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 other artists who are passionate about film. We are especially passionate about introducing them to the various filmmakers 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.

New York has a long history of producing the most talented writers and filmmakers in the world. We want to continue that tradition. 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 are a US based independent festival company that produces festivals all over the world.

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 silver screen.

The NYMSC rewards screenwriters with various prizes including consultation packages provided by Roadmap Writers with talent managers and development executives in New York and LA. Our grand prize winner receives three sessions including a one hour consultation with script notes from a top lit manager or production executive. Our other finalists both receive at least one consultation each with an established talent manager and or production executive.

2020's grand prize winner received consultations with executives at First Fridays Ent, Kersey Managment, and a one hour consultation with an executive at the Content House. Other finalists had consultations with a manager at Osowik Management, the Bohemia Group, and Forest Road. 2019's grand prize winner also received a one hour consultation with a talent manager 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 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.

This festival is produced by Cinema Public House, a US based company that produces festivals, events, and competitions all over the world.

All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may have outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, we do not use "celebrity" judges or "industry" judges and we do not advertise that we use "celebrity" judges. We use intelligent readers with a passion for cinema who love to read. We distribute our winners' scripts to industry executives who provide consultations, but those executives do not judge our contests. To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges. 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.

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.  

See festival website for complete list of terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Donald Schwartz

    This is a very high honor. To be selected in the top tier of finalists, when hundreds of submissions were considered. This post conveys my sincere gratitude for the thoughtful consideration and special recognition.

    Therefore, for my finalist laurels I wish to thank very much the New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Contest and Film Freeway. Their high level of professionalism and attention to the writer is noteworthy. Indeed, it was most complimentary to receive news of my full length script in this position, and to receive an interview from a successful producer like Justin Roth, including a well thought out suggestion for improvement, made it even better.

    I have won several awards before this one: A national playwriting award; An international epic poem first place award; a Kennedy Center directing award; Jewish Book Club selection of the month; Oh, and I produced an off Broadway play with (true story) Meryl Streep [OK, among others]. Currently I was appointed a judge in the Baltimore Playwriting Festival Contest, wherein I have reviewed twelve plays of varying quality.

    Again, I am most pleased with this, my most recent significant notice. To be recognized out of the many great screenplays that were submitted is an honor and recognition that I will always aspired to live up to.

    Donald Ray Schwartz
    author, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, acting coach

    June 2020
  • Great experience and competition! 👍

    March 2020
  • Martin King

    This was a good festival, and not because I won, but because they delivered on everything that the festival claimed they would. After announcing the winner, the emails with industry contacts and notes came fast. The director of the festival made communication reasonably easy. Although I didn't know much about the process, I was always steered in the right direction. I am humbled that my work was chosen winner in this very professional and prestigious event.

    March 2020
  • The New York Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition is very well run, serious about film and supportive of screenwriters. They provided helpful notes, contest evaluations and introductions to film executives as promised. They were polite, prompt and positive in all their communications. Thanks to Joseph and his team for reading, judging and promoting Welcome to Valhalla, one of the top three prize winners in 2020.

    March 2020
    The new york screenwriting competition brown transparency
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting. You wrote a great script and we hope to see it on the silver screen.

  • Christopher Willis

    I was honored to have my screenplay “Camouflage” honored as a semi-finalist in the NYMSC. My only comment would be regarding the designations. The semi-finalist designation was granted to 11 scripts (2 finalists and one winner). So a semi-finalist was among the top 14 scripts. In other competitions this type of placement would easily be a finalist, if not a category winner. “Semi-finalist” (in my opinion anyway) generally implies a lower placement than top 14. Just sayin.

    March 2020
    The new york screenwriting competition brown transparency
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting and the valuable input. We will take your suggestions into consideration.