Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest 2018

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Contest Info

After our inaugural Sci-Fi and Fantasy Contest resulted in our winners getting optioned and commissioned to write scripts for major producers, we are excited to bring back this highly popular screenwriting contest! We are on the hunt for our most talented writers bringing us mystical, magical and intergalactic worlds. As with all our writing contests, we aim to provide you with the tools and resources needed to excel in this industry and grow as a professional. We give our writers the opportunity to meet with industry veterans, with the grand prize winner being flown out to Los Angeles to meet with top executives that can really help move the needle on your career.

This year is no exception. Our grand prize winner will be meeting with Stephen Jones (Executive Producer of Wonder Woman and line producer for Maleficent), Shawn Burns (Talent agent - client credits include: X-Men Origins and Star Wars), and Craig Baumgarten (Manager & Producer, Zero Gravity Management, credits include: Hook, Universal Soldier)


What Types of Scripts Can Enter?

All types of sci-fi and fantasy feature scripts can enter. No shorts or TV pilots will be accepted.


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Have a great story? Start writing! Our judges can't wait to read your scripts!

Contest Prizes


  • A round trip plane ticket to Los Angeles, CA with scheduled meetings around town with executives.
  • Meetings with Shawn Burns (Talent agent - client credits include: X-Men Origins and Star Wars), Stephen Jones (Executive Producer of Wonder Woman and line producer for Maleficent), and Craig Baumgarten (Manager & Producer, Zero Gravity Management, credits include: Hook, Universal Soldier)
  • Your logline posted on Stage 32 and sent to over 500 industry executives
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar


  • Your logline posted on Stage 32 and sent to over 500 industry executives
  • Two Skype meetings with a top executive, producer, manager, or agent
  • Two Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar


  • Your logline exposed to over 500 executives on Stage 32
  • A Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar

Our Track Record

Our First Annual Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest winners had incredible success!

Our Grand Prize Winner Ben Gross, writer of THE LADIES' GUIDE TO HACKING met with and is working through concepts with manager Daniel Vang from Good Fear Film + Management, has been commissioned to write a script for Daniel Herther, VP of Development from Baker Entertainment Group and met with Spencer Malof from the Illusinarium and met and was mentored by Marc Zicree (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica).

Our 2nd Place Winner, Ryan Lee, writer of TOWER 9 was optioned by studio producer Mitchell Peck!

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Contest Judges

Craig Baumgarten

Craig Baumgarten - Manager & Producer, Zero Gravity Management & Baumgarten Management & Productions

Veteran Craig Baumgarten is one of the most sought after manager and producers in the industry having a long and storied career. He is currently a Manager at Zero Gravity Management, with his own production company Baumgarten Management & Production. Prior to this, he served as VP of Paramount Pictures, Executive VP of Columbia Pictures, President at Lorimar Motion Pictures, Executive VP at Twentieth Century Fox, Partner at LINK Entertainment and Manger at Zero Gravity..

Upon leaving the studio system, Baumgarten became a successful independent producer. Among the many films he produced or co-produced are Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg; Shattered Glass written and directed by Billy Ray; The Order written and directed by Brian Helgeland and staring Heath Ledger; William Friedkin’s Jade; Disney’s Blank Check; It Could Happen to You (starring Bridget Fonda and Nicholas Cage); Love Stinks; Universal Soldier, directed by Roland Emmerich; and Never Back Down starring Djimon Hounsou.

His clients includie: Dolph Lundgren who is in the James Wan film Aquaman; the seven-time Grammy winner and TV star Toni Braxton; director Rob Cohen, Category 5; Roland Joffe, The Forgiven (starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana) as well as the TV series Sun Records; iconic writer Joe Eszterhas (who scripted The Lady of Guadalupefor Mark Burnett and Roma Downey at MGM); and multi-hyphenate Michael Jai White.

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones - Executive Producer

Stephen Jones has been in the entertainment industry for over three decades working on some of the largest studio, independent and television productions. Getting his start as a production manager, Stephen moved into line producing, UPM, and is now an executive producer on some of the biggest blockbusters of the recent years including: Wonder Woman (2017), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Maleficent (2014).

Shawn Burns

Shawn Burns - Talent Agent, Rocket Science Talent

With decades in the business and now managing her own talent agency, Shawn Burns has represented some of the top VFX, SFX, and Design Talent who have worked on incredible productions such as: Altered Carbon, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Star Trek: Beyond, Passengers, and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Contest Rules

What Kinds of Scripts Can Enter?

All types of sci-fi and fantasy feature scripts can enter. No shorts or TV pilots will be accepted.



Void where prohibited by law.

This Stage 32 Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to terms and conditions.

This Stage 32 Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.

All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.

There is no limit to the number of screenplays an Entrant can enter. The same screenplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online. You will be asked to upload the pdf of your screenplay after you hit the payment button on your confirmation page.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.



Screenplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced.

After a screenplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Screenplay must be submitted as a PDF document. Submissions with and without title pages are accepted.

Screenplay must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights. Neither Stage 32 nor its judges investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

By submitting the material, the Entrant herby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Stage 32 LLC, Black and Blue LLC, it's employees, directors, representatives, and affiliates from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.


Winner Announcements

Aug 31
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Sep 14
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Sep 28
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Oct 12
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Monday, Apr 2 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $39.50

Early Bird Deadline

Tuesday, Apr 24 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $49.50

Regular Deadline

Tuesday, May 22 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $59.50

Final Deadline

Tuesday, Jun 26 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $69.50

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