11th Annual

DC Shorts Screenwriting Competition


Short Screenplays


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Regular Deadline
April 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Late Deadline
May 31, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

July 1, 2014

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Outstanding Screenplay
One script will receive $1,000 up front, plus a $1,000 upon completion of the final film. The final film is also guaranteed entry into DC Shorts 2013.
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

We highly recommend visiting our web site at http://dcshorts.com to review our submission process, read how we judge and score films, and to research past festivals to see the types of scripts we have selected in the past.



DC Shorts is proud to be one of a small number of festivals to provide feedback to ALL entrants. We also pride ourselves on our open judging process — we explain how it works before you enter, provide feedback after decisions have been made, and allow you the opportunity to call us for additional feedback and comments.

For the 2014 Competition, we expect to review more than 200 screenplays. Only six will be selected for the final round of live readings. The competition is very tough.

Please note that DC Shorts only read scripts formatted in the generally-accepted standard format (Here is a good online resource on proper formatting). We highly suggest using a professional screenwriting program such as Final Draft, Screenwriter or the free package, Celtx
Scripts, submitted as PDFs, are stripped of their cover pages, and sent with 10-12 others to a local screenwriter or film director. Scripts submitted in a format other than a generally recognized industry standard are disqualified without refund.

Each script is read in its entirety and scored by each reader for strength of plot, originality, writing proficiency, ability to be produced on a budget of less than $10K, ability to be successfully read, performed, and understood by a live audience, and other values.

Readers are encouraged to leave a substantial comment (but not complete script coverage.)
The top 3 scripts from each reader are sent to the second round and reviewed by an additional reader and the festival director who may opt to make programming notes (but not additional scores.)

At the end of the second round, a final lineup is chosen based on scores and comments.
We try to include at least one script from a DC-area writer.

DC Shorts encourages writers to become an active part of the process. If you have questions, comments or need more clarification of the review process, please feel free to contact us.