2nd Round Results
The Screenwriting Challenge 2017 second round results are in!  The top screenplays from each heat are listed below in ascending order of heat number.  The second round was very competitive in each heat and there were very good screenplays that are not recognized below.  Regardless if you placed as well has you hoped or not, everyone should be proud of rising to both challenges and creating a short screenplay in just 3 days!

 

If your screenplay is listed in the top 5 of your heat below, congratulations on advancing to the third and final round kicking off this Friday, July 21st at 11:59PM EST where you will be challenged to create 5 page (maximum) screenplay based on a new genre, subject, and character assignment in just 24 hours.  All final round participants will be emailed when the competition begins with their new assignment information and links will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Best of luck to the 50 remaining writers!

Top Stories by Heat
HM = Honorable Mention

 

      HEAT PLACE TITLE AUTHOR LOGLINE      
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete 1 Submission Amy Ward A mixed martial arts fighter must decide whether the championship title is more important than the safety of her unborn child
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete 2 Second Wind Jaine N Eira A highschool track star aims to prove himself to his biological father by winning the race at a local track meet.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete 3 Games of Skill Helen Harrison A boy believes he sees clues that a neighbor is his biological father - and his own family is so boring, he hopes it's true.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete 4 Lost Time Logan Kassuba After Joe learns that his absent father was a football star, he decides to meet him; but when he discovers that his father has Alzheimer’s, Joe must find the man he never knew inside his failing mind.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete 5 Billings Joshua Benoit Luca receives a cryptic phone call from his father that prompts him to put his baseball career on hold to return home; what he discovers will change everything he thinks he knows about himself.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete HM Resist L.M. Harter In the near future a female athlete is falsely imprisoned for a heinous and cruel enterprise by the US Government.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete HM Nellie Isabella Bellizzi A young teen fulfills his only birthday wish; to find his father.
1 - Drama / Searching for a biological parent / A professional athlete HM Learning to Swim Anastasia Warmuth Grace Masters is going to win gold a the Olympics. But a visit from her sister makes her rethink what winning is really about.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother 1 Broth Adam Sifre A family trapped in an unending snowstorm must face the unspeakable horrors that each one brings to the table.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother 2 To End All Storms Tim Gomersall A natural disaster overturns the world of two young parents.

Now salvation and oblivion may be one and the same.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother 3 Desperate Measures Joel Buxton An avalanche traps a mother and her newborn child in a remote cabin with long odds of survival. Especially considering she is not alone.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother 4 Heaven and Earth Stevie Mullins The real monsters hide in plain sight.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother 5 The Devil's Waters Tony Zeno In the wake of devastating floods, two rescue workers find a woman and her newborn child in a church. They soon discover that they have stumbled on the scene of pure evil.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother HM (m)OTHER Derek Stewart When a sinkhole swallows her home, a new mother must fight more than mother nature to ensure the survival of herself and her newborn daughter.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother HM The Thirst of the Land Jason Nash When Janey Goss returns to her father's drought stricken Australian property, she is confronted with what seems to be a family curse.
2 - Horror / A natural disaster / A new mother HM Sita's Revenge Adite Banerjie A year after losing her twin in a tsunami, Tara visits the memorial site and uncovers the real horror of her sister's death.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman 1 Stayin' Alive Stephanie Grimm Two computer-repairing nerds fear for their lives after a shady request from a man who appears to be a mob boss.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman 2 Freedom Incarcerated Anthony Wong One man's freedom is another man's prison.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman 3 Re-programming Jimmy Pitcher A man’s simple life is disrupted by a childhood bully, and his first crush.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman 4 AN INCARCERATED PROPOSAL Matthew Medrano A computer repairman spends a night in jail, so that he may win the love of his life in the morning.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman 5 Larry MARK ROSENBLATT Larry's not in his dreamjob, but he's got transferable skills.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman HM Cold Storage Andy Decker A busy but otherwise quiet winter night in a North Dakotan county jail is interrupted by some unexpected computer trouble.
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman HM BIRD WATCHING Andrew Moriarty Steve is pet sitting his girlfriend's family Cockatoo that escapes and locks him out of a computer containing an important document.  Can customer support help?
3 - Comedy / A night in jail / A computer repairman HM Under Arrest Jas Shenstone A clueless computer technician is falsely accused of drug possession and forced to partake in an escape from prison.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor 1 The Siberian Trap Jeffrey Howe An FBI agent investigating the death of a gay Chechen refugee

