Short Script Submissions are Now OPEN!

Welcome to the Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest short script contest, where our goal is to connect with writers of entertaining short narratives and produce the winning script.

With today's media landscape providing opportunities for short form content, we look for shorts that exhibit strong story and provoke thought.


Early Deadline​



Regular Deadline


JUNE 12th

Late Deadline



Final Deadline



                                     Watch previous winning short films as part of Twilight Reno season 1 on Tubi TV and other platforms!

Short SCreenplay contest

Standard Short Script Entry

Short Script Entry + Full Analysis


About Screenplay Awards

Best Short Screenplay Prize

Welcome To Reno Screenplay Awards

RULES & Eligibility


The Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest invites various writers, agents, producers, and actors to be part of the jury every season. All scripts are judged based on the following: concept, story, character, dialogue, marketability, structure, and clarity. Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, Finalists, and Winners will be notified by email. Announcements will be made within 90 days following final submission deadline. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

By submitting to this contest you agree to receive email messages from Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest or its partners, including Mad Wife Productions, regarding contest updates and other related services. If you wish to stop receiving these communications, you need to request to be removed from the email list in writing:

The judges’ decisions are final!



By accepting the winning prize, the writer(s) agree to option the worldwide rights of the script to Mad Wife Productions.  



Except where prohibited by law, submission of written materials constitutes each entrant’s consent to Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest and its agents’ and sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. This includes audio-visual information pertaining to the in-house development, analysis, and coverage in relation to writer’s submitted works. All uses of any entrants’ information will at all times be in accordance with our Privacy Policy.



All fees submitted are non-refundable.



BY SUBMITTING YOUR MATERIALS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE CONDITIONS. You agree to release and hold harmless Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay analysts, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting your submission of material, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s submission of materials and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest and its sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of Reno-Tahoe Screenplay Contest and their immediate families are ineligible to submit materials. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided submission fees will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility