When Are Screenwriting Contest and Fellowship Winners Announced?


There are tons of resources out there detailing which screenwriting competitions you should enter and when the deadlines are, but I often find myself hunting down the answer to, “When will I know if I’ve won?!”

Here’s a comprehensive list of when screenwriting contests announce their semi finalists, finalists and winners. Their deadlines are here, too. Let me know if I’ve left any out.


The Fellowships.May-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor

Academy Nicholl Fellowships – deadline May 1

Quarterfinalists – August 1st

Semi-finalists – early September

Winners – Early October

CBS Mentoring Program – deadline May 1

Finalists Notified Mid-September

Disney ABC Writing Program – deadline May (exact date not specified)

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Finalists Announced in November

Selected Writers Announced in December

NBC Writers on the Verge – deadline May 31

Early September – Finalists Interviews

Writers selected by the end of September

Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship – deadline February 28

Semi-finalists – August 31

Finalists – September 15

WB Writers Workshop

All applicants notified of their status – mid September

The Contests.

The contests tend to have a lot of deadlines, where the entry fee increases the later you submit.

Blue Cat  – tons of deadlines. See link. 

Top 10% – February 15th

Quarter Finalists – March 1

Semi Finalists – March 15

Shorts Finalists – April 4

Feature Finalists – April 6

Joplin Award -  April 7

Cordelia Award – April 8

Shorts Winner – April 9

Feature Winner – April 10

Austin Film Festival – deadline April 20, late May 20

Second Rounders and Semi Finalists – First Week of September

Finalists – Early October

Winners – October 26th at the Festival

Slamdance early deadline April 8, latest July 29

Quarter FInalists – September 3

Semi Finalists – September 10

Finalists – September 17

Winners – October 15 at the WGAw Party

Scriptapalooza – early deadline January 6, latest April 29

Semi Finalists – Last Week of July

Finalists – First week of August

Winners – End of August

Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition – early deadline April 30, latest December 31

Winners and Finalists – January 31

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest – early deadline March 1, regular May 1

Quarter Finalists – early June

Semi Finalists – mid June

Finalists – July 1st

Runner up – August 2

Winner – August 2

American Zoetrope – early deadline August 1, latest September 1

Winners and Finalists – February 1

ScreenCraft Fellowship – deadline December 15

Winners – January 30

Final Draft Big Break – early deadline April 30, latest July 31

Quarter Finalists – late September

Semi Finalists – October

Finalists – early November

Winners – early December

Grand Prize Winners – Febuary at the Annual Awards Event

I hope this has been helpful. Try not to stare at this list too long while you’re desperately waiting for that phone call or email saying you’ve won!


“One of the things I try to work with people who are procrastinating, scriptnotes-1400particularly if they’re perfectionists, is to get into this sort of benign relationship with their writing, because otherwise they’re demanding their writing mirror back to them that they’re great.

They’re demanding their writing mirror back to them that they’re entitled to be a writer. You know, your words can’t take the weight of that. That’s way too much weight. You want your script to validate your leaving Dayton, Ohio to become a screenwriter instead of going into your dad’s pharmacy business. There’s no screenplay on earth that can do that for you.”

-Dennis Palumbo, former screenwriter, current psychotherapist

10 Things You Need To Know About Coworking

10 Things You Need To Know About Coworking

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

All over the country spaces are launching with the subtext of being collaborative spaces tailored for startups, small businesses, and freelancers (of all varieties). Here’s why working at a coworking space is better than a coffee shop or your couch.


If you have ever worked out of a home office, you know it can get lonely or unproductive. Some people find having a routine or going to a coffee shop work really well but what if you need to take a long meeting or private call? Joining a coworking space gives you the professionalism of an office with meeting rooms and private spaces, but the comfort of a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.


Coworking is about community just as much as it is about space. Most coworking spaces are tailored to different personalities or businesses making it easy…

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Six Week Spec Update!


So, I’m right in the middle of this Six Week Spec thing. Actually, I’m well into the second half.

And it’s really interesting. I think Geoff put it in place to not only see if the ten writers he selected could complete this feat, but how we do it. What we learn from the experience. How we navigate the panic and stress that the deadline creates. And I don’t want to speak for him, but I feel like the main goal of this is not to write a masterpiece, but to just write and complete something. The process seems to be more valuable than the finished product. At least, it is for me.imgres

It’s been really nice to have a deadline. And it’s a strict one: I’ve told friends, family, and the internet that I’m doing this, giving me absolutely no choice but to finish. So I’ve been writing more than ever. And although I’ve heard this a million times, now I know it to be true, the great secret is: just get something on the page. If I’m stuck, or don’t feel particularly funny or creative – who cares. I just write the scene even it’s the worst version of it, because having something to edit and work with is leaps and bounds easier than staring at a blank page. And because of this accelerated writing period, I’ve had to KEEP GOING no matter what. A couple times, I reached a point where I know I would’ve gotten frustrated or discouraged and given up, had I just been working on this script in my own time. But I kept going. And what it’s allowed me to let go of, is that fear of the work being bad. I don’t mind if the first draft of this thing isn’t the best thing I’ve ever written, because once I have a draft done I have an eternity to refine it into something I am proud of – I plan on working on this well after the six weeks is over.Script-pile-160x300

I’ve learned what I need to do to get the writing going. It involves blocking the internet, putting on some non distracting tunes, and freewriting before I begin on 750words.com – this helps me get my thoughts together, and really hone in on what is going to happen in my upcoming scenes.

