2015 Slamdance Screenplay Competition


The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Now in our twentieth year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and filmmakers. We've established a strong track record through our competition successes and are committed to continuing our pursuit to champion outstanding new work.

Our competition consists of four categories. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, Slamdance will present the Grand Prize for the best screenplay, regardless of category.

• Short
• Original Teleplay
• Feature
• Horror


Early Deadline: Feb. 19th - April 7th, 2015
Regular Deadline: April 8th - June 9th, 2015
Late Deadline: June 10th - July 21st, 2015
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: July 22nd - July 28th, 2015



Up to 10 pages:
Early Submission Fee: $25.00
Regular Submission Fee: $35.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $40.00

Between 11 and 40 pages:
Early Submission Fee: $35.00
Regular Submission Fee: $45.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $50.00

Original Teleplay:
Half hour format up to 40 pages (including supplementary materials)
Early Submission Fee: $35.00
Regular Submission Fee: $45.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $50.00

One hour format between 41 and 80 pages (including supplementary materials)
Early Submission Fee: $45.00
Regular Submission Fee: $55.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $60.00

Between 41 and 120 pages:
Early Submission Fee: $55.00
Regular Submission Fee: $65.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $70.00

Between 121 and 150 pages:
Early Submission Fee: $70.00
Regular Submission Fee: $80.00
Late/WAB Extended Deadline Submission Fee: $90.00

Coverage Fees: (in addition to the submission fees)
Standard Coverage (within 2 months): +$80
Express Coverage (within 21 days): +$120


September 23rd, 2015 - Announce Semi-Finalists - In no particular order
September 30th, 2015 - Announce Top 12 scripts - In no particular order
October 7th, 2015 - WGAW Party for Finalists - Announce Winners


While not an official requirement for submission, we strongly suggest you register your screenplay with the Writers Guild of America, West and the US Copyright Office to protect your work.


Feature: Narrative scripts 41-150 pages in length. All narrative genres are welcome. Please note that for screenplays longer than 120 pages additional charges will apply.

Short: Short scripts up to 40 pages in length. These can include narrative shorts, webisodes, or any other type of short script you can think of.

Horror: Narrative scripts 41-150 pages in length. Scripts including blood shed or the imminent threat of blood shed/death within the story. Please note that for screenplays longer than 120 pages additional charges will apply.

Original Teleplay: Half hour formats up to 40 pages or one hour formats up to 80 pages accepted. No specs. Please note different rates apply for teleplays between 1 and 40 pages and scripts between 41 and 80 pages.


Please read the entry procedure, rules, guidelines, and selection process. Submissions can be made through Withoutabox or our Alternative Submission Form.

NOTE: With all teleplay or webisode submissions, supplementary written materials may also be included but are not required. These could include up to five pages of concept, character analysis, and future episode mini-synopsis. Attach these to the end of the script in your PDF file.


A total of $13,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners this year.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash.

The winners of the Short, Feature, Horror, and Original Teleplay categories will receive $2,000 in cash, each.

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 2016)

The top three screenwriters in the Feature and Horror category are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus.

The winning Short and Feature screenplays will receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP.

The top three screenwriters in each category will receive merchandise from the Slamdance SHOP
(T-shirts, beanies, etc.).

The top three screenwriters in each category
will be included in the 2016 Slamdance Film
Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.

Production companies, studios, top agencies and managers request to read our top scripts.



Everyone who submits a screenplay to Slamdance will receive concise online feedback from our Readers, three to five sentences in length. The object of our Feedback Service is to provide you with constructive criticism about your work. The feedback includes a logline, genre suggestion and three to five sentences outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Feedback is very brief and basic compared to the extensive notes provided with our Coverage Service, which is available for an additional fee.


The object of Slamdance’s online Coverage Service is to provide you with extensive constructive criticism about your work. The Coverage Service includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Coverage Service also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. This may address media, films and screenplays, production companies and agencies the writer should be aware of, as well as any words of wisdom from one of our Readers. Slamdance’s Coverage provides you with an insight into the mind of a Reader who reads hundreds of independent screenplays each year. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. The Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work. A notice will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in your screenplay application form when your Coverage is available.


Slamdance’s online Express Coverage is an added benefit for those that would like to receive coverage within 21 days of your screenplay submission arriving at the Slamdance office.


As a service separate from the screenplay competition, we also offer year-round, one on one screenplay consultation services. This gives writers a chance to meet with one of our readers to discuss in depth the strengths, weaknesses, and methods for improving ones script. The sessions last an average of 90 minutes and cost $250. The majority of this fee will go directly to our reader, who prepares extensively before each consultation. For writers not located in the Los Angeles area, we could set up a skype meeting for you and a reader. For further details please call the Slamdance office: 323-466-1786.


Slamdance Readers are industry professionals and all have a combination of the following qualifications: professional coverage background, production and development background, and/or are professional writers, Slamdance alumni, playwrights and journalists. Readers’ Competition decisions are final.


1. Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.

2. Scripts submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $1,000 at the time of entry.

3. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.

4. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.

