2019 Submissions Are Closed!

Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions recognize emerging screenplays as the best from our pool of submissions each year. The competitions give 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.

Presented by:

 
  • Cash for all winners.

  • All-inclusive writers retreats on Nantucket at the Screenwriters Colony for some categories.

  • Private consultations with Showtime executives.

  • Passes to the Nantucket Film Festival.

  • And more!

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2019 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Prizes

FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

TWO FINALISTS In each category receive:

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during NFF; 

  • Attend Showtime-sponsored reception during the festival; 

  • A festival pass; 

  • Name inclusion on festival website as a competition finalist.

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $5,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • All-inclusive, month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October with Screenwriters Colony;

  • VIP festival pass to all events;

  • Round-trip domestic airfare to Nantucket to attend the festival;

  • Complimentary accommodations at the festival;

  • A Showtime-sponsored reception during the festival in the winners’ honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during NFF;

  • Custom bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;

  • Name inclusion in press release and on festival website as a competition winner and finalist;

EPISODIC SCREENPLAY (60 MIN) COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  •  $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • One-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;

  • Festival pass to all events;

  • Attend Showtime-sponsored reception during the festival in the winners’ honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during NFF;

  • Custom bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;

  • Name inclusion on Festival website as a competition finalist and winner.

EPISODIC SCREENPLAY (30 MIN) COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $1,000 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • All-inclusive, two-week-long episodic comedy writer's retreat on Nantucket in June with Screenwriters Colony and NFF;

  • One-on-one consultation with Showtime executive;

  • Festival pass;

  • Attend Showtime-sponsored reception during the festival in the winners’ honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during NFF;

  • Custom bound copy of the winner’s script, courtesy of Showtime;

  • Name inclusion on festival website as a competition finalist and winner.

SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

ONE WINNER receives:

  • $500 cash prize from the Nantucket Film Festival;

  • Festival pass;

  • Attend Showtime-sponsored reception during the festival in the winners’ honor;

  • Participation in Mentors Brunch with prominent screenwriter during NFF;

  • Name inclusion in press release and on festival website as a competition winner and finalist.


Past Winners

Past Feature Screenplay Winners

2018: CAMBRIDGE - HENRY HAYES AND ZOLAN KANNO-YOUNGS
2017: Johnny Ace - Moon Molson
2016: TEL AVIV ON FIRE - Sameh zoabi
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

2018: LEGACY - KELLEN HERTZ
2017: The line - Tesia Walker
2016: Cleo - Julia Fontana
2015: I.c.e. - Estella Gabriel
2014: Tomorrowland - Jamie Mayer
2013: The Messiah Project - David Baugnon

Past Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Winners

2018: ALL WE DO IS NGUYEN - HUONG NGUYEN
2017: Casey Can't - Kaitlin Fontana
2016: The GodMother - Wyndham Lewis
2015: Sold - Jonathan Schwartz
2014: Stiffs - Stuart Feldman
2013: Time Out - Ian McWethy

Past Short Screenplay Winners

2018: CINDERELLA WAR - MARGARET KANE-ROWE
2017: The Yao of tao - Jesse Wang, Robert Berg, & Rajiv Shah
2016: Waylaid - Michael Koehler
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

  • Gabourey Sidibe

  • Franklin Leonard

  • Campbell Scott

  • Lili Taylor

  • Chris Kelly

  • Tom McCarthy

  • Diana Ossana

  • Bobby and Peter Farrelly

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • Stanley Tucci

  • Rosie Perez

  • Kit Carson

  • Kate Erbland

  • Bob Fischer

  • Kate Lyn Sheil

  • Trey Edward Shults

  • Greg Mottola

  • Nancy Tenenbaum

  • Nancy Savoca

  • Jeremy Gerard

  • Gary Cosay

  • Lee Daniels

  • Anthony Swofford

  • Dana Harris

  • Rajendra Roy

  • Ty Burr

  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez

  • Eugene Jarecki

  • Stella Meghie