masters chess to extract what she needs from an informant -- and

learns the true meaning of a pawn sacrifice.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor 2 Grand Theft Mincemeat Jill Smith When Gerry's dinner repeatedly goes missing before it's even cooked, the man tasked with helping his son to pass his exam finds himself in the firing line.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor 3 A Jury Of Three David A Barak Three prison inmates investigate the killing of a well-liked elderly convict.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor 4 Tutor Me Timothy McVicar A mysterious tutor offers his services to a girl he met through an app on the internet.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor 5 Mouse Traps Kira Jessup Mice and secrets plague the Lockhart household. The only way to deal with both is murder.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor HM Franklin's Pierce Conor Yunits An empty safe leads a fiery divorcee and steadfast detective on a search for answers. Can her son’s growing computer skills lead them to the missing valuables?
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor HM Low Rémi Savard As soon-retired detective Jakub Lanik gets ready to head out on his last ride with his pupil Carl Cummins, he realizes that valuable lessons are both taught and learned. At any age.
4 - Mystery / Setting a trap / A tutor HM I Worry About Her The Most Rachel Henderson When his crab trap dredges up more than just crustaceans, a tutor fears for the life of a troubled pupil.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist 1 Spray Jacob Heayes A reclusive teenager discovers extra-terrestrial messages hidden within street art.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist 2 Let There Be Justin Zirilli A street artist fighting to awaken mankind from a legally enforced state of denial receives an odd invitation from a gallerist who's a diehard fan of her work.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist 3 The Escort Sheila E Valesano A competitive Time Traveler discovers his own compassion when he chooses to champion humanity.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist 4 Contributors Kate Teddy is grade 1 genetic material. But the lure of a mystery artist runs the risk of clouding his contribution.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist 5 Paint the Sky Lisa Fox A teenager's graffiti is an invitation for hope in the face of alien oppression, and it changes the world
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist HM Tagger Anthony Pittore A graffiti artist with mysterious powers becomes embroiled in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a cryptic organization.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist HM Backslash \ Delete Nick Stannard A deadly assassin known as the "Graffiti Artist" enlists the help of a mutinous hacker to take down a governing tech corporation before their insidious takeover of democracy is complete.
5 - Sci-Fi / An invitation / A graffiti artist HM Adannu Karen J. Moore When a mysterious symbol appears around the city, Lonnie has to go farther to find the truth than she thought she would.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach 1 Consequence Sean Nelis A former soccer coach hides himself away following a tragic

event for which he is held responsible.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach 2 Home Advantage Levi Smith A young girl with nowhere to run encounters homeowners with something to hide.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach 3 Penalty Box Erik Candiani An abusive hockey coach finds himself on the receiving end of an unbalanced player pushed too far.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach 4 Keyhole Thomas Morgan A simple surveillance job goes terribly wrong for a young agent.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach 5 Field of View Ed Hicks Matt goes to make amends when a tennis student under his supervision accidentally breaks a window. Upon first inspection, the house appears to be deserted, but just because you can't see someone, doesn't mean that no one's there.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach HM Bounce Heather Wallace-Brown A father's fear for his family's safety are realised when a piece of jewellery shows up at his house.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach HM Trophy Henry Campbell As a mild-mannered retiree is stalked by deranged intruder, a terrible secret is revealed.
6 - Suspense / Home security / A youth sports coach HM Quarter After Two Jeff Oswald What if a Little League coach's lucky championship bat isn't that lucky after all?
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator 1 Looking Up and Down Bill Garza A despot finds time for his son's troubles.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator 2 Jusztina Juli S. Kobayashi In 15th century Eastern Europe, the wife of Vlad the Impaler plots

