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Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
Deadline Entry Fee
March 14 2009 (early)
May 16 2009 (regular) 
June 27, 2009 (final)
$45 (by 3/14/2009)
$50 (by 5/16/2009)
$60 (by 6/27/2009)
Award: Two $2500 cash prizes awarded: to the best script with a female and minority protagonist. 
Other Awards/Prizes:
The Cynosure Screenwriting Awards seeks to expand the scope of mainstream cinema by recognizing quality character and concept driven screenplays showcasing female and minority protagonists.
Notification Date:  September 26, 2009.

Eligibility: Open to all writers in any country.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
  • Open to all writers in any country, however all entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  • Scripts by multiple authors are accepted, and any awards, if given, will be divided equally among those writers. All writers must sign the entry/release form.
  • Screenplays may not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
  • More than one script may be submitted, provided that a signed entry/release form and application fee accompanies each submission.
  • Scripts may be submitted under one category only. If the script qualifies for both, choose the category that best describes the overall spirit of the screenplay.
  • Scripts must be the original work of the applicant(s). If based upon adapted material not in the public domain, applicant(s) must attach a statement attesting to their rights to make such adaptations. Sponsors do not investigate or attest to the authenticity of an applicant's statement of authorship or rights.
  • Scripts must be registered with the WGA or with the US Copyright Office.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a signed
  • ENTRY/RELEASE FORM, application fee, and (optional) self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgement of receipt of submission. No other materials will be accepted.
    The Competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen or damaged in transit. Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Sponsors, their families, and associates are ineligible for any prizes in the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.


  • Screenplays must be in English only, and may be of any genre. Please do not send originals.
  • Screenplays must be in standard U.S. screenplay format, between 90 and 130 numbered pages.
  • If submitting via mail, scripts must be fastened with two or three metal brads, and bound between two blank card stock covers. No handwritten or faxed manuscripts will be accepted. Double-sided scripts are encouraged.
  • Title page should include author's name, address, email and phone number. The author's name must not appear anywhere inside the script itself.


  • If submitting by mail, make checks or money orders out to the Cynosure Screenwriting Awards.
  • Please send completed application form, entry fee and script to address below.
Web Address: http://www.broadmindent.com
Contact & E-mail: Andrettta Hamilton
Contact Title: Contest Coordinator
Organization: Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States
Phone: 310.855.8730
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