About CWA

The 15th annual Creative World Awards is a leading international screenwriting contest well known for having the writer’s interest at heart when it comes to development and industry promotion.

The CWA vision is to help writers garner the exposure, development, and recognition they need to propel their projects and careers forward.  CWA has built relationships with many of the industry’s most recognized companies.

With several options and deals signed for past entrants, CWA has firmly established itself worldwide as a leading source for discovering talent in the entertainment industry.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON. To Submit Your Screenwriting Project before the next deadline,

NEW TO THE SUBMISSION PROCESS? See below on how to get your project into consideration for the competition, or to inquire about development services.

THE SUBMISSION PROCESS

HOW TO ENTER? 

CWA offers three ways to enter.  You may select the orange “Submit Now” button on the CWA website’s home page and in doing so will enter via our secured CWA system. Alternatively, you may enter via Film Freeway.

You may enter your script as an entry only submission into the competition or entrants are also offered the Judge’s Scorecard and a brief summary of notes for an additional $40. The Judge’s Highlights and Script Analysis (full coverage) options are also offered during check out.

Note: If entering via the CWA system, you will need to select the ‘entry only’ box if you do no wish to receive the Judge’s scorecard option for the additional $40.

What to expect once entering the online application for the 2021-2022 CWA screenwriting competition:

  1. BASIC INFO & USER NAME/PASSWORD:  Enter your basic information, and create a password. If you are entering via Film Freeway, you will need to create an account with them unless you already have one (free to sign up).
  2. WRITER’S INFORMATION: Complete your basic online application including writer’s contact info, applicable genre category (s) listed below, logline (2-4 sentence describing your script), and whether you’d like entry only, the judge’s scorecard, or a script analysis with your entry.
  3. RELEASE FORM: can be found on each of the submission entry forms via Film Freeway and Withoutabox.
  4. SCRIPT: Upload your script (Adobe Acrobat PDF preferred. Final Draft, Word accepted, but if you have MovieMagic, please convert to a PDF).
  5. ENTRY FEE: After you’ve uploaded the above info and your script, you can pay the entry fee with any major credit card via the secure payment system.

Steps 1-5 above fulfill your full entry requirements.

To enter now via CWA, click the Submit Now button. 

Or to enter your project via Film Freeway, click below:

Note: We have gone 100% green, and require the full entry requirements of your script to go through the Film Freeway or Withoutabox online system. However, if you prefer to pay with a money order rather than through their online platform, you may enter your script through them, and then submit payment by the respective deadline to the address below. For email inquiries, contact us at info@creativeworldawards.com.

Creative World Awards
4712 Admiralty Way, #268
Marina del Rey, CA
90292

SELECT YOUR GENRE CATEGORY: Judging Categories

Once in the application process, you will be asked to choose which category you would like your screenplay or teleplay to be judged under. All entries can choose any one category they feel best depicts their script. If an entrant would like to select more than the one allotted category, this is available at an additional cost of $15 for each additional genre chosen.

ORDERING RESUBMISSIONS (MUST BE WITHIN THE SAME/CURRENT CONTEST SEASON)

Resubmission Fee: $45 – Should an entrant want to resubmit their script during the same season after the initial entry has taken place; they are welcome to do this at a discounted submission rate. The resubmission fee is $45, and the new resubmitted script will replace the older script as a new submission.

To order your resubmission, you can do so online with the promo code below. Simply visit the CWA submit now button and click to enter a new entry only script and a discount will be applied at the end that will reflect the $45 rate.

Resubmission Discount Code: resubmit!

Once the resubmission is processed, the script will then be in the prelim judging round as if a new entry and will be re-read. The new resubmission score will replace the old score.

NOTE: The script will be verified that it is a replacement within the same season. Do not use the code above if you are submitting your script for the first time in the current season regardless of whether you have submitted to CWA in past years. In this case, you will put up a brand new entry for your script in the current season. For questions, email us info@creativeworldawards.com. *If you ordered the brief notes or other coverage option on the original script submission, the resubmitted script will receive a new Judge’s scorecard & a brief update of notes after the resubmission has been judged (a couple of paragraphs of notes).

DEADLINES

  • Early by 11/10/2021 – $45 (entry only)
  • Regular by 12/15/2021 – $55 (entry only)
  • Late by 2/10/2022 – $65 (entry only)
  • Final by 3/31/2022 – $75 (entry only)
  • Extended by 5/05/2022 – $85 (entry only)

For TV and Short Script entries, it is $10 off the above feature script entry fee amounts

Add-on Feedback Options
  • Option 1 : Brief Notes & Scorecard – Add $40
  • Option 2 : Judge’s Highlights & Scorecard – Add $75
  • Option 3 : Script Analysis & Scorecard – Add $175

THE JUDGING PROCESS

The first round of judging is done by individual industry professionals. If your script advances beyond the preliminary round, it will then be scored by multiple industry professionals to determine the quarters, semis, and finals. The top three in each genre category will then be read by leading industry executives not only for potential consideration, but also to help determine the winners of the Creative World Awards. All decisions of the judges are final.

