchell's action-comedy pilot 'Superfluous' wins another accolade, this time taking 8th in the 2017 Emerging Screenwriters "Shoot Your Sizzle" competition.
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Jeff York's dark comedy 'Play Dirty' named Script Pipeline quarterfinalist

Jeff York's dark comedy 'Play Dirty' was just named a quarterfinalist in the 2017 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest. The story concerns Becky Shrum, a nerdy 13-year-old girl in San Clemente, CA who is running to be the president of the junior...
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Zee Kershaw - Emerging Screenwriters' Shoot Your Sizzle Competition

Kershaw's Sizzle Reel Short script 'The Unobtainables' placed in the top 100 in the 2017 "Shoot Your Sizzle" Competition. Placing in the top 100 meant that they won a prize, as well as recognition for all the hard work.
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The Doodler

*America's Rainbow Film Festival Winner: Best Screenplay for The Doodler*Genre Celebration Festival Winner: Best Screenplay for The Doodler*Cannes Screenplay Contest Historical Competition Official Finalist for The Doodler
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2011 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition - 2nd Place Overall

Derek Asaff's animated/family feature GUINEA PIGS takes 2nd Place at the 2011 Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition.
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Ted Campbell selected for the ISA's Top 25 Writers of 2017

Ted Campbell has been chosen as one of ISA's Top 25 Writers of 2017. The decision was based on five primary points and conditions: overall writing talent and presentation of a gift for the craft of screenwriting, project/script success in...
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Don Thompson is in the Emerging Screenwriters Top 100

Thompson's screenplay 'Medea, South Carolina' moves him to the top 100 in the Emerging Screenwriters Contest.
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Pilot 'Token Kyle' by Melissa Emery is Top 100 for Emerging Screenwriters

Melissa Emery's original comedy pilot Token Kyle is currently in the Top 100 for Emerging Screenwriters Feature/ Pilot Competition.Token Kyle is about a man who wants nothing more than to make partner at work to win the approval of his deadbeat...
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Mugs Cahill makes Emerging Screenwriters Top 100

Mugs Cahill was named in the Top 100 for the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Feature/Pilot Competition for her TV Pilot submittal JOOK. The same script which garnered the Austin Film Festival Second Rounder.
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Clarke Mayer's SKYJACK named Emerging Screenwriters Top 100 Semi-Finalist

SKYJACK has been named a Finish Line Script Competition quarter-finalist, as well as an Emerging Screenwriters Hot 100 semi-finalist. SKYJACK is a fictionalized historical thriller based on the true story of folk hero D.B. Cooper.
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3 Contest Placements for Robert Rossetti Comedy Script JIMMY LYNCH

Robert Rossetti, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and former NYC Stand Up Comic, has recently placed in 3 Contests with his Comedy Feature, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JIMMY LYNCH! a 90's Comedy about Worcester, Massachusetts. The Script...
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Ted Campbell's BLUE MOTEL Semi-Finalist Emerging Screenwriters Contest

Ted Campbell's crime thriller BLUE MOTEL is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. BLUE MOTEL recently won the Grand Prize in the Your Script Produced screenplay contest.
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Ted Campbell's HARM'S WAY Semi-Finalist Emerging Screenwriters Contest

Ted Campbell's suspense thriller HARM'S WAY is a Semi-Finalist in the Mystery category for Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition.
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SURVIVORS: B.S. wins Drama category of Emerging Screenwriters

Julia Skikavich's darkly funny, one-hour drama SURVIVORS: B.S. has won the Drama category of the 2019 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay competition. The contest’s judges highlighted the writer’s unique voice, the script’s compelling...
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LUANA chosen for Emerging Screenwriters

LEGACY and LUANA both came in as Semi-finalists or Top 25 Sci-fi/Fantasy Screenplays in The Emerging Screenwriter Gene Competition!!
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LEGACY chosen for Emerging Screenwriters

LEGACY and LUANA both came in as Semi-finalists or Top 25 Sci-fi/Fantasy Screenplays in The Emerging Screenwriter Gene Competition!!
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"Dead Don't Speak" selected for Frontières International Co-Pro Market

