After three rounds of competition and from an original field of over 1,300 writers around the world, we finally have a winner!  Congratulations to Benjamin Young (Merrillville, IN, USA) for winning the 2018 competition with his final round screenplay, "The Craftsman". Benjamin and 49 other finalists had just 24 hours to create a screenplay no longer than 5 pages based on the assignment below:


Genre: Open

Subject: Homemade

Character: A loner


Congratulations to all the writers that completed the challenges this year and thank you for submitting so many great screenplays!  The full list of winners and honorable mentions from the final round is below:


#1 - The Craftsman by Benjamin Young LOGLINE - A talented young man struggling with anxiety finds a way to leave his own kind of legacy in a world that he loves.

#2 - The Quilter by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe LOGLINE - A lonely Kansas widow who has lost her son to AIDS finds comfort and meaning in the early days of the NAMES Project, utilizing her considerable folk art skills to help others in the creation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

#3 - The Anarchist by Joshua D. Terry LOGLINE - Under the jackboot of Mussolini, the pursuit of freedom takes many forms.

#4 - Like Emptiness in Harmony by Jennifer Gunner LOGLINE - Milo avoids his mother’s funeral and makes dinner with help from his automated house.

#5 - Captain Mercury and the Silver Sentinel by Niroshini Dahanayake LOGLINE - After a painful separation, a young comic book fan teams up with his favourite superhero one last time.

#6 - Beer Cave by Zachary Urban LOGLINE - A convenience store employee is dying to get his home brew on the shelves.

#7 - Today's Special Sale by Beverly Reynolds LOGLINE - When she finds out her husband has been cheating, a home shopping host goes off the deep end on live TV.

#8 - The Hermit's Gift by Janet Wells LOGLINE - In a faraway land, an old mountain Hermit presents the King’s Daughter with an unwanted gift.

#9 - Peace by Tim Gomersall LOGLINE - An astronaut finds himself abandoned on the International Space Station. As trouble unfolds 400km below, comfort is closer at hand than he knows.

#10 - Conscious by Mark Griffin LOGLINE - A reclusive computer whiz may have finally found his path to happiness.

#HM - From Scratch by Eric Johnson LOGLINE - Varya is learning that even simple things, like family traditions, take a lot more effort in the new world.

#HM - Eight/Sixteen by Faye Upton LOGLINE - A father seeks to restore the bond he and his daughter once
shared. Before they run out of time.

#HM - Jack and Joe by Joshua Michael Carlin LOGLINE - A man and his dog face one more day and one more challenge, together.

#HM - For the Lonely by Greg Sisco LOGLINE - A widowed craftsman and a shy woman share an unspoken connection over a handmade snow globe.

#HM - Maiden Voyage by Otis Danger LOGLINE - An imaginative young boy attempts to conquer his fears and take his homemade boat out onto the lake. But what’s in his imagination, and what isn’t?

#HM - Interior. Hades. by Nick Coleman LOGLINE - A struggling screenwriter is stuck in limbo with his characters until he can find a new muse...and lure her back to his apartment.

#HM - Faded by Eric Williams LOGLINE - A man finds his worth through a kindly housekeeper and her homemade dishes of the motherland.

#HM - Peckerwood Hill by Joni Mitchell LOGLINE - When a woman is diagnosed with a terminal illness, her remorse for the past leads her to an unexpected place.

#HM - Maggie by Ryan Plato LOGLINE - A small-town mailman befriends the local recluse, entirely from the other side of the man's front door.

#HM - Bottled Up by Jeffrey Howe LOGLINE - A solitary master distiller discovers an unlikely kindred spirit when a young glassblower moves in next door.



Important Competition Links: 

1st Round: Assignments | Results

2nd Round: Assignments | Results


Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement



The 15th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 20-28), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here).  Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.  The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (June 14-17) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay.  Judges choose a top 5 in each heat from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 20-21).  A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in over thousands in cash and prizes Sound like fun?  Join the competition below...


Never written a screenplay before?  Click here to check out an article going over the basics.



Registration is now closed.  Make sure to join our mailing list to be the first to know about the next competition.  Best of luck to the writers participating! 




While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first round on April 21st, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  1st Round April 20-28, 2018
  2nd Round June 14-17, 2018
  3rd Round July 20-21, 2018



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for each screenplay submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their screenplays for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  During the Screenwriting Challenge 2017, there were over 2,000 comments made on the 170+ screenplays submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.



Melinda L.
San Diego, USA
“I love this contest. I got to write ghosts, history, a little action-adventure, and an ending that makes me happy in the best bittersweet way.”
Philip L.
London, GB 
“Just put mine in. Loved the challenge of working up something at speed, with given elements. Best of luck all.” 
Cierra M.

Soddy Daisy, USA
“Let's just say.. that was SUPER fun! And SUPER challenging.”
Alexi W.

Minot, USA
“YES! Finally got it done for round one! Absolutely loved the challenge, because it got me thinking about stories I would not have even considered writing otherwise. Thinking about writing down the info for the other heats in this round to practice with later. Good luck, everyone!”
Melinda T.
Perth, Australia
“Submitted! How exciting! Loved the challenge of this”
Sean D.
Laezonia, ZA
“I had immense fun stretching different parts of my writing brain to find something fun and a touch ludicrous for Comedy/Chain Letter (or Email)/Piano Player... Best of luck to all!”
Melissa M.
Rockport, USA
"I just submitted my screenplay for the 1st round of the competition and WOW!! That was super fun...and it's not just a clever name--it truly was a challenge!"
Ko M.
Los Angeles, USA
“Got mine in with 3 minutes left on the clock! Hopefully the judges can overlook a few missing comma's and typos because it's pretty solid, otherwise. It's amazing what a deadline does for productivity.  You're all winners in my book!"
Marissa P.
Greene, USA
“I've never written a mystery before! What a challenging, fun exercise (and a great break from my finals!)”
Nick C.
Sacramento, USA
“Whatever happens, I really like what I came up with despite not being familiar with fashion design or pregnancy. Best of luck to all!”
Kim W.
Bridgnorth, GB
“Being a male retired boxer was so much more fun than being a female retired Legal Practice Manager. Enjoyed that immensely! Thanks.”
Karl A.
Bellevue, USA
"Love writing Sci-Fi when you don't have to worry about budget constraints. Great fun!”
Beth S.
Bradenton Beach, USA
“This was so much fun!” 
Scotty-Miguel S.
Los Angeles, USA
“That was intensely fun (and intensely CHALLENGING - which I assume is why they call it that).” 










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