Creative World Awards

2021-2022 Season Now Open!



“I wrote, ‘Creative World Awards finalist’ in the subject line of my query letter and my script was optioned. This is a contest that can change your life. I know, because it changed mine. Thank you Creative World Awards!”  
– Keith Russell, 2017 CWA Finalist

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About Contest

CWA is a leading international screenwriting contest 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.

Industry Participation

CWA winning screenplays are circulated to top agencies, film studios, managers, producers, and international financers looking for their next project or writer. Additionally, CWA works with the prominent companies; all of which get first looks at our top winners.

Get Script Coverage

Even the most successful, seasoned screenwriter solicits second and third opinions during his/her writing process. Unfortunately not everyone has access to the professional advice and notes these writers are privy to. This is a service we provide at CWA, and it can be one of the best choices a writer makes to get their script noticed.

What our colleagues and writers are saying

“As someone who has entered all the big screenwriting contests with two scripts, I can say with confidence that you won’t find one that’s better run than Creative World Awards. Even in their inaugural year in 2008, Heather and Marlene showed us how it should be done. The contest was well structured, they met their deadlines, and provided a real service to writers with their weekly industry video interviews.” – Steve Zawacki

“Soon after the Creative World Awards, my screenplay TEEN MESSIAH was requested by Mosaic (The Dark Knight), Benderspink and several other top production companies and literary agencies. CWA’s feedback was key in creating a successful draft, and the staff went out of their way to provide individual attention, service and industry contact.” – Hamilton Mitchell

“The Creative World Awards was the first contest experience for my co-writer and I and it could not have been better. Heather and Marlene were very generous and have worked hard to get our script around town. They were absolutely able to open doors we would not have had access to otherwise.” – Chris Wimmer

Why Screenwriting Contests

Whether you’re an established or up and coming screenwriter, you’ve probably learned that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome in the film industry is getting past the restricted channels that often arise within the business.

Deadline for 2021-2022

Early Bird

by 11/10/2021

Entry Only


by 12/15/2021

Entry Only


by 02/10/2022

Entry Only


by 03/31/2022

Entry Only


by 05/05/2022

Entry Only

* For TV and Short Script entries, it is $10 off the above feature script entry fee amounts


Add-On Feedback Options


Brief Notes & Scorecard


Judge’s Highlights & Scorecard


Script Analysis & Scorecard

via the CWA Website


via Film Freeway

CWA Past Winners & Finalists

To review past winners, recent success stories and read inspiring interviews

Notification Dates

The finalist announcement dates are as follows:

  • Preliminary Finalists – Week of Aug 1
  • Quarter Finalists – Week of Aug 8
  • Semi Finalists – Week of Aug 15
  • Finalists – Week of August 22
  • Winners – by August 29