$10,000 in Cash Prizes

We have teamed up with several creative partners looking for Features and TV Pilots with unique voices and original stories. Our goal is to build a slate of talented writers with clear voices to pitch to those contacts. We are seeking unique perspectives in all genres.

Some of our current industry mandates include but are not limited to: Magical Realism, Female Thrillers, Male Action Thrillers, Contained Elevated Horror, Grounded Sci-Fi, Kaufman-esque Mind-Benders, Young Adult, Drama, Comedy and original Holiday Stories. We also encourage writers with diverse or LGBTQIA stories to submit

Show us your most original work!



HIRED: Unique Voices Grand Prize Winners A.W. Scott and Jean Qing Su were hired by a Singaporean Producer/Financier to write a police/terrorism action feature screenplay that is planned to be filmed in Singapore and China.

PROJECT IN DEVELOPMENT: Bernadett Belinda York’s female-driven, LGBTQ+ western WILD DATURA won its genre category in CS Unique Voices and is now in development, represented by Buffalo 8 & BondIt Media Capital.

GAINED REPRESENTATION: After placing in the Quarter-Finals of CS Unique Voices, Joseph Mwamba is now represented by Kate Prentice at 42 Management.

OPTIONED, HIRED AND REPRESENTED: Semi-Finalist in CS Unique Voices, Travis Seppala, was hired to do a rewrite on a horror script for Distant Star Pictures. He has also signed with manager Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company, and optioned his script SPLASHDOWN with an Australian production company.

SOLD SCRIPT: Semi-Finalist in CS Unique Voices, Kim Hornsby's Christmas romance screenplay, CHRISTMAS AT SNOWFLAKE LODGE, sold to Crazy Legs Productions after negotiations by her representation at 5x5 Productions.

HIRED AND PRODUCED: After placing as a Quarter-Finalist in CS Unique Voices , David Keith Miller has been hired by Creative Tank to write a thriller based on their treatment. His script LOST IN SABINA, produced by Kai Media and Creative Tank, has gained its lead role star attachment, and principal photography is slated for the fall.

GENERAL MEETINGS: Michael V. Lipoma’s comedy pilot F-YOU! I'm a Teacher placed as a Semi-finalist in CS Unique Voices and since has been requested by major productions resulting in general meetings.

PRODUCED, HIRED AND REPRESENTED: Semi-finalist in CS Unique Voices, Jason Scott Goldberg’s cosmic horror film GLORIOUS was named a Top Film to Watch at Fantasia by Forbes. He has worked on assignments for DC Comics, MTV, Blumhouse and Top Dead Center Films and is currently repped by Zero Gravity Management.

Grand Prize (1 overall winner)

The Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the Top 10 Finalists and receive:

$5,000 Cash (in addition to the $500 from the Top 10 category)
60-minute script consultation with a Creative Executive
30-minute pitch consultation
Featured article about you on Creative Screenwriting
The winning script will be shared and promoted to industry partners looking to produce unique work.

Top 10 Finalists

Ten outstanding writers will be selected to receive:

$500 Cash Each
Winning scripts will be considered for an option agreement by Creative Screenwriter Productions (CSP) and shared and promoted to industry partners looking to produce unique work.
The Top 10 will go on to be considered for the Grand Prize.

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• All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

• Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.

• Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.

• Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.

• Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.

• Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer’s written permission to adapt the work.

• Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.

• Scripts are accepted via the site or other 3rd party platforms in PDF form only. No printed materials are accepted.

• Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).

• The writer understands that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.

• Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.

• Multiple entries are permissible.

• Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.

• Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.

• Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.

• Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.

• Payments to be accepted via Paypal or Credit/Debit on our site. Most major credit cards are accepted.

• By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that Creative Screenwriting will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.

• Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.

• Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay.

• No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.

• Prizes may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay, depending on the request of the sponsor.

• The cash prizes will be distributed within 90 days of winner notification.

• Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.

• Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages. 2). TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.

• If you order feedback you may be charged separately $2 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.

• Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges.

• You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our staff and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of the staff or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that Creative Screenwriting Magazine or Creative Screenwriter LLC, its staff or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.

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• It is our full intention to fulfill all prizes as posted. However, due to an unlikely event, act of God or other, we reserve the right to update or edit prizes.

• The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.

• Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to Creative Screenwriting and its agents’ and contest 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 a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

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Overall Rating
  • Thanks to the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition for giving new writers a voice. My Horror Pilot "Battle for Eden: Birth of An Antichrist" was a Semi-Finalist. I appreciate the recognition and the opportunity. Great value, too. I'll be back again!

    October 2020
  • Neil MacKay

    Would highly recommend for new writers!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Awww. Thanks for the love. The best way to becoming a better writer is to keep writing.

  • Very nice, two of my scripts made semi-finalists.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Congrats. Now onto the next script.

  • Very organized and timely communications.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks. We do our best. Nothing more frustrating that not having your questions answered.

  • paul larsen

    got a good reader, which is rare.

    September 2020