The EMERGING SCREENWRITER COMPETITION celebrates the work of young screenwriters in 8th-12th grade. The screenplays are adjudicated by a jury of professional screenwriters. Categories include drama, comedy, horror, and more.

This event is for New Jersey Screenwriters.

Past ESC prizes have included:
Grand Jury Prize
Winner for Comedy
Winner for Drama
Winner for Horror
Winner for Sci-fi/Fantasy
Winner for Action/Adventure

Three Finalists are also selected for each category. Categories may change year to year based on the scripts submitted.

Emerging Screenwriter Rules:
Short Film or Web Series Pilots will be accepted up to a length of 12 pages (not including the title page).
-Submissions must be submitted as a PDF
-Formatting: 12-point Courier font. 1.5 inch left margin. 1-inch right margin.
-Scripts must be formatted correctly to be considered. If you did not write your screenplay in screenwriting software (Final Draft, Movie Magic, etc.), consider re-writing it using or, both of which have free options.
-Each writer may submit no more than two screenplays.
-Scripts may be submitted with up to two genres including Comedy, Drama, Horror, ect.
-Awards are determined by the ESC Jury.

Submissions Open: 11/7/2022
Submission Deadline: 2/27/2023
Award Ceremony: 4/22/2023

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