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READER QUESTION: Where Can I Find Good Script Contests?

Today’s reader question comes from a new reader, Wendy, who writes…

“Hi Chad, I just found your blog. IT'S GREAT. Where can I find a list of reputable script contests?”

First of all, Wendy—thanks so much for finding the blog and enjoying it! I hope you stick around!

As for a sites listing reputable script contests, I think one of the best is MovieBytes, which has a database of hundreds of contests that can be sorted by deadline, professionalism, user rating, etc.

I also really like Creative Screenwriting magazine's Screenplaycontests.biz, which allows you to search a database of contests by date, geography, type of script, etc.

Two others-- which I can't vouch for as much, but might be helpful-- are...

Filmmakers.com's Contest Page & their Contest Directory

So You Wanna Sell A Script's Competition Page

And lastly-- I can't say that every contest on each of these pages is "reputable." Many of them let anyone who "sponsors" or "hosts" a contest list them on their site, and I can't speak to their vetting processes. But Creative Screenwriting is reputable in and of itself, and MovieBytes has a pretty good (and growing) reputation...

Hope that helps!

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

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Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

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What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

From Script

Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!