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    Cine-Books Screenplay Contest

Cine-Books Screenplay Contest

UPDATE: Hi Sweekers! By popular demand, we’ve decided to give you guys another month to finish your screenplays. We realize this is a new format for a lot of you, and that we’re asking for quite a long text compared to what most of you usually write. If you’ve already submitted your screenplay, feel free to edit it until the new deadline, i.e. the 25th of November!

We’re thrilled to introduce the new Cine-Books Screenplay Contest!

Hey Sweekers, we’ve got something really special planned for our next competition! Have you ever wanted to see your story visualized, and watch it play out in front of you – not just in your mind? If so, we think you’ll enjoy this new screenplay contest, which we’re running together with CINE-BOOKS.COM!

Cine-Books specializes in creating Cine-Stories, which is a new type of home entertainment  similar to photo-comics, but boasting cinematic quality. It is the budget-friendly alternative to series and films that allows for increasing readers’ exposure to your work and capturing the atmosphere and mood of your writing!

We are looking for screenplays of up to 3,500 words that could be visualized in the Cine-Stories format. This means that your story will be told through digital photos with dialogue – much like a comic book.

The winners will not only have their work made into a Cine-Book, but they’ll also receive free copies of their new visualized story to share with their readers. A fantastic gift for longtime fans and new ones alike. This is a great opportunity for you to tell your story in a unique and accessible format and expand your audience!

Please make sure to read the guidelines on script-writing before you submit your story, as the entries that don’t adhere to these will be disqualified!

This is an example of a Cine-Story, to demonstrate what we are looking for: https://cine-books.com/store/escaping-the-camera

How to write a Cine-Story script



  •  Start: 17th of September
  •  Submissions end: 25th of November
  •  Shortlist announcement:  8th of December
  •  Winner announcement  18th of December



Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in

Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #cinebooks either in the title, description or tags section (which is part of Story Details).

That’s it, easy-peasy – you’re published! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more fans! You can also promote your screenplay on Sweek or on the Facebook fan page. And of course, don’t forget to adorn your screenplay with a snazzy cover to attract even more readers. If you’re not sure how, or just need a guiding hand, you should check out our tips on how to create a great story cover.



Only English-language screenplays will be accepted.



Main Prize (for 2 winners selected by a jury):

  • Visualization by the professional Cine-Books production  team
  • Publishing and distribution via Cine-Books’ channels (app and website)
  • License to use the official Cine-Books award winner logo to promote your writing
  • 500 free copies your Cine-Book story for your friends and fans

Most Popular Story Prize (for 1 winner selected by Sweek users):

  • Visualization by the professional Cine-Books production team
  • Publishing and distribution via Cine-Books’ channels (app and website)
  • License to use the official Cine-Books award winner logo to promote your writing
  • 500 free copies of cine-books based on your story for your friends and fans



  1. You need to be over the age of 13 to participate.
  2. We are looking for screenplays of 3,500 or less words in contemporary fiction genres, where the story takes place in a realistic world (thriller, horror, romance, mystery, etc.) and is aimed at the young adult audience.
  3. Tag your story #cinebooks in the title, tag or description.
  4. Only stories submitted before November 25th 23:59 CET will be eligible for participation.
  5. Your screenplay cannot exceed 3,500 words.
  6. Your screenplay should conform to dramaturgical principles/standards with brief, clear sentences. Note that it will be visualized using high resolution pictures, so you have to follow the rules of script writing (see an example here How to write a Cine-Story script ).
  7. Only English-language short stories/screenplays will be accepted.
  8. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive.
  9. You can participate with multiple entries. There is no limit per person.
  10. After the deadline, the jury will choose a shortlist of 10 finalists and announce them on the 8th of December.The Most Popular Screenplay Prize is determined by the number of likes given by the 7th of December 23:59 CEST. Falsification of likes and followers will lead to disqualification. Only the 10 finalists compete for this prize.
  11. Winners and finalists can use the official Cine-Books award winner logo, Cine-Books award user’s choice winner logo and Cine-Books award finalist logo to promote their writing.
  12. If the winner of the screenplay contest does not respond within a week, the prize will be given to the next participant.
  13. The submitted work must be created by you.
  14. The winners transfer the copyrights to CINE-BOOKS Entertainment for the production and distribution worldwide of various types of cine-book editions: photo-story, cinematic story, film. In case the winner is a minor, a written consent of one of the parents or other authorized legal representative to execution of the agreement and transfer of intellectual property rights to CINE-BOOKS is required. The writer will keep the rights to the TV or movie adaptations.
  15. Participation in the screenplay contest means that the user is aware of and accepts the contest rules.

Head on over to Sweek to get started!


The screenplays will be judged by the Cine-Books production team. The jury can choose 0 to 2 stories as winners. One winner will be chosen during the voting period by Sweek users.


  • Neha Varadharajan, Reply

    Please, let me participate. I have parental permission. I have a nice idea too.

    • the Sweek team, Reply

      Hey Neha,

      As stated in the rules, if you have parental permission, you are free to participate.


      • Neha Varadharajan, Reply

        Ok , thank you! Do I need to submit a proof of parental permission?

        • the Sweek team, Reply

          We'll trust that you obtained it. It is just important for us that you let them know what you're up to, especially if you end up winning a competition! :)

  • Neha Varadharajan, Reply

    Hi guys, I am not very old to Sweek so I may ask innumerable questions. Bear with me please ;)
    It's written in the Cine Books format( the link provided ) and it clearly states to use another font for a script. But there is no such setting on Sweek! How do I go about it?

    • the Sweek team, Reply

      Hey Neha,
      No worries, we're here to answer questions, so just fire away! The guide on how to write a script for Cine-Books actually states that Courier New is the preferred font, not that it is mandatory, and since you cannot use Courier New in Sweek as you correctly point out, consider yourself (and other Sweekers) exempt from this preference! :)

      the Sweek team

  • Neha Varadharajan, Reply

    Does the description of characters count in the word count if included in the content? I hope no chapter wise serialization is compulsory .

    • the Sweek team, Reply

      Hey Neha,

      If you include character descriptions in your script, they do count towards the maximum word count. Our advice is to be concise with the description. We're not quite sure what you mean by "chapter-wise serialization"?

      the Sweek team

      • Neha Varadharajan, Reply

        By 'chapter-wise serialization' I mean to ask if I can write the whole script in a single chapter or is it that multiple chapters are required?

        • the Sweek team, Reply

          Hey Neha,
          You can do it in chapters if you prefer - think of them as "scenes"! :)

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