Late Deadline: October 10th

$20,000 Cash & Prizes

Since 2009, Fresh Voices has distinguished itself as a screenplay competition designed to discover, empower and promote the next generation of storytellers, writers and filmmakers. As such, Fresh Voices has helped guide dozens of talented screenwriters to secure literary representation, option agreements and other work-for-hire writing assignments that have been the stepping stones to significant careers in the screenwriting profession.

This year, Fresh Voices is pleased to offer over $20,000 cash & prizes. Through our generous sponsors, Fresh Voices gives away prize packages designed to support your career including cash prizes, script development and career consultation, plus memberships and subscriptions to services designed to maximize the exposure of your big win. All the tools guidance & opportunity you need to develop a great screenplay and pursue a successful career.

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Receive Free Feedback

Even if you don’t win, there’s still a lot to gain. Fresh Voices offers every entrant the opportunity to receive their judge's notes & scorecard for FREE. Enter before the regular deadline (9/12) and your judge’s notes will be sent back to you after we announce the first round (quarter-finalists) of the competition. "Expedited Feedback" (10-day turnaround) may be requested for an additional fee.

After the regular deadline (9/12), judge’s feedback may be requested for an additional fee.

Industry Reads & Consideration

Fresh Voices offers screenwriters targeted circulation of their logline and winning scripts to top industry production companies, management companies and talent agencies. Through our relationships with executives at many of Hollywood's most active companies, we are able to effectively match the right people with award winning material.

Companies that read winning material include Zero Gravity Management, Circle of Confusion, Echo Lake Ent, Joel Schumacher Prods, Paradigm, Gersh and many more.

2017 Screenplay Competition Details


FREE FEEDBACK + $20,000 Cash & Prizes

Screenplay Development & Career Consultation

Guaranteed Reads & Industry Consideration

InkTip Prize Packages

ISA Connect Memberships

TV Writers Vault Prize Packages

       Grand Prize Winner (in addition to 1st Place Prize Package)
  • $3,000 (Total including category prize money)
  • Industry Reads & Meetings
  • Fresh Voices Screenplay & Career Consultation
  • One on One Career Consultation with Career Coach Lee Jessup (in person or via Skype)
   Feature Screenplay (Six Genre Categories)

     First Place  (1x Each Category)

   1 Hr, 1/2 Hr TV Pilots & TV Samples

     First Place (1x Each Category)

   Feature Screenplay

     Honorable Mentions (2x Each Category)

   1 Hr, 1/2 Hr TV Pilots & TV Samples

     Honorable Mentions (2x Each Category)

   Short Scripts (1x First Place)

   Short Scripts (2 x Honorable Mentions)

Spotlight Award Winners (10x Winners)

Each Spotlight Award winner will receive a 1 year subscription to Moviebytes Winning Scripts Pro

Deadlines & Entry Fees
Categories & Awards
Judging Process & Feedback
Rules & Eligibility
Announcement Schedule

Late Deadline: October 10th

Kelly Beck-Byrnes: 2016 Grand Prize Winner

Fresh Voices has awarded Kelly Beck-Byrnes’ dramatic-comedy “Glitches’, the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016-17 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition from over 1,200 entries received.

Glitches: A coming-of-age dramedy about a young girl named Penny who moves from California to Iowa with her father after the loss of her mother and their house. Unable to fit in with her new surroundings, Penny rebels by beginning a relationship with her autistic cousin and clashing with her new classmates and family.

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