Are you an aspiring screenwriter?

The LAUNCH Million Dollar 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 eight winners to help them defer the cost of their education.  The top three will receive and offer of representation from a major talent agency and a management company, to assist in guiding their new career in Hollywood.


Submissions Open: Feburary 1, 2019
$20 USD Early Submission: February 1-28, 2019
$30 USD Regular Submission: March 1-31, 2019
$40 USD Late Submission: April 1-30, 2019
Submissions Close: April 30, 2019 @ 11:59PM PST


Winner Announced: July 7th, 2019*
Quarter-Finalists: May 20th, 2019*
Semi-Finalists: May 31st, 2019*
Finalists: June 14th, 2019*

(*on or around intended date)

What to expect when you enter The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Contest

The LAUNCH is different than any other screenplay competition you’ve ever entered. We don’t just promise meetings with industry people to pitch your screenplay, we will actually make your movie! We also will get the top three winners representation and give $100,000 in education grants to the top 8 winners.

The top eight screenplays are carefully chosen and will be announced on or around July 7th, with the Grand Prize winning screenplay entering pre-production shortly after.


Based on initial scoring, the top 25% of the total scripts received will move to the next round and will receive a second full read, evaluation and scoring.


Based on the previous round, the top 40% of the scripts will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.


Based on the previous round, the top 50% of the scripts will receive an additional full read, evaluation and scoring.


The 25 scripts with the highest scores will then be evaluated by The LAUNCH’s judging panel, who will select the top eight winners.


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, & How We Judge Your Screenplay

Click here to see deadlines and prizes, as well as how screenplays are judged!

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2018 LAUNCH Competition Recap

Stanley Kalu’s (21) father often calls him a beast of no nation, out of guilt for uprooting him time and time and time again. His guilt, however, is misplaced.

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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), Nicola Peltz (Transformers), and Spencer Neville (Ozark).

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