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