Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/20/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MAY 24 — HOLLYSHORTS SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Extended Deadline — $70



MAY 27 — CINESTORY TV RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $50


MAY 30 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Extended Deadlines — $75


MAY 31 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $40


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/13/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MAY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Final Deadline — $85


MAY 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Early Deadline — $29


MAY 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 15 — THE BREAKK SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $39


MAY 18 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $85


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Coverfly merges with The Tracking Board

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Coverfly is excited to announce our merger with The Tracking Board! We look forward to expanding industry-access opportunities for emerging writers, and to facilitate better talent discovery for the entertainment industry as a whole. Coverfly’s “The Red List,” which aggregates top screenplays from the top screenwriting competitions, fellowships, and labs, will be highlighted to industry professionals via our new integration with The Tracking Board, which is accessed regularly by over 3,000 members which includes executives, agents, managers, and producers. This furthers Coverfly’s mission to provide industry access for emerging writers around the world.

The Tracking Board, which currently owns and will continue to operate the Launch Pad Competition, The Hit List (The Best Spec Scripts of the Year), The Young & Hungry List (The Top 100 New Writers of the Year), and The Spec Book (the annual book of spec market details, covering every spec screenplay, writer and representative in the market) will work in tandem with Coverfly to expand market coverage, industry access and opportunities for writers and industry professionals across all platforms.

Coverfly’s parent company, Red Ampersand, is excited to welcome The Tracking Board to its family of companies, which currently include ScreenCraft, The Script Lab, and WeScreenplay. Together these brands have helped more than 500 writers land representation with agents and managers, more than 60 writers get staffed on hit television shows, more than 160 writers see their projects set up with production companies, studios or networks, and more than 130 writers and projects land on annual “best of” lists such as The Black List, The Red List, BloodList, Brit List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.

Both companies will work toward expanding each platform, marrying Tracking Board’s deep industry membership and up-to-the-minute spec market tracking, with Coverfly’s platform which gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts discovered by industry professionals.


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Welcoming Launch Pad Competitions to Coverfly

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We’re so happy to welcome Launch Pad to Coverfly. Now, all Launch Pad users can manage their past submissions, current entries, and all written feedback via Coverfly.

Setting up your Coverfly account to sync with your Launch Pad account can be done with a few simple steps. Once you sync, you’ll have access to everything that was previously in your Launch Pad account, such as coverage, feedback and notes. Plus, you’ll be able to sync with many other top competitions, fellowships, and labs so you can track all your submissions from one spot.

To take advantage of the Launch Pad sync – please be sure to use the same email address you used with your Launch Pad account.

First, if you don’t already have a free Coverfly account, you’ll need to sign up for one. Head over to coverfly.com and click SIGN UP. Follow the 2-step directions and set up a password.

Once you’ve logged into your Coverfly dashboard, go to MY PROJECTS or SEE MY DASHBOARD. You may notice that Coverfly has already aggregated your past submissions to Coverfly-qualifying competitions. If your PROJECTS page is blank, it simply means that you either haven’t synced yet with your Launch Pad account, or you haven’t submitted to any Coverfly-qualifying competitions yet. 

From here — click SYNC. It will take you to this page:

To sync your Launch Pad account and all information in it, simply click SYNC NOW. You’ll be asked to confirm and within 10-15 minutes your coverage, scripts, and scores from Launch Pad will be synced with your Coverfly account. Any information you had in your Launch Pad account will now be accessible via your Coverfly dashboard.

Right now, all Launch Pad competition and coverage information from Jan 1st, 2016 and later will be available automatically. Over the next few months, we will be adding the ability to sync all your Launch Pad entries and feedback from years prior to 2016.

Everything on Coverfly is automatically PRIVATE — visible only to you. You have the option to make any scripts or coverage “public,” which would make it discoverable by vetted entertainment professionals who use Coverfly to discover projects and writers. Coverfly takes writers’ privacy very seriously — YOU have full control over who sees your scripts, competition scores, and coverage.

Please reach out to support@coverfly.com if you have any questions.


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/6/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MAY 10 — STORYPROS AWARDS — Final Deadline — $60


MAY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Final Deadline — $85


MAY 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Early Deadline — $29


MAY 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 18 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $85


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Coverfly Inside Look: The LAUNCH Million Dollar Collegiate Screenplay Competition

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The LAUNCH is a Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students with the mission to inspire the next generation of great screenwriters. The LAUNCH will enable one talented screenwriter to realize their dream by having their screenplay made by Hollywood producers as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1,000,000 USD. Plus, the top eight finalists will be awarded a total of $100,000 USD in education grants and other prizes.

