'Think Oscars but nicer, and with less violence. The S&Co International Festival was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Receiving the finalist nomination was a huge thrill in itself, but then the day of the final was incredibly inspiring and joyous. A-list industry speakers, friendly and encouraging fellow contestants, excellent S&Co actors performing extracts from the submissions, and then the A-team of Zanna and Alex keeping it all together.'  Stephen Saleh, playwright screenwriter


2024 festival submissions are now CLOSED!


The SCRIPTWRITERS & CO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2024 will be the grand culmination of a major scriptwriting competition.

The awards ceremony will be at the RONDO THEATRE in Bath, UK, on 12 May 2024.

Our first speaker is STEPHEN VOLK, the evil mind behind BBC TV’s notorious “Halloween hoax” Ghostwatch, and creator and lead writer of the ITV paranormal drama series Afterlife, starring Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln. Other screenplays include The Awakening; William Friedkin's The Guardian; and Ken Russell's Gothic. He adapted Phil Rickman's Midwinter of the Spirit into an ITV mini-series, and wrote The Chapel of Unrest. A two-time British Fantasy Award winner, Stephen's also the author of five collections of short stories and a non-fiction book, called Coffinmaker's Blues: Collected Writings on Terror.

Bath is renowned for its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture. It's one of only a handful of entire cities to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we're very proud to be based here.

Our annual contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters worldwide, and offers a choice of page counts and prices to suit everyone. We're committed to making this competition accessible to talented writers at any stage of their journey into or through the industry.

Moreover, this isn't a 'fur coat and no knickers' event. There will be trophies for winners of major categories plus, at S&CO's dicretion, career-changing potential for any outstanding feature screenplays and full-length stage plays, via our scouting-led, route-to-production partnership with POSTERITY ENTERTAINMENT, potentially worth c£100,000 if selecred for development!

Thanks to repeat sponsorship from FINAL DRAFT, all winners and runners-up of all categories will again receive a licenced copy of FD12.

A high point for many finalists is watching our magnificent S&CO ACTORS - who garner much acclaim for their Zoom performances of our winners' S&CO Scratch Night scripts - perform  selected excerpts from finalists' work, from micros to pilots to features. That's how we bring writers scripts to life!

We  can't wait for May 2024! Want to see our 2024 winners, so far?

'We were treated to inspirational speakers, extracts from an impressive variety of work entered for the competition, capped off by the tension of announcing runners up and winners.' Mark Ralph-Bowman, playwright

'Zanna, Alex and all the team at ‘Scriptwriters and Co' staged a fantastic day with inspiring speakers. It was also a great opportunity to network with fellow writers and hear the work of the finalists performed by the S&Co team of actors. I would especially recommend this festival to emerging writers as the extensive categories for shorter scripts make it very accessible to writers who might not yet have a full TV script, stage play or feature film completed.’ Linda Jane Butler, playwright/screenwriter

'As with all Scriptwriters&Co events, the festival was entertaining, informative and inspiring. Great speakers and great networking opportunities. I'm already looking forward to next year!’ Graham Newton, screenwriter

'My confidence as a scriptwriter has grown through engaging with S&Co who’ve always been encouraging and supportive. Bravo to all the organisers, winners, finalists, writers & performers. Looking forward to the next one!’ Nilgin Yusuf, playwright/screenwriter



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