Are you a budding screenwriter? Amazon sponsors a script writing competition each year. Submit your script on Amazon Studios where it will be evaluated publicly (anyone can visit Amazon, read it, and make comments) or privately where only an Amazon editor reviews it.
Amazon Studios picks the top 5 scripts from the competition to show Warner Bros. Pictures (their partner for this competition). If Amazon likes your script they may decide to buy it from you (for up to $200,000 but you won’t own it any longer and can’t earn additional money from it) or after 45 days paying you $10,000 to extend the option on it for a full 18 month period. An option means your script is off the market and you can’t show it to other producers.
Even if your script doesn’t get picked, it’s still a fine idea to submit it for evaluation and reviews from other people.
Other screenwriting contests can be found online. Do your research before submitting so you know what to expect. Here are two well-known contests (but they require a fee to enter):
At Studio 300 we have Celtx, a very intuitive script writing software package with options to create storyboards, sketches, production calenders, and call sheets. Check out books on script writing and see what Lynda.com videos (free in Studio 300) can teach you about screenplays.