A brand new competition and opportunity. Art by Faith is building a new era of family and faith-based storytellers who understand that visual entertainment must captivate its audience if its message is to make a lasting impression.

For those longing to write and produce visual stories but lacking ties to the film industry and the ability to raise funds, Art by Faith Screenwriters and Storyteller’s Showcase Competition is an extraordinary new opportunity. Watch it grow into one of the best resources available for faith-based and family screenwriters who want to showcase their talent.

Selected writers avoid the frustration and obstacles endured by most who wish to expose their visual stories to the public. The Showcase serves to discover creatives longing to use their talent for storytelling in a manner that can serve GOD’s purpose for their lives through Christ.

The Showcase is presented by Art for Growth, producer of the SparkLights Audible Storyboard Series.

It can select up to five short stories from the competition annually to produce and showcase as SparkLights Episodes. Selected writers also have the benefit of interviewing an industry partner, learning and participating in stages of the film and animation production process, and being a part of Art by Faith's online Writers' Room Lab.

As a nonprofit project, we're driven by three goals, discover, develop, and promote talented new writers.

Unlike other writing competitions, Art by Faith is a showcase. It turns selected short scripts and visually adaptable stories into a unique visual medium the world can enjoy. If you’ve longed to entertain and enrich others with visual storytelling, here’s your chance. Now you have a choice; wait for someone to put up the money to bring your stories to life or submit it to the Art by Faith Screenwriter and Storyteller’s Showcase.

As part of the production of Art for Growth’s SparkLights Audible Storyboard Series, winning submissions are awarded the following benefits:

• Screenplays and stories are produced into SparkLights Audible Storyboard Episodes.
• Writers have access and the freedom to share and distribute their produced visual stories.
• Produced winning stories are listed on IMDB as part of the SparkLights Series under the podcast series category.
• Writers who select to be part of the production process earn a Co-Executive Producer Credit on IMDB.
• Stories are promoted and showcased for Art for Faith’s community and on its website, YouTube channel, and Facebook Page.
• Writers can gain experience in the film industry's development, pre-production, and post-production processes.
• The Showcase is accessible to the public and film industry spectators.
• Showcased screenwriters receive free mentoring and screenwriting consulting for developing feature screenplay projects.
• Showcase writers who participate in the production process can connect and interview one of Art by Faith’s industry partners.
• Writers can participate in the program’s Writers’ Room Lab, working together to
write for an episodic series in development.
• Showcase writers may be offered long-term writing positions on Art for
Growth’s writing team.

The showcase is a powerful opportunity for all ages, especially members of the Z and Alpha generations who follow Christ. It gives voice to young writers to address challenges and issues that are important to them through short stories. It’s a resource for building a new era of faith-based writers who wish to approach visual storytelling as an effective craft for self-expression. In this way, the showcase can help with yielding the following spiritual fruits in its writers:

• Literacy Refinement
• Social and Self Awareness
• Empathy
• Character & Life Skills Development
• Faith Building & Reinforcement
• Discipleship Appreciation and Advancement


Colleges and Universities offering creative writing or screenwriting degrees use short story assignments to teach students the art and craft of storytelling. It’s virtually where all visual writers begin. The mentoring, consulting, and production experience selected writers gain is an education.

Writers become a part of the production team. By doing so, they show viewers from the film industry that they know how to write a good story and what it takes to direct and contribute to its production.
However, selected writers can also choose to leave all the production work to Art for Growth.

Below is a list of the Industry production stages competition winners can experience.

• Development
This is where the project is given birth. It’s the writing, organizing, and planning stage of production.

• Pre-production
This is the production stage where scripts are amended, budgets are adjusted, actors are cast, the shot list is made, and the storyboard is created. Many other moving parts are required when producing studio films.

• Post-production
This is where footage is edited, the sound is mixed, visual effects are added, music is selected, titles are created, and the project is made ready for distribution.

The Writers’ Room Lab allows our contest writers to experience the process involved when working with other writers on a script for television. Those interested in writing teleplays produced by studios will learn a great deal about what to expect and what is expected when working under a showrunner.

The lab is held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lasts seven weeks. The Lab's Showrunner and writers aim to complete one thirty-minute episode (approximately 30 pages). Though the lab is held online, the setup, teamwork, collaboration, and pressures are as real as on-site writing sessions. It’s an exciting and memorable experience.


