Script Summit is a festival dedicated to supporting screenwriters. As a participant in the Script Summit Screenplay Competition, you can build your network, expand your knowledge with in-depth seminars taught by professionals, gain tremendous insight from Q & A Panels, experience scene table reads with professional actors, and attend hundreds of film screenings at no additional cost! You will have the opportunity to connect with directors, producers, and other writers at the Script Summit Networking Event.

There's even a grand prize of $1,000 in cash and TWO writers will walk away with a contract of representation by a Hollywood Talent Manager!

Winners are announced at the Awards Show which is free to attend!

Two screenwriters will win representation from a Hollywood Talent Manager!

Grand Prize - $1,000

Multiple genres will be awarded!

Best Feature, Tv pilot, Short, and Web Series will win screenwriting software from WriterDuet!

Our top 6 winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.

The ISA (International Screenwriters Association) is sponsoring Script Summit 2020! They have committed to awarding 30 of our winners a free 6-month membership to the ISA Connect Network!

Indie Film Hustle and IFHTV will award a 6-month subscription to their channel for 30 winners. Their online film courses through IFHAcademy.com will award a free course on properly formatting a screenplay to 30 winners.

We are currently accepting written submissions for features, shorts, web-series, television pilots, synopsis, treatments, and pitch decks.

If the writer of the submitted screenplay is optioned/produced within the past 3 years they will not qualify for the Cash Prize or Talent Manager award.

All genres are welcome.

​Winners will be announced at the Writers Award Show.

Multiple Genres will be awarded. Only the best in show award receives the cash prize. All other winners in attendance during the awards ceremony receive a physical award at no cost.

If a winner can not attend the awards show. Their award can be mailed to them at the cost of the award plus shipping. A digital award is offered at no cost.

Golden age submissions for feature and television scripts are optional for writers over the age of 55 only.

Michigan Writers categories are for writers who currently reside in Michigan only.

Golden Age & Michigan Writers categories are their own awards and do not qualify for the Cash Prize or Talent Manager Contract.

One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.

The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12 point Courier).

By entering Script Summit], you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing and/or transmitting your submission file(s)."

Only one copy, draft or version of any screenplay may be submitted by an entrant or entrants per submission.

Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission.

Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.

Features that are over 120 pages must be submitted as 2 different entries.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted.

Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced.

Entries may, however, be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work, which should be noted in the logline required on the application form.

Entries lacking a logline on the application form will be disqualified.

If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, the "based on true story/events" button should be noted in the logline.

Collaborative work by two writers who share equally in its creation is eligible.

The collaborator’s name must be added during the online application process.

All entries must be received by or before the Extended Deadline

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  • I am very grateful my screenplay won the Best Dialogue category and was a finalist in the Drama category. However, I am extremely disappointed that because I was not in attendance, I will not receive my plaque! I was told I would have to pay for it as well as shipping and handling.

    That makes absolutely no sense. Had I been present, I would have received my award, but because I was absent, I do not? What do they do with it? Recycle it? Throw it in the trash?

    Instead, I was given a basic downloadable certificate that didn't even have a signature from the festival director! To be completely transparent, it looked more like a laurel created by a grade schooler.

    I find this practice unacceptable. Especially when I offered (4 times) to, at the very least, pay shipping/handling. I've had the good fortune to win other contests. All, but one other, has sent my trophies at the festival's expense.

    S. Summit is supposedly an elite festival. It should already be in the festival budget to send its winners their awards. Especially when the ratio of winners to submitters is very small. If they want to create certificates, then create ones that are beautiful and worthy of the festival's reputation.

    Again, I am grateful to the festival and everyone who enjoyed my screenplay, but I abhor the practice of not sending award winners their actual awards. I find this practice and tacky substitutions deplorable.

    What if the Oscars, Emmy's or Golden Globes didn't send their award winners their trophies. If you think, well the S. Summit is not them, then you're already thinking too small.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations on your win.

    We have promptly replied to all of your communications and concerns but we must adhere to our rules with no exceptions.

    Per your complaint about not receiving an award this is clearly stated in our rules:​

    "Winners who do not attend the awards show and would like their award have the option to pay the cost of the award and shipping. A digital certificate can be provided as an alternative at no cost."

    We would be happy to provide you with an e-cert upon request. As of now, you have received a laurel png with a transparent background so that you may use it on other promotional materials for your work.

  • I'm truly honored to have my thriller "Protector of the Emerald City", and my science fiction features "The Celestial Highway" and "Voyager" for being selected as Finalists! I'm also thankful my drama/fantasy feature "The Seedling" was an official selection in 2020! Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • The Script Summit presented stunning insight and opportunities to improve in our craft and the Awards ceremony was truely red carpet appeal. We graciously appreciate all they offered. Than you so much.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! It was a pleasure having you at the Summit!

  • It was a true honor to have my screenplay, "Sub Rosa," chosen to be a finalist in this prestigious festival.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations!

  • The Real Thing - Finalist: Feature Comedy Screenplay.

    It's an honor to be chosen as one of the seven finalists in this category. A top-class screenwriting competition...

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating!