TIGHT5 is committed to bringing reliable and valuable resources to aspiring writers, specifically from underrepresented groups who can benefit from the materials the most.


The TIGHT5 concept is derived from the comedy realm. In order to expedite the submission process, a competitor’s initial submission will consist of a TIGHT5, only submitting the first 5 pages of their script (optional) in order to see if they advance to the 2nd round. Not only does this make the writer focus on making the story concise but operationally it will limit our first round judging team to reading only 5 pages to verify qualifying submissions.

“The easiest thing to do on earth

is not to write.”

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”

– William Goldman



The first competition will be available to writers that fit the WGA criteria for Diversity and Inclusion and will be centered around Short Films with a maximum length of 15 mins. We will use the one (1) minute per page as a general guide. There will be a max amount of credits a writer can have to participate in this first competition.

The 4 genres categories accepted will be:

  • Sci-Fi
  • Thriller/Horror
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Click here to submit.

A winning proposition

Every writer that submits a short form script has an opportunity at winning $1,000

You will gain experience

You can measure your writing skills against other writers

You will gain exposure with industry leaders, producers and other writers

You will gain exposure with production partners

You can have your script considered to be produced

Please read all rules specific to your state on the contest page.


After a writer decides to write a script and enter the competition, the key components to competing will include:


Registration for competitors will last 30-45 days depending on the competition.

Online submissions only.


A select panel of judges will be selected for all 3 rounds of judging. The top 10 per category will be selected for the final round.


The contest will be socialized online through influencers, judges and stakeholders. Competitors can grow their audiences as well.


We are honored to have the following industry leaders join our contest jury panel led by our Jury President, Executive Producer and Writer, Dennis Leoni.


Dennis E. Leoni is an award winning producer and writer, best known for his groundbreaking series on Showtime titled Resurrection Blvd.


David Valdes is an executive producer known for Unforgiven (1992), Open Range (2003) and The Book of Eli (2010) and currently producing Avatar 2.

Barbara Assante


Barbara Assante is an EP and speaker on Film Finance (Sundance). She has judged international and US competitions (Avignon, Atlantic City, Warsaw).

If you would like to contribute to our Judging ranks and have the experience to do so, inquire by clicking on the contribute button on this page’s footer. 


“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”



One of our outreach efforts is to offer fiscally-challenged writers scholarships to cover the cost of contest entries. We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get their written work seen. Help us reach disenfranchised writers that are showing creative promise.

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