The Contest

The annual CinemaSpoke screenplay competition will begin accepting entries immediately, with a deadline of May 15, 2013. The contest, designed to showcase local writers, is sponsored by Script Mechanics, in cooperation with Cinema St. Louis.
Screenwriters on both sides of the Mississippi River, within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis, Mo., are eligible to enter their feature-length screenplays (88-120 pages).
Entry fee is $30 for each submitted script, and judges shall select from three to five finalists based on the strength of submissions. Judges will be filmmakers, critics, and instructors.
Prizes for the winner will include coverage by an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood screenwriting author and writing instructor and notification to approximately 400 producers by a union-signatory Hollywood agent.

CinemaSpoke is happy to announce that Hollywood writer-producer Ken Rotcop, founder of PitchMart, will again provide the first-place prize for the 2013 CinemaSpoke regional screenwriting contest. Rotcop will provide coverage for the winner, which is a $350 value.

Each finalist, including the winner, will receive an autographed copy of The Perfect Pitch by Ken Rotcop, courtesy of Michael Wiese Productions, and a full public reading of their selected script. Each finalist will also get notes from the judges at the complete reading of their selected script. CinemaSpoke will also issue a press release announcing the finalists and winner, so all finalists get recognition through a local media blast. With guidance from Script Mechanics and its casting committee, the finalists will be given the option to assist in the casting and provide the actors with some direction before the reading.

For rules and entry form, see
Submissions and a completed entry form should be sent to
c/o Cinema St. Louis
3547 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-1000
A PDF of the submitted script must be emailed to
Questions about the contest or the process can be directed to
Actors and actresses who are interested in participating in the table reads of the finalists' scripts can send their name, age range, gender, ethnicity, and a resume, all of which must be copied and pasted in the body of the email, to Actors and actresses should be aware that no attachments will be accepted or opened.
Media inquiries should be sent to Sandra Olmsted