to murder her husband.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator 3 As American as You Adrienne Frank When a young girl in 1953 Milwaukee tries to fit in with her America-loving new neighbors, she soon discovers that dictatorships can sprout even in democracies.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator 4 Thunder Rock Dave De Poto A new house and a crippling fear of height leads Muammar Gadaffi into a situation he'd normally never be in, one of understanding.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator 5 Little Sparrow Shanan Winters Josef Stalin, the father of the Soviet Union, rose to terrifying heights of power in his bloody pursuit of the Communist Revolution. Yet none felt the hammer of his dictatorial fist as firmly as I, Svetlana, his only daughter.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator HM A Sensitive Child Jerry J Sampson A young Joseph Stalin looks to his mother to help guide him though his fear of heights, and towards his destiny.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator HM From Great and Glorious Heights Luke Field A Venetian palace hand struggles to ensure an important ceremony is completed while trying to wrangle a newly appointed Duke with a crippling fear of heights.
7 - Historical Fiction / Fear of heights / A dictator HM Top of the World Mary Sowders Lorraine Harmon loves her sister enough to make her lost dream as a pilot come true, despite her own acrophobia. So when duty calls her to finally take flight, she must see which is stronger: her fear or her love.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen 1 The Unseen Laura Babyn A homeless man and his dead wife help a troubled teen navigate life on the streets of Las Vegas.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen 2 Someone to talk to Vera Mark A troubled young girl must decide whether her new friend is just one of her inner demons – or a real one...
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen 3 Teen Spirit Adam Tiller When a troubled teen encounters the ghost of a dead girl, he discovers that a cold case hits very close to home.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen 4 This Is Not A Game Jacob Lefton A teenage girl nearly loses everything as she tries to connect with her dead brother across virtual reality.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen 5 What Comes After Corey Wratten When given a second chance, he will choose his revenge.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen HM METHUSELAH Gianmarco Giacomelli Beck and his two friends discover a ghastly virtual reality game that's much more than they bargained for. Determined to get to the bottom of it, Beck sets out on a deadly hunt that blurs the line between the virtual world and his own.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen HM Beautiful Things Robert McGlynn Under the guise of a campfire fiction, two friends try to come to terms with a shared paranormal experience from their past.
8 - Ghost Story / A sewer system / A troubled teen HM Underneath Rebecca Sullivan When the horror of middle school is just the beginning.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman 1 An Irish Goodbye Chelsea La Vecchia Sparks fly between an ex-Irish mafia hitwoman and a cut-off trust fund baby while being held hostage by bank robbers dressed as The Golden Girls.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman 2 Love Never Dies Anaisa Visser A depressed hit man who cannot die meets a victim he cannot kill, and falls hopelessly in love. Together they find the will to live - not that they have a choice.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman 3 Conflict Resolution Adam Jackson Jones solves problems permanently, but if his life as a hitman has taught him anything, it's that some problems need creative solutions.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman 4 The Wrong Key Jason White A female hitman with a code won't kill her suicidal target until he gets better, but then, she might be falling in love...
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman 5 Baby Come Back Damian Hussey A bride must deal with her shady past while her fiance anxiously waits at the altar.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman HM Play Date Morgan H. Dean Both newly divorced, Beth and Jason encounter each other for the first time since they broke up back in high school. Will the fun of commentating on their children's school play bring them back together?
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman HM The Hitman's Guide To Letting Go Lenita Karhunen Christian's intentions are good.  It's just his methods that need work.
9 - Romantic Comedy / A negotiation / A hitman HM Hit and Make Up Will Strode When a travel blogger orders an online hitman to kill her boring husband, she discovers he's been leading a secret double life.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male 1 Goldilocks, the Sequel Gayatri Bajpai Goldilocks escapes from a corrective prison to fulfill a mission, but the journey comes with familiar temptations.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male 2 Blood, Flesh, and Bone Jenny St. Angelo A young man with dreams of glory learns the true cost of holding on to power.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male 3 The Kestrel Merchant Jason Nord When a brash and bold peddler of rival kites arrives in the land of Merrick, Millie is drawn to challenge him, only to learn the virtues of good-natured trust in the truth.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male 4 Ee-i-ee-i-o Jane Dotchin Old MacDonald had a farm - Ee-i-ee-i-o - and on that farm he had some pigs ...
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male 5 The Elves and the Hermit George Lastinger Neave's brother just snubbed a powerful wizard, and now he'll have to learn that it's better to give than to receive.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male HM White Nymph Ruben R Diaz In a failing 80s Miami nightclub, an alpha male learns humility the hard way from a fabled teacher who practices tough love.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male HM The Hero of Happyville Kris Cross After villains are vanquished and endings are happy-ever-aftered, what's a hero to do? Please let him save the day.
10 - Fairy Tale / A failing business / An alpha male HM BARRON THE BRAVE Michael Grimm Barron the Brave is really good at beating up ogres. However, when Barron banishes every single ogre in the kingdom, he must find a new way to fire up business.

 

 

 

 


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