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ScreenCraft
ScreenCraft Drama Competition
2022
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2017
Writers from the Drama Competition have signed with CAA, Brillstein, Circle of Confusion, and have gone on to be nominated for Emmys and write on TV shows with Warner TV.
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About

Accepting TV and Feature Scripts

Drama is at the heart of great Hollywood storytelling. Nobody knows that better than this year's jury who's behind Oscar and Emmy-nominated dramas that include shows and films like YELLOWSTONE, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, GREY'S ANATOMY, CREED, POSE, MUDBOUND, SCANDAL, and so many more.

ScreenCraft generates results you can count on. Past drama competition writers have met with companies that include A24, MGM, HBO, Hello Sunshine, Bellevue, Ley Line, Ryan Murphy Productions, Anonymous Content, and over a dozen more - all through our introductions. Plus, ScreenCraft has helped over 275 writers sign with top management companies and agencies like CAA, Verve, UTA, and many more. 

New Finalist Benefits: All finalists will be invited to an exclusive Finalist+ workshop on how you can best position yourself and your writing to the industry. Also, all finalists will receive a free 6 month membership to The Tracking Board, so you can stay up-to-date on Hollywood's insider news!

So whether you’re writing a sweeping period drama or a contained relationship movie, we want to read your film or TV script!

Benefits

JURY
The top scripts are considered by our incredible industry jury looking for drama projects.
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ILAYDA YIGIT

Literary Manager, MACRO

Ilayda Yigit is a Literary Manager at MACRO, a production company which launched projects such as Judas and The Black Messiah, Just Mercy, and Mudbound.

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CARLOS AGUIRRE

VP of Development for TV, Paramount Network

Carlos Aguirre is the VP of Development for television at Paramount Network, the major studio and distribution company responsible for projects like Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown, and Coyote.

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ALEX BLOCH

Literary Manager, 42

Alex Bloch is a Literary Manager in the motion picture department of 42, an International management and production company whose roster of actors, writers, and directors, have been behind or appeared in such projects as Succession, Nocturnal Animals, and Sex Education.

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JARROD MURRAY

Literary Manager & Producer, Epicenter

Jarrod Murray is a Literary Manager and Producer for Epicenter, a literary management and production company with an emphasis on character-driven material, whose roster of creators have been behind or appeared in such projects as Pose, Judas and The Black Messiah, and Sweet River.

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JASON FONG

Coordinator, Outlier Society

Jason Fong works in the development department for Outlier Society, the production company of Michael B. Jordan, the actor and producer behind projects like Fruitvale Station, Black Panther, and the Creed franchise with Creed 3 in production.

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ECHO MATTHEWS

Agent, UTA

Echo Matthews is an agent at UTA, who were a part of major productions like MARRIAGE STORY, LITTLE WOMEN, and WEST SIDE STORY and one of the largest talent and literary agencies in the world.

NOAH EVSLIN

Writer & Producer

Noah Evslin has been a writer and/or producer on such shows as NCIS: HAWAI’I, HAWAII FIVE-O, COLONY, GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, PRIVATE PRACTICE and THE CATCH. He recently sold a feature to Stage 13/Warner Bros, a limited series to Amazon, as well as numerous pilots and digital series to a variety of studios. Noah also co-hosts a popular industry podcast called SCREAMING INTO THE HOLLYWOOD ABYSS.


THE PRIZES

Grand Prize Winner

The overall grand prize winner in either feature or TV category will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and phone calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.


ScreenCraft's genre specific relationships include companies like Paramount Network, Netflix, HBO Max, AMC, Macro, and over 150 other Hollywood managers, agents, producers, and development executives. 


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


They'll also receive:

  • - Personal Introduction to top literary managers
  • - Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
  • - $1,000 cash award
  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Free 6-month membership to The Tracking Board


Feature & TV Winners

  • - $500 cash award
  • - Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Free 6-month membership to The Tracking Board


Finalists

  • - An exclusive invitation to a Finalist+ workshop to position yourself and your writing to the industry
  • - Free 6-month membership to The Tracking Board


ADD-ON PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

ScreenCraft First Look Bootcamp with Justin Roach of Vertical Entertainment

The ScreenCraft First Look Bootcamp is a new optional add-on prize category that will grant one eligible writer the opportunity to learn, workshop, and strengthen their project with guidance from an industry professional. This unique add-on benefit is separate from the ScreenCraft Drama Competition prizes and placements.


We welcome sales & distribution executive Justin Roach of Vertical Entertainment who will select one writer/writing team with an outstanding concept from the ScreenCraft Drama Competition to receive guidance and feedback on how they can best position their project for success. This will include personalized meetings, notes, insights, and more.


Vertical Entertainment, is a major production company and distributor with over a hundred internationally distributed projects including the Oscar-nominated film FOUR GOOD DAYS (starring Mila Kunis and Glenn Close), 2022 Sundance pic EMILY THE CRIMINAL (starring Aubrey Plaza), JOE BELL (starring Mark Wahlberg), and AVA (starring Jessica Chastain), to name a few.


Only projects submitted to the ScreenCraft Drama Competition AND that select this add-on are eligible for consideration in this category. Additionally, all projects that place in the Top 10 of the competition will automatically be considered.

Writer Success

2021 Winners on Coverfly

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Announcements

Nov 16th
Semifinalists
Dec 14th
Finalists
Jan 25th
Winners

Rules

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. Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly.

  4. Entries may be any length --  the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages, and the standard feature is between 85 - 120 pages. Any script submission longer than 120 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 120 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.

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

  6. 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.

  7. All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.

  8. 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).

  9. 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).

  10. Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $6 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

  11. 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.

  12. Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.

  16. ScreenCraft reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.

    For a full list of rules and eligibility please visit ScreenCraft.