She dreams Screenplay Competition

We’re partnering with Women in Film Kentucky to host our first screenplay competition! Scroll for info & sign up for announcements below.

Win Cash, Table
Reads!

Winners get cash plus get their script read out loud by actors at a live film & TV Industry event during a festival in Summer 2025! We have a variety of venues that we work with to schedule our readings and screenings like Gravely Brewing, 4th ST LIVE! and others.


Kentucky writers may enter at no charge! Attend one of our events to get a waiver or email jessicainlouisville@gmail.com. (Will be asked to prove residency.)

Who Can Enter?

Anyone from the United States over the age of 18 can enter.

Criteria 1

The story must be a narrative feature or short film or TV pilot of any genre that features a strong lead female, trans or non-binary character.

Criteria 2

The story must be set in or prominently feature the state of Kentucky. We anticipate that some may simply change the location on current scripts. That’s fine, but please try to research and properly describe Kentucky cities or locations accurately.

Criteria 3

The story must include one of the follow topics: Body autonomy, gender identity, neurodivergence, the female experience, sexual orientation, or personal responsibility for feminist action. Yes, even CIS men might have something to say here and are welcome to submit.

THESE AREN’T DOCUMENTARIES, and we don’t just want a bunch of dramas!! While we’re happy to see autobiographical stories, we don’t want a bunch of dramas only!  We’d love to see strong trans people kicking zombie ass or a Creature from the Black Lagoon complaining they’ve been misgendered. We want to root for heroes, feel with dramas,  laugh with you about neurodivergent reactions or trying to shop for size 15 heels.  Get Creative!

Judging Criteria:

Judging Rubric: 

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Best use of entry criteria above: 50% (Failure to meet entry criteria will disqualify scripts)

Story development and creativity: 25%

Character development: 15%

Proper Screenplay formatting and structure: 10%

Prizes:

Best Feature length film (over 40 pages): $500 + live table read – (over 20 pages) 

Best Short film: $500 + live table read  (under 40 pages)

Best TV Pilot (1/2 hour or 1 hour): $500 + live table read

Best of show: Additional $500 – the highest scored overall piece 

Honorable mention awards (Can be one of the winners above but do not have to be)

Highest Social Impact for Kentucky if produced – $100

Best Screenplay from a Kentuckian identifying as female, trans or non-binary – $100 (If more than 3 entries from this category) 

Most Creative take on /ability to weave  on the criteria into the story – $100  

Got Ideas but never written a screenplay before?

We will be offering some screenwriting courses soon. Sign up for details.  Deadlines, entry Link TBA soon!

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