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
  • I want to thank the Chicago Screenplay Awards for the Quarter Finalist Award! Thank you.

    July 2020
  • LaMont Prospect

    I have three words to describe the Chicago Screenplay Awards Contest: 1) Professional, 2) Comprehensive and 3) Informative.

    March 2020
  • Duncan Putney

    Thank you for the validation of my writing. It feels good.
    It's great to know that the intention of the ideas in my screenplays is coming through.

    March 2020
  • Thank you All at Chicago Screenplay Awards, you're awesome!
    Great competition! So happy to be involved and to have been appreciated for the Official Selection for my short script, N.D.E. Highly recommended... wish I could be there. I'll be entering another screenplay! thx, JG

    March 2020
  • Awesome Competiton!! Will def recommend to my film friends.

    March 2020