As one of the few screenwriting competitions for the LGBTQ community, our aim is to discover and recognize the best emerging talent and most original voices from our community in film and television writing from around the world. We are proud to be LGBTQ and even prouder to support the LGBTQ community. Members from our community have long been known for being the best artists in the world and we want to not only recognize them for that, but to support them in being talented as well as a member of our community. We go out of our way to find great new talent and place top new screenwriters firmly on the industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in our competition representing the heart of the motion picture industry.
Winners and finalists will receive prizes and services from our industry leading partners as well as priceless industry exposure to some of New York and Hollywood’s biggest production companies and talent managers. In fact, we promise to deliver our winners’s scripts to over 40 production companies and talent representatives.
We also accept scripts from writers of all shapes and sizes from all background and all countries. You can be any ethnicity and be of any sexual orientation. You do not even have to be a member of the LGBTQ community to enter our contest and your script doesn’t have to be about our community to win. It simply has to be good. No two paths are the same, no two writers are the same, and as such no two stories are ever the same. We love them all as long as they are good.
The Gay and Lesbian communities have been a vibrant force in Hollywood for decades and in the arts for centuries and we felt it was about time we had our own screenwriting festival. Not enough stories are being told about our communities so the LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition was founded to further the craft of screenwriting in and about the LGBTQ community and to inspire and support writers and producers looking to produce more film and television projects about our communities.
So if you've written a great project about our community or you are simply a talented writer who is a member of our community please submit your project today!
Only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded by recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.
We accept submissions exclusively through partner websites like FilmFreeway.
Script cover pages must contain author name(s), script title, email, and phone number of at least 1 writer.
No limit to the length of the scripts
Scripts can be in script or treatment form; feature, stage play, or teleplay.
No limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Scripts must be written in English.
Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition.
All fees are non refundable. Contest is void where prohibited by law, be it state, federal, or local.
Employees, friends, and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
Entrants must be eighteen years or older to enter the contest.
Submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s). Material can be based on the work of others, if you wholly own the new creation.
All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant and entrant’s writing partner. The entrant and or partnership ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work.
The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
Material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible as well as amateur writers.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Material must be your original work. And all work must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
Please note that the LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, writing group, networking group, film school, or film related enterprise or organization.
We reserve the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.