Deadline Alert: Screenwriting Labs, Fellowships and Competitions!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I am a HUGE planner. And what better way to start planning the year ahead than to take a little time to check out the screenwriting & TV writing competitions, fellowships and labs whose deadlines are coming up, so that you can have everything ready for them in time?

To get the new year started right, here is a list of the best screenwriting/TV writing competitions, labs and fellowships that are accepting entires in Q1 of 2020: 

Upcoming Deadlines:

Outfest Screenwriting Lab  
Now accepting applications!

    • Regular Deadline ($45): January 31, 2020
    • Final Deadline ($70): February 21, 2020
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Submit full-length screenplay or TV pilot
    • All scripts should have a LGBTQ protagonist

Screencraft Fellowship 
Now Accepting Applications!

    • Regular Deadline ($69): January 31, 2020
    • Late Deadline ($79): February 29, 2020
  • Submission guidelines:
    • No limit to the number of projects entered for consideration
    • Cover letter requested at semi-final round
    • Finalists and winners to be announced before July 8, 2020
    • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain
    • The recommended length for feature film scripts is 100-120 pages. Scripts over 120 pages will be accepted, but there is a small page overage charge to compensate the judges for the extra time invested in reading longer scripts.
    • Feature screenplays must be between 75 and 140 pages.
    • Comedy TV pilot scripts should be between 25 and 40 pages. Drama TV pilot scripts should be between 45 and 65 pages.

Film Independent Episodic Lab
Now accepting applications!

  • Non Members Deadline: February 11, 2020
  • Member Extended Deadline: February 25, 2020
  • Submission Fees – Non Members: $65
  • Submission Fees – Members: $45
  • Required materials:
    • A cover letter explaining your interest in the Episodic Lab
    • One complete, original pilot
    • A series logline
    • A series description describing the story engine and series arc of the show
    • Project status and history, including any industry exposure

Cinestory Foundation Feature Lab 
Now Accepting Applications!

    • Early Deadline ($60): January 19, 2020
    • Regular Deadline ($70): February 8, 2020
    • Late Deadline ($80): March 15, 2020
    • Extended Late Deadline ($85): April 19, 2020
  • Announcement:
    • Finalists: Early September
    • Fellow: Mid September
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Screenplays must be feature film screenplays from 85 to 125 pages

Page International Screenwriting Awards
Now accepting applications!

    • Early Deadline ($45): January 20, 2020
    • Regular Deadline ($55): February 20, 2020
    • Late Deadline ($65): March 20, 2020
    • Last Deadline ($75): April 20, 2020
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Submit screenplay or TV pilot
    • Only original screenplays or pilots are eligible for awards – no adaptations!
    • DO NOT include your name or contact information

Austin Film Fest Screenplay & Teleplay Competition 
Now accepting applications!

    • Early Deadline ($45): March 27, 2020
    • Regular Deadline ($60): April 17, 2020
    • Late Deadline ($70): May 15, 2020
  • Submission guidelines:
    • Submit teleplay (pilot) or screenplay
    • Include a title page with your screenplay or teleplay
    • DO NOT include your name or contact information
    • Make sure you get a PayPal receipt to confirm your submission

Sundance Episodic Lab

  • Application Period: February 12-March 11, 2020
  • Application Processing Fee: $40
  • Required Materials:
    • Bio(s) of the writer(s) (no more than 250 words per person)
    • Series logline: a one-sentence description of your series (no more than 50 words)
    • The first five pages of your pilot script (in .pdf form)
    • Pilot synopsis (no more than 500 words): a summary of your pilot episode
    • Series overview (no more than 500 words): this is a one-page description of your series
    • Personal statement (no more than 250 words – see specifics on site)
    • Thematic statement (no more than 250 words – see specifics on site)
    • Samples of previous work (optional)
    • Demographics: to be filled out by the primary applicant and the additional applicant (if applicable)
    • Application terms: to be signed by the primary applicant

Humanitas New Voices
Now accepting applications!

    • Early Deadline ($65): February 15, 2020
    • Regular Deadline ($75): March 15,2020
    • Extended Deadline ($85): April 30, 2020
  • Required Materials:
    • One (1) original 30-minute pilot, 60-minute pilot, or feature film screenplay
      • be sure to reduct your name from the title page!
    • Logline
    • Brief (1 paragraph) synopsis
    • Release form
  • Semifinalists will be asked to prepare:
    • Letter of interest (1 page, double-spaced)
    • Resume (no more than 2 pages
    • Bio (1 page, double spaced)
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