One thing that I feel almost… guilty about, is that I work in pretty much a haven for writers. theOffice is a shared quiet workspace with ergonomic chairs, coffee, wifi, and silence. It’s the most comfortable, least distracting place to write on the planet, and I would not be feeling as positive as I am without it. Okay, I don’t feel that guilty. Very, very lucky though!

Let me know if you’re doing the Six Week Spec, or if you’ve done anything similar. I’d love to hear your experiences. If you’d like to hear how the other writers are doing, Geoff’s blog has our weekly updates, and search #sixweekspec on Twitter to see progress and hear stories from tons of writers that are taking on this challenge.



Happy Monday, isn’t this quote nice?

tumblr_nc9xsomgDW1tg7z2bo1_500“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”

     -Agnes de Mille



Ray-Bradbury-Author-of-Fahrenheit-451“You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn’t do that for you. I’m sorry.”

-Ray Bradbury, from the Paris Review

Geoff LaTulippe’s Six Week Spec Challenge!


A few weeks ago, I decided to apply for screenwriter, Geoff LaTulippe’s Six Week Spec challenge. Here’s the challenge in Geoff’s own words:

Starting 1 September 2014 – professional duties allowing, I’m going to begin writing the first draft of a brand new spec screenplay. I’m giving myself six weeks to complete it. I want you to come along with me on the journey. But not just in the passive way that you might be thinking. Here’s the deal:

I want you to start a your own brand new spec too. The one you’ve always wanted to dive into but never did. The one that’s kept you up nights tossing around scenes and dialogue but that you never had the drive to actually crack. The one that itches and burns and crackles, but life has kept you away from.”

Basically, Geoff is challenging writers to complete a spec – from start to finish – in a crazy short amount of time, and providing an online community, his blog, where writers can encourage and commiserate with another along the way. To add to this, he decided to pick ten writers to focus on, to document their journey on his blog, and to give them a little incentive for completing the spec challenge. The prize: a few months of free hosting and 4 script evaluations from the Blacklist (personally, it’s the only site I trust for professional level script feedback). To apply, we had to submit a one page essay on why we wanted to write this spec, with no mention of what the spec would be about. So, I gave it a go. I talked about the struggles of being my age, and how I wanted to tell a heartfelt, funny, authentic story about it. Then, a few weeks after I submitted, I found out that he picked me. And ten other writers. He calls us the Selected Ten (it’s actually eleven people, but two of them are a writing team). And now we have to write a feature screenplay in six weeks. Omg.

It’s daunting, and the pressure is on, but that’s kind of the fun of it. Geoff will be posting our weekly updates on this crazy process over on his blog. Follow along if you’d like. Or, even better, write along with us. We start September 1st. Are you in?

“What are you working on?”


For a writer, the questions, “What are you working on?” or “What is your script about?” can be very daunting. Especially if you haven’t practiced saying out loud what your story is in a succinct manner. Or if you’re having doubts about what you’re writing. Or if you just finished something and it’s just not what you wanted it to be. Then, “What is your script about?” isn’t as harmless as it sounds.

I’ve noticed a lot of writers (new writers, mostly) who, when questioned about their work, will sort of shrug off an answer, and completely downplay their writing. Or they’ll give a half assed version of their story and their voice will trail off towards the end of the explanation, then they’ll kind of apologize for the whole thing.


“It’s about this girl who’s, like, well, I haven’t really figured it out yet, but she’s having problems, so she moves back in with her parents and then like, yeah. That’s about it. I don’t know, it’s dumb, I just started it.”

writers_blockI can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a version of that. I’ve also SAID a version of that myself.

But I realized that one of our main jobs as writers is to be excited about what we’re working on. Because so much of the job is convincing others that our writing is worth their time. So here’s the cliche: If you don’t believe in your own work, no one else will believe in it either.

What I do now is, right when I start working on a new idea, I talk about it with people I’m close to. I practice explaining what it is, so when someone asks me about it, I can rattle of the story confidently. Instead of fumbling to explain it for the first time.

And when the time comes to finally let other people read what you’ve written, don’t downplay the work then, either. So often, when friends and acquaintances give me their scripts to read, it will come along with the disclaimer: “It needs a ton of work. It’s a really early draft. It sucks. I hate it.”

Friends have sent me their recently finished scripts and wrote as the subject line: “UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHH”.

I understand where this comes from, it’s a way to protect yourself against criticism. If you tell the reader that it’s an early draft, then you’re kind of protecting your ego if they don’t like it or if they have a ton of notes.

But what about saying, “I worked really hard on this and I’m proud of it. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it.”?

Give yourself credit, admit that you worked your ass off. Love your work. ‘Cause if you don’t, why would anyone else?

Quote of the Fey


30rock_a_0“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”

Tina Fey, Bossypants



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