The Seven Day Shorts Screenplay contest
THE SEPTEMBER CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
This contest is just for fun and to keep you writing.
Once again, you have seven days to write a great short screenplay of between one and ten pages.
Let your imagination run riot!
- There are no genre restrictions. Choose the genre you love, from contemporary drama, right through to Flash Gordon style space opera.
- You can have any cast size you like, from a single person right through to a mob of ten thousand.
- Your story can be set at any point in history, from prehistory all the way into the far future.
So you can be as clever - or as simple - as you like
Short film script competition - two categories
You can enter in either of two categories:
Any subject, any style. Write the story you've always wanted to tell.
2: The Elements Challenge
You accept our challenge to write a script in seven days that includes our Three Obligatory Elements.
This time they are:
- Chemsex scandal
- Hermaphrodite twins
- Central London gridlock
"I have enjoyed writing this short and responding to the challenge. If nothing else, I am proud that I took up the challenge and have gone from concept to finished script in under a week. All the best"~ Scott
All entries will be read by September's guest judge Luke Fresle.
Luke has been working in the industry for 17 years as a script editor and producer in TV, theatre and radio.
Developing shows with BBC Drama, BBC Audio Drama, CBeebies, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, Luke has worked in the UK, US and China.
Recently he has been script editing on the BAFTA award winning EastEnders and Casualty. Luke is now working at Mainstreet Pictures.
Over the years he has worked closely with the BBC Writers Room, UK theatre companies, LA production teams and New York based dramaturgs.
The results will be announced on Thursday 27th September.
The writer of the winning script, (which may be picked from either category), wins:
- £100 cash
- A coffee meeting in London to discuss your script and your writing, and get general career advice from Luke Fresle (or a Skype call if you can't make it to London)
- A second coffee meeting in London with Philip Gladwin (or Skype call)
- Three-month subscription to Open Door
Rules for submitting a screenplay
- A script may only be entered for one section, either Freestyle, or the Elements Challenge.
- A script entered in the Freestyle section may coincidentally include any or all of the Three Obligatory Elements listed above.
- Each script in the Elements Challenge must include our Three Obligatory Elements.
- Each script (in either category) must be between one and ten pages in length, excluding any title page.
- Scripts with no dialogue are perfectly valid.
- Please submit your entry in PDF format only.
- The entry fee is £30.00.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- You can enter as many times as you like.
- The contest is open to all writers, whatever your background and level of experience, wherever you live.
- A script submitted is final, so make sure you don't enter before you're ready. You may enter multiple versions of the same story, but each version needs a new entry fee.
- Doors close after seven days, at 23.59 pm London time on Thursday September 13th 2018. No exceptions.
- Results will be published on this web page, the Screenwriting Goldmine Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as being emailed out.
- Winners: if you place in the final three we will post the title, your name, and a short logline here on the Goldmine.
There are no other rules for this great short film script competition. Just set yourself free and write something fabulous!
"Really enjoyed the opportunity to write to a deadline. It's great to practice, practice and practice some more. Kind regards." ~ Kathleen
How to enter
It's simple. Just make payment and then email us your script...
1. Make a payment
Step 2. Send us your short script
Once you have paid, then make sure your name, script title, the category you've entered (Freestyle or Seven Day Challenge) and your email are all clearly visible on the first page of the script, and then email the script to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the risk of being boring... please make sure your name, the script title, the category you are entering, and your email are clearly visible on the first page of the script!
We will acknowledge safe receipt of your payment and your script as soon as practically possible inside our office hours. (Between 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday).
Any questions, please email email@example.com
Doors are currently CLOSED.
This short film script competition is organized by Screenwriting Goldmine.
Screenwriting Goldmine has been working with new screenwriters since 2007.
We are dedicated to helping writers build their skills and develop their careers.
Our mission is to find exciting screenwriters and help them take flight. This informal monthly screenwriting festival is an important part of that - we believe regular writing is vital to build your creativity.