ScreenCraft Drama Contest
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The 2019 ScreenCraft Drama Screenplay Competition is now accepting submissions, and this year the jury is better than ever, featuring executives from Fox Searchlight, Paramount Players, Kaplan/Perrone, and LBI Entertainment.

Feature film dramas drive deep into the heart of what it means to be human, expressing universal themes with nuanced complexity. Our judges are looking for great stories with original voices and honest emotion. This competition celebrates great dramatic film writing. Whether you’re writing a sweeping period drama or a contained relationship movie, we want to read your script!

All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader (highly recommended).


The biggest benefits of ScreenCraft Genre contests is the top projects getting read and considered by a carefully crafted industry jury just for the contest. Our juries along with promoting our winners has lead to dozens of writers finding reps, optioning projects, and seeing their work produced. Check out some of the success stories.

This year's Drama Jury is one of our best juries yet!

Brandon Loureiro, Paramount

Development Coordinator at Paramount Players, department of the iconic film studio developing original projects for Viacom properties including BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV.

Richard Ruiz, Fox Searchlight

Creative Executive at Fox Searchlight, the production company synonymous with prestige dramas including Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, The Wrestler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Best Picture winners Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and The Shape of Water.

Hannah Ozer, Kaplan/Perrone

Literary Manager at Kaplan/Perrone (literary management company representing the film and TV writers of Die Hard, 500 Days of Summer, Mysteries of Laura, Divorce, Santa Clarita Diet and many more). Reps writer/director Xavier Burgin, winner of the 2018 ScreenCraft Drama competition.

Harry Lengsfeld, LBI Entertainment

Literary Manager at LBI Entertainment, the management and production company repping such clients as Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon and more.

On top of industry exposure, the winners will receive:


$ 1,000 + Introductions and phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers, agents, and/or studio executives and producers.

2nd Place

$ 500+ Will receive an introductory phone call with a Hollywood literary manager

Circulation of project to ScreenCraft’s network of producers, managers, agents and studio executives

Top 3 Finalists

$ 100 + ScreenCraft development consultation including notes and advice for navigating the industry with your specific project.

2019 Winners on Coverfly

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