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What the Top 10 Screenplay competitions (Actually) Pay Out

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Screenplay competitions can not only be a great way to get feedback on your story - and possibly get access to a conference - but ALSO make some money. (If your script kicks serious butt.) So, here is a quick look at what the Top 10 Screeenplay competitions pay - and what, if all goes right, you can use to help support your writing career.

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What the Top 10 Screenplay competitions (Actually) Pay Out

  1. 1. WHAT THE TOP SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS (ACTUALLY) PAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY…
  2. 2. #1: ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP Award: $35,000 Sponsored by the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship is the most ELITE of the screenwriting competitions. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to the best screenwriters with the requirement that winners complete one feature screenplay by year's end.
  3. 3. #2: PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARD Award: $25,000 Highly competitive, due to only one prize being given out, the PAGE Screenwriting Award rewards $25,000 to the BEST screenplay in any genre. It's judged by working professionals with experience getting big studio movies made.
  4. 4. #3: SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Award: $20,000 Networking was this contest's initial GOAL. (But it’s gone far beyond that now.) Not only does the winner get CONNECTED with top TV and Film producers, but the first-place winner gets $20,000 in cash.
  5. 5. #4: BEVERLY HILLS SCREENPLAY CONTEST What if my characters are talking at the same time? A total of $20,000 in prize money is awarded to finalists of the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest in its five categories: Feature, Short Screenplay, Stage Play, TV Script and Treatments. Winners also are PUBLICIZED to the media, helping them network with producers and execs.
  6. 6. #5: BIG BREAK SCREENWRITING CONTEST Award: $15,000 Started by the screenwriting software you know and love, Final Draft, this annual contest aims to bring unknown, talented SCREENWRITERS to the limelight. First place receives $15,000 with second and third receiving $4K and $2K, respectively.
  7. 7. #6: BLUE CAT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Award: $15,000 For every screenwriter who submits to this competition, they'll receive two critiques with helpful feedback from qualified Hollywood-players. But that ain’t all…the best screenplay is awarded $15,000 for any genre!
  8. 8. #7: SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Award: $10,000 Sciptapalooza was started in order to find unfound writing talent. (And to offer scripts a bit out of the mainstream a chance to be SHOWCASED.) First place is awarded a $10,000 prize, plus publicity for a year. (One of the more interesting, respected competitions out there.)
  9. 9. #8: EMERGING SCREENWRITERS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Award: $10,000 Calling all first-time screenplay writers! This contest awards the best screenplay $10,000 with hefty cash prizes through 6th place. Winners receive one-on-one GUIDANCE from famed screenwriter Robert McKee. (And hopefully tips on how to “interpret” his story diagrams.)
  10. 10. #9: SLAMDANCE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Award: $2,000-$5,000 Well respected in the industry, and a sure-fire way to get real producers and agents to read your script, the Slamdance Screenwriting competition also awards $5000 to the BEST SCREENPLAY, and $2000 to the best Teleplay. (Ideal for those who find the “Sundance” vibe too stuffy.)
  11. 11. The Cinequest Film Festival is great for uncovering NEW TALENT, and the top prize for the best screenplay is $5000. But even if you don’t win the top prize, the top 10 screenwriters all get to have their scripts read by big-time producers and execs who may represent the scripts they love most.
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