"Silent River Screenplay Competition" 2020-2021 Call for Entry is open now.

Our mission is to discover, recognize, and celebrate emerging screenwriters and promote great storytelling.

"Silent River Screenplay Competition" started in 2013 (as a part of the Silent River Film Festival) is now an independent program run by the "Silent River Film and Literary Society", a non-profit, film art and literary organization, founded by writer and filmmaker Kalpna Singh-Chitnis.

The "Silent River Screenplay Competition" invites Feature-length and Short-Length narrative scripts to compete for the "River Scroll Award" and "River Scribble Award." This includes an Award Certificate and an In-Kind prize value $250, sponsored by Final Draft.

The River Scroll Award is presented to the Best Feature Screenplay in competition.

The River Scribble Award is presented to the Best Short Screenplay in competition.

Past winners of both the Awards in Competition have found success in becoming independent film productions.


1. The screenplay must be written in English. If your screenplay is written in any other language but English, please provide the accurate subtitles below the dialogues and descriptions.

2. We do not accept hard copy submission of a screenplay. A Screenplay must be submitted digitally on FilmFreeway. We accept files in PDF and Final Draft formats. Please do not send your screenplay as a Doc or Text.

3. Screenwriters can submit more than one screenplay in the same category, or in different categories.

4. In the event of multiple writers, all additional co-writers names must be mentioned.

5. The cover page must include the Title, Author's name, (WGA registration number, and/or Copyright information, as applicable). The cover page does not count in the overall script page count.

6. We strongly recommend registering your work with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) or US Copyrights office to protect your script. Please visit - www.wga.org or call 323.782.4500 for WGA. For US Copyright Office, please visit - http://www.copyright.gov


1. To enter the Silent River Screenplay Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

2. Screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are not eligible to enter the competition.

3. Scripts submitted to the competition must not have been purchased from other writer(s).

4. Screenplay must not have been under production at the time of entry.

5. Screenplays submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $2,000.

6. Silent River Screenplay Competition is not responsible for the screenplays stolen.

7. The Silent River Screenplay Competition readers’ and Jury decisions are final.

8. Silent River Screenplay Award and Prizes can be divided equally among the co-writers.

9. Silent River Screenplay Competition winner receives only an Award Certificate and a Prize by Final Draft.

10. Submission Fee (s) must be paid in full. Silent River Screenplay Competition is run by a Non-Profit organization, therefore, we are unable to offer a Fee Waiver. Any request for a Fee Waiver may not receive a response.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selecting my script as a semifinalist and for listing all semifinalists, finalists and winners on your Facebook page or webpage. Many contests don’t do that simple task and it's appreciated.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    It's our pleasure, Michael Monteith. We are very happy to hear from you and appreciate the testimonial. All writers matter to us.

  • Radoslav Stoyanov

    Being a finalist in a contest like Silent River Screenplay Contest is quite an honor.
    Thank you for the recognition and all the best of luck!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your valuable comments.

  • Jim Norman

    This is a very worthwhile festival. I will be submitting again in the future.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your valuable comments.

  • James Freeman

    I am greatly honored that Silent River Screenplay Competition recognized my short script, based on a culture, people, and events far removed from the U.S.A. I particularly appreciate that this organization was prompt in responding to inquiries and kept to its announced dates for judging status. Thank you.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your valuable comments.

  • Great people to work with! Will definitely enter this competition next year with a new script.

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your valuable comments.