The First 10 Pages Competition

Submit the First 10 Pages of your script today to the Fade In Awards First 10 Pages Competition.

Early Deadline

September 30, 2023

Regular Deadline

October 31, 2023

Winners Announced

December 1, 2023


First Prize

Duranna Thomas

Grand Prize

John F. McCarney

Second Prize

Martin G. Blinder

1st place
2nd place

Our Winners Work!

Welcome to the 28th Annual Fade In Awards. Nine unique contests for you to enter based on the genre or format of your project.  Submit the first ten pages of your script to the Fade In Awards First Ten Pages Contest. With over twenty-seven years experience discovering, mentoring and then introducing emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to Hollywood movers and shakers, it’s no wonder our winners have gone on to sign with major Hollywood talent agencies ICM, UTA, APA, CAA & WME; write/direct top feature films and television shows (e.g., The Marksman (2020), Your Honor, The Blacklist, Cold Pursuit (2019), Blades of Glory, The Switch, Adam, Office Christmas Party) and; be nominated for Academy Awards (Culture).

The Fade In Awards deliver by working closely with Grand Prize winners to make sure their contest submission gives them the best chance at launching their filmmaking career. That’s why Hollywood’s A-list buyers and reps call the Fade In Awards one of the best screenplay contests and short film competitions in the world.

“After winning [the Fade In Awards], we optioned [our award-winning] script to a prominent producer who had made one of the Speed films. The award gave us motivation and encouragement, which has huge value when starting out.” – Danny Kravitz, The Marksman

The Blacklist Executive Producer/Creator Jon Bokenkamp calls his decision to enter the Fade In Awards, “The most important moment in my career.” “When CBS Studios producer Todd Nelson encouraged me to submit, my inclination was to say, ‘No.’ I remember thinking there was no way I could afford it. But my script Preston Tylk won and got me an [CAA] agent. It was huge for me.” Bokenkamp went on to work with Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry on Taking Lives and Perfect Stranger, respectively.

“I owe my success to Fade In. These guys don’t just promise access – they deliver it!” – Frank Baldwin, Your Honor, Cold Pursuit

The Fade In Awards First Ten Pages Competition is open to aspiring screenwriters and TV writers of screenplays and teleplays only. Judges are looking for distinct voices and riveting openings that set up your story’s plot, capture its tone and set the pace for an irresistible page-turner.

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