The Las Vegas Screenplay Contest honors a diverse range of categories and genres. Screenplays are judged by industry readers specializing in these categories. Each genre is broadly defined and should cover all entries. If a script falls into more than one category the author may choose the one that best fits. Alternatively, authors may submit their screenplay in multiple categories (as per the contest rules). 

Feature Screenplays (Over 70 Pages)

  • Action / Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Science Fiction
  • Historical Drama
  • Horror
  • Suspense Thriller

Television Scripts and Pilots

  • Original Drama
  • Original Sitcom
  • Spec Script for Existing Series

    Short Screenplays (Under 70 Pages)

      Stage Plays


        Category Definitions


        Action movies of today include tent-pole summer studio-busters, military movies, disaster movies, grand journeys and other things that go “Bang”!


        Comedy is a story that tells about a series of funny or comical events, intended to make the audience laugh, cry, scream, think, and just plain laugh.


        Tear-jerkers, family drama and adult themes such as: death, illness, justice and human triumph. 


        Kid-friendly themes including feature-length animation, animal stories, tales of growing up and anything that falls into other genres that is kid focused. 

        Science Fiction

        Space epics, mind-bending futuristic fiction, sword-and-sorcery, superheroes and everything else that can’t be contained in the real world.  

        Historical Drama

        True tales of the distant past such as biopics, classic novel adaptations, true crime, history reenactments and other films that rely on lavish costumes and designs.  


        Gore covered tales of horror, edgy thrillers of terror and stories of monsters & madmen; this category is for scripts that go for the throat. 


        A place for heist thrillers, crime stories, mysteries and political espionage nail-biters.

        Original Television Scripts and Pilots

        Television scripts written as the pilot episode for an original series.

        Spec Television Scripts and Pilots

        A television screenplay based on an existing series.

        Stage Play

        A script that is performed live, as opposed to on screen.