Overall Winners

From an original field of over 950 writers and after three intense challenges, 30 finalists were challenged to create an original 5 page screenplay using the final assignment of the competition as shown below.


Genre: Open

Location: A mail sorting facility

Object: A tooth


The results are in!  Congratulations to the winners below and thanks to everyone that participated this year for submitted so many amazing short screenplays!


#1 - "Off to Avalon" by Demian Kendall LOGLINE - Facing a bleak future on their planet, a mother and daughter resort to selling and shipping their personal memories to afford a flight to the refuge of Avalon.

#2 - "The Talisman of Ushi Bara Niku" by Andrew Berkowitz LOGLINE - During the darkest days of World War II, one young man brings light to a captain’s darkest fears.

#3 - "Selah" by Alexandra Keister LOGLINE - When Jakob and his family are faced with hardship, tradition is what keeps their hearts steady.

#4 - "You Could Be a Winner" by Shavaun Devlin LOGLINE - When two meth addicts find part-time work at the U.S. Post Office, they unintentionally brighten the holidays.

#5 - "Broken Hot Mess" by Kelli Fitzpatrick LOGLINE - A digital developer learns a lesson from his software.

#6 - "Out of Sorts" by Kathryn Graham LOGLINE - When Ma'at automates the soul sorting system for the afterlife, she discovers that 'more efficient' isn't always better.

#7 - "White Mail" by A. J. Bermudez LOGLINE - At the height of World War II, an officer in the first all-black, all-female battalion of the U.S. Army wrestles with years' worth of backlogged mail -- and discovers a correspondence that will alter the course of her life and another's. Inspired by the women of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion.

#8 - "Small Packages" by Jeremy Noonan LOGLINE - A young couple strike up a colorful romance by mail.

#9 - "Burned." by Jason Nash LOGLINE - When a spy substation is exposed, its operatives are called on to make the ultimate sacrifice.


#10 - "The Story of Us" by Katarina Galat LOGLINE - A series of red envelopes deliver a true love story.

#HM - "The Last Tool in the Box" by Coral Yee LOGLINE - A robotics technician nearing retirement has a special place in her heart for one particular facility. Long held secrets are revealed during one last maintenance call there.

#HM - "It's Heat and Parcel" by Thomas Morgan LOGLINE - A little boy travels to find the Tooth Fairy to ask for help.

#HM - "You've Got Hell" by Adrienne Morse LOGLINE - A lonely thief races to keep her only friend out of the clutches of Johnny Law.


Click on the links below to view the participating writers, assignments, and results:


Challenge #1: Assignments | Results

Challenge #2: Assignments | Results

Challenge #3: Assignments | Results



The Short Screenplay Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short screenplays (5 pages max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge.  When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group.  Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here).  After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge (#3).  In Challenge #3, writers are placed in new groups and given a new genre, location, and object assignment.  The top 5 writers from each of the groups in Challenge #3 advance to the fourth and final challenge of the competition where they are given the final genre, location, and object assignment and compete for thousands in cash and prizes.  Sound like fun?  Register below or click here for a more detailed description of how the competition works.


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 so you are the first to know about our next competition announcement.  Good luck to all the participants! 


Official Rules and Participation Agreement



  Challenge #1: November 3-5, 2017
  Challenge #2: December 8-10, 2017
  Challenge #3: January 12-14, 2018
  Challenge #4: February 16-18, 2018



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every screenplay that is 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 last Short Screenplay Challenge, there were over 1,700 comments made on the 160+ screenplays submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.



Stephen W.
Wellesley, MA, USA
“This was a fantastic challenge. Had to make a script using Suspense on a high speed train. Just a blast!”
Amy L.
Oakland, CA, USA
“That was the first screenplay I've ever written! I've been meaning to for a long time, and finally decided I needed a deadline. Looking forward to the next one.”
Sergio S.
Bournemouth, GB
“A great challenge! My script is done and it is amazing what you can do within 5 pages! Mentally and artistically stimulating! Thank you!”
Shia S.
Oakland, CA, USA
“Submitted my Round 2 script. I whined the entire time. I will be all nerves until we get results. I LOVE this process. I can feel my growth as a writer/creative/human. Good luck to us all!”
Maria C.
Malden, MA, USA
“First Suspense script for me...It was tough!!!! Really not my thing...But thanks for the new experience, NYC Midnight! Hoping for a Romantic Comedy next time.”
Randy B.
Portland, OR, USA
“That was a great exercise! It came really fast and then just the tweakin'. 5 pages, it has to be TIGHT.”
Debra H.

(Lambton, Australia)
"Exhausted. The challenge is real and the relief of having completed it is awesome.”
David W.

Royersford, PA, USA
“Script submitted with just 2 minutes to spare. Had a blast!”
Tammy M.

Bolingbrook, IL, USA
“First time trying this. I loved the creative challenge. Came out to 5 pages exactly.”











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