Posted by Jason Mirch

The legendary writer and actor Gore Vidal told us, "A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.In this time of social distancing, we’re seeing relationships through a brand new lens and are looking for human connection. There has never been a greater need to explore the nuances of Drama than right now.

Which is why...


Stage 32 is thrilled to announce our 2nd Annual Feature Drama Contest!


Drama, when done well, can elevate any movie genre. Feature dramas continue to be the cornerstone of entertainment around the world. Drama is an exploration in complex character relationships and there is perhaps no more nuanced genre that can encompass many others. Projects like MARRIAGE STORY teach us that dramas can be hilarious, MOONLIGHT shows us an earnest and stunning piece of art, THREE BILLBOARDS... shows us a world that is dark and quirky, while 1917 reinvented the war drama. No two dramas look alike, but all of them dare to show us a different perspective of humanity.

And while other genres may go through trends of popularity, writing a compelling feature drama can launch a screenwriter’s career. It is Stage 32's ongoing commitment to find incredible, undiscovered talent. We're excited to announce our 2nd Annual Drama Screenwriting Contest. This is a worldwide search for the best screenplays that take a deep dive into human relationships.


Learn more about the Stage 32 2nd Annual Feature Drama Screenwriting Contest here.


This year’s Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to meet one-on-one with our judging and mentoring panel whose credits include the upcoming romantic drama WILD MOUNTAIN THYME with Golden Globe-winnerEmily Blunt, Oscar-winning BLACKkKLANSMAN, Oscar-winning THE REVENANT, MIDWAY for Lionsgate, BREAKING NEWS IN YUBA COUNTY for MGM, TETRIS for Apple+ and more!

ALL Finalists will receive exposure to our incredible panel of judges and have their titles and loglines featured in the Stage 32's Industry LookBook, which is sent to over 500 executives and professionals who work directly with Stage 32! Previous Stage 32 contest finalists have had their projects optioned and been signed for representation as a result of our industry lookbooks!


Stage 32 screenwriting and television writing competitions have launched over twenty screenwriting careers!


Feature Screenplay Contest winner Jonathan Jordan landed his agent, manager, & paid gig through Stage 32


Our past winners and finalists have been either signed, optioned, or are now working screenwriters in the industry! Most recently...

The winner of the Microbudget Horror Screenwriting Contest - Martin Reese - was awarded a $5,000 option and is eligible for $100,000 in production financing with producer Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution.

The 5th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest winner - Eric Jeske - was just signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

The 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest winner - Greg Mania - was signed by Laina Cohn and Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

The 5th Annual Search for New Blood winner - Christina Pamies - was signed by Jake Wagner after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32! She was hired to write the Horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal!

The 4th Annual Television Writing Contest Winner - Christine Torres - signed with prolific Manager and Producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!


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