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 ass? 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 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
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, Foremost Films, Trancas International, Lancaster Gate Entertainment, Entertainment 360, The Radmin Co., Niad Management, Arpil Entertainment, 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 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.
* Great Dialogue Software
* Hollywood Script Express Copyright Protection service

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 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.

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

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

Submissions must be feature-length features or TV pilots, 70-130 pages. Exceptions to these page limits are permissible provided the author(s) first obtain permission in advance from StoryPros.

Script must be in industry standard format. Formatting is taken into consideration in judging. Font must be 12-point Courier or equivalent.

The screenplay must be written in English.

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.

Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by its own separate entry and 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. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize (s) between themselves.

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.

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 distinction are eligible for entry into this contest.

Writer(s) understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and StoryPros is 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.

StoryPros is not responsible for late or lost submissions.

When your submission is received you will be notified by email only (in most cases the same day). Therefore, please provide a valid email address. If you do not hear from us within three days, send an email to: 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.

Permissions: 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 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.

Overall Rating
  • nicholas zingarelli

    One of the best and most comprehensive screenplay contests I have ever competed in. I am sincerely honored to be on the list of Semi-Finalist Award winners.

    June 2024
  • Definitely a contest that screenwriters should enter. - Virginia Austin

    June 2023
  • Carlos Perez

    Very exciting! Although I wasn't a winner, I was a finalist (Little Miracles) and it was enjoyable watching the contest play out.

    June 2023
  • I've been placed in the quarter-finals three times and as a finalist, once. And admittedly, some of the screenplays were early drafts. So, SP has been good to me and I consider them competitive and one of the top twenty script contests.

    June 2023
  • I'm truly honored my latest horror feature, "BOX OF GLASS", was selected as a Finalist in the 2022 competition. My drama/fantasy "THE SEEDLING", was selected as a Semi-Finalist, my science fiction feature, "THE CELESTIAL HIGHWAY", was selected as a Quarter-Finalist, and my horror thriller, "PROTECTOR OF THE EMERALD CITY", was also selected as a Quarter-Finalist in the 2021 competition! Thank you so much!

    February 2023