Step One:
Art for Growth will invite the selected showcase winner(s) to an online introduction. The introduction will present details regarding its production process.

Step Two:
The showcase winner(s) will have up to three business days after the online introduction to decide whether to become a co-executive producer for their project or to leave all facets of production to Art for Growth’s team. If the choice is not to participate in the production process, skip steps three through six; go straight to step seven.

Step Three:
Showcase winner(s) will prepare a shot list. For writers who don’t know how to create a shot list, an assigned mentor will assist and provide the resources needed to learn how.

Step Four:
Showcase winner(s) review the sketched storyboard illustrations created for their selected script or story.

Step Five:
The winning writer(s) listen and review audio auditions of talent (voice-over actors) to give input regarding the cast selection for their story.

Step Six:
The writer(s) review the colored storyboard illustrations to give input before the final draft of the artwork.

Step Seven:
The winner’s final role is to review and critique the rough draft of the edited audible storyboard episode.

Once post-production is complete, Art for Growth will begin the online distribution process. The writer(s) receive a MOV and MP4 file version of the episode and its YouTube link.

After Production:
Writers will begin the first week of the Writers’ Room Lab.

The most expensive stage of visual production is photography. For films, it’s cinemaphotography.

However, famous directors such as Stephen Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock lay out the complete vision of their stories via storyboards. SparkLights Episode productions skip cinematography and present stories as Audible Storyboards. The process makes producing and presenting visual stories affordable and possible for visual storytellers who might never have their stories publicly exposed.

Writers who serve as co-executive producers for their stories gain production experience that could help their growth within the film industry.


1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only via FilmFreeway.
2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form.
3. Only short screenplays or stories are eligible for submission. Screenplays can be at
most eight pages. Prose (stories) can be no more than three pages.
4. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
5. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59 PM Eastern Time,
and the submission fee must be made in full at the time of the submission. All entry
fees are non-refundable.
6. All submitted material must be original works owned by the writer(s); however, the
material may be based on other works not owned by the writer(s).
7. Material must be submitted by the writer or the writer’s parent or guardian. Material
written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with the other(s)
8. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, each team member will be listed with the
production’s credits.
9. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will have
to be resubmitted before the submission deadline. The latter will replace previous
submissions. Please proofread your script or story carefully before submitting.
10. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of
Congress before submitting to any competition; however, we do not require
11. Only provide the story title and your name on the title page.
12. Art by Faith claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to
the scripts or stories submitted to this competition remain with the original rights
13. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner.
14. Art by Faith reserves the right to change the deadline and announcement dates at
any time.
15. Art by Faith reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.


1. The Art by Faith Showcase project was developed for new or undiscovered writers who
desire to use their talent in a manner that’s pleasing to GOD through Christ. Writers at
least 14 years of age are eligible. Entrants under 18 must submit a notarized copy of
the provided parental permission form found on Art by Faith’s website submission
page. The competition can select up to five winners per year.
2. Only family-friendly, life-enhancing, or faith-based stories qualify for submission. See
“Selection Criteria.”
3. Screenwriters or storytellers who have written professionally for film or TV or are
already represented by an agent are not eligible.
4. All persons from anywhere worldwide are eligible; however, the material submitted
must be in English.
5. Material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible for this competition.
6. Art by Faith only excepts short stories.
7. There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
8. Standard screenplay format is preferred but not required.
9. Submitted Screenplays must be at most eight (8) pages and can be as short as one (1)
10. Submitted Stories in prose structure (i.e., not in screenplay format) should be three
(3) pages at most. Winning prose (stories) will be adapted into screenplays by Art for
Growth’s production team. All submissions must be typed. Handwritten material will
be disregarded.
11. We have no preferences regarding title page content. The title and name of the writer
would suffice.
12. All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF. Broken or non-PDF files may
be accepted, but the submission will only be received if Art by Faith representatives
can access or read the file.
13. Winners will be required to sign an additional release form. Entrants under 18 must
submit a notarized copy of the provided parental permission form found on Art by
Faith’s website submission page. Winners may be required to sign an affidavit of
14. By entering the competition, the user acknowledges their eligibility for the
Art by Faith will verify all eligibility requirements at the finalist stage of the
competition and before announcing winners.
15. All writers must avoid plagiarism.
16. Art by Faith reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.


