About Contest

The 2017 Season is Open, Accepting Submissions.

Extended Deadline:  May 4, 2017

— ABOUT CWA —

Now in its tenth year, CWA is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward.  CWA has built relationships with many of the industry’s most recognized companies.

With several options and deals signed for past entrants, CWA has firmly established itself worldwide as a leading source for discovering talent in the entertainment industry.

 

THE SUBMISSION PROCESS

HOW TO ENTER?  CWA offers three ways to enter.  You may select the orange “Submit Now” button on the CWA website’s home page and in doing so will enter via our secured CWA system. Alternatively, you may enter via Film Freeway or Withoutabox.

You may enter your script as an entry only submission into the competition or entrants are also offered the Judge’s Scorecard and a brief summary of notes for an additional $40. The script analysis (full coverage) is also offered during check out. Note: If entering via the CWA system, you will need to select the ‘entry only’ box if you do no wish to receive the Judge’s scorecard option for the additional $40.

What to expect once entering the online application for the 2017 CWA screenwriting competition:

  1. BASIC INFO & USER NAME/PASSWORD:  Enter your basic information, and create a password. If you are entering via Film Freeway or Withoutabox, you will need to create an account with them unless you already have one (free to sign up).
  2. WRITER’S INFORMATION: Complete your basic online application including writer’s contact info, applicable genre category (s) listed below, logline (2-4 sentence describing your script), and whether you’d like entry only, the judge’s scorecard, or a script analysis with your entry.
  3. RELEASE FORM: can be found on each of the submission entry forms via Film Freeway and Withoutabox.
  4. SCRIPT: Upload your script (Adobe Acrobat PDF preferred. Final Draft, Word accepted, but if you have MovieMagic, please convert to a PDF).
  5. ENTRY FEE: After you’ve uploaded the above info and your script, you can pay the entry fee with any major credit card via the secure payment system.

Steps 1-5 above fulfill your full entry requirements.

To enter now via CWA, visit the home page and select the Submit Now button.  Or to enter your project via Film Freeway, click below:

filmfreeway submit button

Note: We have gone 100% green, and require the full entry requirements of your script to go through the Film Freeway or Withoutabox online system. However, if you prefer to pay with a money order rather than through their online platform, you may enter your script through them, and then submit payment by the respective deadline to the address below. For email inquiries, contact us at info@creativeworldawards.com.

  • Creative World Awards
  • 4712 Admiralty Way, #268
  • Marina del Rey, CA
    90292

SELECT YOUR GENRE CATEGORY: Judging Categories

Once in the application process, you will be asked to choose which category you would like your screenplay or teleplay to be judged under. All entries can choose any one category they feel best depicts their script. If an entrant would like to select more than the one allotted category, this is available at an additional cost of $10 for each additional genre chosen.

Deadlines 

  • Early by 11/21/2016 – $39 (entry only) or $79 (with Judge’s scorecard & brief notes)
  • Regular by 12/30/2016 – $49 (entry only) or $89 (with Judge’s scorecard & brief notes)
  • Late by 2/15/2017 – $59 (entry only) or $99 (with Judge’s scorecard & brief notes)
  • Final by 4/1/2017 – $69 (entry only) or $109 (with Judge’s scorecard & brief notes)
  • Extended Deadline by 5/4/17 – $75 (entry only) or $115 (with Judge’s scorecard & brief notes)
  • For TV and Short Film entries, it is $10 off the above feature script entry fee amounts

THE JUDGING PROCESS

The first round of judging is done by individual industry professionals. If your script advances beyond the preliminary round, it will then be scored by multiple industry professionals who determine the quarters, semis, and finals. The top three in each genre category will then be read by leading industry executives not only for potential consideration, but also to help determine the winners of the 2017 Creative World Awards. All decisions of the judges are final. The finalist announcement dates are as follows:

  • Preliminary Finalists – Week of July 31
  • Quarter Finalists – Week of August 7
  • Semi Finalists – Week of August 14
  • Finalists – Week of August 21
  • Winners – Week of August 28

THE CATEGORIES

The CWA 2016-2017 season is open as of Nov 1, 2016. For feature screenplays, there are four main genre categories to compete within.  Additionally, there are categories for television and short film.

FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS: approx. 90-120 pages

  • ACTION & ADVENTURES – All types including: Action, Adventure, Action-Thriller, Action Comedy, Sci-Fi       & Fantasy Action, Comic Book/Super Heroes, Martial Arts, Western, Adventure Drama
  • HORRORS, THRILLERS, & FANTASIES – All types including: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Supernatural, Film Noir, Occult, Sci-Fi Horror, Mythological, Sci-Fi Disaster
  • COMEDIES – All types including: Comedy, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Comedy Thriller, Heist Comedy, Slapstick, Musical Comedy, Satires
  • DRAMAS & FAMILY – All types including: Drama, Family, Coming-of-Age, Family Adventure, Gangster, Period/Historical, Political, Animation, Romantic Drama, Musicals, Western, and War Epic

TELEVISION & SHORT SCRIPTS

  • ORIGINAL TV SITCOM PILOT: Up to 50 pages
  • ORIGINAL TV  DRAMA PILOT: Up to 70 pages
  • SHORT FILM SCRIPTS: Up to 40 pages. We accept short film scripts of all genres.

Additional Categories: Each script entered into the contest will be entered into one category of the entrant’s choosing. If an entrant would like to enter a single script into more than the one allotted category, the cost is $10 for each additional category, and you can order this at check out via Film Freeway only.

Resubmission Fee: $45 – Should an entrant want to resubmit their script after the initial entry has taken place; they are welcome to do this at a discounted submission rate. The resubmission fee is $45, and the new script will replace the older script as a brand new submission. You can order a resubmission of your script entry via Film Freeway only. Once the resubmission is processed, it will then begin the prelim judging round as if a new entry. *If you ordered the brief feedback or coverage option on the original submission, the resubmitted script will receive a new Judge’s scorecard & a brief update of notes when the resubmission is returned (a couple of paragraphs of notes).

RULES & GUIDELINES

This contest is open to any screenwriter worldwide who is 18 years or older, and meets the enclosed criteria. Entry into the competition is void where prohibited by law.

Click here for full list of rules & guidelines.

JUDGING SCORECARD & BRIEF NOTES

Offered to CWA 2016-2017 entrants, you can receive the judge’s scorecard and their brief notes (about a pages of notes on your script’s overall strength and weaknesses). This option is available to order for an additional $40 via Film Freeway and Withoutabox at check out.

  • Delivery: Notes are returned 4-6 weeks after they are ordered with the writer’s entry.
  • Please note: A $1 per page fee applies if your script is 125 pages or more.
SCRIPT ANALYSIS

Offered to CWA 2016-2017 entrants, you can receive a 6-8 page comprehensive script analysis that includes the Judge’s scorecard and extensive feedback covering such elements as identifying and analyzing story arcs, plot development, premise, character development, dialogue critiques, and tightening all critical elements to produce the most potential market value for your script. This development coverage option is available for an additional $160 at check out.

  • Delivery: All coverage orders are delivered back to the writer 4-6 weeks after the writer’s entry is placed.
  • Please note: A $1 per page fee applies if script is 125 pages or more.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for a prize package worth over $30,000.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $3,000 cash PLUS the opportunity to have their winning script produced into a short film. CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange Productions, will produce a short film version of the script to help generate interest for the feature script. PREMIERE: The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit. If CWA or the winner choose to forgo this option, the winner receives an additional $1,000. Plus, the GPW also receives:

  • Final Draft software
  • Annual Premium MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay
  • ½ hour pitch coaching session with Michael Hauge
  • Michael Hague’s streaming video, The Hero’s Two Journeys

4 Genre Category Winners – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Premium MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • Creators Vault Registration: 12 Year Copyright on your Screenplay
  • Final Draft software
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Michael Hague’s streaming video, The Hero’s Two Journeys

4 CATEGORY 1st RUNNERS UP – $150 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Final Draft software
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Creators Vault Registration: 12 Year Copyright on your screenplay for Category Winners and 4 Year Copyright on your screenplay for 1st Runners Up

TELEVISION CATEGORIES – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • TVWritersVault Annual Membership for each TV category
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay

SHORT FILM SCRIPT – $250cash, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay

CREATIVE CONCEPT / REDEMPTIVE THEME AWARD – In honor of veteran analyst and CWA Judge, James Peters, this award goes to the most original and compelling concept that also conveys a redemptive theme of some kind. Winner receives:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay
  • Private Development Coaching session with Dr. Jack Boozer, Professor of Film Studies, Adaptation & Screenwriting or CWA Co-owners

