★★★ ABOUT US ★★★

At SWN our priority is to kick start your career by connecting you with our network of industry professionals.

Our network expands to over 20,000 industry producers, creative executives, production companies and filmmakers.

Screenwriters Network saves scripts from every competition (not just winners) in the hope to soon start producing and paying for quality screenplays under the SWN name.

★★★ JUDGES ★★★

Our judges comprise of five veterans of the film and TV industry. We are fortunate enough to have a new judge join the panel - Grant Cathro.

Grant is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in teenage and children's television in the UK. With an astounding 500+ produced television scripts to his credit, Grant's work has been nominated for (and has won) BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Writers' Guild of Great Britain and Prix Jeunesse awards.

★★★ CATEGORIES ★★★

There are three main categories you may enter your script into:

- SHORT: Up to 40 pages.

- FEATURE-LENGTH: Over 40 pages.

- TV PILOT : Up to 75 pages.

We offer the choice of giving feedback on your screenplay at an extra cost. Feedback will be from our judges and script consultants.

★★★ SCRIPT FEEDBACK ★★★

We provide an in-depth and thorough analysis of your screenplay. Passing through not one, but two pairs of eyes!

Notes submitted by the judge of your script will be passed on directly to one of our professional script consultants (who reads it again).

For more information on our script consultants:

https://www.screenwritersnetwork.co.uk/script-consultancy

★★★ OUR PARTNERS ★★★

The August 2020 SWN Screenplay Competition is proudly partnered with InkTip and Final Draft.

Final Draft is the industry-standard software for screenwriters, TV writers, playwrights and more.

www.finaldraft.com

InkTip has a secure network of more than 4000 Industry Professionals. More than 393 films have been made from scripts and writers found through InkTip, and each year, an average of 28 movies go into production from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

www.inktip.com


★★★ Prizes ★★★

● Automatically Qualify for Our Annual Screenplay Competition (£1000/$1286 Award)
● Your Script Listed in InkTip's Script Directory (4000+ Producers, Reps & Execs)*
● A Promotion in InkTip's Magazine (15,000+ Producers, Reps & Execs)
● Final Draft Pro Screenwriting Software
● A Crystal Engraved Winners Trophy
● £200.00 Cash Prize ($251.00)

*InkTip has a secure network of more than 4000 Industry Professionals. More than 393 films have been made from scripts and writers found through InkTip, and each year, an average of 28 movies go into production from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

--- Contest Eligibility ---

1) All submitted material must be original, and the property of the applicant(s) at the time of submitting.

2) Any submitted work that is published or produced between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.

3) All entries must be in English.

-- FAQ's ---

1) Submissions are welcome from any country.

2) There is no limit to the number of materials you may submit.

3) There is no age limit to submit.

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  • Keith R. Higgons

    Thanks - a really great experience. Terrific feedback.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review Keith! We're very happy to hear that you found your experience and feedback valuable.

    Alex

  • Geraldine Colson

    Although I suspect that ALL applicants reach the Finals, the week of notifications that my project had been accepted and moved up the ranks was very exciting.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Geraldine - Thank you for your review!

    I can confirm that not everyone makes it into the Finals, Semi-Finals or even Quarter-Finals. Only 10 writers manage to secure a place in the Finals.

    Best wishes,
    Alex

  • So great to be part of the SWN Screenplay Competition. Good clear communication and support by a team who genuinely care about finding and nurturing new talent. Thank you so much for voting my short comedy script "Gertie and Her Goats" into the semi-finals!

    September 2020
  • David Toussaint

    I didn't make it to the end (semi-finalist here), but the people who run this festival were so friendly and helpful (they gave me advice about agents, etc.), that it was a fantastic experience. Every email sent was kind and cordial. The way it should be. Highly recommended to all.

    September 2020
  • The analysis that I paid for was great and thorough. Definitely worth the time and effort. Thanks for it!

    September 2020