Writers’ Couch (Cascade Pictures) – Deadline: ongoing – Screenplay 80-140pp. UK residents and unrepresented writers only.
Coming Up 2014 (Channel4 & Touchpaper Television) – Deadline: 3 April 2014.
Slamdance Writing Competition - Deadline: 8 April 2014 (early) / 10 June 2014 (regular) / 22 July 2014 (late) / 29 July 2014 (WAB extended) - TV pilots up to 80pp, feature screenplays 90-150pp.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting: Deadline: 10 April 2014 (regular) / 1 May 2014 (late). Screenplays 90-120pp.
Nick Darke Award - Deadline: 14 April 2014. Submit 750 word pitch for film, radio or stage play idea plus 20pp writing sample.
Scriptapalooza - Deadline: 14 April 2014 (late) / 21 April 2014 (extended) – Screenplays 80-140pp.
The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards - Deadline: 15 April 2014 (last minute) – Short scripts up to 40pp, feature screenplays 80-120pp, TV drama pilots 50-70pp, TV comedy pilots 25-45pp.
Screamcraft Horror Script Contest - Deadline: 15 April 2014 (early) / 1 June 2014 (final) – Feature screenplays up to 140pp in Horror genre.
Big Bear Screenwriting Competition - Deadline: 20 April (WAB extended) -Screenplays 90-130pp.
Screenwriting Goldmine Competition - Deadline: 24 April 2014 (late) / 8 May 2014 (extended) – Film & TV scripts 45-120pp.
Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab - Deadline: 28 April 2014. Open to screenwriters, producers & directors. Feature films only. Lab takes place June 2014.
Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition - Deadline: 30 April 2014- Feature scripts 90-120pp, teleplays (original pilot or spec of existing show) 45-70pp, sitcom scripts 22-40pp.
Moondance Film Festival Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: 30 April 2014 (regular) / 31 May 2014 (late) / 31 June 2014 (extended). Feature screenplays, tv script 30′, tv script 60′.
Big Break Screenwriting Contest- Deadline: 30 April 2014 (early) / 15 July 2014 (regular) / 31 July 2014 (final). Teleplays 25-70pp / Screenplays 80-120pp.
Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest – Deadline: 30 April 2014 (extended). Turn given logline into killer feature script.
Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest - Deadline: 1 May 2014. Feature length screenplays.
Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest - Deadline: 1 May 2014. Any length script, pilot of original or spec of existing show.
Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab - Deadline: 1 May 2014. Feature length screenplays. U.S residents only. Submissions open 15 March 2014.
BBC Writersroom Script Calls - Deadline: 12th May (opens 28 April 2014). Comedy (radio/tv/film). LATER SCRIPT CALLS: June 2014 - Children’s tv (comedy & drama). September/October 2014 – Stage and radio drama.
Screencraft Comedy Script Contest - Deadline: 15 May 2014 (regular) / 1 August 2014 (final)- Feature screenplays up to 140pp & short scripts up to 20pp.
Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop – Deadline: 31 May 2014. Opens 1 May 2014. Spec script of selected existing shows. Must be available to attend workshops in Los Angeles.
Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Competition - Deadline: 31 May 2014 (early) / 31 July 2014 (regular) / 31 August 2014 (late) - Feature screenplays 80-120pp, short screenplays 3-20pp.
Rawi Screenwriters Lab (the Royal Film Commission, Jordan) – Deadline: 15 June 2014. Arab screenwriters only.
New York Screenplay Contest: Deadline: 20 June 2014 (late) / 20 August 2014 (extended). Accepting feature scripts (over 70pp), short film scripts (under 70pp), tv scripts, sitcom scripts, stage plays, television concepts.
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award - Deadline: 1 July 2014 - Submit 30-60 minute television drama script. Applicants must be under 30 and non-US residents.
Screenplay Festival - Deadline: 1 July 2014 (early) / 1 September 2014 (final). Feature length screenplays and teleplays over 60pp (no max).
John Brabourne Awards - Deadline: 31 July 2014. Financial support to up and coming talent who may have suffered set-backs. UK residents only.
London Screenwriters’ Festival & Script Angel Screenwriting Contest - Deadline: 21 August 2014. Film & tv, all genres. Win six months of script editing & mentoring with Script Angel’s Hayley McKenzie.
One In Ten Screenplay Contest - Deadline: 1 September 2014. Screenplays 90-125pp. Must feature at least one primary character who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum – Deadline: 4 September 2014 (early) / 25 September 2014 (final). Film screenplays.
Torino Film Lab - various European script development initiatives throughout the year.
To look out for at a later date:
American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Deadline: usually September - Screenplays 82-145pp. (opens for entries 1 June 2014)
Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition - Deadline: usually June - Screenplays 90-120pp.
Underwire Film Festival Short Script Competition - Deadline: usually August. Short film scripts only. Female screenwriters only. Entrants must be British or residing in the UK.
Script Hot House from Write2Screen – Deadline: usually August. UK residents only. Successful applicants receive script development programme.
The Writers Place Screenplay Contest - Deadline: usually September - Feature length scripts up to 130pp, teleplays/short script up to 45pp.
Berlinale Talent Campus (Script Station) – Deadline: usually September
Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship - Deadline: usually September. Feature length screenplays 85pp-125pp. Genres accepted: comedy, romantic-comedy, action, adventure, thriller. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a second original, feature-length script.
Moondance International Film Festival Screenplay Contest - Deadline: usually October. Scripts addressing complex social issues.
Tracking B Feature Script Contest - Deadline: usually October
Channel Four Screenwriting Course - Deadline: usually October. Accepting screenplays (film or tv), stage plays and radio plays. Only applicants who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply. Open to residents of UK and Ireland. Applicants must be available to attend the course in London on specified dates.
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition - Deadline: usually November.
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition – Deadline: usually November. Features and shorts.
Blue Cat Screenplay Competition - Deadline: usually November. Accepting shorts and feature length scripts. Good luck!
Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship - Deadline: usually January. Accepting feature scripts, one-hour tv pilots and half-hour tv pilots.
Red Planet Prize - Deadline: usually January. UK entrants only.
Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab - Deadline: usually January. Feature length screenplays only.
L.A Comedy Shorts Screenplay Competition - Deadline: usually January. Categories for short film script, feature film script and tv sitcom pilot script.
Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Contest - Deadline: usually January. Screenplays 80-120pp, short script under 40pp, half-hour tv comedy script 22-35pp, one-hour tv drama 45-65pp.
CAPE New Writing Fellowship - Deadline: usually January. Sponsored by NBC Universal and Warner Bros. For Asian American and Pacific Islander writing talent. Original tv spec and feature film screenplays accepted.
Nickelodeon TV Writing Program - Deadline: usually February. Spec scripts for one of their listed shows.
Cinestory Screenwriting Contest - Deadline: usually March. Screenplay 85-130pages.
BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum - Deadline: usually March. TV Drama Scripts.
London Independent Film Festival Screenplay Contest - Deadline: usually March - short & feature length scripts.
Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship - Deadline: usually March. Applicants must be able to prove US employment eligibility.
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.
Sitcom Mission - Deadline: usually March. Submit 15 minute sitcom script for tv, radio or stage. Aimed at UK residents.
Film Bazaar India Screenwriters Lab - Deadline: usually March. Applicants must be Indian passport holders.