Christian Lybrook's period thriller script "Dead Don't Speak" is one of 20 selections for the 2020 Frontières International Co-Production Market. The film is being produced by Noah Lang ("The Climb", "The Strange Ones") and is being directed by...
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DEAD DON'T SPEAK Optioned by Witchcraft Motion Picture Company

Christian Lybrook's 1950s thriller feature script DEAD DON'T SPEAK has been optioned by producer Noah Lang ("The Climb") with the Witchcraft Motion Picture Company. The script, about an obsessive deputy’s investigation into a history of abducted...
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Jeffrey Howe's FLAT-RATE FRANK advances in Nicholl Fellowship

FLAT-RATE FRANK, Jeffrey Howe's historical coming of age drama, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It also entered the semifinal round at the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices competition.
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Powderpuff

Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest 2017- Finalist, Honorable Mention Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest 2016- Quarterfinalist
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Saigon Special

Austin Film Festival Semi-finalist 2020, Screencraft Comedy Finalist 2019, Nicholl top 20% 2020, Emerging Screenwriters Comedy Finalist 2019, Emerging Screenwriters Mystery Semi-finalist 2019, Page Quarterfinalist 2020, TSL Free Screenplay...
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HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS by Jayson Crittenden awarded by Emerging Screenwriters

After a record number of submissions, HARLEM HELL FIGHTERS by Jayson Crittenden was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. Another humbling accomplishment for this remarkable true story.
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Second Time a Second Rounder at AFF

For the second year in a row, Deborah Syna has a Feature screenplay that placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival. In 2019, a crime drama involving a Nigerian Romance Scam SUGARLAND, and this year, a Supernatural Thriller TALON, set in...
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2020 Emerging Screenwriters Quarter-Finalists & Semi-Finalists Announced!

Rollin Jewett's environmental action adventure comedy is Quarter Finalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenwriting Competition!
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DOWN BY THE RIVER scores a spot among the Quarter Finalists

Western/Drama pilot DOWN BY THE RIVER by Teymur Faris scored its first official selection thanks to the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. After applying its first version of the script to the Historical category, DOWN BY THE RIVER...
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RELOCATION - Semifinalist, 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Warren Clarke's RELOCATION was named a semifinalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. The sci-fi thriller was also a semifinalist in these 2020 contests: Big Apple Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting...
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MENTAL - Semifinalist, 2020 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

Warren Clarke's MENTAL has advanced to the semifinalist round of the 2020 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. The thriller tells of a psychiatry student with a phobia for gore who is held captive by intruders at her mom's inn. She must use...
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FAMILY SPIES - Semifinalist, 2020 Shore Scripts Feature Contest

Warren Clarke's FAMILY SPIES has advanced to the semifinalist round of the 2020 Shore Scripts Feature Contest. The family-friendly action comedy tells of retired husband-and-wife spies who go to extraordinary lengths to keep tabs on their rebellious...
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RELOCATION - Quarterfinalist, 2020 Final Draft Big Break

Warren Clarke's RELOCATION has made it to the quarterfinalist round of the 2020 Final Draft Big Break. The sci-fi thriller tells the story of an FBI agent who places witnesses in a high-tech relocation program. Her world unravels when her husband...
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CITY SPIRIT - Semifinalist, Diverse Voices Spring 2021 Screenwriting Lab

Warren Clarke's CITY SPIRIT has been named a semifinalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Spring 2021 Screenwriting Lab. The action comedy tells the story of a loner cop and a disgraced ghost hunter who must work together to solve a series of...
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GREEN WARS - Quarterfinalist, 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Warren Clarke's GREEN WARS has been named a quarterfinalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. The comedy looks at what happens when a fast food executive's wife finds salvation with a militant vegan activist group.
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RIGHTEOUS Makes Top 10 in Emerging Screenwriters Genre

Kathy Patterson was delighted to see her 1-hour Fantasy Drama, RIGHTEOUS, has made it to the finals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre competition. RIGHTEOUS - where Death isn't the End of Life, but the Way to Save it.
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BREAKWATER CITY wins Genre in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition

Jeremy Dehn's pilot, BREAKWATER CITY, has won the Mystery/Crime genre in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. This tops off a great year for Breakwater City, as it also was a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break, became a second...
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PINEY RIDGE Named a Top 10 Finalist in Emerging Screenwriting Competition

(Los Angeles, CA - January 7, 2021) - La'Chris Jordan's historical pilot PINEY RIDGE placed in the Top 10 Historical/Bio Category for the 2020 Emerging Screenwriting Genre Competition. Winners and finalists were announced today on the competition's...
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MAMADUKES named a Top 10 Comedy Script

Oliver Warren's pilot script MAMADUKES was selected as one of the TOP 10 COMEDY SCRIPTS in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. MAMADUKES has already caught the eye of incredible Exec Producer John Melfi (Sex & The City, House of Cards,...
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ISA Development Slate 2021

As a part of the Grand Prize for her screenplay, WHAT'S LEFT OF US Rae Jones was invited to join ISA's Development Slate in 2021. She has already had a meeting with the Development Team, and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
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ISA Development Slate 2021

Nicholas' script SPRING-HEELED JACK won the Action-adventure category in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. This accolade meant that he has now been selected for the ISA's Development Slate.
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SKYE MONTANA: An Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition Quarterfinalist

The black female superhero script, Skye Montana, makes the Quarterfinals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition.
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MUDDY FORK - Quarterfinalist

MUDDY FORK by Stacey Bean has placed as a quarterfinalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. Muddy Fork tells the story of three teen boys in 1879 Arkansas who set out to solve a series of grisly murders.
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Comedy Feature, Crazy Athol, Gaining Traction

Proud to announce the script as a double finalist. Prior to the contest announcements, talent has been attached to the leading male character and a casting director. Still awaiting TSL's announcement which on Coverfly Crazy Athol has passed the...
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What a little revising and listening to your readers can do.

After workshopping my screenplay at the Cinestory TV retreat in March, I've been getting some great reactions and traction with the revised version. Even have a call this week with an interested manager.
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Top 10 Finalists

ISA's Top 25 screenwriters to watch in 2021, Richard Giarraffa's MAGI was recently named in the Top 10 Historical/Bio in the Genre Screenplay Competition from Emerging Screenwriters.
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Signed first attachment agreement

Todd Foley has signed his first attachment agreement with a producer for my satirical thriller feature AMERICAN CHECKOUT, one week after placing as a Quarter Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. Todd said "I look forward to...
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THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR - Inspired by the Nazi Killing Teen Girls of WW2

Inspired by true acts of resistance by teen girls in Nazi occupied Netherlands, this script has placed as a finalist in the 2021 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition, semi-finalist/Top 50 in the ISA Fast Track Fellowship 2021, quarter...
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WISHING WELL advances to Final Rounds of Table Read My Screenplay Austin

Gary Bickal's sci fi adventure screenplay WISHING WELL has been named one of the Top 10 screenplays in the Action/Adventure genre for the 2021 Table read My Screenplay Austin competition. Genre category winners to be named in mid-September, 2021. In...
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ISA Top 25 writer Jeremy Dehn lands general meeting

On the strength of his sci-fi pilot script Breakwater City, Jeremy landed a general meeting with preeminent production company that has created award-winning series content for USA, Amazon, and Netflix. Jeremy has been invited to develop feature...
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CHEATERS - Action Comedy Inspired by the 2019 Varsity Blues College Scandal

A teen action comedy inspired by the 2019 Varsity Blues college admissions bribery scandal has recently placed in the finals for Table Read My Screenplay (Austin 2021), semi finals for the 2021 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab, the second round for...
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Emerging Screenwriters places WILD DATURA in finals!

Emerging talent, Bernadett Belinda York, continues to prove the need for diversity in western features as her award-winning, female-driven, LGBTQ+ screenplay WILD DATURA advances to the finals in another genre competition!
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SYMPTOMS OF A SMALL TOWN GIVING SCRIPT COMPS A FEVER

I've been feeling incredulous with the success this script is experiencing. I'm so grateful to share that last night I learned that it is advancing to the next round in Industrial Scripts' The TITAN Awards (2021), adding another asterisk to its...
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