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ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
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Active Since 2018
Last year's Grand Prize Winner signed with YRG Partners and last year's runner up signed with Gravity Squared Lit Manager John Beach. And this year, Gravity Squared is a Guaranteed Signing Partner. We can't wait to help excellent prose writers begin their careers writing for the screen.
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Some of the best film and television has been adapted from books, both published and unpublished.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. 

And this year, for the first time ever, ScreenCraft is introducing a Guaranteed Signing Partner. Gravity Squared is going to sign at least one entrant to the ScreenCraft Book Competition along with virtual meetings, one-on-one sessions, and much more. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone with a book or manuscript.


Guaranteed Signing Partner

ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition is excited to bring you the opportunity to win a Guaranteed Signing presented by Gravity Squared Entertainment in addition to an invaluable mentorship with John Beach.

John W. Beach started his career at Paradigm and ACME Talent & Literary, where he helped sell films like Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE CENTER starring Nicolas Cage, and YOUTH IN REVOLT starring Michael Cera. After surviving cancer in 2014, John started his own management/production company, Gravity Squared Entertainment, representing writers/producers/directors for all media.  Currently, Gravity Squared has over 150 published books/scripts/treatments under their management, including numerous Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times bestsellers. Of those, roughly 25 projects (some producing, some just managing) are in various stages of development/production. A few to mention: sold and developed a Primetime TV Sitcom with ABC Studios; developing/producing a Legendary Pictures feature with Will Ferrell attached to star/produce and Adam McKay attached to produce; sold a children’s book to Netflix w/ DreamWorks Animation TV about a unicorn being raised by narwhal; partnered with Marc Platt on a book by Jonathan Stone, adapted by Derek Haas (3:10 TO YUMA); and most recently optioned the book BEING HEUMANN to AppleTV+ w/ Sian Heder (CODA, TALLULAH) attached to write/direct and David Permut producing.

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. Plus:

  •  Personal Introduction to top literary managers
  • Accepted into the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program
  • $1,000 Cash
  • Complimentary Badge for the 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit 
  • Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event

Runner - Up
  • $500 cash award
  • Accepted into ScreenCraft Development Program
  • Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event
  • A 1-1 consultation with Gravity Squared
  • 50% off 2022 ScreenCraft Virtual Summit

  • Invitation to the Finalist+ Networking and Development Event
  • Consideration by Gravity Squared for Signing
  • Specific virtual event with Gravity Squared
  • Ten chosen finalists receive a 1-1 consultation with Gravity Squared

Writer Success

2022 Winners on Coverfly

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At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.

  1. Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
  2. Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
  3. Books should be 150,000 words or less - in early rounds of reading the writing will be judged based on the first chapters of the book. Files should be in PDF format when submitted and should be double spaced.
  4. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  5. 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.
  6. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
  7. 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).
  8. 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 any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).
  9. 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 book carefully before submitting.
  10. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the book, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before books are read by the judges.
  11. ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the books submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 
  12. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
  13. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
  14. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

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