2017 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!

Regular Deadline: December 12, 2016

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Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions recognize emerging screenplays as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competitions gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting (including a Mentors Brunch), and win over $7,000 in total cash prizes.

  • Cash for all winners.
  • All-expenses-paid writer’s retreats on Nantucket at The Screenwriters Colony.
  • Private consultations with Showtime executives.
  • Passes to the Nantucket Film Festival.
  • And more!

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2017 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Prizes

FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

TWO FINALISTS receive:

  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $5,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • All expenses paid, month­-long stay at exclusive Screenwriters Colony on Nantucket in October;
  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Round­ trip from New York to Nantucket to attend Film Festival;
  • Accommodations in Nantucket during the Film Festival;
  • A Showtime­ sponsored reception during the Film Festival in the winner’s honor;
  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;
  • Custom leather bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

EPISODIC SCREENPLAY (60 MIN) COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Private one-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;
  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;
  • Custom leather bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

EPISODIC SCREENPLAY (30 MIN) COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • All expenses paid, two-weeks-long stay at exclusive Screenwriters Colony on Nantucket in June;
  • Private one-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;
  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;
  • Custom leather bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $500 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;
  • VIP week-­long Pass to Nantucket Film Festival;
  • Attend Showtime ­sponsored reception during the Film Festival;
  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during the Film Festival;
  • Name inclusion on Festival catalogue and website as Competition winner;
  • Print and media coverage.

2016 Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition:

WINNER

TEL AVIV ON FIRE
by Sameh Zoabi &
Dan Kleinman
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera and soon finds himself in the middle of intrigue on and off set.

FINALISTS

CONJUGAL
by Conway Preston

A young woman and her incarcerated husband struggle through several relationship crises over the course of a 48-hour conjugal visit.

DAISY CHAIN
by Rachel Gerlach

After 24-year-old smart-ass Prudence finds herself pregnant, she forms an unlikely but touching bond with her one-night stand's mother.

SEMI-FINALISTS

FLYBOY, by Trevor Lawrence
HOUSE OF HOROWITZ by Jennifer Meyer
MOTOR CITY by Matthew Kohnen
NINJA GIRL by Camille Beaudoin
THE COUNT by David Bluestein
TIME TOURISTS by Josh Miller
UNDEAD OUTLAWS by Matthew David

2016 Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition:

WINNER

CLEO
by Julia Fontana

An exploration of Cleopatra's early years, following the transformation of a girl never groomed to rule into the woman who commanded armies and conquered emperors.

FINALISTS

FALSE FLAG
by Erin Weller and Kate Heckman

Two clandestine CIA agents, bound by friendship but torn apart by personal beliefs, must work together to take down an international terrorist organization.

SOUTHSIDE
by Margaret Rose Lester

Set in 1967, this crime thriller follows the rise of the first Black sergeant to head Chicago’s gang unit and his covert operation against a notorious gangster.

2016 Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition:

WINNER

THE GODMOTHER
by Wyndham Lewis

CeeCee, a millennial hipster, is forced to fulfill her godmotherly duties by parenting two ultra-privileged Connecticut kids when her hedge-fund owner brother and sister-in-law are indicted by the feds.

FINALISTS

THE ADVENTURES OF ASH AND OWEN
by Arun Narayanan

Best friends Ashwin “Ash” Balasubramanian and Owen Morris are social outcasts who also happen to be the only two non-white students in the sixth grade—and they’re about to take over the school.

THE DISAPPOINTMENTS
by Huong Nguyen

Four Vietnamese-American siblings who couldn’t wait to move away from rural Virginia find themselves moving back in with their mom when their fancy successful lives collapse.

2016 Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition:

WINNER

WAYLAID
by Michael Koehler

Stranded at a remote train station in southern France with her boyfriend, a young woman is challenged by a fellow waylaid traveler and kindred spirit.

FINALISTS

BAD HEIR DAY
by Jeffrey Field

Prenatal triplets jockey for position to be the first-born child.

RUN, MY DEAR
by Marjory Kaptanoglu

A mother hides her son—an escaped convict—from the police, but even he doesn’t know how far she will go to save him.


Past Winners

Past Feature Screenplay Winners

2015: Counterintelligence - Kristen Davila
2014: Early Plus Infinity - Clark Carroll
2013: Cake - Patrick Tobin
2012: Jean of the Joneses - Stella Meghie
2011: The Murphys - Kaitlin McLaughlin
2010: Etopia - Tommy Butler
2009: Future Weather - Jenny Deller
2008: Anna Down East - Fred M. Strype
2007: Peck - Marc Arneson
2006: Cold Souls - Sophie Barthes
2005: Mink - Will Luers
2004: The Last Seder - Jennifer Maisel
2003: Buried Above Ground - Chase Palmer
2002: Down to the Bone - Debra Granik

Past Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Winners

2015: I.c.e. - Estella Gabriel
2014: Tomorrowland - Jamie Mayer
2013: The Messiah Project - David Baugnon

Past Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Winners

2015: Sold - Jonathan Schwartz
2014: Stiffs - Stuart Feldman
2013: Time Out - Ian McWethy

Past Short Screenplay Winners

2015: More Cow Bell - Andy Nellis
2014: Open Roads - Mimi Jeffries
2013: The Bravest, the Boldest - Moon Molson & Eric Fallen


Past Competition Jurors Include:

  • Allison Williams
  • David Edelstein
  • Raúl Esparza
  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez
  • Franklin Leonard
  • Campbell Scott
  • Lili Taylor
  • Tom McCarthy
  • Diana Ossana
  • Bobby and Peter Farrelly
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Rosie Perez
  • Kit Carson
  • Bob Fischer
  • Kate Lyn Sheil
  • Trey Edward Shults
  • Greg Mottola
  • Nancy Tenenbaum
  • Nancy Savoca
  • Lee Daniels
  • Anthony Swofford
  • Dana Harris
  • Rajendra Roy
  • Ty Burr
  • Donna Giglotti