Screenwriting Competition 2019-20

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The TIME competition invites students to write a screenplay on the topic of 'time'.

The competition is open to both UK and international pre-degree students (including A/S, A level, foundation and equivalent pre-degree programmes).

Please refer to the Terms & Conditions (subject to change) for guidelines and prizes.

Registration has now closed for the 2020 competition. 

Students will be required to submit their work by 17:00 GMT on Friday 28 February 2020.


Time can suggest many different things to the creative mind. We’d like you to take this opportunity to explore your imagination and come up with a stand-alone narrative that investigates your own personal and original take on the theme.

You are invited to submit a short screenplay that showcases your imagination as well as your writing skills. It can be in any genre and you may interpret the title in any way you choose. There are no rules about locations or setting. You decide on the story you want to tell and deliver that story in the clearest and most visually dramatic way that you can.

Comedy, drama, science fiction, period piece, biopic…the potential genres are as many and varied as you wish them to be. Don’t worry about budget! This is a screenplay. Set your film in outer space or a thousand years ago if you wish. Or alternatively you may prefer to write a small, personal drama. The choice is yours.

We are looking for your imagination and creativity. We want you to produce a script that is a one-off, not a part of something larger. Don’t send us an excerpt from a longer screenplay or the first part of a series. Send us a story with a beginning, middle and end.

The brief

You are asked to:

  • Write a short screenplay (3-5 minutes) on the theme of ‘Time’.
  • The script can be in any genre and there is no limit to the number of characters you include.
  • Your script should be written in English and formatted as an industry-standard screenplay. There are many free software packages available that can help you with formatting.
  • Read screenplays to help you with the look and feel of a script, particularly screenplays from your chosen genre. There are thousands of scripts readily available online.

How to submit your work

  1. Write a screenplay between 3 and 5 minutes (3-5 pages of industry standard formatting)
  2. Write a brief statement of around 200 words about yourself and your screenplay
  3. Email your entry to [email protected]

Students will be required to submit their work by 17:00 GMT on Friday 28 February 2020.