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Screenwriting Competitions

BStepansky_HeadshotFMTThree exclusive opportunities recognize the highest levels of screenwriting students’ skill and craft: the UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition and the UCLA Extension Television Writing (Spec and Pilot) Competitions. All three competitions are designed to provide winners with cash prizes, one-on-one mentoring, and targeted and invaluable Hollywood-industry exposure.

In addition to training writers to write to the best of their abilities, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program takes enormous pride in the numbers of our students who have succeeded in developing exciting entertainment industry careers. To name a few: Stuart Beattie (Derailed, Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl); Tucker Cawley (Parks and Recreation, Everybody Loves Raymond); Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy); Drew Z. Greenberg (Dexter, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Grumpy Old Men); and David Self (The Wolfman, Road to Perdition).

UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition

This exclusive competition recognizes three outstanding Writers’ Program students who gain industry exposure, individual mentoring, and cash prizes for their feature film scripts. Winners receive cash prizes of $1,000 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) and $250 (3rd place); a guaranteed read by an agent, producer, and/or creative executive; and a one-on-one script mentorship (a $895 value) with a professional screenwriter prior to the final judging. The top three winners are named in an ad in the Hollywood Reporter, and their names and loglines are sent to more than 1,000 entertainment industry executives.

Contest applicants must have completed three screenwriting courses in the Writers’ Program in the 36 months prior to the competition deadline in order to qualify. Winners are announced in September.

UCLA Extension Television Writing Competitions (Spec and Pilot)

These two competitions offer valuable industry exposure for writers in two categories: 1) Existing one-hour dramas or half-hour comedy specs, and 2) one-hour drama or half-hour comedy pilots. The top three winners in each category receive $1,000, $500 and $250 (respectively); a guaranteed read by an agent, producer, and/or creative executive; and a one-on-one script mentorship (a $895 value) with a professional television writer prior to the final judging. Winners are named in an ad in the Hollywood Reporter, and their names and loglines are sent to more than 1,000 entertainment industry executives.

Contest applicants must have completed two television writing courses in the Writers’ Program in the 24 months prior to the competition deadline in order to qualify. Winners are announced in September.

Click for a list of previous winners below.

Feature Film Writing Competition

Television Pilot and Spec Writing Competition

Where Are They Now?  Click here to read about the successes of our previous winners and finalists.


For more information on how you can get one step closer to Hollywood, contact Chae Ko at (310) 206-2612 or cko@uclaextension.edu or Jeff Bonnett at (310) 206-1542 or jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

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