The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world's best new voices in screenwriting for film and television. The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.

As New York's top screenwriting contest, we believe that quality screenwriting is the backbone of filmmaking and invite you to join an international community of screenwriters by submitting your work to compete against the best and brightest in contemporary scriptwriting. Our goal is to identify and award the very best screenwriters from around the world with the prestigious recognition of being a New York Screenplay Contest award recipient and to help new writers find success in today's highly competitive film and entertainment industries. Only the most finely written screenplays are honored with the exclusive distinction of being a Winner or Official Finalist of the New York Screenplay Competition.

The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a professional jury, receive industry recognition and exposure, and participate in a competition focused specifically on screenwriting. Screenwriters may submit their work for a chance in distinction in a wide variety of categories and all genres including: Feature Screenplays, Short Screenplays, Television Scripts and Pilots, Stage Plays, Treatments, and Reality Television Concepts.

We are proud to offer fresh writing talent the opportunity to catch the attention of the motion picture and entertainment community and look very much forward to reading your work.

Awards & Prizes

This year's New York Screenplay Contest will see over $15,000 worth of prizes presented to the Winners and Official Finalists of the competition!

The New York Screenplay Contest awards and recognizes only the most finely written screenplays with distinction in four exclusive award tiers.

The judges will select one Grand Prize Winner from each official competition category along with an overall Grand Jury Prize Winner selected as the very best project from among all the competition categories. This is the contest's highest and most distinguished honor.

2nd and 3rd place awards are also presented in each of the main competition categories, the Empire Award and the Park Avenue Award, respectively.

In addition, up to 10 Official Finalists will be selected in each of the main competition categories at the discretion of the judges.

To preserve the prestige and exclusivity of the awards, only a maximum of 3 projects per competition category are honored with awards along with 10 Official Finalists.

Award Tiers
Grand Prize (1st Prize)
The Empire Award (2nd Prize)
The Park Avenue Award (3rd Prize)
Up to 10 Official Finalists

Winners and Official Finalists will receive prize packages consisting of combinations of the following prizes and benefits from our sponsors and partners:

Mariner Software
Industry Professional Meetings
Literary Agency Meetings
Gift Certificates
Product and Service Packages
Special Discounts from NYSC and our Partner Companies

Advisory Meeting with Writer-Producer, Erik Bork
Erik Bork is best known for his Emmy and Golden Globe winning work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon. He’s also served on the writing staff of two primetime drama series, sold multiple original pitches for series and features, and written scripts for producers such as Imagine Entertainment, The Littlefield Company, Original Film, Bruckheimer Television, and The Playtone Company. He is represented by CAA, and also teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension, National University and The Writers Store, and blogs about it at, where you will find his free “Ten Key Principles Successful Writers Understand”. The Grand Jury Prize Winner will receive a 90-minute Skype conference with Erik, where he will offer career and writing advice.
Recipients: Grand Jury Prize Winner

Mariner Software
Mariner Software develops and publishes desktop and mobile software applications for professionals and individuals in the writing, creativity, home, office, and education markets.
Recipients: Grand Jury Prize Winner, Grand Prize Winners, and Empire Award Winners

Scripped PRO Subscription
Scripped Writer is a fast, easy and powerful web-based approach to screenwriting. Use it wherever you go: at work, on your friend's computer, or at school. Rather than installing traditional screenwriting software, your scripts are safely stored online, accessible from anywhere.
Recipients: Grand Prize Winners of all competition categories
Free Entry to the New York Screenplay Contest

Free entry of any one future project to the New York Screenplay Contest
Recipients: All Grand Prize Winners, Empire Award Winners, Park Avenue Award Winners, and Official Finalists

Script Feedback
Detailed commentary from a professional script reader and screenwriter about key script components such as story, structure, pacing, character, and commercial appeal.
Recipients: Empire Award Winners in all competition categories
All Winners and Official Finalists are eligible to receive our custom, beautifully crafted New York Screenplay Contest trophy as commemoration of your achievement.

Rules & Terms

All scripts should be written in English and submitted electronically via our online entry form or via FilmFreeway in one of the following formats: .PDF (preferred), Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Text.

All Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

Judges and employees who work for the New York Screenplay Contest are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.

Screenplays written by up to five people may be entered in the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers' names should be listed on the online entry form. All writers must authorize submission of the entry. By submitting online to the New York Screenplay Contest, all writers authorize the submission. If a screenplay is written by multiple authors, all awards will be split equally between the writers. If a screenplay is written by multiple writers, prizes will be divided at the writers' discretion.

Entrants to the New York Screenplay Contest retain all rights to their screenplays.

The competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. Please retain an original copy of your screenplay.

Once a script has been entered into competition, we will not accept substitutions or revised drafts. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission.

The New York Screenplay Contest will not share your screenplay with anyone except the official judges of the competition.

By entering the New York Screenplay Contest, you represent that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant’s own work.

Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our screenwriting contest guidelines and standard judging criteria; however, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claim made by you or any third party due to or arising out of project(s) you submit, transmit or make available to our awards competition.

The New York Screenplay Contest reserves the right to make any necessary changes to deadlines, dates, rules, and scheduling.

By submitting a project to the New York Screenplay Contest, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all of the Rules and Conditions and that you are duly authorized to submit your project to competition.

Script Guidelines:
Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines. To make the best impression on the judges please follow the professional guidelines.

All scripts must be submitted in English.

Scripts should be standard length:
Full-Length Features: 70 - 140 pages
Short Film Scripts: under 70 pages
TV Drama Pilots: 25 - 70 pages
TV Sitcom Pilots: 25 - 45 pages
Stageplays: 5 - 75 pages
Treatments: 1 - 10 pages
Concepts: 1 - 5 pages

If you have a question that is not answered above, please contact us by email.

Happy writing and good luck!

2 Reviews

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    Guy Quigley

    Great professional contest. I was delighted to receive an Empire award for my Faith-Based script "Soldiers of God." This is my fourth Festival award for this Dramedy.

    September 2016
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    Danielle Parker

    Results were announced and communicated promptly. Honored to be an official finalist.

    Be advised you have to pay for trophy, physical certificate if you want them.

    Not an actual festival so could not really rate "Hospitality" and "Networking" categories, so that's why those are 3's. "Value" TBD.

    September 2016