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The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020

Updated January 21, 2020 307 votes 35 voters20 items

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Are you an aspiring screenwriter looking to get a foot in Hollywood's door? If so, this list of 2020 screenwriting competitions can help. There are quite a few script contests that offer cash prizes, mentoring opportunities, and/or development deals. If you want to get your screenplay made, but don't have an agent or any industry contacts, this is one possible way that you could make your dream happen.

We've broken down some of the most notable 2020 screenplay contests below. Most are only for feature film scripts, but a few also have categories for shorts and TV shows. One of them, ScreenCraft, is particularly extensive, as they have multiple genre categories, so your horror script won't have to compete against someone else's comedy. We're including deadlines and entry fees for each competition, but be advised that many of them have early, regular, and late deadlines. Associated fees are lower if you submit your entry as soon as possible and higher if you wait until the last minute.

The writing part is done. Now scan over our list of 2020 screenplay competitions and find the one that's most right for you and your work.

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    Academy Nicholl Fellowships is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Academy Nicholl Fellowships

    Deadline: May 1

    Entry fee: $88 

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    The Writers Lab is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    The Writers Lab

    Deadline: March 10

    Entry fee: $55

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    Kairos Prize is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Kairos Prize

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announced for 2020

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    ScreenCraft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    ScreenCraft

    Has categories in multiple genres. Shorts and features are eligible.

    Deadline: Varies according category

    Entry fee: Varies according to category

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    Big Break Screenwriting Contes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Big Break Screenwriting Contest

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announced for 2020

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    Austin Film Festival is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Austin Film Festival

    Deadline: May 15

    Entry fee: $70

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    Nashville Film Festival is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Nashville Film Festival

    Has categories for features and shorts

    Deadline: May 22

    Entry fee: $50 (feature), $30 (short)

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    BlueCat Screenplay Competition is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    BlueCat Screenplay Competition

    Has multiple categories - Features, Pilots and Shorts

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announced for 2020

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    Shore Scripts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Shore Scripts

    Deadline: July 31

    Entry fee: $55

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    Page International Screenwriti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Page International Screenwriting Awards

    Deadline: April 20

    Entry fee: $75

     

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    Script Pipeline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Script Pipeline

    Has feature film and television categories

    Deadline: March 1

    Entry fee: $50

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    Finish Line Script Competition is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Finish Line Script Competition

    Deadline: April 28

    Entry fee: $45

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    Screenplay Festival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Screenplay Festival

    Deadline: May 31

    Entry fee: $40

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    Scriptation Showcase is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Scriptation Showcase

    Deadline: March 15

    Entry fee: $59

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    Cinequest is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Cinequest

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announced for 2020

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    CineStory is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    CineStory

    Deadline: Feb. 8

    Entry fee: $70

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    Creative World Awards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Creative World Awards

    Deadline: Feb. 12

    Entry fee: $69

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    Scriptapalooza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Scriptapalooza

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announced for 2020

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    Slamdance is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    Slamdance

    Deadline: Not yet announced for 2020

    Entry fee: Not yet announces for 2020

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    StoryPros is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Screenwriting Contests Of 2020
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    StoryPros

    Deadline: Will be announced in February

    Entry fee: Will be announced in February

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