Short Script Contest

2020 SCREENPLAY CONTEST IS NOW OPEN! SCreenplay SUbmissions Wanted

Welcome to the Chicago Screenplay Awards’ Short Script Contest. Short Screenplay Submissions Wanted ! All Standard Entries receive feedback as part of the standard entry fee. All entries are also eligible for Full Analysis from our staff of professional judges (highly recommended). Come join us and be in this season’s running!

March 1st

Open for Entries

March 26th

Early Deadline

April 16th

Regular Deadline

May 7th

Late Deadline

May 28th

Final Deadline


Screenplay Submission

screenplay submissions wanted feature film

Standard Short Entry

Enter your short screenplay and receive written feedback as part of the Standard Entry Fee.

Short Entry + Full ANALYSIS


Enter the contest and receive 3 pages of studio-grade coverage with emphasis on premise, originality, dialogue, structure, character, logic, conflict, tone, pacing, and craft/format.

We also accept submissions through our partners at

Best Short Script Prize

  • $500 Cash Prize
  • Introduction to a Producer or Director from our Jury.
  • Exposure to our network of Professionals.

Please Note:

  • Material must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file. The File must not be encrypted or password protected.
  • Screenplay submissions wanted !There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • There is no limit to the number of time you may resubmit one project. Each draft of the project will stand alone and not replace the previous draft. Only the highest scoring draft will move forward into the elimination rounds of the competition (quarter finals, semi-finals, etc).
  • All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the writer submitting the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money, with no direction from Chicago Screenplay Awards administrators, staff, or judges.
  • All copyright, ownership and derivative rights to the material submitted to Chicago Screenplay Awards remains with the original rights holders and/or author.


  • All writers, without regard to age, gender, country of origin, native language, or sexual preference are eligible.
  • The material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests is eligible.
  • The material submitted must not be optioned or produced.
  • Script must be written in industry standard screenplay format.
  • Short scripts should not exceed 30 pages.

Terms of Service

The Chicago Screenplay Awards invites various writers, agents, producers, and actors to be part of the jury every season. No two seasons are ever the same. All scripts are judged based on the following: concept, story, character, dialogue, marketability, structure, and clarity. Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Winners will be notified by email. Announcements will be made within 30 days following final submission deadline. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


Neither Chicago Screenplay Awards nor any other partner, employee or agent associated with these awards claims any ownership in or first right of option to, any original screenplay submitted to us. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.


Except where prohibited by law, submission of written materials constitutes each entrant’s consent to Chicago Screenplay Awards and its agents’ and sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of any entrants’ information will at all times be in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All fees submitted are non-refundable.


BY SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless Chicago Screenplay Awards, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay analysts, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting your submission of material, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s submission of materials and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Chicago Screenplay Awards and its sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of Chicago Screenplay Awards and their immediate families are ineligible to submit materials. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided submission fees will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.