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


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


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


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