We are Women Who Write in Film and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in the Women Who Write in Film Screenwriting Competition.

We are committed to getting our winners scripts read by professionals who can help you achieve your goals. 2019's winner was given a one hour private consultation with Janet Jeffries the long time development executive for Lawrence Bender Productions. Next year's winner will also be awarded a one hour consultation with an industry executive that we feel can most inspire and help them get to the next level of their career and much of it will be determined by the writer's needs and the genre they write in. For example, if a writer already has a manager they love, there would be little advantage in arranging a consultation for them with another talent manager. Furthermore, if our winner writes a horror film, an action flick, or even a comedy our goal would be to pair them with an executive who specializes in that genre to help further our individual winner's goals.

However, please do note that only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded with recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.

Writers retain all rights to their work.

We only accept submissions electronically.

There is no limit to the length of the scripts you submit and they can be in script or treatment form.

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

Scripts must be written in English and can be in any film or television genre.

Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition.

Entry fees are non refundable and contest is void where prohibited by law.

Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.

Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest.

All fees are non-refundable

All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant and entrant's writing partner. The entrant and or partnership ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work.

The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.

All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.

Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.

There are no requirements as to when the material was written.

Material must be your original work. And all work must be wholly owned by the writer(s). The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.

By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.

WWWiF reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.

Only our Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists will receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists will only be rewarded by recognition like in most screenwriting competitions.

We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.

Industry distribution should in no way be interpreted as a guarantee of future representation or success. Whether or not industry partners choose to work with finalists, or even contact finalists, is done so at the sole discretion of each and every individual company. We can not force our industry partners to option your property and or sign you as a client.

Past prizes listed in winner reviews should not be construed as current prizes. All current prizes are spelled out on our website. We also do not reveal the names of recipients on our industry distribution list.

Please note that Women Who Write in Film is in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, writing group, networking group, film school, or film related enterprise or organization.

All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may have outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion. To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges.

We do not offer script notes and or script advice. We are looking to reward professional level writers that we can help get to the next level by recognizing their work. We get that services such as these can be considered valuable, if these are services that you desire, we recommend hiring a script consultant. Services such as these can be found via a simple google search.

By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.  

Overall Rating
  • Chelsea Hazzard

    Thank you for doing the important work of promoting women in film. I hope you received many submissions, and I hope many women continue to write thanks to your empowerment.

    February 2020
  • Lynne Ashe

    I highly recommend submitting to this festival. The staff is excellent with communications and the personal attention was greatly appreciated. Within a few days of my screenplay Scuppernongs being announced as a finalist, WWWF distributed my script to industry professionals and followed up with emails and phone calls to see how everything was going. Very positive experience, and I'm filled with appreciation and gratitude.

    April 2019
  • Elaine Chekich

    I enjoyed all interaction with the staff. The festival was on time with notifications and replied quickly to emails. Though I was a semi-finalist, I felt like a well-regarded winner. Thank you Women Who Write for the experience!

    April 2019
  • Catherine Fridey

    I was very honored to be selected as a semifinalist, but since this is not an in person festival, I'm not sure about how much networking would come from it. However, overall I give the festival high ratings. The organizers have been wonderfully supportive of women-generated content and very communicative. I hope my placement brings attention to my script THE PATH TO VIRTUE.

    March 2019
  • Tonia Davidson

    The Women Who Write in Film Festival works hard to connect its winners with industry professionals. This is evident with the prizes awarded to their winners. When I learned my screenplay, Word Over Word, was chosen to be their grand prize winner, I was thrilled to not only receive the prizes but also to be part of such a great festival that is dedicated to promoting women’s voices. Thank you, Women Who Write in Film!

    March 2019