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Get your script seen by some of the most respected judges in the industry. Collectively our judging panel has written award-winning films such as Toy Story, cult classics like Fight Club, and even Netflix Originals like Secret Obsession, bringing their wealth and experience of the film industry to our competition.
Luke Harvis is a writer and actor whose credits include Netflix Original movie, Clinical and The Diabolical. Luke has also written Mile 81 adapted from the popular Stephen King novel.
Tamara Chestna is a screenwriter and producer, known for writing and producing Netflix Originals such as After and Moxie. Tamara has also written Sneakerella, a Cinderella adaptation movie that will be released in May 2022 on Disney +.
Drew Nelson is best known to audiences for Guillermo del Toro's FX series, The Strain and the TBS comedy series, People Of Earth. He also recurred on two seasons of the Golden Globe nominated, The Girlfriend Experience starring Riley Keough and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.
Aside from acting, Drew has a number of projects in development as a writer/producer, including the urban fantasy series Lost Ones.
- Short Film script up to 60 pages
We offer the choice of receiving feedback on your screenplay at an extra cost. Feedback will be provided by our qualified and well-vetted script consultants.
We provide an in-depth and thorough analysis of your screenplay. Passing through not one, but two pairs of eyes!
For any coverage submitted after the competition has concluded, the notes of the judges of your script will be included and passed on directly to one of our professional script consultants (who reads it again).
For more information on our script consultants.
Quarterfinalists | 10th June
Semi-Finalists | 17th June
Finalists | 24th June
Winners | 1st July
The 2022 SWN Screenplay Competition is proudly partnered with InkTip, Filmmania Gifts and Final Draft.
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For entering alone, you will receive all three of our submission benefits:
➤ Every script submitted gets registered with SWN for free. No need to register with the writers’ guilds (WGA, WGUK etc.).
➤ FREE eBook
➤ You will receive a $10 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.
★★★ PRIZES ★★★
➤ Automatically qualify for our annual screenplay competition ($1200 Award)
➤The SWN hanging frame award with your winning script and laurels inside
➤ A Free SWN Membership to access jobs opportunities, the script library and site-wide discount
➤ Receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. Thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week.
➤ A lifetime subscription to Final Draft Pro screenwriting software (worth $249.99)
➤ A $40 Gift Card to be redeemed at Filmmania Gifts
➤ Your script will be sent to our judges and select members of our contacts
Spring 2022 Winner on Coverfly
At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.
All submissions must be written in English.
All ages are eligible.
Material submitted must be written and owned by the person submitting it. You may submit as many entries as you like.
All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
You may resubmit your entered script once at the discretion of Screenwriters Network. This will be dependent on where the script is in our process and whether this has already been assigned to a reader/ judge.
If submitting as a team a singular prize package (only) will be made out to the initial person who submitted.
Scripts submitted to the SWN Short Film Screenplay Competition are protected and remain the owner of the person(s) that submitted.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.