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ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
Celebrating great books that have cinematic adaptation potential. Our Hollywood judges are looking for great novels and true stories.
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Some of the best film and television has been adapted from books, both published and unpublished. If you think your book has cinematic adaptation potential, we’d love to consider it for this year’s competition, which features a jury of professionals from across the entertainment and publishing industries. We’re looking for novels, novellas, true stories and biographies. 

ScreenCraft’s past winners have gone on to sell their scripts to major studios and have been hired by companies like Universal, Netflix, Amazon, Millennium, CBS and many more. ScreenCraft’s winners are also highly sought after by literary managers and agents who are open to signing to new writer clients. Over 100 ScreenCraft writers have signed with top management companies and agencies like 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, CAA, WME, UTA, Paradigm, Lit Entertainment, and many more. 


Grand Prize Winner

The overall Grand Prize winner will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary managers.


ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.

  •  Personal Introduction to top literary managers

  •  Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program

  •  $1,000 Cash

  •  Complimentary Badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit 

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Runner - Up

  • $500 cash award

  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program

  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Lifetime subscription to Arc Studio Pro

Top Quarterfinalists

  • The top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on our website when we announce in early January.

2020 - 2021 Winners on Coverfly

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  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between September 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021.

  2. Entry fee for each submission is 

    1. $49.50 until the early deadline on September 30, 2021

    2. $69.50 until the regular deadline on October 31, 2021 

    3. $79.50 until the final deadline on November 30, 2021.

  3. Books should be 150,000 words or less. Files should be in PDF format. 

    1. Feature screenplays must be a minimum of 75 pages and a maximum of 150 pages. Short screenplays must be between 7 and 35 pages. TV pilots must be between 25 and 75 pages. Any submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $1 per page overage fee for each page over 120.

    2. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

    3. Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

    4. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

    5. Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.

    6. If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.

    7. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

    8. It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.

    9. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.

    10. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

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