The Chicago Screenplay Awards is quickly becoming the go-to screenwriting contest because of their wide range of industry resources, and because they're one of the few screenplay competitions that provide feedback with every submissions.

Chicago Screenplay Awards is more than a screenplay competition, it's a friend to screenwriters worldwide. Day in and day out, they help screenwriters excel at their craft through communication and intelligence. Being a source for knowledge and support is our m.o.

Best Feature Screenplay: $1,000 cash prize, Introduction to Literary Manager, Exposure to our network of producers.

Best TV Pilot: $750 cash prize, Introduction to Literary Manger, Exposure to our network of producers.

Best Short Script: $500 cash prize, Introduction to Literary Manager, Exposure to our network of producers.

All entries must be original and the writer(s) must be the sole owners of the intellectual property.
All ages are eligible.
The material submitted must be in English.
All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible.
There are no limitations or restrictions as to date of authorship.
The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, any third party prior to entering the competition.
- Previous winners of the Chicago Screenplay Awards Competition are not eligible.
- Material should be submitted as a PDF file in standard screenplay format.
- No limitations regarding title page content. Title and name of writer and contact information on cover page is standard.
- All Feature Entries must be no longer than 135 pages.
- All TV Drama Pilot Entries must be no longer than 75 pages.
- All TV Comedy Pilot Entries must be no longer than 45 pages.
- All scripts are eligible for resubmission and each resubmission will stand alone in the screenplay contest and not replace the previous submission.

Overall Rating
  • Kevin Miller

    The script coverage was the best! Positive and constructive. You need to know what works and what doesn't work. And the coverage did just that.

    February 2020
  • Josh Price

    I sincerely appreciated the communication from Mira and the entire team. They were wonderful throughout this process- providing feedback, kindness, communication, and offering additional services afterwards. It was a pleasure being a part of this festival, and I’m honored to have been recognized as a Semi-Finalist for my pilot “Lincoln File”. I highly recommend this festival to anyone seeking more than a simple yay or nay.

    February 2020
  • This is an excellent festival for newcomers. The communication is outstanding. i was very pleased to be selected as a quarter finalist.

    February 2020
  • Daniel Pignato

    Very honored to be a finalist for the short screenwriting category. The festival is very good with communicating the steps and give you valuable feedback on your script. Would highly recommend to anyone and look forward to submitting more projects here.

    February 2020
  • Very informative, good communication, and provided coverage with the entry which was awesome.

    February 2020