CWA 2016-2017 Sponsors:

  • Final Draft – Final Draft, Inc. was founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood’s stringent formatting rules. Since then, the Final Draft software has become Hollywood professional’s choice and the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting program.
  • Richmond International Film Festival – The 2016 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) will take place March 3-6, 2016. The 2016 programming line up will be announced late December 2015.
    RIFF has become one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic bringing more than 120 cutting edge films to RVA, plus industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia’s Bowtie Movieland/Criterion and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.”
  • The MIX – A creative online directory that allows individuals and companies to connect, network, and further develop their projects.
  • Stage32.com – The world’s only platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater.  Since launching in 2011, over 500,000 creatives have joined Stage 32 across the globe.  Stage 32 has been recognized by Forbes, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as the leaders in providing online education for film creatives.  Stage 32 works directly with over 450 industry executives worldwide to provide education, access and opportunity for its members.  Prize package includes free pitch sessions to Stage 32’s extremely popular Online Pitchfests where writers pitch directly to managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other decision making executives.
  • TV Writers Vault is the first and only web-based market in television history to bring projects from Idea-to-Air with new reality-based series having aired in the U.S., Australia, Uk and Canda,including;A&E,Discovery Channel, Lifetime TV, OLN, SYFY, UKTV, Velocity Channel, and more. The TV Writers Vault is currenty used by over 300 leading television production companies, networks, agencies and studios.
  • Michael Hauge – One of the most well respected script coverage gurus in the industry.  For your own copy of one of Michael Hauge’s books or DVDs, visit the website to learn how to obtain them. They’re a must have for every aspiring screenwriter, and anyone who is on the brink of pitching & selling their script.
  • InkTip – Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners and runners up of each main genre will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
  • Creators Vault is an electronic copyright archival system providing Writers and Creators time-archived third party proof-of-creation and protection for their written materials and other intellectual properties preparing for market. Registrants will receive certification of receipt and a “CV Number” to display when marketing creative works to buyers. Archival protection and proof-of-creation is provided for a variety of terms per project.
  • FilmFreeway – FilmFreeway – submit to hundreds of film festivals and screenplay contests in one simple place. Free and easy for filmmakers and writers.

 

Congrats to the CWA 2016 WINNERS

To view Winners in all genre categories, click here. Congratulations to all of the 2016 Winners!

 

Congrats to our 2016 CWA Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2016 CWA Semifinalists! Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2016 CWA Quarterfinalists! Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2016 CWA Preliminary Finalists! Click the PDF links below to view the results.

CWA PAST WINNERS & FINALISTS

Congrats to our 2015 CWA Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2015 CWA Semi-Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2015 CWA Quarter Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2015 CWA Preliminary Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2014 CWA Winners!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

 

Congrats to our 2014 CWA Top Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2014 CWA Semi-Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2014 CWA Quarter Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2014 CWA Preliminary Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2013 CWA Top Winners!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2013 CWA Top Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2013 CWA Semi-Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2013 CWA Quarter Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

Congrats to our 2013 CWA Preliminary Finalists!  Click the PDF links below to view the results.

CONGRATS TO THE 2012 Winners!  Click on the PDF link below to view the results.  

CONGRATS TO THE 2012 FINALISTS!  Click on the PDF links below to view the results.  

CONGRATS TO THE 2012 SEMI FINALISTS!  Click on the PDF links below to view the results.  

CONGRATS TO THE 2012 QUARTER FINALISTS!  Click on the PDF links below to view the results. The Semi Finalists will be announced next Monday, August 20th. 

CONGRATS TO THE 2012 PRELIMINARY FINALISTS!  Click on the PDF links below to view the results. The Quarter Finalists will be announced next Monday, August 13th.

Congrats to the 2011 Winners!  Click on the link below to view the complete list.

Congrats to the 2011 Finalists!  The Winners will be released next Monday, September 12th.

 

Congrats to the 2011 Semi-Finalists!  Click on the links below to view the official results. Stay tuned in as we will release the 2011 Finalists next Monday.

Congrats to the 2011 Quarter Finalists! Click on the links below to view the official lists. Tune in again next Monday when the Semi-Finalists will be released.

Congrats to the 2011 Preliminary Finalists! Tune in again next Monday when the Quarter Finalists will be released.