Glitches by Kelly Beck-Byrnes takes Fresh Voices Grand Prize

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Kelly Beck ByrnesFresh 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.

Kelly’s script has garnered rave reviews across the industry recently advancing in several big screenplay contests including Page and Austin, before ultimately taking home the Grand Prize Award of the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition this week. Growing up in a small tow outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kelly moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago to work in advertising. Kelly is a self-taught screenwriter now finishing her third screenplay.

Glitches, her second script, is best described as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape meets Juno. It is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Penny who moves with her father from California to the cornfields of the Midwest after the loss of her mother and their home. 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. 

“Kelly’s delightfully engaging voice is present on every page adding color, authenticity and layer upon layer of emotion to all the characters and their choices”

Congratulations 2016-17 Fresh Voices Quarter Finalists

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Every year the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition receives hundreds and hundreds of screenplays to read, the vast majority of which receive fairly standard notes and are solid works in progress, but each year we are excited by those first scripts that really start to show great promise. Scripts that come back with stellar evaluations and readers and judges raving about their weekend read. The 2016 Screenplay Competition was no different and the overall quality of material was highly impressive. 

Advancing screenwriters represent the top 25-30% from 1,200 entries. 292 scripts in 10 different categories now advance to the next round of the competition

From here the competition and the judging process intensifies as we seek out the top 10 scripts (approx.) from each category. To advance to the Semi-Finals, scripts must be in top shape; tight, clear, focused, memorable and able to stand out amongst a highly competitive field.  

Quarter Finalists will have a one week resubmission period to reenter a new draft of a script that has been selected for the second round. Semi Finalists will be announced March 1st.

See the complete list of QUARTER FINALISTS here.

2017 Schedule of Announcements

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CalendarAfter weeks of judging and evaluating hundreds of scripts, we are pleased to let you know the upcoming Announcement Schedule for the 2016-17 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition results.



  • Quarter Finalists - January 24th
  • Resubmission Period/ Deadline - February 2nd
  • Semi Finalists - March 1st
  • Finalists & Spotlight Award Short List - March 21st
  • Winners & Grand Prize Winner - Week of March 27th

2016 Screenplay Competition - Call For Entries

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Fresh Voices is pleased to announce the 2016 Screenplay Competition is now open for entries!

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We are all geared up for a new season and, as always, we are offering every screenwriter the opportunity to receive FREE FEEDBACK on their script, plus a chance to win cash & valuable prizes geared towards helping you develop and market your winning script.  

Since 2009, Fresh Voices has developed a successful track record of consistently identifying and nurturing exciting screenwriting talent with many of our past winners now signed by representation, produced and staffed on TV series.


To kick off the new season, we are offering a 25% discount on 5pg Script Analysis plus Free Competition Entry - That's over $100 in savings. Analysis includes 5 pages of honest, insightful and professional feedback from your competition judge returned to you in 7-10 business days.

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2015-16 Screenplay Competition Finalists & Spotlight Award Nominees

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Fresh Voices is pleased to congratulate the Finalists and Spotlight Awards Short List of Nominees of the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. Five Screenplays remain in each category. Two more rounds of judging continue. One winner and two runners-up will be chosen in each category. The winning screenplays from each category will ultimately be given to our Headline Judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter, Hossein Amini, to decide and announce our Grand Prize Winner.

Winners and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced the week of April 11th.

2015-16 Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists

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After months of reading and evaluating approximately 1,500 screenplays, we are pleased to announe and congratulate the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Quarter Finalists.

Semi Finalists TBA March 1st, 2016

2015-16 Screenplay Competition Announcement Schedule

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CalendarHappy New Year. The last of the scripts are being read, and evaluations are being returned to writers as the first round of judging the 2015-16 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition nears completion. For us, we are finally able to come out of hibernation as we dig out from the stacks of scripts and evaluations that have lined our walls like wallpaper for the last several months.