5. Don’t cheat in an effort to keep the page count to 120 or less. We will notice and ask that the extra fee be paid for the screenplays in excess of 120 pages. As a standard rule, 1.5” left, 1” right and 1” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable.

6. To enter the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

7. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition readers’ decisions are final.

8. No specs will be accepted for the Original Teleplay category.


1. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers. Please NOTE: Slamdance divides awards equally among co-writers.

2. Slamdance is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit.

3. For screenplays longer than 120 pages, fifteen dollars is added to the regular entry fees.

4. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and Copyright information. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count.


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The Delegation by Shane Andries

1st Place - The Delegation by Shane Andries
2nd Place - Ignorant by Anita J. Justice
3rd Place - Jacksonville by Jeffrey Field

1st Place - Speak Of The Devil by Jesse J. Cook
2nd Place - 77 Minutes by Shani Grewal
3rd Place - Silver Moon by Travis Stevens

1st Place - Deep Storage by Susan Earl
2nd Place - The Contract by Sean Corrigan
3rd Place - Minstrel Boy by Colin Scott

1st Place - Castle Rock by Jamie King
2nd Place - Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
3rd Place - HITS by Jeffrey King


"For years I've seriously dreamed of winning Slamdance. Taking home the Grand Prize not only created amazing momentum for my pilot script, but also gave me the certainty that persistence and hard work will get you recognized — you just can't give up."
-Andrea Janakas, 2014 Grand Prize and Original Teleplay winner and writer of SEARCH FOR LIFE

“Winning Best Feature in the Slamdance competition opened more doors than I could have possibly imagined. What started as a festival for and by filmmakers has become an imprimatur of artistic integrity and originality that gives your work instant credibility.”
-HF Crum, 2014 Feature Screenplay winner and writer of 3 FACES OF HUNGER & THIRST

"Slamdance changed my life. They plucked my screenplay out of obscurity and gave me my big break. I owe them forever."
-Chad Crawford Kinkle, 2011 Grand Prize winner and writer of JUGFACE

"Slamdance's Consultation Service was instrumental in the development of our screenplay. The feedback from Slamdance provided objective insight on weaknesses and gave suggestions and ideas on how to make each scene stronger. It is a service I plan to continue using with projects in the future."
-Josh Kim, writer of HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME), who utilized our One-on-One Screenplay Consultation Service in 2014.

"After my script, Dead in the Room, won the 2010 Slamdance Short Screenplay Competition, Slamdance produced the film in record time. I couldn’t be happier with the results; every aspect of the production is first class. With the overwhelmingly positive response we received at the Slamdance premiere, and more festival screenings to come, this outstanding film is already opening new doors for me as a writer."
-Marjory Kaptanoglu, 2010 Short Screenplay winner and writer of DEAD IN THE ROOM

"Our Slamdance success has without a doubt opened doors for us both in the US and here in Australia; in fact the script has now been optioned by a leading Aussie producer"
-Colin Cairnes, 2010 Horror Screenplay winner and co-writer of 100 BLOODY ACRES

"The Slamdance Screenplay Award received by Joshua Marston for MARIA FULL OF GRACE was the first public validation of the project...the publicity surrounding this award helped put the project in the public eye."
-Paul Mezey, Producer, MARIA FULL OF GRACE

"The best thing about the service that Slamdance offers is that it helps create a filmmaking community outside of the mainstream. It seems to me that what is being created is a self-sustaining community where artists can not only show their work at your various events and festival, but also have their work developed using resources you offer, and perhaps meet others at your events that can work together on future projects."
-Stephanie Gumpel, 2011 entrant who utilized our one-on-one Screenplay Competition Services

“Thank you very much for the one-on-one consultation last week. I've had several script consultations over the past two months from Europe and this was one of the best by far. The hour and half was packed full of information and guidance, especially in regard to structure, continuity and character development. My reader didn't spare any information she thought would help me refine my script and take it to the next level. She put a lot of work and heart into every aspect of the process. The price was more than reasonable for her experience and all the work she put into it. I've had really bad sessions in the past that cost me way more money!”
-Haifaa Al Mansour, 2009 entrant who utilized our One-on-One Screenplay Consultation Service.

“Without the help of Slamdance and Upload Films I would not have been able to see my hopes come to fruition,"
-Nancy Kissam - Writer and director of 2006 Screenplay Competition Winner and 2009 Slamdance Film Festival Special Screening DROOL

"Winning Slamdance was an incredible moral booster and the seal of approval that made the industry stop and take notice."
-Nicole Kassell - Slamdance Screenplay winner and director of THE WOODSMAN

“Winning the Slamdance Short Screenplay Contest was such a great experience because winning the contest, as prestigious as that was, was just the beginning. Slamdance produced the film and they paired me with a talented, seasoned indie director to bring it to the screen. And then premiering the film up in Park City on a Saturday night in front of Steven Soderbergh’s new film was icing on the cake. It was truly an awesome opportunity and experience.”
-Christopher Hlas, 2009 Short Screenplay winner and writer of HEY VENDOR

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