The Southern California Screenplay Competition is based in San Diego, California. It was founded by writer/director/producer Theo Davies (theo-davies.com), to discover fresh, new writing talent. There are many undiscovered storytellers who have a voice, but that voice is never heard. We've created a platform where the screenwriters of tomorrow have a place to showcase their talent, today.

To us, this is not just a screenplay competition. Our main objective is to create some exposure for screenwriters. We want to get your stories into the hands of the people who option, buy and produce scripts and actually introduce you to top Hollywood writers and producers.

Every North American writer who submits to us receives a phone call. We love meeting screenwriters, so this gives us an opportunity to talk about your background as a screenwriter and the script we're about to read.

As the winner of the feature length competition, you will not only receive $1,000, but your script will be read by Jeffrey Reddick (Writer/Creator, 'Final Destination' franchise). You'll also have a one hour video call with Jeffrey to talk about your script.

The winner of our TV Pilot competition will receive $750 and the winning script will be read by Arturo Guzman (Producer, 'Orange is the New Black'). You will also have a 1 hour video call with Arturo to talk about your pilot.

In both the feature screenplay and TV Pilot categories, the winning scripts will be sent to our ever growing list of Hollywood Producers & Execs who have a first look option to buy or produce the scripts. We will also set up pitch meetings between you and any Producers interested in acquiring your screenplay.

FEATURE SCRIPT (60-150 Pages*) - Any Genre

Grand Prize
- $1,000
- Script read by Jeffrey Reddick (Writer/Creator, 'Final Destination' franchise).
- 1 hour video call with Jeffrey Reddick to talk about your script.
- Script sent to Hollywood Producers with a first look option to buy or produce the screenplay.
- Pitch meetings set up between you and any Producer interested in acquiring your script.
- Free entry into all future competitions.

Two Runners Up Prize
- $250
- Video Call with SoCal Screenplay founder to discuss your script.
- Two AMC Movie Theater Tickets.
- Free entry into all future competitions.

​​​TV PILOT SCRIPT (20-60 Pages) - Any Genre

Grand Prize
- $750
- Script read by Arturo Guzman (Producer, 'Orange is the New Black')
​- 1 hour video call with Arturo Guzman to talk about your script.
- Script sent to Hollywood TV Producers with a first look option to buy or produce the screenplay.
- Pitch meetings set up between you and any Producer interested in acquiring your script.
- Free entry into all future competitions.

SHORT SCRIPT (Up to 60 Pages) - Any Genre

Grand Prize
- $500
- Video Call with SoCal Screenplay founder to discuss your script.
- Four AMC Movie Theater Tickets.
- Free entry into all future competitions.

Runner Up Prize
- Video Call with SoCal Screenplay founder to discuss your script.
- Two AMC Movie Theater Tickets.
- Free entry into all future competitions.

We invite writers from all countries to submit their scripts to The Southern California Screenplay Competition. Below are the terms and conditions for the competition:

- Feature Length Screenplay (60-150 pages)
- TV Pilot (20-60 pages)
- Short Screenplay (Up to 60 pages)
*Screenplays that exceed 150 pages will not be accepted.

- All scripts must be submitted in English.
- All submission fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
- All script and payment submissions will be made online only.
- All US based applicants will receive a phone call from SCSC to confirm receipt of their script. All International applicants will receive an email.
- All scripts must be the original work of the author(s) with no restrictions from a third party.
- All scripts must be in a pdf format with a title page that clearly states the title, author(s) name(s), email address and/or contact phone number.
- Scripts will not be eligible if they have been sold, produced for profit or optioned.
- Only original scripts will be accepted, including teleplays. The following do not qualify for our competition: novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and spec scripts for existing TV shows.
- Writers/applicants can only submit scripts. We will not accept loglines, taglines, synopses, casting suggestions, resumes, cover letters, photographs or any other materials of any kind.
- Scripts adapted from your own work, including books, plays and other source materials are all eligible, but only if you retain all rights to your work.
- Adaptations from other works will be accepted, under the condition that the writer of the original work has granted you written permission to use his/her material.
- Adaptations of works in the public domain are also permitted.
- The competition is not limited to one script per writer(s). Writers may submit multiple scripts.
- All scripts must contain a title page with the following information included: title of the script, name(s) of writer(s), telephone number and email address. This information is for office use only and will not have any bearing on the judging process or decision-making.
- The winners will receive script coverage feedback within 14 days of the winners’ announcement.
- Once a script has been submitted, no revised or future drafts will be accepted.
- Writers under the age of 18 years old must provide written permission from a parent or guardian in order to submit their work.
- By submitting their work, applicants agree to accept all decisions made by the judges.
- All writers are advised to register their material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or the Writer’s Guild of America or the equivalent copyright agency in his/her country.
- All writers/applicants retain the rights to their screenplays.
- All writers/applicants are non-exclusive to the Southern California Screenplay Competition (SCSC) and may submit their screenplays to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher and/or organization.
- In the event that an applicant wins either the feature length or short film competitions, he/she agrees that the Southern California Screenplay Competition (SCSC) are permitted to use his/her name for advertising and/or promotional purposes.
- Competition winners will receive financial compensation in the form of a check.
- Competition runners up will be compensated their submission fee.
- Writer(s) may request a refund of their submission fee up to 24 hours after the initial submission payment has been made.
- Writer(s) acknowledge and accept without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and under no circumstances are the judges or administrators at the Southern California Screenplay Competition (SCSC) responsible for withholding taxes or payments to any local, state or federal government agency.​

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  • Great festival, I can’t say enough good things- very professional.

    August 2018
  • matthew mclaughlin

    The Southern California Screenplay Competition was one of the best festival experiences in my life!!! Shortly after submitting my scripts the festival director called to discuss them and my writing career. I thought this was a surprising personal touch as it's easy for entrants to feel like another number in the festival gauntlet. Soon after were the weekly announcements for the Semifinalists, Finalists and then the Winners. When the winners were announced it felt like Draft Day and I could not have been more thrilled to win Best TV Pilot. A few days later, The SoCal Screenplay Team was arranging my Skype call with Netflix producers as advertised. Great opportunities and communication from the festival team. Well worth the submission fee.

    Thank you!

    February 2018
  • Dallas Gibson

    This festival is such a good event. The personal communication you get before your script is read is extremely rare. I appreciate that aspect and the fact they do something so unique and that sets them apart from everyone else. If you're looking for a good contest, look no further.

    February 2018
  • James Carroll

    Very professional group of people with a great vision for filmmakers.

    October 2016
  • Giancarlo Fusi

    I'm not only saying this cause I won the competition, but this was by far the best screenwriting contest experience I've ever had. The price was right and it didn't take forever to get the results. It was amazing to get a phone call from the contest director Theo Davies, who personally called all the participants before reading their scripts. Followed by a congratulatory call after I won 1st place in the short screenplay category. But by far, the most incredible thing about this competition is the networking opportunities the contest provides by putting the winning scripts into the hands of their Hollywood contacts. Bravo!

    September 2016