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Five Markets for Screenplays & Scripts

By Alex J. Coyne

Scripts and screenplays aren’t just for performing. There’s a certain charm in reading them on the page, where imagination takes the place of actors. There are many magazines and literary journals who are willing to publish scripts (and some even dialogues) in written form. Not all of these markets are currently open to submissions

Here are some of the best markets for screenplays and scripts.

Scenes Journal

Scenes Journal is a literary journal aimed at plays, scripts and everything that has to do with writing them. They’re published twice a year.

Guidelines list that they’re looking for short films (15 pages and under) and already filmed excerpts (20 pages and under), but they’ll also publish relevant essays of up to 3,000 words.

See their general submission guidelines or their open call guidelines. Pay rates aren’t mentioned, if any.


Azure is a quarterly literary journal part of the larger Lazuli Literary Group.

According to their guidelines, they’re looking for screenplays under 50 pages. They’ll also publish creative nonfiction, literary fiction and poetry. Each published piece is accompanied by a sketch created for the piece – and writers are encouraged to send specifications for the sketch if they have something in mind already.

Guidelines don’t mention their pay rates, if any.

The Little Magazine

The Little Magazine is an interesting literary journal accepting works that have been translated “from languages other than English.” Their guidelines mention they aren’t looking for any work that was originally written (and published) previously in English.

Instead, they seek to publish fiction, poetry and film or theatre scripts up to 25,000 words in length. Submit work through their form along with a short bio.

Guidelines don’t mention rates.

Toronto Cold Reads

Toronto Cold Reads classifies as a market for screenplays and scripts, although they aren’t technically a literary journal or magazine. For every Cold Reads session, held with dates you can find through their guidelines, a few stories are selected from their submissions and read at a live event – which can sometimes be an excellent way to have newer readers get to know your work.

Ideally, works are capped at 15 pages (or approximately 20 minutes or shorter).

Submissions sent directly to an e-mail address, with their guidelines here.

HitchLit Review

The HitchLit Review calls themselves “a secular literary journal” with two open reading submission times per year from January 1 to March 31 and August 1 to October 31. They’re mostly after publishing good fiction and poetry, but they do happen to publish scripts and screenplay excerpts too (or they wouldn’t be listed here!).

Guidelines are specific about formatting (double-spaced, point 12 and 1,000 to 3,000 words in length). This is not a paying market.

Alex J. Coyne is a journalist, writer and bridge player. His contributions have been published in markets like People Magazine, Funds for Writers, and Great Bridge.



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