Wanted: Your Screenplays!
The contest is now closed while we work out our Grand Prize Winner for 2014, but we’ll open the doors again in early 2015, so read on to find out all about what we’re up to.
We are looking for original movie or tv scripts, from 45 up to 125 pages, any genre, any budget.
Previous years’ entries included tense thrillers, action adventures, police procedurals, experimental science fiction, fantasy and period drama, contemporary drama, horror, and high concept blockbusters.
We welcomed them all.Read our FAQ →
Since winning the second (2013) contest Jane Eden has signed with Tanya Tillett from the Knight Hall Agency, joining an industrious list of clients that includes Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Jeremy Brock (Last King of Scotland) and Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
This year Tanya has joined our judging panel. (She’s clearly hoping to find another writer to sign.)
Matthew Coombes’ winning script from the first (2012) contest was optioned by Jonathan Fisher, from Island Pictures.
And this year Jonathan has also joined our judging panel!
In fact this year we have 24 industry professionals signed up on the panel. That’s double the amount of judges we had last year – and double the industry access for you.
The message is clear: industry professionals sign up to help judge this contest because they know it will find some great writers, and they don’t want to miss them.
Which is GREAT news for writers!Read interviews with the winners →
We’ve got a great list of prizes. As well as industry meetings, we give away cash, script consultancy and other commemorative items.
Our commemorative items from last year are now going out to our semi- and quarter-finalists along with their formal invitation to enter this year’s contest. We think that getting to the quarter finals deserves recognition!Read more about the prizes →
Entering Is Fun!
So many people who have entered the contest expressed how satisfying the experience was, how exciting the process was, and how much they enjoyed the whole ride.
More than one writer has commented that entering this competition actually made them finish their script – which can be a great reward in itself.Read what people said about entering →
(All deadlines are 1.00pm London time)
- Thurs 27th Mar
Standard Registrations (£24) Close
- Thurs 24th April
Late Registrations (£32) Close
- Thurs 8th May
Emergency Registrations (£38) Close
- Thurs 4th Sept
- Thurs 2 Oct
- Thurs 16 Oct
- Thurs 6 Nov – RESCHEDULED
Grand Prize Winner
Three principal benefits of being placed in the Screenwriting Goldmine Awards:
1. I feel I have a foot in the door of the major TV channels, some production companies and agents.
2. My script has been read, and judged, by some of the best in the business. To be been liked by them has given me immense confidence.
3. The Screenwriting Goldmine Competition name has already gained traction so that I have had requests to read my scripts by other producers.
Charles Inge, Finalist 2013
Judging In Detail
Look at the incredible judging panel we have assembled this year. Every single one of those judges is highly placed in today’s industry. They are all working professionals and they will all read each of the five shortlisted scripts. That is simply astonishing industry access for the writers who make it that far.
What’s more, many of the judges have agreed to offer themselves up as prizes! Each finalist gets to choose to have a coffee meeting with a selection of the judges. The judges do this, not for any fee, but simply because they are keen to meet the talent this competition throws up.
See the prizes page for more details on how these meetings work.
- Paul Ashton, Senior Film Executive, Creative England
- Adrian Banyard, Development Producer, STV
- Matthew Bates, Literary Agent, Sayle Screen, London
- Stuart Blackburn, Series Producer, Coronation St, ITV
- Tom Collins, Producer/Director, DeFacto Films
- Jonathan Fisher, Development Manager, Island Pictures
- Surian Fletcher-Jones, Head of Development, Channel 4 Drama
- Lucy Gannon M.B.E., Writer
- Philip Gladwin, Founder of Screenwriting Goldmine
- Matthew Graham, Writer
- Roxanne Harvey, Story Producer, Casualty, BBC
- Alexis Hood, Development Executive, Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect
- Johann Knobel, Producer, Headstrong Pictures/Shed Media
- Zander Levy, Head of Development, Raw
- Clova McCallum, Senior Drama Development Executive, Warp Films
- Kirstie MacDonald, Script Executive, World Prodns.
- Steve Matthews, Producer, Octagon Films
- Julie Press, Literary Agent, Macfarlane Chard Assoc.
- Fraser Robinson, VP, Scripted ITV Studios Global Entertainment
- Ben Stoll, Head of Drama Development, C4
- Tanya Tillett, Literary Agent, Knight Hall Agency
- Roberto Troni, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 Drama
- Julia Tyrrell, Literary Agent, Julia Tyrrell Management
- Nikki Wilson, Producer, Doctor Who, BBC
- Stephen Woolley, Director/Producer, Number 9 Films
Without a doubt, the best thing about this contest is not the cash prize (though welcome!) but the face-to-face meeting with one of the judges. This is where Screenwriting Goldmine is second to none.
Amanda Duke, Finalist 2013
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Every contestant has the opportunity to order script feedback. Now you can get the honest opinion of a highly experienced industry script expert when you enter. Find out what’s working in your script – and what needs attention.
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As a direct result of participating and being placed in the Screenwriting Goldmine competition, I have been invited to pitch ideas for CBBC’s “The Dumping Ground”
Claire Fowler, Finalist, 2013
I have gained a place on the Channel 4 screenwriting course and I know that my work was being discussed because of this competition.
Katie Wimpenny, Finalist 2013
- Our final judging panel is crammed full of current industry professionals who genuinely have the power to hire writers.
- We don’t use inexperienced readers – every single entry is assessed by a skilled script professional.
- We stick to our deadlines.
- We’re highly affordable.
- This entire contest is a labour of love from Phil Gladwin, himself a screenwriter/editor of nearly 20 years’ experience. We’re totally on the side of the writer.
Placing in competitions really does help a writer secure representation. I know my agent was concerned that I was a bit too ‘arty’ but having other people respond to my writing helped convince him I would be able to find an audience for my work.”
Claire Fowler – Finalist 2013
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