After an exciting and record-breaking year, WeScreenplay is excited to announce the competition dates for 2021! While WeScreenplay is primarily known as Hollywood’s #1 Script Coverage Service, our writing competitions are proving to be very effective talent-discovery programs for the industry as well. Not only are we bringing back the WeScreenplay competitions screenwriters have grown to love and rely on to get their talent discovered, but we’re also launching a brand new competition for college students!
Which competition is right for you? Mark the date on the calendar!
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Fall 2021 Diverse Voices Lab — Opening January 15th
WeScreenplay’s most effective talent discovery screenwriting lab is back!
The Diverse Voices Lab is a one-of-a-kind lab experience. Those chosen for the lab will have a long weekend PACKED with workshops to hone their craft, mentorship calls with working writers, and general meetings with studio execs, literary reps, and more. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any emerging screenwriter. Take a look at the 2020 lab! Check out our End of Year 2020 Wrap-Up By The Numbers.
Managers and agents are signing writers from underrepresented backgrounds in record numbers as the industry is finally taking strides to become more inclusive and diverse. So what are you waiting for?
Shorts Contest — Opening February 15th
It’s no secret that great shorts launch careers. That’s why we bring on a jury packed with Academy-Award nominated filmmakers who not only read the top finalists, but also give the writers personalized notes on their script!
College Screenwriting Competition (NEW!) — Opening April 15th
College is great — the craft-based skills you hone in school are incredibly valuable. But once you’re on the other side — what’s next? How do you move your career forward in the real world? That’s where WeScreenplay comes in — with a brand new competition designed just for you!
Winners and top finalists will be invited to a day of exclusive educational seminars and meetings where they’ll hear directly from industry professionals about various aspects of the BUSINESS of screenwriting. The small group setting will allow writers to ask questions of working writers, reps, and execs about the business side of the industry.
Get the information you’ll need to make the most of your craft-based skills! Contest page link coming soon.
TV Pilot Competition — Opening May 15th
Between binging entire seasons just to keep up and a new streamer being created every 14 seconds, it’s pretty clear: we’re in a golden era of TV.
WeScreenplay wants TV enthusiasts with great pilots. We know you’re there. With awesome ideas and original scripts. Send them our way, and with your entry fee not only are you in a competition with a history of getting writers signed and staffed, but every single entrant gets written feedback from a professional reader.
Spring 2022 Diverse Voices Lab — Opening July 15th
That’s right, the Diverse Voices Lab is so valuable and effective that we hold it TWICE every year!
Diverse Voices is a screenplay competition and lab that strives to encourage stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.
A couple of cool things about this program: since it started in 2015, Diverse Voices has raised over $35,000 for various nonprofit organizations and over a dozen past winners have been signed, staffed, and optioned. All readers for this competition come from diverse backgrounds, and all entrants will receive a page of written feedback on their script from their first round’s judge.
Feature Competition — Opening September 15th
You love movies. We love movies. They are magical and compelling, they teach us about worlds and characters we can only dream of. That’s why the WeScreenplay Feature Competition exists — to have the worlds and characters you dream of elevated to the industry folks who can take that script and get it green-lit.
Professional, written feedback for every entrant. An impressive industry jury. Cash prizes and exposure for the winners. This is THE feature contest!
Join WeScreenplay For Our 2021 Competitions!
Whatever your writing plans are for the new year, be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming programs. And don’t forget to use our industry-leading script coverage service to develop your scripts before submitting to our competitions and labs.
WeScreenplay is committed to providing excellent development services and talent-discovery services at an affordable price. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us an email and we’ll get right back to you: [email protected]
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