Best Screenplay Contests is the leading directory listing the top screenwriting competitions in the world. We are proud to list, after careful consideration, all the world's very best screenwriting contests right here under one roof.

Our official list of the top rated screenplay contests:

Hollywood Screenplay Contest

As one of the world’s top screenplay contests, the Hollywood Screenplay Contest discovers and recognizes the brightest new talent and original voices in storytelling from around the world. They identify emerging talent and place top new writers firmly on the industry’s radar directly in the heart of the motion picture capital of the world. Winners and finalists in several competition categories receive prizes and benefits including cash and exclusive packages from our industry leading partners, and priceless introductions and meetings with some of Hollywood’s top production companies and talent agencies. Over $20,000 in cash, prizes, and services will be awarded to this year’s winning screenwriters and finalists alone.

Austin Film Festival

Since 1994, the Austin Film Festival has been launching gifted, hungry writers into the world. One of the most recognized and prestigious of such contests, the AFF Screenplay and Teleplay competitions break out newcomers from the privacy of their own desks into the heart of the industry. Whether your dream is signing a contract, getting staffed on a television show, learning craft from an industry icon, or taking home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

New York Screenplay Contest

The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world’s best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with cash, prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals. As New York’s top screenwriting contest, we believe that quality screenwriting is the backbone of filmmaking and invite you to join an international community of screenwriters by submitting your work to compete against the best and brightest in contemporary scriptwriting. Only the most finely written screenplays are honored with the exclusive distinction of being a Winner or Official Finalist of the New York Screenplay Competition.

Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually.

CreativeScope Awards

The CreativeScope Awards offer a comprehensive evaluation of every screenplay submitted. The exposure to industry professionals and payoffs to those who win, place second or are finalists is very rewarding.

Canada International Film Festival

The Write Brothers® Screenplay Competition, in partnership with the Canada International Film Festival, was created to discover emerging independent writers and talented, new voices in scriptwriting. Over $6,000 in cash and prizes will be given away to the Winners and Finalists of this year’s competition. 12 selected Official Competition Finalists and 3 Top Winners will be announced at the Canada International Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

World Series of Screenwriting

The World Series of Screenwriting is dedicated to recognizing and advancing the work of the world’s most talented and compelling storytellers in film and television screenwriting. We recognize and award the work of the best new voices in screenwriting from around the world.

Over $20,000 in cash, prizes, and services will be presented to this year’s winning screenwriters and finalists! Generous support from our partners and sponsors also make possible the invaluable opportunity for our top winners to meet with some of the industry’s leading literary agents and producers.

Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest

The Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest is an international screenwriting competition dedicated to discovering and showcasing the work of the world’s best new emerging screenwriters in the city globally recognized as the center of the movie and television industries. The contest is committed to fostering new talent and providing opportunity for screenwriters entering the industry to further develop both their craft as well as their careers.

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American Movie Awards

The American Movie Awards were originally founded in 1980 with winners such as Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. The event’s mission is to award and recognize the very best in independent filmmaking and screenwriting and to help launch the careers of talented new filmmakers and screenwriters. The American Movie Awards have reemerged to become one of indie film’s most respected symbols of success. The annual American Movie Awards is an international event and receives entries from across the United States and over 60 countries worldwide. American Movie Awards are awarded in over 25 categories.