The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is now open!

17th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition Now Accepting Entries

the Baltimore Film Bureau to Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts (BOPA) accepting registrations for the 17th edition Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Scripts can be submitted in the Feature Film and Short Film categories, and scripts must be filmed or able to be filmed in Baltimore. The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office in conjunction with the film programs of Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.

All screenwriters are encouraged to apply. Baltimore Film Office Director Debbie Donaldson Dorsey said, “The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition nurtures all levels of writers and the many wonderful Baltimore stories waiting to be told. Full application and guidelines are available at The deadline for submission is Friday January 14, 2022, before 5 p.m.

Submitted scripts are covered by students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local writers and producers. Final scripts are judged by film and television industry professionals, including producers and writers working on projects for HBO and other studios. The top entries in each category will win cash prizes and are expected to be announced during the 2022 Maryland Film Festival in April 2022

In 2021, 16th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition judges Nina Noble, Ken LaZebink, MK Asante and Annette Porter awarded Bridget Bell McMahon’s “Giselle, Awakened”, Mike Marroga’s “Six Shots from Now” and “Abolition” by ‘Evan Balkan in the category of features; and Leesa Ashley’s “Mama,” James A. Burkhalter’s “Last Call,” and Miceal O’Donnell’s “Stink Bomb” in the shorts category. Previous Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners have also received scholarships from the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, including 2020 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition winners Stephen Schuyler for “Like You Think You Know Me” and Chung-Wei Huang, for “Squeegee Boys” who both recently shot their movies in Baltimore.

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, call 443-263-4313 or visit

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as the arts council, events center, and film office for the City of Baltimore. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more dynamic and creative city.

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