We are now open for the 2017-18 Contest. Send us your screenplay – and make your mark in the industry.
We support talented UK writers, from absolute beginners to those selling their first screenplays. By helping them develop the right skills and contacts, we help new writers to break through – so that individuals can succeed and the industry can thrive.
By entering our screenplay competition, you could:
- Have your work read by 40 leading industry professionals from places like the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and a number of literary agents
- Meet with three industry figures to talk about kick-starting your career
"The Screenwriting Goldmine Screenplay Contest goes from strength to strength. Now in its sixth year it offers writers a unique opportunity to have their work read by a wide cross section of the TV and Film industry. Having judged it two years running, I am looking forward to coming back again as the diversity of work submitted is a pleasure to read." ~ Julie Gardner MBE, co-founder Bad Wolf
We have an extraordinary judging panel, full of senior figures in the British TV industry, who all sign up to the judging panel because they have a serious interest in finding and helping develop new writers.
From writing for Casualty, having their single drama scripts optioned, even writing for major international TV co-productions, many of our previous finalists have gone on to find representation and get work in the industry.
That’s due, of course to their great talent – but it’s also due to the massive exposure the winning scripts get at a very senior level of the industry. This gives you a level of access that it can take years to achieve going through the usual routes. It’s no exaggeration to say that even top literary agents would struggle to get a script read by so many significant figures in the same short time frame.
1. One-to-one meetings with our expert judges
You can win three meetings with industry leaders – a priceless opportunity that could launch your screenwriting career. Take a look at our judging panel to see which experts you could spend time with.
2. Screenplay consultancy
The Grand Prize Winner, Second and Third Place Finalists win consultancy on a screenplay of their choice – worth £150 each.
3. One year’s subscription to Open Door
Each finalist wins a year’s subscription to the Open Door industry newsletter, worth £90.
1. Your entry must be an original script written either for cinema or television. Radio plays, stage plays, and any other work such as treatments, outlines, novels, novellas, or short stories of any kind will be disqualified without refund.
2. Your screenplay must be between 45 and 125 pages long.
3. You must not have earned more than £12,000 from movie or television writing in the five years before the end of the competition. This includes work on treatments, options and adaptations or dramatisations of other source material.
4. You must be at least 18 when you enter the competition. If you’re younger, you’ll need an adult to enter your screenplay for you.
5. If a prize becomes unavailable for whatever reason we will add a different prize of equivalent value.
6. Competition judges, their partners and immediate family, and any partners, staff or family of those people employed by Screenwritinggoldmine.com are not eligible to enter.
7. We don’t give feedback on normal submissions. You can order feedback notes on your entry separately, by ticking the check box and paying the additional fee at the time you enter your script. We can’t enter into discussions about our feedback.
8. We will announce the winners by email to the account you registered at the time of your submission, by Twitter, on the Screenwriting Goldmine Facebook Page, and by a news item on our site.
9. Please see our site for all deadlines and relevant dates.
10. Your script MUST be submitted in one of the following formats:
- Microsoft Word for Windows
- Final Draft
- Movie Magic Screenwriter
- Windows Rich Text Format (RTF)
- Writer Duet
11. Entries in other formats will be disqualified without refund.
12. Your script must have been written originally in English. We don’t accept translations unless you credit your translator as a co-writer when you enter.
13. Your entry must be your own original work. It may not be based, wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not. You may submit a script based on your own work which has been published in another form.
14. You can collaborate with another writer, as long as both of you are named on the script title page. Works by three or more writers are not eligible.
15. If any prizes are won by a two-writer collaboration, each writer will receive an Open Door subscription. One script feedback package (if applicable) will be distributed between the two writers by lottery. We will ask both writers to contact us so we can do this.
16. You may submit as many scripts as you like. Each additional script will require its own entry fee.
17. Your entry is final. We will not accept rewrites, corrections, replacement pages, or additional drafts.
18. Registering your work with the Library of Congress or WGA, or any other registration/copyrighting organisation of your choice is acceptable, but not formally required by us.
19. Entry fees are non-refundable.
20. Your complete entry will comprise a single copy of a script plus an entry fee. Scripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
21. No rights are transferred at any stage of the contest. Your work remains completely your own at all times.
22. The judges’ decisions are final. In the event of a clear tie at any stage or a deadlock that cannot be resolved by discussion, the casting vote will be made by Philip Gladwin.
23. In our volatile industry, judges may change jobs during the competition. While this may affect their ability to option a script, it changes nothing about their capability to judge fine writing, nor their web of connections that can help them give writers a boost. A judge changing their job or employment status before the results are announced is no ground for a refund.
24. We reserve the right to make amendments to these rules from time to time. Any such amendment will be made on our website only. We encourage you to check back that rule page from time to time.
25. Entering a script confirms that you accept these rules, and will abide by them, now, and in the future along with any amendments.