WriterDuet 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown

Get ready to rumble! It’s time to throw down your screenwriting skills and see if you’ve got what it takes to be the last writer standing!

Enter the 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown to flex your writing skills and pit your quick script up against other writers in the WD community!

Five finalists will have their script submissions read & judged by professional screenwriter Daniel Petrie Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, Turner & Hooch).

FREE to submit! Effortless to enter! And a fantastic opportunity to win prizes that’ll help support your writing journey!

Finalists and 1st Place Winner Announced!

Thank you to all the writers who submitted!
See the Finalists & 1st Place Winner



No matter what genre you choose to write in or what tone your story takes, your script submission MUST embody this Throwdown Theme.

The 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown will begin Monday, February 15th @ 12:00 AM PST
Your submission must be entered by Tuesday, February 16th @ 11:59 PM PST



  • $500
  • Free Professional Script Coverage from Bulletproof Screenwriting (for any project, feature film or TV series)
  • Feedback on Throwdown script submission from the featured judge Daniel Petrie Jr.
  • A WriterDuet Pro Lifetime subscription


Daniel Petrie Jr. is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director of film and television. He is best known for pioneering the sub-genres of action comedy and buddy cop films through films like Beverly Hills Cop and Turner & Hooch. He served as President of the Writers Guild of America, West between 1997 and 1999, and then again between 2004 and 2005.

WriterDuet will be donating to The Writers Guild Foundation. Join us in supporting them here!


After over 25 years in the film business and watching countless of his fellow filmmakers get chewed up by the Hollywood machine, Alex Ferrari decided to create Indie Film Hustle. IFH is a resource dedicated to dropping truth bombs on filmmakers with a no-nonsense approach. Learn how hustle, truth, and knowledge can take you anywhere.


Terms Of Service

Your participation in this contest signifies your acceptance of the WriterDuet 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown Contest terms and conditions below.

You must be at least 13 years of age to enter. If you are under the age of 13 you are not permitted to enter. If you are over the age of 13 but under the age of 18, entry into this contest and acceptance of any prize awarded in the event of a winning script requires you to have the consent of your parent or guardian. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

WRITERDUET INC. reserves the right to investigate or reject your entry if you have misused the Service or have behaved in any way that we consider inappropriate, unlawful or illegal. In order to participate in this competition, you must also abide by the WRITERDUET Terms of Service and Privacy Policies.

Submitting a script

When you submit a script to the WriterDuet 48-Hour Screenplay Throwdown Contest, you promise that:

You own all rights, including copyright, to the entire script or have been authorized by its copyright owner to submit it to WRITERDUET INC.; The content of the script is not unlawful, defamatory, libelous, threatening, obscene, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or fraudulent, and doesn’t encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or violate any law, or would be otherwise inappropriate; The content of the script does not violate any other rights of any party, such as infringing a copyright or trademark, publishing falsehoods or misrepresentations about WRITERDUET INC. or any other person or entity, or violating another person’s right to privacy or publicity; No other party has a pending claim to the script that, if upheld, would render our Service or products, or those of our Partners, illegal or in violation of any party’s rights. You retain all your prior ownership rights in your submitted scripts. You agree that you will not suggest, directly or indirectly, that WRITERDUET INC. endorses the content of any script that you submit, including opinions, recommendations, or advice expressed by that script.

If you have questions about any of these agreements, you can contact us at help@writerduet.com.

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  1. how will you send the money if you win?

  2. Thank you for the opportunity! Had a blast writing for this!

  3. do you have to be a professionale to enter just asking. Thanks

    • Not at all, this contest open to everyone!

      • thanks!

  4. Will you get a confirmation that your submission was received?

    • Just that confirmation page after you submit the form!

  5. Hi there, I just submitted my screen play. I thought I might get an email to confirm because we had to add our email address. Will a confirmation come? Thanks! I took a screenshot on my camera just in case!

    • No email, just that confirmation page after you submit the form!

  6. I didn’t get a confirmation email when I submitted but I thought I would. Will we get one? I took a screenshot on my phone just in case. Thanks!

    • No email confirmation. Just the confirmation page when you submit your form!

      • OK great, thank you for letting me know. Fingers crossed. What a great competition!

  7. Will there be a email confirmation of submission?

    • No email, just that confirmation page after you submit the form!

  8. Can we in the script for the contest put car, house, or office scenes but only one location?

    • Correct, it can be anywhere, as long as the location (slugline) doesn’t change.

  9. I had to fix it and resend. Hopefully that is ok. My first had different times so different sluglines. I was told that won’t work even though it’s in the same location so I fixed it. Hopefully that will work.

    • Thanks for letting us know. We technically take the first submission from each writer. You can email the support team at help@writerduet.com and let them know. They might be able to accommodate that.

  10. Win or lose it was most enjoyable to have participated in this challenge!

  11. i submitted 4am Australian time today, I was wondering if we get an acknowledgment or any way of knowing if you received the entry?

    • No email, just the confirmation page after filling out the form.

  12. Thanks for this cool opportunity!

  13. If we have one scene, but we want to make it a point to smash cut to a specific item at close up in a room, would that be breaking the rules? Also, can the time of day change in the location as long as we keep it all in the same room?

    • You want to keep it to one scene heading, so a time change would be a second slugline. You can punch in with action direction or camera direction, etc.

  14. Also, does smash cutting to a black screen count as a scene change?

  15. Had fun writing about this topic! I hope their are more showdowns in the future!

  16. Should the title page include our name?

    • That would definitely be helpful. But especially include your name in the submission form.

  17. How do I check that my submission was recieved? Thank you.

    • You should have seen a confirmation message after you submitted the form. We did not send any confirmation emails. You can email the support team at help@writerduet.com and ask them to double check.

  18. Thank you so much for creating opportunities for writers.

  19. Hi! Thanks for the opportunity. I submitted my writer duet link to my screenplay however, I don’t think it was the “Published” link and it was just the shareable link. Will mine still be read and considered or is there a way I can resend the published link? Thank you I’m advance!

    • Yes, we are still reading the few submissions that used share links instead of publish links. Not a problem.

  20. Can we submit our entries to other contests and festivals as well?

    • Of course! You still own the rights to your work.

  21. When do we find out the results?

  22. This was a blast, keep it coming WD Team!

  23. This was fun.. Good luck everyone!

  24. where can we view the results?

  25. Where do you announce these, for future reference? Would have loved to submit but missed it!

    • Hey Dani, we post on social media, here on the blog, in the WD app and via email.

      We will be announcing the next Throwdown soon!

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