Screenwriting Competition



The Screenplay Competition promotes WIFVNE’s mission of career development and opportunity for women in the industry, and it also serves our mission of promoting positive images of women on screen.  Since we began the competition 11 years ago, our finalists and winners have included Mary Conroy (2007) who returned in 2011 as a judge and has won numerous awards since; Caitlin McCarthy’s script WONDER DRUG is now in development and has been nominated for the prestigious Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award; and Sarah Shulman’s script LONELY HUNTER was produced and is now a feature film by Deborah Kampmeier of HOUNDDOG fame.

This year, a panel of five judges  will select the winning screenplay. Barry Brodsky, Director of Emerson Screenwriting Certificate Program, Martha Pinson, filmmaker and script supervisor for legendary directors including Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Brian de Palma  LaToya Morgan, staff writer for “Shameless” and “Parenthood”, Susan Steinberg, professor and writer and Tina Cesa Ward, award-winning writer/producer/director of “Anyone But Me” have all graciously accepted invitations to be judges.  The Grand Prize Winner will have a full table read of their screenplay produced by WIFVNE, sponsored in part by Lesley University and directed by a WIFVNE member. Additional prizes include a detailed script analysis and consultation by Barry Brodsky, a budget by Los Angeles based (but hailing from Western MA) Script Chix, a screenwriting software package from Final Draft, and a full prize package from including a 6-month listing on, a title listing in InkTip Magazine, and inclusion as 1 of only 6 script loglines in one of InkTip’s weekly Producer Newsletters (not for sale to the public) sent to over 50,000 entertainment professionals.

In addition to thanking our judges and sponsors for their participation this year, we extend a special thanks to Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, writer, director, professor and previous WIFVNE President who has been a gracious mentor and guide to the current board of WIFVNE.

If you have questions, please contact us here!


Entries must be feature length screenplays (between 90 and 120 pages), authored or co-authored by a woman and/or feature a woman or women in prominent roles.  Competition is open to writers from any location.

There will be five finalists and each finalist will receive a prize. The grand prize will be a full-length table read produced by WIFVNE and directed by a WIFVNE member.


Early Bird Deadline: April 23, 2013.  Standard fee: $35, WIFVNE Members: $20

Regular deadline: May 21, 2013.  Standard fee: $45, WIFVNE Members: $30

Late Deadline: May 28, 2013.  Standard fee: $55, WIFVNE Members: $40

Extended Deadline: June 4, 2013.  Standard fee: $65, WIFVNE Members: $50




Barry Brodsky, Director of Emerson Screenwriting Certificate Program

LaToya Morgan, Staff Writer, “Shameless” and “Parenthood”

Martha Pinson, Writer/Director and former Script Supervisor for Martin Scorcese

Susan Steinberg, Writer/Director/Producer and Screenwriting Professor

Tina Cesa Ward, Writer/Director/Producer, “Anyone But Me”


In addition to welcoming back InkTip, Final Draft and Lesley University as sponsors, this  year we are pleased to have Script Chix sponsor our Screenplay Competition. Based out of Los Angeles, Script Chix is comprised of two chix and a dude with the two chix being proud Western MA natives!

“As women working in the entertainment industry, we love lending our support to female screenwriters and seeing them achieve success in film and television. We started Script Chix because we are passionate about working with writers, and believe that hard work, dedication, and fearlessness are necessities for women in TV and film. We want to see women writers reach their full potential, because when they do, everyone wins. WIFVNE is a great way for us to support our hometown chapter of Women In Film, while also helping female writers succeed.” Script Chix Sandra Leviton, Miranda Sajdak and “the dude”  Hosam Solaiman






Founded in 1981, WIFVNE promotes the participation, education, and representation of women in the film, video and media industry in New England. The non-profit organization is a member of the umbrella group Women in Film & Television International, a global network with over 40 chapters and more than 10,000 members. Membership is open to women and men who work in film, video and related industries or those who aspire to work in these fields, as well as patrons of media arts. Benefits include free listings in our online film directory, discounted admission to WIFVNE events, and discounts on equipment rental, classes, services and products offered by our sponsors.

Programs include screening series featuring local filmmakers and panels and workshops on topics including fundraising, tax preparation and legal issues.

Program funding is made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and our sponsors.

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