The fellowship will open in early October for applications.  See news about last year’s winners here.

The ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is designed to open and continually develop the careers of talented screenwriters through ongoing consultation and introductions to key entertainment executives, producers and and representatives. This is not merely a script contest; it is a unique chance to enter an intensive program meant to foster relationships between emerging screenwriters and industry professionals.

Rules and eligibility.

Four Winners (TV and/or Film)

$1,000 Travel Stipend


  • A year of consultation and creative development with the ScreenCraft teamt.
  • Round-trip travel to Los Angeles* to be mentored one-on-one by top industry professionals
  • Consultation with Jen Grisanti, acclaimed Story Consultant, International Speaker, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of many books. Jen’s clients have sold dozens of pilots and two have gone to series. She has helped several writers sign with top agencies and she has helped over 40 writers get staffed on shows.
  • Coffee with screenwriter/producer Don Handfield — Handfield is producing partners with two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner at The Combine. The company most recently produced Kill the Messenger (starring Jeremy Renner and Michael Sheen) for Focus Features/Universal. Don wrote and directed Touchback (starring Kurt Russell) for Anchor Bay and has written or sold projects to Paramount, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and others.
  • Lunch meeting with Michael Colleary, UCLA screenwriting professor and writer of such blockbusters as Face/Off and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Meeting with a literary agent from one of the big five agencies (WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, Paradigm)
  • Meetings with hand-picked development executives and industry representatives at such companies as:Warner Brothers, Fox, MGM, Lionsgate, Focus Features, Mosaic Media, Kaplan/Perrone, Walden Media
  • 1-year subscription to a Celtx online workspace, Script apps for iOS and Mac OS X, and a one-on-one Celtx consultation to personalize your workflow.

*Round trip flight is covered up to $1,000. In the event that the winner is local to southern California, winner will receive a $500 travel stipend. In the event that the winner cannot or does not wish to travel, the meetings and consultations will be coordinated via phone and/or Skype. All travel details will be coordinated with the fellowship recipients’ schedules, as much as is reasonably possible.

With this fellowship, we aim to cultivate a growing community of visionary screenwriters with meaningful connections to industry mentors. The fellowship recipients will receive a full year of one-on-one development with the ScreenCraft team.

ScreenCraft Fellows are accepted into the program to develop the specific script with which they apply, but the Fellowship is designed to allow for development of additional projects.

Applications will be evaluated based on overall craft, including story, voice, originality, characterization, structure and dialogue. The judging panel, selected by ScreenCraft, will include producer Don Handfield and consultant Jen Grisanti, as well as creative executives from MGM and Lionsgate.



Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility. Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.

  • Entries must be received on or before the deadline and application fee must be paid in full at the time of the application submission.  The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • There is no entry fee waiver for re-entry of new drafts or corrections (so double-check your script and application materials before submitting!)
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). In the case that a writing team is chosen, both writing team members are eligible for the Fellowship.
  • It is strongly recommended that material be registered with the WGA East.
  • Writers who have earned more than $20,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year are not applicable.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit. If you want to submit multiple projects, they must be submitted separately with separate entry fees.
  • Applicants are not required to live in or relocate to Los Angeles but must be readily accessible via phone, email and Skype for meetings at the conclusion of the Fellowship.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the evaluation period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in industry-standard format, font, spacing and margins.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Feature Screenplays longer than 140 pages, Drama Television Pilots longer than 70 pages and Comedy Television Pilots longer than 40 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

Between 2 and 4 recipients will be awarded (at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft and judges).  The selected Fellowship recipients will be notified by e-mail on or about January 30th, 2014. Finalists may be required to sign and return within five (5) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving award.  Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification.  We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.


ScreenCraft or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this Fellowship claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this Fellowship. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this Fellowship remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.


Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Fellowship constitutes each entrant’s consent to ScreenCraft and its agents’ and Fellowship 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 a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


All entries are non-refundable.


By entering this contest, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless ScreenCraft LLC,, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, Prize contributors, Sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, 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 Entry, participation in the Promotion 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 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.