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

Submissions are now closed for the 2019 Competition! Make sure to check back here and on social for announcements regarding the judging rounds!

2019 Notification Dates

We’re excited to announce the screenplays that have advanced on to the Quarterfinals have been chosen and all entrants will receive an email regarding the status of their screenplays today! If you haven’t received an email by the end of the day, Thursday June 20th, please check your spam folder and as always, you can email us at We are on schedule to announce those that have moved on to the Semi-Finals on or around July 1st, 2019. Good luck!

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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