The SWN Screenplay Competition has some of the most respected judges in the industry. Enter your script and receive many of our submission benefits.

Screenwriters Network (SWN) are dedicated to support all contestants, rather than just the winners. For entering alone you will receive all three of our submission benefits:

➤ Every script submitted gets registered with SWN for free. No need to register with the writers guilds (WGA, WGUK etc.).

➤ You will receive a £10 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.

➤ Receive 15% off of all subsequent SWN Screenplay Competitions.

OUR JUDGES

Ed Solomon: Ed Solomon is a producer, director and multi award-winning screenwriter. Most known for penning many classic and genre defining films, such as Men in Black (1997), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Now You See Me (2013) and many more.

Kenneth Kokin: Kenneth's career broke out when he Produced and Directed second unit on the Oscar winning and Emmy nominate film, The Usual Suspects. His other producing and directing credits include films with Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Torro, Juliette Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow. Recently he worked as an executive that co-financed such films as US, Glass, Darkest Hour, and Jurassic World 2.

Peter Aperlo: Peter is a screenwriter and an author. His supernatural feature-length thriller, Devil’s Gate, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. He has feature films under development with such producers as Gianni Nunnari, Lloyd Levin, and Zack Snyder, and his current project is a Norse mythology anime series for Netflix. He also wrote the stories and screenplays for the console video games Watchmen: The End is Nigh and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

Fleur Costello: Fleur has written feature films, documentaries and in many popular TV shows including Waterloo Road and River City. She was a Comedy Development Producer at the BBC and also a Script Developer at the Walt Disney Company. Fleur also judges for the Writers Guild Awards.

OUR NETWORK OUTREACH

The top scripts in our competition get sent to some of the most prestigious production companies in the industry, including:

➤ Aardman (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas)

➤ Baby Cow Productions (Philomena, Northern Soul, Philomena, A Cock and Bull Story )

➤ Big Talk Pictures (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Grimsby, Baby Driver)

➤ Cloud Eight (Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, Selma, T2 Trainspotting, Trance)

➤ DNA (28 Weeks Later, Dredd, Ex Machina, The Beach, Trainspotting)

➤ DMG Entertainment (Twighlight, Iron Man 3, Looper, Point Break)

➤ Ealing Studios (The Hitman's Bodyguard, Black Mirror, Darkest Hour, Downton Abbey)

➤ Heyday Films (Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood, I Am Legend, Gravity)

➤ Manage-ment (Garden State, The Art of War, The Virgin Suicides, Nixon)

➤ Number 9 (Colette, On Chesil Beach, Youth, Carol)

➤ Pulse Films (Gangs of London, Beastie Boys Story, XY Chelsea, PIG)

➤ Red Production Company (Traces, Happy Valley, Cucumber, Last Tango in Halifax)

➤ Ruby Films (Saving Mr. Banks, Jane Eyre, Suffragette, Tulip Fever)

➤ Scott Free Productions (Gladiator, Blade Runner 2049, The Martian, Alien Covenant)

➤ Seesaw Films (The King's Speech, Shame, Lion, Macbeth)

➤ Vertigo (Monsters, Bronson, The Football Factory, Pusher)

CATEGORIES

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

- SHORT FILM: Up to 45 pages.

- FEATURE-LENGTH: Up to 200 pages

- TV PILOT : Up to 75 pages.

We offer the choice of giving feedback on your screenplay at an extra cost. Feedback will be given from our qualified 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

NOTIFICATION DATES

Quarter-Finalists | 20th of March
Semi-Finalists | 25th of March
Finalists | 30th of March
Winners | 3rd of April

OUR PARTNERS

The 2021 SWN Screenplay Competition (Solomon Award) 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.

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★ Prizes ★

1st Place

➤ Automatically qualify for our annual screenplay competition ($1200 Award)
➤ Your script listed in InkTip's script directory (4000+ producers, reps & execs)
➤ Production development consultation with an industry producer (worth $199)
➤ 1 year subscription to Final Draft Pro screenwriting software (worth $249.99)
➤ The SWN hanging frame award with your winning script and laurels inside
➤ A promotion in InkTip's magazine (15,000+ producers, reps & execs)
➤ 1 year membership at Screenwriter Staffing (worth $130)

2nd Place

➤ Automatically qualify for our annual screenplay competition ($1200 Award)
➤ Your script listed in InkTip's script directory (4000+ producers, reps & execs)
➤ 1 year subscription to Final Draft Pro screenwriting software (worth $249.99)
➤ A promotion in InkTip's magazine (15,000+ producers, reps & execs)
➤ 1 month membership at Screenwriter Staffing

3rd Place

➤ Automatically qualify for our annual screenplay competition ($1200 Award)
➤ 1 year subscription to Final Draft Pro screenwriting software (worth $249.99)
➤ 1 month membership at Screenwriter Staffing

--- 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 Answers ---

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.

4) We do not issue refunds.

--- Terms ---

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  • Joe Leone

    I thank you for the recognition of feature film screenplay - Retirement Road Trip. I look forward to submitting additional material in the future

    April 2021
  • The Real Thing - Finalist: Feature Film Script.

    Thank you Screenwriters' Network for this honor in your fine festival.

    January 2021
  • It was great to see my screenplay Lake Hart being selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 edition. Great communication and very encouraging words from the organisers. Gives me the motivation to keep going. Thank you!!!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Laurent, that's great to hear and very kind. It was a pleasure! Hope to speak again soon.

  • Peter Hoffmann

    I loved the review of my script "Surrealistic Playmates," not to mention that I qualified for the final round. Forget about any grid box with its inconsistent numbers from reviewer to reviewer. Instead, the SWN coverage gave specific suggestions linked to specific pages. This was spot on and greatly appreciated.

    These judges get comedy. Who needs arcs and antagonists, when the biggest obstacles to my protagonists are their own naive assumptions as they blunder along from one predicament to the next? If the story makes you laugh, then it works.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Peter, such kind words! It was a pleasure to have you as part of our November competition and best of luck with Surrealistic Playmates!

  • Jonathan Dittman

    Timely with helpful feedback! Great experience!

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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jonathan! Best of luck with your future projects!