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Enter to share over $80,000 in cash and prizes and get your script in the hands of industry reps!
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Final Draft’s Big Break is an annual, international feature and television screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers.

Big Break rewards screenwriters in 11 categories the chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to Los Angeles for a series of A-list industry meetings with managers, producers and executives. 

Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals. 

Feedback Now Available: You spoke, we listened. Big Break is excited to offer a new feedback notes entry type, so you can receive actionable insight on your script.

Ready for your Big Break? Submit today.

Prices & Deadlines

Jun 12th
Jun 30th
Last Chance
Feature & Television Entry
Diversity Feature & Television Entry
Feature & Television Entry + Feedback
Diversity Feature & Television + Feedback



2 Grand Prize Award Winners: One Feature Grand Prize and one TV Grand Prize winner will be selected from the 11 Feature Genre and TV Format award winners.

Each Grand Prize Award Winner Receives:
Winners receive the prizes below plus the prizes listed under the Category Winners section. 

• $10,000 Cash 

• Apple iPad 
• Roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles plus 3 night hotel accommodation

• Dell XPS 13 Laptop

• Query Letter or One-Sheet analysis and a personalized, signed copy of The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier

• Admission to the Robert McKee STORY Webinar Series

• Writer brand assessment and 60-Minute Career Prep Webinar with Lee Jessup

• Copy of Save the Cat! Strikes Back by Blake Snyder + Save the Cat! Story Structure Software

• 1-year subscription to ScriptHop

• UCLA Extension Masterclass: choose from one of the following virtual programs. Advanced Rewriting Workshop, Advanced TV Series Showrunning, or Advanced TV Pilot Intensive.

Additional prizes for TV Grand Prize winner:

• One-hour coaching session with Carole Kirschner. For winner of the 1-hour television category only.

Award Categories

Feature Awards

  • • Action/Adventure
  • • Comedy/Rom-Com







Television Awards
 Half-Hour Pilot
• Hour-Long Pilot

We celebrate 11 Category Winners who will receive:

• $1,000 cash

• Copy of Final Draft 12

• Free entry to the 2024 Big Break competition

• Free script coverage from a Big Break reader

• Luncheon with Big Break judges and other industry professionals

• 60-minute webinar with Lee Jessup

• Level 1 Participation in the 6-Week Teleseminar from Jen Grisanti Inc.

• New York Film Academy Fellowship: Two virtual 10-week workshops. One a Feature workshop,  one a TV Pilot workshop

• A 4-month InkTip Pro Membership and a 4 month listing of your script on InkTip Script Listing

• Free entry to any Script Pipeline Season

 StoryO 3, Story Outlining Software from Jungle Software

• Copy of Save the Cat! Strikes Back by Blake Snyder

• One-year International Screenwriters Association CONNECT membership

• 6-month subscription to ScriptHop

Top 3 Category Winners:

• Copy of Final Draft 12 

• 60-minute webinar: How to capitalize on your Big Break win with Lee Jessup 


Gary King
VP of Development, Paramount Television Studios

Alex Lerner

Literary Manager, Kaplan Perrone Entertainment

Peter Katz

CEO, Story Driven

Jeff Portnoy

Literary Manager, Bellevue Productions

Scott Stoops

Literary Manager, Good Fear Content

Lauren Deitch

Manager for Drama Series Development, Netflix

Jon Hersh

Literary Manager, Housefire Management

Jason Lubin

Manager & Producer, First Story Entertainment

Jesse Hood

Executive, ACE Entertainment

Alex Barnes

Development Executive

Diego Rey

Manager, Underground Films

Trent Anderson

Manager, Anonymous Content

Allie Loh

Executive, Zero Gravity

Brian Spink

Manager & Producer, Realm

Zack Zucker

Manager, Bellevue Productions

Sandino Moya-Smith

VP of Production, MGM

Jen Ray

Manager, Heroes and Villains Entertainment

Gabrielle Utsey


Daejione Jones

Manager, Searchlight

Daniel Yu

Manager, Searchlight

Brett Rosen

Agent, WME

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