The True Story Screenplay Competition recognizes feature screenplays, television scripts, and short scripts based on, or inspired by, true events.



Accepting feature film screenplays, TV scripts and short scripts BASED ON, OR INSPIRED BY, TRUE STORIES only, in all genres. NO documentaries. NO reality television shows. Each submission entry requires:

Feature screenplays must not exceed 135 pages. Television scripts must not exceed 75 pages. Short scripts must not exceed 25 pages.

A brief description of your script’s story (up to 50 words).

A Writer’s Bio – may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects.

Winning script(s) receive:
* “Winner” Recognition Laurel
* Script listed on the sponsor's website with logline and bio.

All Official Selections receive:
* An “Official Selection” laurel
* Script Listed on the sponsor's website.

Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
All entries must be in English.
All entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
Title Page: Include title, writer’s name, and name of person or event the true story is based upon.
Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. No exceptions.
Both produced and unproduced scripts are eligible.
Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.
Teams of writers are eligible.
Scripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.
All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
By submitting a script you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.



How do I submit my film?
Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway

Is there a way I can enter the True Story Screenplay Competition for free? Do you provide fee waivers for writers with financial hardships?
No, we do not offer fee waivers of any kind.

What if I change my mind about entering the True Story Screenplay Competition after making payment, can I receive a refund?
No, we do not offer refunds for any reason. No exceptions. Be sure to carefully read and verify your submission meets all criteria prior to entry.

Where does the money go for the entry fee?
Entry fees are used to pay professional readers, administrative labor fees, promotional expenses, and delivery costs.

Does the entrant retain rights to the submitted script?
Yes, entrants retain all the rights to their works.

If I win will I have to assign any rights to my script or any percentage of sales or future profits?
Absolutely not. Entrants retain all the rights to their works. Neither True Story screenplay Competition nor its readers, judges or sponsors will attach themselves to your material as a condition of you being designated a winner, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning the showcase.

Can anyone have access to the script once submitted?
No. We will never share your screenplay publicly.

How will you use my contact information?
Rest-assured, we will never sell or rent your contact information to anyone.

Can I submit script in Final Draft or Word?
No, all entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.

How do I turn my screenplay document into a PDF file?
If you are using screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting, the software will allow you to save your script as a PDF file. If you have written your script in Microsoft Word, you also have the option to save the document as a PDF file or to print as a PDF file (which saves the document in PDF format).

Do I have to include a Copyright or WGA registration number with my script submission?
No, it is not required, however we recommend you obtain a copyright or WGA registration number (or foreign equivalent) for your material.

Overall Rating
  • Laurence Fuller

    True Story were fantastic at facilitating my screenplay MODERN ART as a Finalist and communicating well in spite of all that was going on at the time! They are very selective so was a great honor to be a part of the competition this year!

    October 2020
  • Thomas Cummings

    Really happy that my script won this festival, obviously. It would be great if there was more to winning, however. Such as agent / manager meetings, etc.

    August 2020
  • I was very happy that my script "Dutchess County" made it as an Official Selection. Thrilled to take part in this competition and earn this kudo.

    July 2020
  • Paul Gordon

    This is a top notch competition.

    July 2020
  • John McCarney

    Very well organized event. Very responsive to emails. I loved how they include the synopsis of the winning scripts ...

    July 2020