The announcement dates are as follows:

  • Preliminary Finalists – Week of Aug 1
  • Quarter Finalists – Week of Aug 8
  • Semi Finalists – Week of Aug 15
  • Finalists – Week of August 22
  • Winners – Week of August 29

THE CATEGORIES

The CWA 2021-2022 season is now open. For feature screenplays, there are four main genre categories to compete within.  Additionally, there are categories for television and short film.

FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS: approx. 90-120 pages

  • ACTION & ADVENTURES – All types including: Action, Adventure, Action-Thriller, Action Comedy, Sci-Fi       & Fantasy Action, Comic Book/Super Heroes, Martial Arts, Western, Adventure Drama
  • HORRORS, THRILLERS, & FANTASIES – All types including: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Supernatural, Film Noir, Occult, Sci-Fi Horror, Mythological, Sci-Fi Disaster
  • COMEDIES – All types including: Comedy, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Comedy Thriller, Heist Comedy, Slapstick, Musical Comedy, Satires
  • ALL DRAMAS & FAMILY – All types including: Drama, Family, Coming-of-Age, Family Adventure, Gangster, Period/Historical, Political, Animation, Romantic Drama, Musicals, Western, and War Epic

TELEVISION & SHORT SCRIPTS

  • ORIGINAL TV SITCOM PILOT: Up to 50 pages
  • ORIGINAL TV  DRAMA PILOT: Up to 70 pages
  • SHORT FILM SCRIPTS: Up to 40 pages. We accept short film scripts of all genres.

ORDERING ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES

Each script entered into the contest will be entered into one category of the entrant’s choosing. If an entrant would like to enter a single script into more than the one allotted category, the cost is $15 for each additional category, and you can order this at check out via Film Freeway only.

ORDERING RESUBMISSIONS (MUST BE WITHIN THE SAME/CURRENT CONTEST SEASON)

Resubmission Fee: $45 – Should an entrant want to resubmit their script during the same season after the initial entry has taken place; they are welcome to do this at a discounted submission rate. The resubmission fee is $45, and the new resubmitted script will replace the older script as a new submission.

To order your resubmission, you can do so online with the promo code below. Simply visit the CWA submit now button and click to enter a new entry only script and a discount will be applied at the end that will reflect the $45 rate.

Resubmission Discount Code: resubmit!

Once the resubmission is processed, the script will then be in the prelim judging round as if a new entry and will be re-read. The new resubmission score will replace the old score.

NOTE: The script will be verified that it is a replacement within the same season. Do not use the code above if you are submitting your script for the first time in the current season regardless of whether you have submitted to CWA in past years. In this case, you will put up a brand new entry for your script in the current season. For questions, email us info@creativeworldawards.com. *If you ordered the brief notes or other coverage option on the original script submission, the resubmitted script will receive a new Judge’s scorecard & a brief update of notes after the resubmission has been judged (a couple of paragraphs of notes).

RULES & GUIDELINES

This contest is open to any screenwriter worldwide who is 18 years or older, and meets the enclosed criteria. Entry into the competition is void where prohibited by law.

ADD-ON FEEDBACK OPTIONS

JUDGING SCORECARD & NOTES (Tier One)

Offered to CWA entrants, you can receive the judge’s scorecard and their brief notes (about a page of notes on your script’s overall strength and weaknesses). This option is available to order for an additional $40 at check out.

  • Delivery: Notes are returned 4-6 weeks after they are ordered with the writer’s entry.
  • Please note: A $1 per page fee applies if your script is 125 pages or more.

JUDGING SCORECARD & JUDGE’S HIGHLIGHTS (Tier Two)

Offered to CWA entrants, you can receive the judge’s scorecard plus the Judge’s Highlights (about 2 pages of notes on your script’s overall strength and weaknesses). This option is available to order for an additional $75 at check out.

  • Delivery: Notes are returned 4-6 weeks after they are ordered with the writer’s entry.
  • Please note: A $1 per page fee applies if your script is 125 pages or more.

JUDGING SCORECARD & SCRIPT ANALYSIS (Tier Three/Highest Level of Coverage)

Offered to CWA entrants, you can receive a 6-7 page comprehensive script analysis that includes the Judge’s scorecard and extensive development feedback covering such elements as identifying and analyzing story arcs, plot development, premise, character development, dialogue critiques, and tightening all critical elements to produce the most potential market value for your script. This development coverage option is available for an additional $195 at check out, however, during the entry and regular entry periods the discount promotion is available for only $175.

  • Delivery: All coverage orders are delivered back to the writer 4-6 weeks after the writer’s entry is placed.
  • Please note: A $1 per page fee applies if script is 125 pages or more.

