The Prizes

Over $45,000 in cash, prizes and benefits will be awarded to this year’s winning screenwriters and Official Finalists.

Judges will bestow awards in the following tiers for each of the competitive entry categories:

  • Grand Prize Winner
  • Gold Winner
  • Silver Winner
  • Bronze Winner
  • 12 Official Finalists

In addition, one Grand Jury Prize will be awarded to the overall best screenplay selected from among all competition categories as determined by our Official Jury.

Winners and Official Finalists will also receive prize packages and/or benefits including products and services from our sponsors and partner companies.

Also, and very importantly, in conjunction with our sponsors InkTip, Scriptwriters Network, and Script Pipeline, we will actively publicize and promote your winning script, giving you a shot at breaking into the industry and becoming a working screenwriter.

Prize packages consist of combinations of the following prizes and benefits from our sponsors:

      • Cash Prizes
      • Exclusive Advisory Meeting with Gallagher Literary Agency
      • Exclusive Advisory Meeting with Award-Winning Producer, Peter Katz
      • Annual Memberships to Scriptwriters Network
      • Software Packages from Sony Creative Software
      • InkTip Script Listing
      • Free Entry to the Hollywood Screenplay Contest
      • Script Coverage Package

Advisory Meeting with Rob Gallagher and Myke Friscia of Gallagher Literary Agency
Rob Gallagher President, Literary Manager, Producer, Packager, Financier & Distributor: A decorated Military Intelligence veteran turned film enthusiast, Rob's rapid rise in the industry started with a solid base in entertainment law, then becoming a studio Acquisitions & Development Vice President, then a Literary & Packaging Agent, later a Manager & Producer managing several studio deals, and finally EVP of the world's biggest film finance and distribution company which financed for every major studio. Known among top industry figures for exceptional taste and boxoffice record, Rob has unique insider expertise as both a buyer and seller and will use every resource possible to get your script in the best shape before taking it to market and then seeing it through to production and distribution.

Myke Friscia Senior Vice President and Head of Development: After five years of film production experience, Myke earned a Certificate in Feature Film writing from the UCLA writers program. Myke's a professional screenwriter and along with working at Gallagher Literary, he works for some of the top contests in the industry, and works for Kevin Spacey's entertainment industry news website, SHOWWATCHER.COM, and has earned a B.A. in TV/FILM from CSUN.

Recipients: Grand Jury Prize Winner

InkTip Script Listing

A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
Recipients: Grand Prize Winners of Action/Adventure, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Drama, Biographical/Historical, Family Film, Science Fiction, TV Sitcom, TV Drama, Reality TV Concept

Scriptwriters Network Membership 
The Scriptwriters Network, founded in 1986, is a volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. The Network serves its members by providing educational programming, enhancing their awareness of the realities of the business, developing access and opportunity through alliances with industry professionals, and furthering the cause and quality of writing in the entertainment industry. A membership is as varied as the guest speaker list, which includes Movie Screenwriters, Showrunners, Executive Producers, Directors, Television Writers, Video Game & Comic Book Writers, Novelists, Actors, Editors, Agents, Managers, Professors, Career Experts, Accountants, and many more. The top winners of the Comedy category will each receive a complimentary membership to the Scriptwriters Network database. 
Recipients: Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prize Winners of Comedy 

Advisory Meeting with Award-Winning Producer, Peter Katz
Peter Katz is an award-winning producer/manager, who has produced several critically acclaimed feature films that have premiered at festivals around the world, including AFI Fest and the Rome Film Festival. He was a producer on Mortuary, helmed by legendary director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Poltergeist), followed by Pop Skull, directed by Adam Wingard (The Blair Witch Project 3; The Guest). Katz has also produced a variety of short films, including Already Gone, starring Shawn Ashmore (X-Men; The Following TV show) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), and recently a segment for the anthology film ABC’s of Death 2, directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills)].

Additionally, Katz has been a speaker at various events, including StoryWorld Conference, USC School of Cinema, and was a coach for Transmedia Startup Weekend in San Francisco.

Katz also hosts Hollywood 2.0, a podcast covering the intersection of storytelling, business, and tech.

Press outlets have covered his work, including Mashable, Wired, and CNN*
Recipients: Gold Prize Winners of Horror, Thriller, and Science Fiction

ACID Pro 7 Professional Digital Audio Workstation
ACID Pro 7 is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and our legendary ACID looping functionality for a seamless music-creation and post-production environment. More creative partner than production tool, ACID Pro 7 software inspires like nothing else. With its Transparent Technology™ design, ACID Pro 7 software removes typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into real results.
Recipients: Gold Prize Winners of all categories

$500 Cash Prize
Recipients: Grand Jury Prize Winner

Free Entry to the Hollywood Screenplay Contest
Recipients: All Grand Prize Winners, Gold Prize Winners, Silver Prize Winners, Bronze Prize Winners, and Official Finalists

Free Script Evaluation by a Professional Screenplay Judge
Recipients: All Grand Prize Winners