Screenplay submissions will be chosen based on the following criteria:
• Voice
• Story
• Characters
• Dialogues
• Number of pages (submission must be no more than 8 pages)
• Writer’s Potential for professional development
• Story’s ability or potential to entertain, captivate, and enhance viewers

Stories (Prose) submitted will be chosen based on the following criteria:
• Voice
• Story
• Characters
• Story’s Adaptability
• Number of pages (submission must be no more than 3 pages)
• Writer’s Potential for professional development
• Story’s ability or potential to entertain, captivate, and enhance viewers

In addition to the scoring criteria, Art by Faith may conduct interviews and send questionnaires to learn more about the entrant, their voice, perspective, and goals to help identify the winning projects.

Criteria for Winners and Finalists:
1. Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in verifying eligibility.
2. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of
Art by Faith’s panel of judges.
3. All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of Art by
4. Winners may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt
of a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility. All winners will be required to sign an additional
release. Winners under 18 must also have a parent or guardian sign the release.
5. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


1. Art by Faith is an Art for Growth project. Art for Growth is the trade name of the 501 c
3 nonprofit Songs with Meaning, Incorporated. The foregoing rights and legalities are
by and governed by Art for Growth, hereafter referred to as AFG.
2. COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP: Art by Faith and its parent organization AFG or any
other partner, employee, or agent associated with this competition claims no
ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this
competition. All ownership and rights to the scripts or stories submitted to Art by Faith
remain with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
Copyright and Ownership of the Audio Visual content (i.e., audible storyboards)
produced by AFG from winning scripts will belong to AFG. Winners are granted
immediate permission to distribute, share, view, expose, and promote the episode
(i.e., Audio Visual content) as the winners/writers deem necessary.
3. DEVELOPMENT: By entering this competition, the entrant understands and agrees to
work with Art for Growth’s production team to make edits to winning scripts when
necessary. Entrant understands and agrees that refusal to make required edits or
rewrites could result in a forfeit from the showcase.
4. PRODUCTION HIERARCHY: By entering this competition, the entrant agrees that all
artistic disputes or disagreements of any kind regarding and during any stage of
production will be resolved by what is determined by Art for Growth’s Project Director
as an acceptable solution.
5. INDUSTRY PARTNERS: The support and community partnership agreement between
AFG and its industry partners are under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The
MOU is not legally binding. It is supported by an honor system. Therefore, AFG and its
parent organization AFG or any other partner, employee, or agent associates do not
extend a guarantee of promises made under the MOU by industry partners. AFG
reserves the right to add or replace industry partners at any time.
6. PUBLIC EXPOSURE & PROMOTION: Except where prohibited by law, participation in
the competition constitutes each entrant’s consent to AFG and its agents’ and
competition sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or
personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without
further payment or consideration. All uses of entrants’ information are in accordance
with our Privacy Policy.
7. REFUND POLICY: All entries are non-refundable.
8. SITE TERMS OF SERVICE. By entering this competition, the user agrees to all of AFG’s
Terms of Service in addition to these rules and eligibility criteria.
9. DATA MANAGEMENT AND PRIVACY. Entries for this competition are managed on the
submission platform FilmFreeway, and AFG. Other data management tools, including
but not limited to Google Services and Amazon Web Services, may also be used to
securely manage your data. AFG and its parent organization AFG or any other partner,
employee, or agent associates are not accountable for any data hacks (internal or
external) or user errors that may release scripts or writer's data unintentionally.
to release and hold harmless AFG, ArtforGrowth.org, ArtbyfaithScreenwriters.org, its
subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Producers, Prize contributors, judges,
screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for
administering, advertising or promoting the Competition, and every one of their
respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively,
the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims,
expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to
property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation,
slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or
other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the
Competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Episode Production, Certificates,
or Prizes; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial
exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under
applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless
Artforgrowth.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees, and projects from and
against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys
fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Competition and/or entrant’s use or
restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded.
Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before any grants are awarded (when applicable)
or any winners are announced and the winner(s) may be required to sign an affidavit
of eligibility. By entering the competition, you authorize us to use any trusted third-
party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or
transmitting your submission file(s).
11. AFG reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.