Zachary Green is an entrepreneur, film producer and most importantly, one of the judges and brains behind The LAUNCH. He began his career at the prestigious William Morris Talent Agency in their infamous mailroom and has since had a successful career in brand storytelling, ranging from social media/marketing companies like House Party, to traditional promotional marketing firms like Equity/Pitch (Burger King) and Simon Marketing (McDonald’s, Toys R Us, Warner Bros. Paramount, Artisan Entertainment), to game-changing startups like internet incubator Idealab and others.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Zachary a few questions about The LAUNCH. See his answers below.

What does THE LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition offer student screenwriters?

The mission of The LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay Competition is to find the next generation of amazing collegiate screenwriters from around the world. Through the screenplay competition, The LAUNCH awards $100,000 in education grants to the top eight screenplays, with the top three receiving an offer of representation with APA and Valor Entertainment, and the grand prize winner will have their screenplay produced as a feature film with a budget of approximately $1 million. The competition offers college students an amazing chance to break into the entertainment business.

How did this screenwriting competition come about and who’s involved? 

Philanthropists Chuck and Marni Bond approached producers Jason Shuman and myself about starting a program to benefit college students in the arts. They wanted to help college students find a way to break into the entertainment business, while helping to offset some of the rising costs of attending school.  After a few different iterations, The LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay Competition was born.

Tell us a little bit about your first year’s winner Stanley Kalu and his screenplay, THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON.

Stanley Kalu is now 22 years of age, a senior at USC and a screenwriting major.  He is originally from Nigeria, now calls Kenya home and his winning screenplay The Obituary of Tunde Johnson was written his sophomore year and was the first screenplay he ever wrote.

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is a gripping and emotional drama about a queer, wealthy black teenager stuck in an endless time loop of police brutality until he can come to terms with his sexuality and confront his current toxic relationship.  After reading it, Zachary and Jason knew they had found the perfect screenplay to select for the Grand Prize in the inaugural year of The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition.

What’s one unique piece of advice you’d give to writers who enter your screenplay competition?

The biggest piece of advice I can give writers entering the competition, is to write about what you know and write from the heart.  The top three screenplays in last year’s competition were all deeply personal screenplays and from just about page one, you could feel each of the writers emotional journey on the page.  If you write about something you’re passionate about, something you’ve lived, something that has deeply affected you, it will come across on the page in ways that will engage the reader on a different level.

What can writers do to be best prepared to capitalize on winning this contest?

I think the best thing writers can do to prepare themselves in the advent they win and/or place in the competitions is to prepare for a lot of work, collaboration, to have patience, be open to learn and enjoy the ride.  If your screenplay is chosen as the grand prize winning screenplay, you will have to strap in on the rocket ship.  Stanley was about to be a senior at USC when his screenplay was chosen as the winner and in less the three months, his film was in production and his life was changed.  His career was jumpstarted in the most amazing way, going to multiple meetings a week with production companies, other writers, studios, etc., all the while remaining humble and appreciative along the way.


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 4/29/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


APRIL 29 — FALL NARRATIVE LAB & SIDEWALK NARRATIVE LAB — Final Deadlines — $45


APRIL 30 — SCREENCRAFT COMEDY CONTEST Final Deadline — $69


APRIL 30 — ROADMAP’S DARE TO SCARE COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $70


MAY 1 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 2 — SHORE SCRIPTS SHORT FILM FUND — Late Deadline — $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 4/22/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


APRIL 22 — SCRIPTAPALOOZA TELEVISION WRITING COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $50


APRIL 29 — FALL NARRATIVE LAB & SIDEWALK NARRATIVE LAB — Final Deadlines — $45


APRIL 30 — SCREENCRAFT COMEDY CONTEST Final Deadline — $69


MAY 1 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 2 — SHORE SCRIPTS SHORT FILM FUND — Late Deadline — $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 4/1/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


APRIL 1 — KAY SNOW WRITING COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $10


APRIL 1 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Early Deadline — $59


APRIL 3 — NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL Regular Deadline — $90


APRIL 7 — DARE TO SCARE COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $55


APRIL 8 — SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Early Bird Deadline — $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 3/25/19

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Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


MARCH 28 — THE WRITERS LAB — Extended Deadline — $75


MARCH 29 — SOCREATE – GET WRITING — Final Deadline — FREE


MARCH 31 — HUMANITAS NEW VOICES Regular Deadline — $75


MARCH 31 — SCREENCRAFT SCI-FI & FANTASY SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $69


MARCH 31 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $30


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