★★★ ABOUT US ★★★

At SWN our network expands to over 10,000 industry producers, creative executives, production companies and filmmakers.

The SWN Screenplay Competition is a non-profit contest founded by by a collaboration of 5 award-winning and produced screenwriters in London, UK.

★★★ JUDGES ★★★

Our top judges comprise of four veterans of the film and TV industry. Including producer of the Oscar-winning thriller, The Usual Suspects.

Kenneth Kokin

Kenneth's career broke out when he Produced and Directed second unit on the Oscar winning and Emmy nominated film, The Usual Suspects. His other producing and directing credits include films with Christopher McQuarrie, 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.

Fleur Costello

Fleur has written feature films, broadcast TV drama, documentary and sit com. 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.

★★★ 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

★★★ NOTIFICATION DATES ★★★

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

★★★ OUR PARTNERS ★★★

The February 2021 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 ★★★

1st Place

- Automatically Qualify for Our Annual Screenplay Competition ($1500 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)
- A Promotion in InkTip's Magazine (15,000+ Producers, Reps & Execs)
- 1 Year Membership at Screenwriter Staffing (worth $130)
- The SWN Crystal Engraved Winners Trophy

2nd Place

- Automatically Qualify for Our Annual Screenplay Competition ($1500 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 ($1500 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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  • 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!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jonathan! Best of luck with your future projects!

  • This is a wonderfully friendly organization, who have been extremely supportive, encouraging and communicative. From my perspective, they are clearly doing everything they can to make this a competition to be reckoned with. I would highly recommend it.

    December 2020
  • First screenplay competition experience - pleasantly surprised!...

    Warmth and airtime from SWN team.
    Explanation of process and responding to queries.
    Depth and attention to detail with feedback.
    Just need to digest the notes provided and determine the best route to move forward.

    December 2020