Calling all screenwriters!  The Baltimore Film Office is now accepting entries for the 12th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition.  Applicants can submit in the feature or shorts categories.  The top entries in both categories win cash prizes, feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2017 Maryland Film Festival  and passes to local movie theaters.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by 5pm.  The application and guidelines are available online at

The competition is designed to create awareness of screenplays as a literary art form and to encourage new screenwriters into the entertainment industry.  The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University.  Funding is provided by The Arts Insurance Program, a division of Maury, Donnelly and Parr. Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.

The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is open to all screenwriters.  Submitted scripts receive coverage by local screenwriters and producers with final screenplays judged by film industry professionals.  The 2017 judges include writer Norman Steinberg (“Blazing Saddles,” “My Favorite Year”), producer Nina Noble (“Show Me a Hero,” “Treme,” “The Wire”), producer Grant Curtis (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “Spiderman,”) and producer and studio executive Larry Kostroff (“The Gumshoe Kid,” “When A Stranger Calls”).  Winners of the competition are announced during the Maryland Film Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  

In the feature category, the first place winner receives $1,500, an all access pass to the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, a Weekend in Baltimore Package, a rental car for the weekend and passes to area movie theaters.  The second place winner receives $750, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes.  The third place winner receives $350, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes.  In the shorts category, winners will receive cash prizes.

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, call 410-752-8632 or visit

The Baltimore Film Office is a division of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.