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!
We’re looking for college students who are ready to take the next step in their screenwriting career. You have a limited window to enter this contest — don’t wait!
Currently closed, but opening again Apr 15th, 2021.
TV Writer & Producer (INSECURE, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, DOLLFACE)
Grace is a Producer on HBO’s INSECURE and is developing the DARIA reboot JODIE for Viacom. Previously, she was an Executive Story Editor on Hulu’s DOLLFACE and a Story Editor on UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT as well as on LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE. She was also a staff writer on the Emmy-winning series INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for Comedy Central and a Writer’s Assistant on BROAD CITY. Grace completed the WGA Diversity Apprenticeship Program.
Literary Manager and Producer at Grandview
Faisal Kanaan, a graduate of Bentley University, began his career at Paradigm Talent Agency. After a quick ascension to Agent Trainee, he then pivoted to the Literary Management side of representation, and joined Grandview in 2017. His clients are known for projects such as ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, WANDAVISION and more. Faisal has an affinity for darkly comedic & genre voices who unapologetically push the envelope.
Literary Manager and Producer at Writ Large
Matt Darnell is a Literary Manager at Writ Large, dedicated to developing writer's careers. His clients are known for projects including ALTERED CARBON, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, SPIDER-MAN and more.
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 you 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!
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set up Elise with a general at UCP. Shortly after the Diverse Voices Lab, Elise got staffed on CANDY for UCP/ Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss.
Tip for writers
“WeScreenplay put a lot of (very appreciated) work into creating a lab that would prepare us for the next step in our careers, while encouraging us and doing anything they could to help move us forward. Once you’re part of the WeScreenplay family, it feels like they are truly rooting for your success and do what they can to help you achieve it.”
Shaun & Jay Perry
Signed with rep!
After placing as an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Shorts Contest, WeScreenplay connected Shaun & Jay with an Oscar-nominated short filmmaker and prepped them for meetings with reps. They’ve signed with one of the top agencies in Australia, and their short is now in pre-production!
Tip for writers
“The WeScreenplay team deserve a round of applause for everything they are doing. Our conversations with Sarah especially were always fruitful. Not only is she incredibly friendly, but she has a wealth of industry knowledge. She educated us on agencies, managers, writing query letters and generally how to get our foot in the door. She’s also responsible for setting up a meeting with Oscar nominated writer/director Vincent Lambe, who has since become a great contact for us – and led us to a meeting with Profile Creative. The rest is history, we signed with our agent, and we also have a producer for our short film.“
Signed with a Manager AND an Agent!
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set Junot up with numerous meetings with literary reps. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity and agent Halle Mariner at APA!
Tip for writers
“WeScreenplay gave me inspiration and encouragement. It just takes one person to believe in you to help you get a running start. WeScreenplay filled those shoes, and I’m grateful. The world is hungry for fresh news in the form of story, and you as the artist are their chosen messenger. Your story and voice are worth it. WeScreenplay treated us all with care, support, and insight. My first reader’s notes were the most helpful, actionable notes I’d ever received. “
Phylicia Pearl Mpasi
Signed with Literary Rep!
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, Phylicia worked with the WeScreenplay team to target reps and prep for specific meetings, landing literary rep with Issa Rae’s new company ColorCreative!
Tip for writers
“My time as a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices fellow has informed my writing and who I am as a person so much. Being a part of this community has opened my eyes to the magic that can come from collaboration and how powerful you can become when other people are supporting you.”
Every Entry Includes Judge's Notes
A FREE, 1-page mini-version of our phenomenal coverage from the entry’s first round judge, including their scores!
*Note: You can upgrade your free Judges Notes to the full, 4-page Classic Notes for an additional $55!
Quarterfinalists - Top 20%
A new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round.
*Note: You can upgrade to include Judges Notes for $49.99!
Semifinalists - Top 5%
Another new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round … and you are welcome to submit an updated version of your script for only $5.
Finalists - Top 25 Scripts
All scripts that make it to this round will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as by our industry jury. Scores will not be provided for this round, as judging will be discussed privately.
All winners will join our College Writing Lab, focused on helping you start off with guided career strategies and immediate industry access.
Rules & Details
Screenplays entered must:
Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines. Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges. Anything over 120 pages will cost $1 extra per page.
Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories.
Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
Have pages numbered. Scripts of any length will be accepted for an additional fee, but we’d advise that scripts over 150 pages should be edited down before being submitted.
NOTE: WeScreenplay automatically removes the cover page before assigning scripts to readers, so writers may include any typical information on their cover page. Scripts are accepted with or without cover pages.
Entrants must currently be accepted into an accredited college (undergraduate or graduate) program that begins in the next 6 months, currently attending an accredited college program, or have just graduated from an accredited program within the last 12 months.
Writer must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the winner’s announcement.
By entering this screenplay into the competition, you must have full permission from all co-writers and any attachments to the project.
WeScreenplay claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holder(s).
Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally and read by an unbiased panel of readers and jury members.
The following formats will be accepted: Feature screenplay, TV pilot screenplay
Entrant’s total earnings for screenwriting for either film or tv, produced or unproduced, must not exceed $50,000 in the previous 18 months from submission or $250,000 lifetime earnings. This excludes any prize money from competitions or fellowships and only applies to fund or money transferred in exchange for an option or sale of a script, treatment, idea, intellectual property, or other writing for filming. Money earned from acting, directing, producing, or any other film work outside of writing is not included.
Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or production was completed with no financial gain to the writer.
Purchasing Additional feedback throughout the competition will in no way impact your standing or odds of advancement.
For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the submission deadlines.
All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid for a refund of any kind.
RESUBMISSIONS will be accepted. Alterations can be re-uploaded via our submissions management platform at coverfly.com for $5. New drafts of an entry will be accepted at any time during the contest.
There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously submitted scripts. Coupons deemed for WeScreenplay coverage may not be used for submission to the contest or addition of coverage to any submission unless explicitly stated or exempted on the coupon or by a WeScreenplay representative via e-mail communication only.
There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
Prizes are awarded per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord. WeScreenplay will send prizes to the writer who submits the project and will in no way be responsible for how the prizes are distributed among the writing teams.
The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
Scorecards can be accessed on the writer’s dashboard. Feedback will be delivered before the next announcement but usually sooner. Our average turnaround time for feedback in the competition is 5 – 10 days.
WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will not qualify an entry for a refund under any circumstance.
By entering a WeScreenplay competition every entrant is agreeing to all WeScreenplay Terms of Service listed on the website and additional terms agreed upon at checkout. If you disagree with any terms you may not submit to the contest.
By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script (but not it’s underlying rights) to WeScreenplay and holding harmless WeScreenplay or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander, personal property infringement, etc.
Any prize winners will be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.
Any writer winning a cash prize of over $599 will be required to file the appropriate tax and legal documentation before the cash prize is distributed.
All prizes provided by sponsors or mentors are subject to said sponsor or mentor providing the prize. WeScreenplay will do everything in its power to collect the prize packages promised, but is not responsible for a sponsor’s failed delivery.
Former Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize Winners of the contest may enter so long as it is NOT the same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not disqualify the script from being entered this year.
Void where prohibited.
BY ENTERING THE CONTEST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless WeScreenplay, Red Ampersand, Inc., Industry Arts, LLC., WeScreenplay.com, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Contest and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the WeScreenplay.org and its Sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of WeScreenplay and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.
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