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Jul 25th
Early
Sep 19th
Regular
Oct 24th
Final
Emerging Screenwriters
Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
2025
Active Since 2010
We’re searching for the most authentic and unique features and pilots in all genre categories.
Accepting Features and TV Pilots
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Enter on or before July 25th to save $20

About

With $25,000 in cash prizes, we’re looking for this year’s emerging screenwriters! Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned writer ready to redefine your career, we can elevate you to the next level. We’re searching for the most authentic and unique features and pilots in all genre categories, the script that represents your genuine talent!


The Top 10 Screenwriters will receive $1,500 cash EACH and be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate, where the Development Team will get your script in front of top industry pros from companies like Max, 20th Century, Disney+, Amazon/MGM Studios, Harpo, Paramount+, Lucky Chap, Hello Sunshine, Gidden Media, ICM, CAA, plus ISA vetted literary agents and managers. Of the 10 scripts selected, one of you will go on to win the Grand Prize and receive an additional $10,000. That’s $11,500 to the Grand Prize Winner!

Prices & Deadlines

Jul 25th
Early
Sep 19th
Regular
Oct 24th
Final
Feature Entry
$39.00
$59.00
$79.00
Feature Entry + Deep Dive Feedback
$138.00
$158.00
$178.00
Feature Entry + ISA Development Evaluation
$188.00
$208.00
$228.00
Feature Entry + ISA Accelerator
$638.00
$658.00
$678.00
Television Entry
$39.00
$59.00
$79.00
Television Entry + Deep Dive Feedback
$138.00
$158.00
$178.00
Television Entry + ISA Development Evaluation
$188.00
$208.00
$228.00
Television Entry + ISA Accelerator
$638.00
$658.00
$678.00

Benefits

Grand Prize Winner 
(Selected from Top 10 Finalists)

  • $10,000 Cash (in Addition to $1,500 from Top 10)
  • Script Consultation with an ISA Executive ( 2 Meetings )
  • Meeting with Top Industry Executive
  • ISA Pitch Practice
  • 12 Month ISAConnect Membership
  • Prizes in all other categories

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Top 10 Finalists

  • $1,500 Cash Each
  • ISA Development Slate Consideration 
  • ISA Development Slate Evaluation (for a New Script)
  • 3 Month ISAConnect Membership
  • ISA Logline Review

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Semi-Finalists 

  • Digital Copy of "(Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting"


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HIGHLY-RATED FEEDBACK AVAILABLE:


Deep Dive Feedback $99

  • • Four pages of extensive notes covering your entire screenplay. Elevate your script with a deeper analysis and guidance toward a production ready project. 
  • • Longer, more specific breakdowns of specific elements allow for unique insights into your writing style related to your characters, dialogue, plot, structure and formatting.


ISA Development Evaluation $149 (normally $199)

• Up to 5 pages of extensive notes covering your entire screenplay. 

• Develop and expand upon early drafts or rewrites to dissect problem areas to elevate your script to its final draft.

• Receive a breakdown of each of your script’s fundamental elements.

• High-scoring screenplays are considered by the Development Team for acceptance onto the Development Slate to be promoted to our industry partners.


ISA Accelerator $599 (Normally $699)

• A set of notes including a one-page synopsis, custom logline, and several pages of analysis uniquely tailored to your needs as a writer. 

• Four full script reads, two for each draft, by ISA Story Executives Jeffrey Ryan Morales and Felicity Wren. 

• Two recorded video consultations (45 to 60 minutes each) to discuss the analysis and give advice for revision.

• Consideration for the ISA Development Slate.

Writer Success

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Announcements

Jan 22nd
Semifinalists
Feb 5th
Finalists
Feb 26th
Grand Prize Winners