Drama Inc. Screenplay Competition offers an opportunity for screenwriters to have their work read and reviewed by top industry professionals. Our bi-annual winners will receive a full staged reading of their script with established professional actors. All winners will be in consideration for development by the Drama Inc. team with the possibility of the script being produced.

The judges are veteran industry pros including Emmy nominee Catherine Dyer (Stranger Things, The Blind Side), Claire Bronson (Ozark, Mr. Mercedes), Scott Poythress (Homeland, The Resident) and Jason MacDonald (The Vampire Diaries, The Accountant).

We are dedicated to telling stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion. We are excited about discovering new writers and promoting their work.

Our bi-annual table reads in Atlanta will include an after party with ample opportunities to network with Directors, Writers, Producers, Actors and other talents based in the thriving SouthEast market.

We want to hear your voice! Send us your screenplays!

All finalists will participate in staged table read in Atlanta (video feed possible)
After party networking event
Introduction to Drama Inc. Producers and other creatives
Written evaluation of screenplay
Press release and Social Media focus

Award Categories:

Best Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Feature Film Screenplay
Best Thriller Feature Film Screenplay
Best Horror Feature Film Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi Feature Film Screenplay
Best Comedy Television Pilot (Over 30 minutes) Screenplay
Best Comedy Television Pilot (Under 30 minutes) Screenplay
Best Drama Television Pilot (Over 30 minutes) Screenplay
Best Drama Television Pilot (Under 30 minutes) Screenplay
Best Comedy Short Film Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Short Film Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Short Film Screenplay
Best Drama Short Film Screenplay
Best Thriller Short Film Screenplay
Best Horror Short Film Screenplay
Best Georgia Feature Film Screenplay
Best Georgia Short Film Screenplay
Best International Feature Film Screenplay
Best International Short Film Screenplay

Screenplays accepted from anywhere in the world but in English only
PDF documents only - standard screenplay format
Produced or optioned scripts not eligible
Adaptations must cite source material
Features: 130 pages max
Shorts: 30 pages max

Overall Rating
  • It was a great to see the competition go ahead which gave myself and I'm sure others, hope and a ray of light during these stressful times!

    April 2020
  • Lauren Speeth

    Thank you so much for the official selection of "Fiona" - it is such an uplift for us - thank you for continuing with your festival and staying in such good contact, rising above the challenging times. Much appreciated !

    April 2020
  • Thank you for you including our script into your festival.

    April 2020
  • Drama Inc. does so many great things for Atlanta talent beyond this Screenplay Competition. Despite everything that is going on concerning Covid, I think they did a pretty good job,

    April 2020
  • Matthew Neff

    I was fortunate enough to have two of my projects selected as Semi-Finalists. The feedback is great and the community is very welcoming and supportive. I can't wait to see them announce their Award Category Nominees!

    April 2020