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Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
3699 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

Contact: Andretta Hamilton, Contest Coordinator
Description: Celebrating Female Protagonists and Showcasing Diversity!
Objective: The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seek to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing and rewarding screenplays in two distinct categories: screenplays which feature compelling female protagonists; and screenplays that showcase diversity (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability, etc.).
Eligibility: Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
Entry Fee: Early-4/22/17 ($50); Regular-6/18/17 ($65); Late-8/6/17 ($75)
Type: Screenplay
Promotes: Minorities
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By: Production Company
Start Date: 3/7/2017
Submission Deadlines: 8/6/2017
Winners Announced: October 14, 2017
Year of Origin: 1999

Must be at least 18 to enter.

Open to all writers in any country, however all entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Scripts by multiple authors are accepted, and any awards, if given, will be divided equally among those writers. All writers must sign the entry/release form.

Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.

More than one script may be submitted, provided that a signed entry/release form and application fee accompanies each submission.

Scripts must be registered with the WGA or with the US Copyright Office. Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon adapted material not in the public domain, applicant(s) must attach a statement attesting to their rights to make such adaptations. Sponsors do not investigate or attest to the authenticity of an applicant's statement of authorship or rights.

If mailed, entries must be accompanied by a signed ENTRY/RELEASE FORM, application fee, and (optional) self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of submission. No other materials will be accepted.


Screenplays must be in English only, and may be of any genre. Please do not send originals; materials will not be returned for any reason.

Screenplays must be in standard U.S. screenplay format, between 90 and 130 numbered pages, fastened with two or three metal brads, and bound between two blank card stock covers. No handwritten or faxed manuscripts will be accepted.

Double-sided scripts are encouraged.

Title page should include author’s name, address, email and phone number. The author's name must not appear anywhere inside the script itself.
Prizes and Awards: PRIZES

There will be one $5,000 Grand Prize Cash Award given to the best script from either category. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Cynosure Mentorship - a meeting with an established Hollywood Producer, Agent or Manager. The winner will receive the following prize package from InkTip: InkTip Script Listing: A listing of the winning script on InkTip; InkTip Magazine: Publication of the winning logline in InkTip's magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps. The winner will also receive a prize package from which includes The Total Script Express which sends a personal e-query to over 8,000 industry professionals; The Script Marketplace - a private online database, only open to and regularly viewed by industry professionals looking for screenplays for option/purchase; and The Writer's Rolodex which has contact information for 3,500 studios, production companies, producers, literary agencies, managers and executives.

The First Runner-Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $500, one InkTip Script Listing and a prize package from

The Second Runner Up from each category will receive a cash prize of $250, one InkTip Script Listing and a prize package from
More: For a list of additional prizes, please visit




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