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.

 

 

It's easy to register.  First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement.  After you have read the rules, you are ready to register by clicking on the button below.  The entry fee is US$45* until the early entry deadline of October 5, 2017 and US$55* until the final entry deadline of November 2, 2017.  Good luck writers!

 


*Get $5 off the entry fee just for tweeting!  Click here to post to twitter or facebook and receive a special code for $5 off the entry fee.

 

  Early Entry Deadline October 5, 2017
  Final Entry Deadline November 2, 2017
  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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