PRIZES

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for a prize package worth over $30,000.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $3,000 cash PLUS the opportunity to have their winning script produced into a short film. CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange Productions, will produce a short film version of the script to help generate interest for the feature script. PREMIERE: The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit. If CWA or the winner choose to forgo this option, the winner receives an additional $1,000. Plus, the GPW also receives:

  • Final Draft software
  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • 1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room – a virtual writers’ group that meets once a week with top executives, managers, agents and producers, writing challenges, pitch practice and more!
  • Stage 32 Industry Mentorship – 1 free Stage 32 script read plus 30 minute phone call with manager, executive or producer of your choice. Choose from a roster of hundreds of industry professionals on Stage 32.
  • The MIX Writing Course
  • Notes Plus One hour private consultation with Co-owners

4 GENRE CATEGORY WINNERS – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Free Submission Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • 1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room – a virtual writers’ group that meets once a week with top executives, managers, agents and producers, writing challenges, pitch practice and more!
  • 1 free Stage 32 pitch session – pitch your script directly to a manager, executive or producer of your choice from a roster of hundreds of industry professionals on Stage 32.
  • The MIX Writing Course
  • Final Draft software
  • InkTipScript Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing

4 CATEGORY 1st RUNNERS UP – $150 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Final Draft software
  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • 1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room – a virtual writers’ group that meets once a week with top executives, managers, agents and producers, writing challenges, pitch practice and more!
  • 1 free Stage 32 pitch session – pitch your script directly to a manager, executive or producer of your choice from a roster of hundreds of industry professionals on Stage 32.
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • The MIX Writing Course

TELEVISION CATEGORIES – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • TVWritersVault.com One Year Membership and Pitch Listing
  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • The MIX Writing Course

SHORT FILM SCRIPT – $250cash, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • The MIX Writing Course
  • If the writer makes the script into a film, it receives a guaranteed premier at the Richmond International Film Festival

CREATIVE CONCEPT / INSPIRATIONAL SPIRIT AWARD – In honor of veteran analyst and CWA Judge, James Peters, this award goes to the most original and compelling concept that also conveys a redemptive theme of some kind. Winner receives:

  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • 1 free month of the Stage 32 Writers’ Room – a virtual writers’ group that meets once a week with top executives, managers, agents and producers, writing challenges, pitch practice and more!
  • 1 free Stage 32 pitch session – pitch your script directly to a manager, executive or producer of your choice from a roster of hundreds of industry professionals on Stage 32.
  • The MIX Writing Course
  • Notes Plus One hour Development Coaching session with CWA Co-owners via phone or online session

UNIVERSITY/EMERGING SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR – CWA puts a focus on development year-round, including encouraging the advancement of the next generation of writers in the industry. This award goes to the top emerging university screenwriter of the year. Winner receives:

  • Acknowledgement as CWA University Screenwriter of the Year
  • Free Submission Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Thirty minute consultation with CWA Co-owner via phone or online session

CWA Sponsors:

We would like to extend a special thanks to our Sponsors:


Final Draft – Final Draft, Inc. was founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood’s stringent formatting rules. Since then, the Final Draft software has become Hollywood professional’s choice and the world’s #1-selling scriptwriting program.


Richmond International Film Festival – The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic bringing more than 120 cutting edge films to RVA, plus industry panels, screenwriting workshops, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia’s Bowtie Movieland/Criterion and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.”


The MIX – An educational forum, agency and creative online directory that allows individuals and companies to connect, network, and further develop their projects.


Stage32.com – Stage 32 is the world’s only platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater.  Since launching in 2011, over 500,000 creatives have joined Stage 32 across the globe.  Stage 32 has been recognized by Forbes, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as the leaders in providing online education for film creatives.  Stage 32 works directly with over 450 industry executives worldwide to provide education, access and opportunity for its members.  Prize package includes free pitch sessions to Stage 32’s extremely popular Online Pitchfests where writers pitch directly to managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other decision making executives.


TV Writers Vault is the first and only web-based market in television history to bring projects from Idea-to-Air with new reality-based series having aired in the U.S., Australia, Uk and Canda,including;A&E,Discovery Channel, Lifetime TV, OLN, SYFY, UKTV, Velocity Channel, and more. The TV Writers Vault is currently used by over 300 leading television production companies, networks, agencies and studios.


InkTip – Where producers go for scripts and writers. Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.


FilmFreeway – FilmFreeway – submit to hundreds of film festivals and screenplay contests in one simple place. Free and easy for filmmakers and writers.


iPitch.tv – “Looking for a way to pitch your idea for a television show or movie?  iPITCH.TV offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. Pitch your idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more.”


Scriptwriters Network – Scriptwriters Network creates a sense of community with Writers helping Writers, providing a network for sharing knowledge, learning and support.  Focused on education and learning, Scriptwriters Network has four or more events a month. 


For more information, email us at info@creativeworldawards.com.