The Access Screenplay Contest was founded with the express goal of discovering new talent and connecting those emerging writers with Industry decision makers.
We are seeking unproduced material from writers across the globe in the following categories: feature film, television pilot, web series, and short film.
Our team is well versed in the discovery process. Script Magazine, a division of The Writers Store, has over 20 years of contest experience and over 30 years experience educating aspiring and professional writers. Our contests, pitch events, and feedback services have resulted in enormous success, with many of our screenwriting contest alumni securing representation and gaining unmatched access to Industry execs.
So how do we do it? Our process is similar to that of the studio system. Our team of experienced readers will grade your submission based on the same criteria used by studios, production companies, and Industry Execs. From there scripts are organized based on their scores, with top submissions receiving an additional read from our panel of judges.
Your talent is all you need to succeed, but it won’t get you far if it hasn’t been seen. Our years of experience and Industry access can connect you with the Industry greats who can skyrocket your career.
*** JUDGES ***
>Feature Film Script
James Engle - Manager at Echo Lake
Stuart Arbury - Director of Development at Captivate Entertainment
Christian Taylor - Owner/Producer at Taylor Lane Productions
Drew Smith - Creative Executive at Unique Features
>Television Pilot Script
Kevin Nicklaus - VP of Development at The Wolper Organization
Scott Stoops - Manager at Good Fear
Sandy Shenkman - Head of Television at Storyscape Entertainment
Eric Boshart - Coordinator at The Exchange
>Web Series Script
Evan Schmitt - Assistant to Manager at Pallas Management Group
Dylan Mulick - Creative Executive at Rob Weiss & company Big Meyer
>Short Film Script
Seth Nagel - Manager at Infinity Management International
John Hilary Shepherd - Director of Development at Cross Creek Pictures
Scott Stoops - Manager at Good Fear
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Awards & Prizes
By entering the Access Screenplay Contest, you put yourself in the running for a total of 100 prizes! Each category (feature film, television pilot, web series, and short film) will have 25 semi-finalists, 10 finalists will be selected from each pool of semi-finalists, and one grand prize winner will be chosen from each pool of finalists.
Each semi-finalist will earn a spot in our Logline Directory, sent to over 100 Industry Executives. They will also receive a mention on our ScriptMag.com site.
Each finalist will have a Skype or phone meeting with selected judges. They will receive a highlighted mention on our ScriptMag.com site, as well as the Roadmap Writers Educational Package.
The grand prize winner in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize, meetings with Industry Execs who specialize in their category, travel and accommodations for these meetings, and the Roadmap Writers Screenwriting Intensive Package.
Rules & Terms
The guidelines below comprise the rules for the Access Screenplay Contest. Any submission that does not comply may be disqualified.
The Access Screenplay Contest is open to any individual 18 years or older at the date of entry. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. International submissions are accepted.
Entries for the Access Screenplay Contest may only be submitted online, and by the contest deadline. Scripts or applications printed on paper will not be accepted.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant
Applicants may submit multiple entries. Each submission requires an individual application, payment, and script file.
Scripts authored by two people are accepted. Only one entry fee per script is required. However, the prize package is only good for one person.
Scripts should be written in English. Accepted electronic file formats include .PDF, Final Draft formats (.FDX or .FDR) and Movie Magic Screenwriter (.SCR).
You may include a title page with your contact information, however this is not a requirement.
Entries will not be returned. Please retain a copy of any materials submitted to the contest.
Entrants retain all rights to material submitted to the contest.
By entering the contest, you declare that your entry is your original work, and does not in any way infringe on the copyright of any other.
The winner is chosen based on the overall merit of the script, as decided by the contest judges. These judges reserve the right to not grant any prize and/or award.