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story concept contest

Write for Humaniti!

In partnership with

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CONTEST OVER

Contest Results will be announced
in the coming days!

CONTEST TOPIC:

Write for Humaniti!

We believe that everyone should have access to clean water, food, shelter and opportunities for education and growth, and that those rights must be met in order for a society to flourish and prosper. We also believe that those of us with an abundance must help those less fortunate, and through collective action, we have the ability to fulfil our obligations to one another.

There is no better way to raise awareness, ignite our compassion, and motivate action than through stories that shed light on the suffering of others. That is why Humaniti, a grassroots Canadian relief and development organization, has partnered with Open Screenplay to bring you this important contest. We are looking for stories that can be dramatized to bring attention to those in need, particularly in countries and locations where Humaniti currently provides relief efforts (see list below).

This contest is free to participate in. Just be sure to review the contest guidelines and start writing! THERE ARE 23 TOTAL PRIZES to be won, and you can win more than once, plus a chance to HAVE YOUR STORY PRODUCED!

A few areas to focus on

  • Communities or peoples facing food shortages or food insecurity
  • Communities or peoples unable to access clean water
  • Communities lacking access to basic health services, including both mental and physical health
  • Communities ravaged by economic or environmental calamity, leaving them without secure shelters or economic opportunities
  • Locations where Humaniti currently provides relief efforts: Canada, USA, Syria, Pakistan, Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, and Palestine.

What we’re looking for

  • Story Concepts that can be developed into dramatic short films that raise awareness and inspire action
  • Your story must have the following: a Title, genre, logline, theme, period, setting, characters and a synopsis detailing the main events of the story.
  • The story must be written and submitted via the Open Screenplay platform, and must follow the contest guidelines.

A few important notes

  • please restrict your stories to locations where Humaniti currently operates and provides relief efforts: Canada, USA, Syria, Pakistan, Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, and Palestine.
  • We recognize there are many communities facing a myriad of challenges in those countries as a result of political or religious conflicts. But our objective is not to debate the politics or litigate heroes and villains, but rather to illuminate the stories of those people caught in the middle.
  • The stories need not be biographical or first account, but they should be inspired by, or based on real and pressing challenges faced by communities in need.
  • Every month, 5 winning stories will be selected and receive cash prizes. Monthly winners will advance and be eligible for one of 3 grand prizes to be announced after the end of the contest period.
  • If selected as a winner, you may be hired on to further develop your story concept to a screenplay for production.

Join us now and help us bring awareness and relief to those in need.

PRIZES

THERE ARE 23 PRIZES TO BE WON & YOU CAN WIN MULTIPLE TIMES!

1st PRIZE

$500 USD

License fee cash award

2nd Prize

$250 USD

Cash Prize

3rd Prize

$150 USD

Cash Prize

MONTHLY PRIZES

PRIZES ANNOUNCED EVERY MONTH! SUBMIT EARLY & OFTEN!

TOP PRIZE

$75 USD

Cash Prize

4 RUNNER UP PRIZES OF

$50 USD

Cash Prize

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* License fee is for Story Concept Only. Should a screenplay be commissioned from the winning writer, additional compensation to be negotiated in accordance with customary industry parameters.

Contest Mini-Rules

This contest is open to all registered users of Open Screenplay. Contest begins on June 1st, 2022 at 12:00 AM (ET) and ends on September 30th, 2022 at 11:59 PM (ET). There are a total of six (6) prizes available to be won as follows: one (1) First Prize consisting of a license fee cash award of CDN $500, and in Contest Partner’s sole discretion, the option of production, five (5) Runner Up Prizes consisting of a license fee cash award of CDN $100. This Contest is open to Open Screenplay Members, excluding residents of Quebec, Canada, who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry (parental or guardian consent required if entrant is under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry). Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limitations apply. See full rules and entry details.

About Contest Partners

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Humaniti is a grassroots not-for-profit Canadian relief and development organization with global impact.

Humaniti brings global relief in the areas of physical & mental health, food security, clean water, shelter and economic growth.

For more information visit www.wearehumaniti.org


Deadlines

Contest Start date:
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Submission Deadline:
11:59 PM, Friday, September 30th, 2022

See Guidelines

Enter to Win

Participating is easy!

START a new Story Concept: simply sign in to Open Screenplay and click START >> Story Concept on the main menu. Choose Write For Humaniti! to enter your Story Concept into the competition. The Story Concept must be completed on openscreenplay.com.

Chance for Further Consideration

Winning writers may be commissioned to turn their story concepts into screenplays for further compensation to be negotiated with buyers/producers in accordance with customary industry parameters. The Story Concept must be original and must be written on www.openscreenplay.com.

CONTEST TOPIC:

The Joy of Sports

Contest Partner: ACME FITNESS CO.

How does participating in a sport bring joy and happiness into your life?

STORY CONCEPT SUBMISSION EXAMPLE:

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Adventure / Family

Neighbourhood Games

CONTEST TOPIC:

Choose your Contractor Wisely

Contest Partner: ACME HOME REPAIRS

From simple home repairs, to full renovations, hiring a contractor can either dramatically improve your life or haunt your nightmares!

STORY CONCEPT SUBMISSION EXAMPLE:

There-Demons-in-My-Closet-poster

Supernatural Comedy

There’s Demons in My Closet