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Defensible Space by Ben Lorenz

Lunch Detour by Arnold Edwards II

Election season is upon us in some parts of the world, but no matter where you live, those who represent us as leaders should ideally inspire trust, hope and a vision for the future. Write a scene/sequence about a candidate or leader who encounters an unexpected human moment that will transform the way she/he thinks about an important issue affecting the people she/he wants to represent or lead. If it's a candidate, she/he can be running for any office, anywhere in the world. Also feel free to tailor your submission toward what leadership looks like in your area, including community leadership and activism. You'll want to introduce the candidate or leader, and write the scene where everything changes -- addressing how the main character will rise to meet the challenge that sets the course for transformation. We encourage you to be thoughtful about what local issues are personally impacting you that could be the foundation for the story. Please keep your submission to no more than 10 pages.


Your written work cannot exceed 10 pages.

Deadline to submit: October 30, 2020 at 2PM PT.


Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the Sundance Co//ab community. One entry per person, per challenge. All submissions will be viewable to the community. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winner will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance judges.  

Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines can be selected as the winner.

The challenge closes on October 30, 2020 at 2PM PT.

If you have questions regarding the challenge, please email Please do not contact members of the jury directly.


Winner will receive: 

  • The winner will have their work featured on Sundance Co//ab
  • One-on-one mentorship session with a Sundance Advisor
  • Sundance Co//ab Annual Membership (12 months) which includes:
    • Invitation to monthly Member-only Advisor Q&A Live webinar
    • Opportunity to receive feedback from a Sundance Advisor on work-in-progress you post to Share Your Work
    • Eligible to participate in online Writing Groups (coming soon)
  • Final Draft screenwriting software (12-month license)

Runners-up (two will be selected) - Sundance Co//ab Annual Membership (12 months) 

Submission Guidelines

One entry per person, per monthly challenge. The limits for monthly challenge submissions are the following: scripts – 10 page limit.

Technical Details

Scripts: PDF format only, please

Other: If your file format fits outside these formats, please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.

(Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this monthly challenge.)

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