***ABOUT US***

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

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.

We host a competition every other month and also offer feedback services as an extra option.

***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 - Dougie Brimson!

Dougie Brimson is an English author and screenwriter best known for penning the multi-award-winning feature film, Green Street; starring Elijah Wood. Truly a master of the Crime/Drama genre, he then went on to write two more hit films, Top Dog and We Still Kill The Old Way.

***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.

***OUR SPONSORS***

The May 2020 SWN Screenplay Competition is proudly sponsored by WriterDuet, Final Draft and FilmFreeway.

For the best screenwriting software, please follow the below links:

WriterDuet - https://writerduet.com
Final Draft - https://www.finaldraft.com

- Your Script Saved Into The SWN Script Bank*
- A Crystal Engraved Winners Trophy
- Final Draft Screenwriting Software ($249.99)
- Official Paper Certificate
- Automatic Entry to Our Annual Screenplay Competition ($1000 Award or Your Script Produced)

*Screenwriters will be invited to include their work in the SWN Script Bank, which is a curated database of quality scripts that are looking for production. These scripts will be available to a list of producers, directors and agents to find their next potential projects. Contacts of the writers will be shared directly to discuss the optioning of scripts, development and rights.

--- 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.
4) Submissions are welcome from any country.
5) There is no limit to the number of materials you may submit.
6) Short Film Scripts Must NOT Exceed 40 Pages

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  • AJ Lovell

    I've entered twice now and have found them to be very professional. I was fortunate enough to win and was very pleased with my crystal engraved trophy. I will definitely be entering again as I feel the submission price is good value for money. Thanks SWN.

    April 2020
  • I enter a lot of contests that give feedback/notes, and from experience, I state on authority that this contest is one of the best. The readers actually take their time to read the script and offer erudite suggestions. I entered last year (2019), and placed in the Honorable Mention. I have entered this year (2020) too. For as long as it exists, I will enter - year after year. I encourage all emerging screenwriters to enter this contest.

    February 2020
  • A great film festival to enter and participate in! Alex was very responsive, professional, and friendly! I appreciated the prompt communication and updates, and was honored to make it to the finals. Thanks for putting together such an awesome event, and I’ll be back to try again!

    February 2020
  • Julian Chomet

    Very excited to win the competition and have received a wonderful engraved trophy and certificate. Good value competition. Will have a go at next month's TV pilot competition.

    December 2019
  • I did not win but will recommend a good festival to be in, good communication

    December 2019