The New York City International Screenplay Awards is the most reputable and respected screenplay contest in the Big Apple. What sets us apart is that EVERY SCRIPT SUBMITTED RECEIVES WRITTEN FEEDBACK as part of the entry fee.

Our staff is dedicated to awarding the best screenwriting talent and there is no better way to guarantee your script is given a fair shot than to prove that each and every script is read and reviewed on an even playing field.

We look forward to reading your material!

Best Feature Script - $1,500
Best TV Pilot - $750
Best Short Script - $500

Each and every winner gets a phone introduction to a literary manager and development consultant!

- Writers of all ages are eligible.
- The material submitted must be in English.
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible.
- There are no limitations or restrictions as to date of authorship.
- The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, any third party prior to entering the competition.
- Material must be submitted in PDF format.
- All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
- Feature scripts that exceed 130 pages will be disqualified.
- TV scripts that exceed 75 pages will be disqualified.
- Short scripts that exceed 30 pages will be disqualified.
- Past winners are not eligible to submit.
- There is no limit to the amount of entries one may submit.
- Resubmissions are accepted.

Overall Rating
  • First time entering this contest and the communication was great, very rapid responses and a great team.

    March 2020
  • I love the reader/reviewer's analysis of my script so much that I framed it! I may not have won technically but I feel like the winner.
    Thank you for what you saw because that's what I wrote.
    Virtual BIG HUG from VIVA!!

    March 2020
  • I really enjoyed the whole process with this competition. They’re very prompt with everything. I will definitely submit again in the future. Great job you all!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Acorye! Looking forward to seeing more of your material!

  • Paul Encinas

    Very honored to be selected. Useful feedback and timely responses. Thanks again!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Honored to have you, Paul!

  • For as long as I continue to write scripts, and this contest exists, I shall ENTER. Why? - - they are organized, swift to responds to emails, and offer excellent feedback. Wish you guys well. Namaste.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Grateful!! Namaste, Anthony!