The Northern Lights International Screenplay Competition is a Quarterly independent competition working in alliance with Northern Lights productions. Winners & notification dates will be 15 days following 3/31 - 6/30 - 9/30 - 12/31.

Awards are presented to independent writers from around the globe who produce original and compelling screenplays in several competition categories.

The Northern Lights Awards recognizes writers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and is responsible for honoring and celebrating new and undiscovered talent worldwide.

Awards will be presented in three main recognition levels:
The Northern Lights (First Place Award)
The Northern Lights (Second Place Award)
The Northern Lights (Third Place Award).

Awards will be presented to only those Screenplays that demonstrate a superior level of craftsmanship and quality. In addition, 10 Honorable Mention awards will be presented.

The Northern Lights Screenplay competition is an online competition. First, Second & Third Place awards will be gifted to the winners at no expense to them. Honorable Mentions will be able to purchase their trophies. In addition, the overall ANNUAL FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a free trailer WORTH $5,000.00 to be made from the winning script.

The Northern Lights Screenplay Contest is designed to award writing talent with a fair and unbiased set of rules. These rules establish all requirements for entry and should be carefully read and understood.

The Northern Lights Screenplay Contest is an online competition. All screenplays must be submitted via

Scripts must be entered complete in a single file in one of the following digital format: .pdf. All screenplays should have proper industry formatting. See Submission Tips for help in preparing your screenplay before submitting it.

The entry fee for the Northern Lights Screenplay Contest range per deadline from $40 - $70, to be submitted as an online transaction at the time the entry form is completed. All Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Once the submission process is completed and the entry is finalized no refunds for the entry fee will be given.

All contestants must be at least 18 years old at the time their scripts are uploaded.

Employees of Northern Lights Screenplay Contest and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. This contest is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law.

All rights to submitted screenplays are retained by their author(s). The Northern Lights Screenplay Contest does NOT hold any copyright or selling rights of any script submitted to this contest.

The NLSC is not able or responsible to return entries. No submissions will be returned to the author(s) under any circumstances. Screenplays delivered in a non-digital format are discarded.

All entries must be original screenplays written by the submitting author(s). Exceptions to this rule are adapted screenplays from source material written by the submitting author(s) and screenplays where the submitting author(s) owns all needed copyrights and permissions to adapt at the time of entry. Adaptions from material found in the Public Domain are also acceptable.

Title page must have contact information / Entries exceeding 125 pages will be disqualified.

Multiple submissions may be entered. Each script must be submitted separately with its own entry registration and entry fee. Submissions of the same script may also be entered under separate genre categories with the same requirements of a separate entry registration and entry fee.

Entries will be judged based on the reading and evaluation of the submitted screenplays only. No other supporting material will be considered in any way. Do not include with your submitted screenplay any synopses, log-lines, links to websites, or any other documentation other than what is required by the submission process.

Any and all authors of a script entered into the contest must be listed on the online entry form. The NLSC allows up to 2 authors to be listed with only a single entry fee required for one script. The first author listed on the online entry form will be considered the primary contact. Only the first author listed should complete the entry process information. Upon submission of the entry, all authors listed have agreed to the terms of these rules.

Screenplay entries may not have a current or pending option placed on them at the time of their submission. Such submissions are automatically disqualified.

Submitting author(s) recognize that similar ideas, plots, concepts and characters may be conceived in more than one screenplays of different writers; and/or by current developments by the contest Judges. Any overlap of accidental shared concepts, plots, characters or other elements does not entitle any entrant to any compensation or credit.

All submissions must be original works of the author(s) listed and not in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or violate basic ethical standards of amateur or professional writing. Any submitted script found to be in violation of the above or to be shown as plagiarized in any way will be immediately disqualified. In addition, The Northern Lights Screenplay Contest shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful submissions.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering your screenplay to the Northern Lights Screenplay Contest. By entering your script you agree that you have read and understood all rules and terms.

Overall Rating
  • nicholas zingarelli

    I can't thank you enough. Becoming a finalist... The sense of accomplishment... My heart was racing. I have to admit, I did do some chest thumping and a couple victory laps around my room. I am already working on my new script, which I will be entering in your next competition.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nicholas! It was a pleasure to read "Should I die before I wake" keep writing and thanks for entering!

  • James Carroll

    It was an honor to be a finalist in their screenplay contest. Very cool film competition with people that are really interested in the film industry.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you James - It was a pleasure reading your script! We will certainly pass it along to anyone interested in the subject matter!

  • My trophy arrived today! Holy s****! It's gorgeous etched glass! Wow! From the bottom of my heart , thank you. :)

    R.J. Rogers
    "Hell on Neptune"

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank You R.J. Here at Northern Lights Productions we feel you've done the work - you've paid the entry fee, you should not have to pay for the trophy too! We will also strive to get your work in front of the right producers as we also gain connections. Thank you for entering Hell on Neptune - It was a Hell of a script- Your Festival Director - Tom

  • Mike Briock

    This is a solid festival. They look at the overall quality of your screenplay, no matter what the genre. Great communication from these guys. They care about the festival and do an excellent job. I not only recommend this festival, I will also enter another screenplay in the future.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you - a pleasure having you in the competition! Our competition is not about a lot of flashy do nothing laurels - we offer free trophies to the winners excellent evaluation - the chance to have a trailer made AND possible connections to take your project higher!