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Cinematic Book Writing Competition

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Cinematic Book Writing Competition


Hollywood has a long history of creating film and television from books. Does your book have cinematic potential? Our judges are looking for great stories with potential to be adapted for the screen. We’re looking for novels, novellas, true stories and biographies. Submit your work for consideration today!

Get in front of Hollywood judges who love great books.

Senior Editor, Henry Holt & Co.
James Melia is a Senior Editor at Henry Holt and Company, the publishing company behind many award-winning and bestselling books. Notable books Melia has edited include THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING, CADDYSHACK: THE MAKING OF A HOLLYWOOD CINDERELLA STORY, and THE DINNER LIST. He also published #1 New York Times bestselling memoir BLACK KLANSMAN, and instant New York Times bestseller, DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?

Literary Manager and Founder, Gravity Squared Entertainment
John is the founder of Gravity Squared Entertainment, a Los Angeles based Management/Production Company. He currently manages writers, producers and directors for film & television, while also controlling media rights for well over 150 published books, including Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times Best Sellers.

Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriting duo behind CBS Films FIVE FEET APART and Warner Bros.THE CURSE OF LA LLORNA fka THE CHILDREN, are currently penning the script to a new DIRTY DANCING film for Lionsgate, and also adapting Mikki’s novel ALL THIS TIME for Lionsgate. Additionally, they are writing NIGHTBOOKS for Netflix with Sam Raimi.

Agent, Media Rights, UTA
Katrina Escudero is an agent in the Media Rights department at United Talent Agency (UTA). Escudero takes compelling works and packages them into acclaimed films and TV shows including THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS (Hulu), PANIC (Amazon), LIGHT AS A FEATHER (HULU), KILL CREEK (SHOWTIME) and features AFTER (Netflix). Currently, she oversees a roster of accomplished literary clients such as Lauren Oliver, Pablo Cartaya, Maurene Goo, Hope Larson, and Loren Grush. Most recently, Escudero facilitated a deal for Netflix to develop Tanya Smith’s upcoming memoir THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE with Issa Rae and David Heyman producing.

Executive Editor, William Morrow/HarperCollins
Rachel Kahan is an Executive Editor at William Morrow. A passionate advocate for new and diverse voices in both fiction and non-fiction, she has published many bestsellers, including THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL, THE SUMMER WIVES, EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS and HIDDEN FIGURES, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film.


Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner
The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Circulation and personal recommendation of winning book to our network of literary agents, managers, film/ TV producers and studio executives.

Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and advise on option/purchase offers.

$1,000 cash
Accepted into the ScreenCraft Development Program
Personal Introduction to top literary managers
Complimentary Badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit + Travel Stipend
Runner-Up Prizes
Second Place
The second place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

50% off 2021 ScreenCraft Summit

Phone call with ScreenCraft development team to discuss your project and strategize industry outreach.

Top Quarterfinalists
The top quarterfinalists will receive special mention on our website when we announce in early January.