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Sep 30th
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Oct 31st
Early Bird
Nov 30th
Regular
Jan 15th
Late
Feb 15th
Final
Mar 15th
Extended
Creative World Awards
Creative World Awards
2023 Screenwriting Competition
Active Since 2007
Creative World Awards (CWA) discovers and advances talented screenwriters while providing valuable feedback and opportunity to garner recognition.
Accepting Features, Shorts, and TV Pilots
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About

The 15th Annual Creative World Awards (CWA) discovers and advances talented screenwriters, helping them garner the exposure and recognition they need to propel their projects forward.

At CWA, finalists get first looks from some of the most sought after companies in the industry such as Lionsgate/Mandate International, Inferno Entertainment, Morgan Creek and more.

Production Award: The Grand Prize Winner also receives the opportunity to have a short adaptation of their winning feature script produced by CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange. The film gets a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival.

 Writers have seven categories to compete in. Please see the CWA website for a descriptive breakdown of each of the main genre categories, which include:

Feature Screenplay Categories:
Action/Adventure
Horror/Thriller/Fantasy
Comedy
All Drama/Family

Short Script/Teleplay Categories:
Short Film Scripts
Original TV Sitcom Pilot
Original TV Drama Pilot

Coverage: Known for going beyond the status quo, CWA provides invaluable judge’s feedback and coverage. Interactive features can also be found on the website including blogs, industry resources, and feature interviews with industry executives, writers, producers, and directors.

Prices & Deadlines

Jan 15th
Late
Feb 15th
Final
Mar 15th
Extended
ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
COMEDY FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
ALL DRAMA/FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
HORROR/THRILLER/FANTASY FEATURE SCREENPLAY
$65.00
$75.00
$85.00
SHORT SCREENPLAY
$55.00
$65.00
$75.00
ORIGINAL SITCOM TELEPLAY
$55.00
$65.00
$75.00
ORIGINAL DRAMA TELEPLAY
$55.00
$65.00
$75.00
ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$115.00
$125.00
$135.00
COMEDY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$115.00
$125.00
$135.00
ALL DRAMA/FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$115.00
$125.00
$135.00
HORROR/THRILLER/FANTASY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$115.00
$125.00
$135.00
SHORT SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$105.00
$115.00
$125.00
ORIGINAL SITCOM TELEPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$105.00
$115.00
$125.00
ORIGINAL DRAMA TELEPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Brief Notes
$105.00
$115.00
$125.00
ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$260.00
$270.00
$280.00
COMEDY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$260.00
$270.00
$280.00
ALL DRAMA/FAMILY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$260.00
$270.00
$280.00
HORROR/THRILLER/FANTASY FEATURE SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$260.00
$270.00
$280.00
SHORT SCREENPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$250.00
$260.00
$270.00
ORIGINAL SITCOM TELEPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$250.00
$260.00
$270.00
ORIGINAL DRAMA TELEPLAY- Entry plus Judge's Scorecard/Full Script Analysis
$250.00
$260.00
$270.00

Benefits

In addition to having a long-term production focus in the development and advancement of writers, CWA has built relationships with some of the industry's leading companies such as Lionsgate/Mandate International, GreeneStreet Films, Crystal Sky, Icon Films & Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, and more - all of which get first looks at the top winners. The competition plays a critical role in connecting emerging talented writers with companies and individuals in the industry looking to develop and produce projects. 


Plus, a Prize Package worth over $30,000.


GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $3,000 cash PLUS possible opportunity to have their winning script produced into a short film version. If decided upon by the writer and CWA, CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange Productions, will help produce a short film version of the script to help generate interest for the feature script. PREMIERE: The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit and the short to promote their work and feature story. Some scripts may not qualify depending upon budget and story. If CWA or the winner choose to forgo this option, the winner receives an additional $1,000 instead. Plus, the GPW also receives:


Final Draft software

Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

One All Access VIP Platinum Pass to the Richmond International Film Festival (non transferrable)

One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

4 Month Ink Tip Pro Membership - As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you’ll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film. 

1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room – a virtual writers’ group that meets once a week with top executives, managers, agents and producers, writing challenges, pitch practice and more!

Stage 32 Industry Mentorship – 1 free Stage 32 script read plus 30 minute phone call with manager, executive or producer of your choice. Choose from a roster of hundreds of industry professionals on Stage 32.

Notes Plus One hour private consultation with Co-owners

4 GENRE CATEGORY WINNERS – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:


Free Submission Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

One All Access VIP Platinum Pass to the Richmond International Film Festival (non transferrable)

One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room 

1 free Stage 32 pitch session 

Final Draft software

4 Month Ink Tip Pro Membership

4 CATEGORY 1st RUNNERS UP – $150 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:


Final Draft software

Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room 

1 free Stage 32 pitch session 

4 Month Ink Tip Pro Membership

One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

TELEVISION CATEGORIES – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:


Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions

TVWritersVault.com One Year Membership and Pitch Listing or One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

SHORT FILM SCRIPT – $250cash, plus a prize package that includes:


Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

If the writer makes the script into a film, it receives a guaranteed premier at the Richmond International Film Festival plus a complimentary All Access VIP Platinum Badge

CREATIVE CONCEPT / INSPIRATIONAL SPIRIT AWARD – In honor of veteran analyst and CWA Judge, James Peters, this award goes to the most original and compelling concept that also conveys a redemptive theme of some kind. Winner receives:


Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival

1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room 

1 free Stage 32 pitch session

One FLOW Collective Conference Pass

Notes Plus One hour Development Coaching session with CWA Co-owners via phone or online session