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Shore Scripts Feature Screenplay Contest
171 Pier Avenue, #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363
United States
[email protected]

Description: For over a decade, Shore Scripts has been shining a light on new screenwriting talent. This year we are presenting a unique opportunity for feature writers to go behind the scenes and start developing their screenplay with the support of our award-winning Judges.

Feature film production is a massive engine, made up of many moving parts and engaging the creative talents of a huge number of individuals, but as the well-known phrase goes, “It all starts with the script.”

Objective: Get feedback from our award-winning Judges. Cash Prizes + Industry Meetings. We've launched screenwriting careers at Sony, Blumhouse, Film4, & Hulu.

This year, Shore Scripts will be awarding placings to five (5) Winners, Top 20 Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Quarter-Finalists.
Along with cash awards and development prizes, the Grand Prize Winner will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in one-to-one calls with FOUR (4) of our Judges to get firsthand advice on how to polish their script with a view to successful production and get on a call with our Industry Roster Manager, Alec Ring at CINETIC, to receive must-have career advice and industry guidance.

Get feedback in 2024 from:

- Alayna Glasthal Production Creative Exec. at Atomic Monster – M3GAN, THE CONJURING.

- Antony Johnston Author & Screenwriter – ATOMIC BLONDE, RESIDENT EVIL, DEAD SPACE.

- Mitchell Altieri Screenwriter & Director – THE HAMILTONS, APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

- Alex Ranarivelo Screenwriter & Director – AMERICAN WRESTLER, THE RIDE, CASA GRANDE.

- Alec Ring Manager at Cinetic – whose clients include the writers of BOOKSMART, MOONLIGHT, and PARASITE.


Eligibility: Anyone, anywhere.
Entry Fee: $45 to $75
Type: Screenplay
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By: Production Company
Start Date: 4/3/2024
Submission Deadlines: 8/30/2024
Winners Announced: December 09, 2024
Year of Origin: 2012
Rules: * Scripts should ideally be within 80-120 pages. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30 pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page.

* Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

* Screenwriters from all countries are welcome to enter. All scripts must be written in English.

* The script must be the writer’s original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.

* All ages are welcome.

* We accept animations.

* We accept all genres. It’s absolutely fine if your script is a combination of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, use the Coverfly Genre dropdown to indicate the main genre on your submission, and make a note of other Genres, and any other information you feel will be relevant to the reader in the Comment to Reader field.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee as the script will be reread. You may re-enter your script through our Resubmission page:

* A writer can enter as many scripts in as many categories as they wish.

* If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.

* Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

* We prefer scripts to be submitted as a PDF file.

* Please only include the Script Title on the cover page.

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platform whenever we see fit.

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this contest each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

* If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline for the competition. (Please note that this has never yet happened).

Prizes and Awards: Our prestigious panel of Oscar & BAFTA winning Judges will decide this year’s 5 Winners.

* Grand Prize Winner - $5,000.

- Writer Development Calls with our Judges, Antony Johnston (ATOMIC BLONDE), Alayna Glasthal (M3GAN), Mitchell Altieri (THE HAMILTONS), Alex Ranarivelo (THE RIDE), and Manager Alec Ring at Cinetic whose clients include the writers of BOOKSMART, MOONLIGHT, PARASITE.
- A complimentary enrollment in a 10-week or shorter screenwriting course at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

* 2nd Place Winner - $1000.

* 3rd Place Winner - $500.

Plus, all FIVE (5) of our Winners will win 6 months of free access to the Stage 32 Writer's Room program.

In 2024 all of our 5 Winners and Top 20 Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in our Writer Development Program receiving one-to-one support from our Writer Development Manager, sending out their scripts to our roster of over 300 Managers, Agents, Producers, and Directors. This bespoke and personal approach to script circulation built on enduring, knowing what our roster members are looking for right now, and what our writers wish to achieve is what makes Shore Scripts stand out from the crowd, and has enabled us to help launch the careers of over 100 screenwriters to date.

And the opportunity to join our private alumni Facebook community where they can network with other winners, readers, and members of the Shore Scripts team, and our directors' roster and take part in exclusive live events and access specially provided learning materials.

Take a look at our alumni and see how placing in Shore Scripts contests can kick-start your screenwriting career:

Placing in Shore Scripts contests will boost your rating on Coverfly’s Red List. At the end of 2023, over 100 scripts by Shore Scripts writers were listed in Coverfly's Top 10%.

Plus, every writer who enters will receive a FREE 18-page booklet on HOW TO GET YOUR SCREENPLAY PRODUCED.
More: Dates & Fees

Opening Date - APRIL 03, 2024

Early Deadline - JUNE 24, 2024

Regular Deadline - JULY 31, 2024

Final Deadline - AUGUST 30, 2024

OCTOBER 25, 2024
Quarter-Finalists Announced

NOVEMBER 11, 2024
Semi-Finalists Announced

DECEMBER 09, 2024
Winners & Top 20 Finalists Announced




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