We love New York and we love film! We especially loves films shot, set, about, or written and produced and starring New Yorkers! And by New Yorker, we mean New Yorkers from the State, the City, and around the world. Even New Yorkers who haven’t made it here yet. We love you all. (And no, you don’t have to be here or be from here to submit your scripts).

We want our screenwriting competition to launch the careers of New York’s next generation of writers and filmmakers. We care deeply about nurturing, developing, and furthering the careers of the next generation of New York City filmmakers and screenwriters from the U.S. and around the world. Our team is passionate about developing artists.

We want our competition to connect up and coming artists with the talent agents and managers that will ultimately put them in front of studio executives and producers around the world. We are especially passionate about introducing them to the various producers and production teams in the ‘Mecca’ we call home.

We love so many of the great films set in New York and made by New Yorkers. As such we love all kinds of scripts from studio blockbusters to little indies. No two paths are ever the same and no two stories are either. We accept scripts from all over the world not just the US and from writers of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, sexes and sexual orientations.

Our city has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. We want to develop writers to work on studio films as well as high end independents. We are an independent contest and we want to inspire and support writers at all levels to make great films in, about, or around New York.

We love film and we love filmmakers. And we want to do everything we can to support the people who make them. We want to inspire an entire generation of filmmakers to tell great stories in New York, the US, and abroad.

The New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition is a Cinema Public House production.

We want to put writers on the map so their films get made and get into festivals like Toronto, Sundance, and Cannes. And if all goes well, so one day we can see them on the big screen.

The NYMSC rewards screenwriters with various prizes including personal introductions to at least three talent managers and or development executives. Our grand prize winner will also receive a one hour consultation with script notes from a top lit manager or production executive. Last year's grand prize winner received a one hour consultation with Chuck Osowik at Osowik Management.

Only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded with recognition as is done with most screenwriting competitions.

Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only through our partner websites.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

There is no limit to the length of the projects you submit. Projects can be in script or treatment form.

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

Scripts must be written in English, but can be in any film or television genre.

Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.

Entry fees for screenplay entries are posted on our partner websites and are non refundable.

Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.

Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.

Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright.

All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding. Contest is void where prohibited by law, be it state, federal, or local.

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.

All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.

All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.

All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.

Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.

There are no requirements as to when the material was written.

Material must be your original work.

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 New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, film school, museum, conservatory, or any other film related enterprise or organization including, but not limited to NYU, Tribeca, Tisch, NYFA, NYSC, BFF, MOMA, MOCA, NYCIFF, or the Met.

NYMSC further reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.  

Overall Rating
  • Justin Jackson

    This is the first and only festival that has ever recognized my screenplay "Nice Trick." I've never been to New York City a day in my life. The concept arose from my infinity for Hip-Hop (originally out of the Bronx), my knowledge of the city based off of movies and research that I did to ultimately write the script. For the very city that I based the story in to show me such a liking for my story (granted several grammatical errors), I could never say good enough things about your festival and I wish it continued success going foward!

    May 2019
  • Claudia Marinelli

    Thank you for choosing my screenplay as a finalist, the Festival is well organized and very serious.

    July 2018
  • Randa Karambelas

    The staff I have interacted with at NY Metro Screenwriting Competition has been fantastic. They are respectful and encouraging. They are truly supporting screenwriters. I would recommend this competition!

    June 2018
  • Robert Languedoc

    I was drawn to this competition because as an east coast inhabitant, I cringe whenever people say that all the best screenplays come from LA. What does Louisiana have over the rest of us? This is an outstanding contest that does not focus specifically on New York subject matter. Just good writing.

    June 2018
  • David Keogh

    Friendly, positive and fantastic at feedback - I would recommend these guys to everyone.

    January 2018