GRIM NORTH is a fully accessible, online-only screenwriting competition seeking out new talent and exciting scripts from new and experienced writers.

GRIM NORTH is open to writers with completed feature-length and short scripts in the following categories:

- HORROR
- THRILLER/ACTION
- DRAMA
- DARK COMEDY

BONUS CATEGORY for Season 2: "Womxn To The Front"
*Please read the specs before submitting*

We want your dark stories, your twisted monsters and your panic-inducing joyrides. We want stories about the underdog and the people we don't always get to see on screen.

We welcome screenplays written by absolutely anyone over the age of 18, anywhere in the world, and we especially welcome screenplays written by women, people from BAME backgrounds, those who identify as having a disability, those from the LGBTQ+ community, and older writers who maybe found this passion late in life.

Every entry is read by industry professionals, including award-winning screenwriters, directors, producers and production executives.

All Official Selections, Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners receive Grim North laurels and a Grim North certificate.

FIRST PRIZE in each category
- A script report from an industry-respected producer, screenwriter and/or director
- A dedicated space on the GRIM NORTH website
- A hard copy certificate posted to you, wherever you are in the world.

RUNNER UP in each category
- A script report from an industry professional
- A write-up on the GRIM NORTH website
- A hard copy certificate posted to you, wherever you are in the world.

Additionally, the WINNER of the Womxn To The Front bonus category will get another prize (TBA but is be industry related).

All entrants must:

- Come from planet Earth

FORMAT:
- Please submit in an industry-standard format, saved as a PDF
- Scripts should have a cover page with the entrant's name but no further personal information.

Eligibility:
- Scripts must not have been optioned, developed or produced by the time the winners are announced. Scripts which no longer qualify under this stipulation will be disqualified.
- Please note that all entries under the 'Student' fee will be required to provide proof of current student status.

Other Information:
- All entries remain the property of the entrant. GRIM NORTH and Brickworks Media Ltd do not claim any ownership over entered screenplays.
- GDPR: we do not store any personal data provided to us for any purposes other than those of this competition. Your personal data will not be kept on file, and will not be passed on to any third parties without your consent.

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  • Daniel Cotter

    Great festival! Proud to be a part of their first run.

    July 2020
  • Stephen Schroeder

    I initially gave this festival a good rating. I'm grateful to have been a finalist and was thrilled to be a part of a festival that showcases Dark Comedy.

    However, I have not had a good experience with trying to get the things that were promised to me. My write-up on the website was useless in that it only contained my name and the name of my project. I sent a full bio and it was frustrating to see other writers get comprehensive bios while mine was just two sentences.

    Additionally, I've reached out several times to try and get the coverage I was promised but it's been months and I've heard next to nothing about when I will recieve said coverage.

    Finally, I know it's a small thing, but the certificate I recieved for my win is extremely disappointing and contained typos. I know it's just a piece of paper and totally not important but it's frustrating when you spend money on a festival and their prize looks like it was copied and pasted into a document template. Again, I know that sounds like a low blow but I think those frustrations are warranted.

    I hate to dig on a first year festival. Especially once that prides itself on highlighting dark comedy but my experience was so bad that I felt I had to say something.

    March 2020
  • Got my certificate in the mail! It is so awesome! Very professional competition! Loved being apart of it!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    So glad you enjoyed being part of it, Dene! Hope that certificate's gone straight to the mantelpiece.

  • Great communication from start to finish. A festival that will go from strength to strength.

    January 2020
  • Wale Atoyegbe

    It was their name that drew me, especially the "Grim" part, i felt like they were looking for stories that punch you in the face. So i submitted my first ever screenplay Two Nooses, a racially charged drama, and i sent it pretty late too and to my surprise Two Nooses won best drama, but it proved i was right. So if you think you have a story that punches, submit it to Grim North 2020 and beyond.

    January 2020