Contests: Screenplays 2018

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! From more than 1600 entries received, Judge Francis Coppola and the Zoetrope staff have selected a winning script. The winner and the top nine finalists are listed below, as are the semi- and quarter-finalists.

The winner of the contest will receive the grand prize of $5,000.

The winner and top nine finalists will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, CAA, The Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, The Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli. Their scripts will be considered for film option and development by leading production companies, including: American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Paramount Classics, Verisimilitude, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Second and 10th, Working Title, Dimension Films, Frelaine, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Benderspink, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, FX, and Ziskin Productions.

Thanks to all who entered. We are grateful for the opportunity to read your work.

Our next contest will open in June 2019; check back at this website for details and guidelines in May 2019.

Grand Prize Winner

"Starshine and Clay"
by Kendra Arimoto
Aptos, CA


"And She Flies "
by Sarah Warren
Los Angeles, CA
by Carlos Marulanda, Carlos Isael Gutierrez
San Francisco, CA
"Company Town (Pilot)"
by Samantha Levenshus
Santa Monica, CA
by Joanna Glum
Sacramento, CA
by Garette Henson, Laurie Savage
Brooklyn , NY
"The Fast Break"
by Sam Thomas
Decatur, GA
"The Secret Lives of Youtubers"
by Britain Valenti, Patrick Wells Valenti
Los Angeles, CA
"The Show"
by Obiageli Odimegwu
Los Angeles, CA
"The Waiting Dead"
by Meryl O'Connor
Brooklyn, NY


by John Mahony
Sydney, Australia
by Charlotte Cameron
London, UK
"From the Heart (Pilot)"
by Melissa Silva
Brooklyn, NY
"Hitorikko (Only Child)"
by Linda Pine
Los Angeles, CA
"Lyre (Pilot)"
by Amanda Prentiss
West Hollywood, CA
"Oil and Water"
by Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Morgan Webster Dudley
Dover, NH
"Old Time Girl"
by Evelyne Tollman-Werzowa
Los Angeles , CA
"Our Land of Silence"
by Sarah Crowley
Yosemite, CA
"Prairie Gothic"
by Gary Rhodes, N/A
Orlando, FL
"Punker and Prophet"
by M. V. Montgomery
McDonough, GA
by Stephen Bell, J. Brett VanderMale
Los Angeles, CA
"Saviors and Butchers"
by Bradley Snedeker
Los Angeles, CA
"Singularity (Pilot)"
by Julian Winter
Sioux Falls, SD
"The Carrington Affair"
by Devon Lehr
Los Angeles, CA
"The Sleeping House"
by Suzanne Griffin
Brooklyn, NY
"Tock Tick"
by Tom O'Leary
Renton, WA
by Jayne Leadbetter
Sydney, Australia


"A Better Place"
by Katterina Powers
Scottsdale, AZ
"A Handful of Fire"
by Conor Simpson
Los Angeles, CA
"A Sea Like Glass"
by Jennifer June Strawn
Los Angeles, CA
"Anna Dandy and the End of the World"
by Suzanne Faber
Chicago, IL
by Marilyn Freeman
Olympia, WA
"Black Orchid"
by Mike Wilson
Los Angeles, CA
"Broken Aesop"
by Allee Pitaccio
Aptos, CA
"Business Class"
by Kyle Gillis
Sterling Heights, MI
by Randall Zuniga
La Mesa, CA
by Jennifer Fox
Los Angeles, CA
"Emma's War"
by Jo Afton, Glenn Mitchell
Mars Hill, NC
"For Dear Life"
by Andrew Bast
Brooklyn, NY
by Austin Kase
Brooklyn, NY
"Izabela's Violin"
by Jessica Silvetti
Los Angeles, CA
by Kate Young, Kim Walker
Colorado Springs, CO
"King Without a Kingdom"
by Wiktor Grodecki
Prague, Czech Republic
"Little Miss of Darke County"
by Gary Krebs
Fairfield, CT
"Long Call"
by Andrew Ferguson
Los Angeles, CA
"Meridian Response"
by Kevin Staake
Brooklyn, NY
by Sal Baldenegro
Tucson, AZ
"Safe Word"
by Ariel Ehrlich
Bainbridge Island, WA
by Alexis Blaess
Oakland, CA
by Collin Kornfeind
Astoria, NY
"Southie Won't Go"
by Jared Goodman
Brooklyn, NY
"Space Junk"
by Richard Bailey
Monticello, IN
"Speaking Spanish (Pilot)"
by Alejandro Ramirez
Los Angeles, CA
"Such Times as These"
by Elliott Ohannes
Seattle, WA
"The Boys: Name of the Game"
by Michael Farrell , N/A
St Annes , United Kingdom
"The Carrier"
by Jared Goodman
Brooklyn , NY
"The G.O.A.T."
by Sid Grey
Playa Vista, CA
"The Memphis Mafia"
by Jason Williams
Henrico, VA
"The Romantics "
by Theodore Contreras
Long Beach, CA
"The Stranger"
by Katherine Oostman, Carolina Garrigo
Los Angeles, CA
"Wild World"
by Anne Carmack
Santa Monica, CA
by David Heinz
Los Angeles, CA