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Posted on Sat, Dec 26, 2009 : 5:46 a.m.

National screenwriting competition Scriptapalooza accepting submissions

By Jenn McKee

If you've been working on a screenplay, consider sending it along to Scriptapalooza, an annual competition that's accepting submissions.

Now in its 12th year, Scriptapalooza has grown to be one of the world’s most recognized screenwriting competitions, with over 40 scripts optioned, and among them, there have been 2 Emmy winners. Plus, Scriptapalooza is the only screenwriting competition endorsed by the Writers Guild of America. Every submitted script is read by a manager, agent or producer from 90 participating companies, including Disney, Miramax, Big Light, and Bender-Spink. And unlike other screenwriting competitions, every person who reads a Scriptapalooza script is named on the contest's web site. The contest's first place winner receives a $10,000 grand prize. In addition, the Scriptapalooza staff will promote the semifinalists and finalists for a full year after the winners are announced. The “early bird” deadline is January 5, 2010 (application fee $40); the regular deadline is March 5, 2010 (application fee $50); and the final deadline is April 15, 2010 (application fee $55). For more information, visit the Scriptapalooza web site.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.