Most contests favor dramatic, serious, or off-the-wall scripts as contest winners...but what about the comedy, western, fantasy, or horror screenplay that just plain kicks butt? How do you compare a comedy to a space opera? Or a heart-warming family film to a slam-bang actioner?

The StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest gives your genre script a fighting chance!

Scripts face off against each other in five categories:
Action/Adventure/Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Family/Teen/Animation and Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.

Cash and/or Prizes will be awarded to the First through Third Place Winners in each of these categories as the best examples of these genres. And one screenplay will be chosen from all of the entries as the Grand Prize Winner. This gives you up to 16 chances to become a winner!

The Grand Prize Winner and all five First Place Winners get
guaranteed reads from Think Tank Management,
Elements Entertainment, The Radmin Company and Category 5 Entertainment

The Grand Prize winner also gets a guaranteed read from Foremost Films

View our 4-star Reader's Choice contest rating at Moviebytes.com
The StoryPros Awards received an "A" from Creative Screenwriting magazine, and from The Complete Guide To Screenplay Contests

Here are just a few of the preferred companies that have asked to be notified about the winning scripts: Escape Artists/Steve Tisch Co., Laurence Mark Productions, Elements Entertainment, Foremost Films, Trancas International, Lancaster Gate Entertainment, Management 360, The Radmin Co., Niad Management, Arpil Entertainment, Renee Missel Management, Emergence Entertainment, Creative Convergence, Cypress Point Prods., Rival Entertainment, and many more!

Grand Prize Winner
* $2,500 in CASH
* StoryPros StoryDraft Service on the script of your choice
* MovieMagic Screenwriter Software
* Save The Cat! Save The Cat! software and book set
* Script Studio Software outlining and script formatting all in one
* InkTip Script Listing A listing of your script on InkTip where producers and reps can find you
* InkTip Magazine Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication (sent to 4000+
producers, agents & managers)
* Mariner Software CONTOUR script development & PERSONA character development software
* Great Dialogue Software
* Hollywood Script Express Copyright Protection service
* SellAScript.com Total Express query to 9800+ producers, execs and managers
* SellAScript.com Script Marketplace 1-year listing
* SellAScript.com Writer's Rolodex 6-month listing

First Place Winners
* $500 in CASH
* StoryPros StoryDraft Service on the script of your choice
* MovieMagic Screenwriter Software
* Save The Cat! Save The Cat! software
* InkTip Script Listing A listing of your script on InkTip where producers and reps can find you
* InkTip Magazine Publication of your logline in InkTip's bi-monthly publication (sent to 4000+
producers, agents & managers)
* SellAScript.com Total Express query to 9800+ producers, execs and managers
* SellAScript.com Script Marketplace 1-year listing
* SellAScript.com Writer's Rolodex 6-month listing

Second Place Winners
* StoryPros StoryPolish Service on the script of your choice
* Script Studio Software outlining and script formatting all in one
* Great Dialogue Software
* SellAScript.com Total Express query to 9800+ producers, execs and managers
* SellAScript.com Script Marketplace 1-year listing
* SellAScript.com Writer's Rolodex 6-month listing

Third Place Winners
* StoryPros Deep Analysis Service on the script of your choice
* Save The Cat! Save the Cat!® Strikes Back book
* Hollywood Script Express Copyright Protection service
* SellAScript.com Total Express query to 9800+ producers, execs and managers
* SellAScript.com Script Marketplace 1-year listing
* SellAScript.com Writer's Rolodex 6-month listing

Feedback is available for any entry for $40 more in addition to the basic entry fee. Feedback option is not required for contest entry and does not increase the chance of placing higher in the contest results. Feedback is typically two to three pages of page notes & development notes. Feedback is delivered according to the entrant’s delivery preference, and in the order received.

This contest is open to anyone except all employees, directors, associates, the immediate families of StoryPros, and all the affiliates and/or sponsors.

A title page containing the title, author's name, and contact info is recommended but not required. WGA Registration or Federal Registered Copyright is recommended but not required.

Submissions must be: feature length (narrative); 70-130 pages. Exceptions to these page limits are possible but the author(s) must obtain permission in advance from StoryPros.

Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by its own full Entry Form, signed, and an applicable entry fee.

Once a script has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be considered. You may submit a revised draft of your script, as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee applicable at the time of re-entry -- if so, your prior version will no longer be in competition.

Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer's written permission to adapt the work.

Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.

Collaborative work is eligible, but both authors must be listed on the entry form and both sign the official Entry Form, contest terms, rules and regulations form, and general release waiver. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize (s) between themselves.

Writers under the age of 18 years old must sign the Entry Form and have a parent or guardian sign the Entry Form .

Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.

StoryPros reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason. In case of disqualification, all fees will be returned to the contestant, and all submitted materials will be discarded.

The screenplay must not have been previously sold or produced for profit or currently under option. Prior contest winning scripts from other contests are acceptable, but not prior StoryPros sponsored contest “prize winning entries” which are not eligible. Prize winning entries are considered entries that were awarded prizes of any kind. Prior entries that received quarterfinalist, semi-finalist, or finalist awards are eligible for entry into this contest.

Writer(s) understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and StoryPros are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal, with regard to the prizes won as a result of this contest. Writer(s) understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America. Writer(s) understands that the contest entry fee covers entry, consideration and judging of the material submitted and is non-refundable.

You should retain master copies of the submitted material. Any material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances. Scripts will be destroyed or deleted by StoryPros at the end of the contest except “prize winning entries” which are promoted on our website in excerpt or complete form.

TO ENTER BY MAIL
Make your money order, bank/personal check, credit card check (in U.S. funds only), payable to: StoryPros

Submit all pages of the printable entry form along with script and payment by mail to:
StoryPros, 21781 Ventura Blvd. #210, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Or pay by credit card via our onsite shopping cart, complete the online Entry Form, and send your script as an attachment in the listed acceptable formats (.pdf, .scr, .fdr, .mmsw, Celtx, .doc, .rtf, .txt) to submit@storypros.com.

Screenplay Format and Length
Script must be in industry standard format. Formatting is taken into consideration in judging.

The screenplay must be written in English.

If a hardcopy entry is submitted, it must be bound with two or three brads and have card stock covers. The script should be no less than 70 pages and should not exceed 130 pages (typical feature length films & pilots).

Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft.

Contest Deadline
All scripts must be postmarked by the Online Submission Deadline of April 30th, 2018.

The final deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of StoryPros. If it is extended, the postmark date above will default to the final announced date of the contest.

The final contest winning results will be announced June 15th, 2018. Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists and Finalists will be announced during May & June 2018.

StoryPros is not responsible for late or lost submissions.

Confirmation Receipt
When your submission is received you will be notified by email only (in most cases the same day). Therefore, please provide an email address (LEGIBLY WRITTEN or TYPED). If you do not hear from us within three days, send an email to: submit@storypros.com and include your name, address, phone number and title of your script to confirm we've received it.

If your email address and/or home address changes please let us know.

Permission
By entering this contest and in the event you are declared a winner, finalist, semifinalist, or quarterfinalist, you understand and accept that we will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.

If you are a winner, finalist, semifinalist, or quarterfinalist, you agree to give StoryPros.com the permission (at our option) to post on its website, your script's logline, synopsis and excerpts. You have the option to include or exclude your contact information as well.

At any time during the contest, you are free to submit your screenplay to any other person, contest, producer, agent, and/or organization.

Entering this contest will not limit your copyright in any way. You retain all rights (100%) to your property.

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  • Clint Pearson

    The feedback was wonderful. Will enter again!

    July 2018
  • Mike Briock

    This is a solid festival. They are good people to deal with. Communicate fine. My only "thing" with Story Pros is the "cluttering" of categories... which I did e-mail them about. Most contests and festivals have an Animation category. Here Animation is clumped with family and teen. Most contests and festivals have a Horror category. Here horror is clumped with sci-fi and fantasy. And most contests and festivals have a suspense/thriller category. Here thriller is clumped with Action and Adventure. I understand it makes it easier for Story Pros to do this way, but that is why only 3 stars for Value. Separate a few of these categories to make more efficient for the writers and you get 5 stars for value.

    June 2016
  • Michael Begg

    Email correspondence about contest results (especially to quarterfinalist and semifinalists) would be nice instead of general announcements about when results would be posted on the website.

    June 2016
    Story pros screenwriting
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Michael -- congratulations your semifinalist placing! We send regular e-mails, but this time around a few contestants entering from off-site did not get added to the e-mail list. We apologize for this omission, which was corrected in time for the final results notification. Hope to see you again in future!