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Writers’ Couch (Cascade Pictures) – Deadline: 20 May 2013 – Screenplay 80-140pp. UK residents and unrepresented writers only.
BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Forum – Deadline: 22 May 2013 (regular) – Comedy sitcom or comedy sketches.
Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship – Deadline: 31 May 2013. Applicants must be able to prove US employment eligibility.
Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition – Deadline: 1 June 2013 (late) – Feature scripts 90-120pp, teleplays (original pilot or spec of existing show) 45-70pp, sitcom scripts 22-40pp.
Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition - Deadline: 1 June 2013 (regular) / 15 June 2013 (late) / 1 July 2013 (extended) – Screenplays 90-120pp.
Screamcraft Horror Script Contest - Deadline: 1 June 2013 (regular) – Feature screenplays up to 140pp in Horror genre.
Warner Bros’ Writers’ Workshop – Deadline: 1 June 2013 (submissions accepted from 1 May 2013). Submit writing sample for one of their listed current shows. Successful applicants must be able to attend regular workshops in LA.
Fox-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest – Deadline: 3 June 2013 (submissions accepted from 20 May). TV scripts 25-35pp. US residents only.
The Quest Initiative - Deadline: 8 June 2013 – Opens for submissions 20 May 2013. Submit logline only.
The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest - Deadline: 15 June 2013 (regular) – complete their tv pilot kit.
Blue Cat Screenplay Competition – Deadline: 15 June 2013 (Early Promo Features Only) / 1 September 2013 (Early) / 15 October 2013 (Regular) / 15 November 2013 (Late). Accepting shorts and feature length scripts.
Slamdance Writing Competition - Deadline: 25 June 2013 / 2 July 2013 – TV pilots up to 80pp, feature screenplays 90-150pp.
London Independent Film Festival Screenplay Contest - Deadline: 29 June 2013 (early) / 30 November 2013 (regular) / 1 March 2014 – short & feature length scripts.
Shoreline Scripts Feature Screenplay Competition – Deadline: 30 June 2013 - Feature screenplays 80-120pp, short screenplays 3-20pp.
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award – Deadline: 1 July 2013 – Submit 30-60 minute television drama script. Applicants must be under 30 and non-US residents.
Screencraft Comedy Script Contest – Deadline: 1 July 2013 (early) / 1 October 2013 (late) – Feature screenplays up to 140pp.
Screenplay Festival – Deadline: 1 July 2013 (regular) / 1 September 2013 (late). Feature length screenplays and teleplays over 60pp (no max).
Tracking B Feature Script Contest – Deadline: 28 July 2013 (early) / 1 September 2013 (regular) / 27 October 2013 (late)
Underwire Film Festival Short Script Competition – Deadline: 16 August 2013. Short film scripts only. Female screenwriters only. Entrants must be British or residing in the UK.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum: November Forum – Deadline: 20 August 2013 (early) / 20 September (regular)
One In Ten Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 1 September 2013. Screenplays 90-125pp. Must feature at least one primary character who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
The Writers Place Screenplay Contest – Deadline: 15 September 2013 - Feature length scripts up to 130pp, teleplays/short script up to 45pp.
To look out for at a later date:
The Red Planet Prize – Deadline: usually May
Coming Up 2014 (Channel4 & Touchpaper Television) – Deadline: usually July
BBC Writersroom Script Call - Deadline: usually Autumn
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Deadline: usually September (opens for entries 1 June 2013) – Screenplays 82-145pp.
Guiding Lights Mentoring Scheme – Deadline: usually October
The Launch Pad Competition (Tracking Board) – Deadline: usually November
4Screenwriting (Channel Four) – Deadline: usually November
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition – Deadline: usually November
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually November
L.A Comedy Shorts Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually January – categories for short film script, feature film script and tv sitcom pilot script.
Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab – Deadline: usually January
Writers Revolution Screenplay Competition – Deadline: usually January
Cinestory Screenwriting Contest - Deadline: usually February – Screenplay 85-130pages.
United Film Festival Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: usually February – Drama or Comedy or Horror/Thriller as Short screenplay under 45pp or Feature screenplay over 45pp (no max).
Comedy Central/NYTVF Pilot Competition – Deadline: usually March - Sketch/narrative/single camera sitcom and animated comedy. USA residents only. Pilot script plus 4-11′ pilot presentation DVD.
Scriptapalooza - Deadline: usually March - Screenplays 80-140pp.
European Independent Film Festival Script Competition – Deadline: usually March – Short scripts 5-50pp & feature length scripts 80-130pp. Looking for scripts NOT aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets.
Scriptwriter Contest from Overbrook Entertainment & ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment - Deadline: usually March – Comedy scripts 30″ & Drama scripts 60″. US residents only.
NBC/NYTVF Drama Challenge - Deadline: usually March. Looking for original tv drama series. Submit series overview, pilot script & produced pilot scene.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum: TV Drama May Forum – Deadline: usually March – Single dramas, mini-series, comedy drama and continuing drama.
Sitcom Mission – Deadline: usually March - Submit 15 minute sitcom script for tv, radio or stage. Aimed at UK residents.
The Sitcom Trials: So You Think You Write Funny? – Deadline: usually March- Submit 10 minute sitcom script for tv, radio or stage. Aimed at UK residents.
The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – Deadline: usually April - Short scripts up to 40pp, feature screenplays 80-120pp, TV drama pilots 50-70pp, TV comedy pilots 25-45pp.
Big Bear Screenwriting Competition – Deadline: usually April -Screenplays 90-130pp.
Beijing International Screenwriting Competition – Deadline: usually April – Submit proposal for feature film, which must prominently feature Beijing as location. Open to anyone living in US.
Maison des Scenaristes – Deadline: usually April – Submit synopsis & first 5 pages of feature film (English or French language) project to win chance to pitch to producers at Cannes.
Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab – Deadline: usually April. Open to screenwriters, producers & directors. Feature films only. Lab takes place June 2013.
Nick Darke Award – Deadline: usually April – Submit 750 word pitch for film, radio or stage play idea plus 20pp writing sample.
Sundance Screenwriters Lab – Deadline: usually May – Feature film scripts. US residents only.
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – Deadline: usually May - Screenplays 90-120pp.
Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: usually May – Feature length screenplays.
Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest – Deadline: usually May – Any length script, pilot of original or spec of existing show.
Screenwriting Goldmine Competition - Deadline: usually May – Film & TV scripts 45-120pp.
Save Our Scripts – Deadline: usually May - Pitch for project to be developed plus sample of previous work (feature script or two short film scripts).