Best Writing Contests to Help You Break into Hollywood
"I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman."
– Jean-Michel Basquiat
Every year, thousands of hopeful creatives move to Los Angeles to make it in the Entertainment Industry. For the writers in this group, landing a spot in a writers room is often a life-long dream. Two main avenues are championed by those in positions of giving advice: 1) Become an assistant to a writer, then work your way into a writers rooms as the writers room assistant, or 2) place highly at one of the contests or fellowships.
Below is a list of some of the most prominent contest, competitions, and fellowships every aspiring writers should know about -- compiled in one place, and listed in alphabetical order, to make your journey just a tad easier:
- ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship
- American Zoetrope
- Austin Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
- Blue Cat Screenwriting Contest
- CBS Writers Mentoring Program
- Final Draft's Big Break
- Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays
- NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge
- Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship
- Page International Screenwriting Awards
- People's Pilot Competition
- Screencraft SciFi Screenplay Contest
- Screen craft Screenwriting Fellowship
- Script Pipeline
- Scriptapalooza Features
- Scriptapalooza TV
- Slamdance Screenplay Competition
- Tracking Board TV Contest
- WB Writers’ Workshop
Tell us about your experience submitting to these contests and fellowships, and more importantly, share any guidance or advice you may have for anyone interested in writing stories for a living.
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