Feb 28, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

Whether you’ve already got a brilliant screenplay tucked away in a drawer somewhere or you’ve been looking for the motivation to finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be), there may be a million dollar prize in your future thanks to an exciting new competition for college screenwriters. Here’s a closer look at The LAUNCH, and how you can get in on the action.

From Dream to Screen

Writing a screenplay is hard work, but it’s only the first stage of the long and challenging process of bringing a film to life. But no matter how brilliant a screenplay is, it’s never going to see the light of day without something else: Money.

Enter The LAUNCH. Founded by producers Jason Shuman and Zachary Green, the mission of this competition for college students is simple: “to inspire the next generation of great screenwriters.” To that end, The LAUNCH is offering a First Place Grand Prize of having the screenplay produced as a Hollywood feature film with a budget of at last a million. Three finalists will receive offers of literary representation from a Hollywood talent agency and management firm, while the top eight finalists will receive $100,000 in education grants and other prizes.

Ready, Set, Write!

Current college students at least 18 year or older living anywhere in the world are eligible for the competition, which promises something else, as well: In addition to prize money, all entrants are guaranteed to receive professional feedback on their work.

According to The Launch website, screenplays will be judged one five attributes, including story, creativity, character development, voice originality and honest emotion. There’s a $20 fee to enter, and the submission period opens on March 1. It closes on May 31...so get writing!


Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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