Thank you for your submissions! The 2019 LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition is officially CLOSED!!

Congratulations to all who entered and made it this far. We are very excited to announce our Top 26 Finalists!

  • Haram by Abdullah Alhendyani, CSU Northridge
  • Uni’tsi: A Cherokee Apologue by Abdullah Alhendyani, CSU Northridge
  • Willin’ by Adam Boland, AFI
  • Carousel by Brady Morell, AFI
  • Artist, Unknown by Brady Morell, AFI
  • Blackout by Daniel Ocho, St. John’s University
  • In The Black by Drew Metcalf, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Face Time by Ephi Stempler, AFI
  • Romanza by Helen Doremus, Antioch University Los Angeles
  • The Pirates of Fellowship, Maine by James Bentley, UCLA
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by Jason Lee, CSU Northridge
  • The Elephant by Khaila Amazan, University of California, Irvine
  • Misery, Missouri by Lee Whitten, University of Central Oklahoma
  • The Ghost by Lindsey Gudritz, University of Texas at Austin
  • Cowgone by Macey McCartney, Lee College
  • Jade and The Legend of The Lost Emperor by Mary Bronaugh, USC
  • The Show by Obiageli Odimegwu, USC
  • Please Let Everything Be Alright by Paul Chang, UCLA Anderson
  • Ophelia is Dying. by Pimvenus Clark, USC
  • Code of Virtue by Rom Lotan, USC
  • The Naked Sport by Sam Boyer, University of Texas at Austin
  • Glide by Sam Rosenberg, The University of Michigan
  • The G.O.A.T. by Sid Patwa, UCLA
  • Chasing Moksha by Yashna Malhotra, UCLA
  • Ritual by Zemia Edmondson, Pomona College
  • Birdie by Zoe Cheng, USC

Our Board of Judges is reviewing each screenplay and the Top 8 winners will be announced on August 16th*, 2019!

Are you an aspiring screenwriter?

The LAUNCH Million Dollar Collegiate Screenplay Contest will enable one talented screenwriter to realize their dream by having their screenplay produced as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1,000,000.

  • The LAUNCH is also giving $100,000 in education grants to the Top 8 Finalists to help them with the cost of their education.
  • The Top 3 Finalists will receive and offer of representation from a major talent agency and a management company, to assist in guiding their new career in Hollywood.
  • Every screenplay submitted will receive one page of professional feedback included with their submission fee, as well as a code for 70% off the annual subscription to the Save the Cat 4.0 story structure software.

The LAUNCH is different than any other screenplay competition

We don’t promise meetings with industry people to pitch your screenplay, we will actually produce your film with a budget of approximately $1 million.  The Top 3 Finalists will get an offer of representation and the Top 8 Finalists will share in $100,000 in educational grants and other prizes. Every screenplay submitted will receive one page of professional feedback included with their submission fee, as well as a code for 70% off the annual subscription to the Save the Cat 4.0 story structure software.
The top eight screenplays are carefully chosen and will be announced on or around July 8th, with the Grand Prize winning screenplay entering pre-production shortly after.

Coverfly seamlessly manages the screenplay submission process, as well as the reading, evaluation and scoring of the screenplays by professional readers who have passed a rigorous vetting to be accepted as a Coverfly reader.


1. Story
2. Creativity
3. Character Development
4. Voice Originality
5. Honest Emotion


We guarantee that 100% of scripts will receive one full read by a professional reader, evaluation, and scoring. Every screenplay will get one page of feedback which will be delivered after the winners are announced.


The top three finalists will receive an offer of representation at a major talent agency and management company, and the top eight finalists will be awarded a total of $100,000 USD in education grants.

2019 Competition Details: Deadlines, Prizes, and How We Judge Your Screenplay

Get all the details on important deadlines and prizes, as well as how screenplays are judged!

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2018 LAUNCH Competition Recap

We are so incredibly proud of the success of the inaugural LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition. We saw hundreds of screenplays entered from 207 schools and 37 countries around the world!

After 4 grueling rounds of reads and scoring, the Judging Panel chose our Top 8 winners, based on the story, the creativity found within the screenplay, character development, voice originality, and honest emotion. We were so moved reading the screenplays and brimming with excitement to start pre-production on Stanley Kalu’s Grand Prize winning screenplay, “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that a lot of questions come with entering a contest. When is the deadline? Is there a length or genre requirement? What about formatting? Click here to find all the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

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Behind The Scenes: The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Check out this gallery of Behind The Scenes photos from the set of Stanley Kalu’s Grand Prize winning screenplay The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, featuring Steven Silver (Thirteen Reasons Why), Spencer Neville (Ozark), and Nicola Peltz (Transformers).

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