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THE CRIME LIST (Submissions Closed)

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The Crime List recognizes scripts, books, short stories & stage plays in any genre that feature a crime story (murder, gangsters, fraud, corruption, missing persons, kidnappings, revenge, heist, etc.)

Year: 2025 | Season: 9 | Award: $3,500

Submissions Open: October 28, 2024
Early Deadline ($55): December 23, 2024
Regular Deadline ($65): January 27, 2025
Late Deadline ($75): February 24, 2025
Final Deadline ($85): March 17 2025
All deadlines 11:59 pm Pacific Time

Winner & Official Selections announced by: June 30, 2025

* One (1) Winner will receive a $3,500 cash prize.
* Official Selections receive a laurel and a listing of the title and writer's name on the website.

Story Showcases are conducted exclusively online.

For more information on submission requirements, and answers to FAQs, see the dropdown tabs on this page.

Submissions are accepted via

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Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Anonymous Reviewer
What Goes on Behind the Scenes

Not sure what happens behind the scenes (pardon the pun). Maybe my screenplay is being seen by industry folks, but other than the recognition, which I appreciate, I haven't heard from anyone to move the project forward.

Hi Anonymous - Congratulations on your placement in The Crime List, and thank you for taking the time to review the showcase. We appreciate the feedback and the 4-star review. To clarify, the showcase does not provide services to 'move your project forward'. The Crime List recognizes exceptional stories. The Winner receives a cash prize, and Official Selections are showcased on the Ink & Cinema website, and receive a laurel (most writers find an Official Selection placement and laurel valuable when pitching their stories to managers, executives and producers.) We wish you all the best with your endeavors, and hope to read more of your stories in the future.

T. J. Barkwill
Good People

Thoughtful. They sent a congratulatory note just for being selected. Good people.

Randy Sparks
It's An Honor

It's a no frills festival. It doesnt have a physical event. The winner receives its official laurel and their work is recorded and cataloged on their website Ink & Cinema. They also provide valuable resources for filmmakers and writers. To me, this festival is an honor. Just the fact to have peers in the biz see my film is sweet. On a side note, I had a request that they responded back and took care of immediately.

Jonathan Zarantonello

Thrilling festival! Thanks for having me, very honored!

Stephanie West
Super Great Festival - Definitely Recommend It

Super great festival and I love that it's so focused on this genre - which is one of my favorites. I appreciate their attention to detail and their great communication. Definitely recommend it!