Prizes for 2017
- BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY by a female writer or an all-female co-writing team: $1,000 Grand Prize
- BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST (female and male writers are eligible): $500 Cash Prize
- BEST HEARTLAND SHORT SCREENPLAY (Best Short Screenplay and Best Female Protagonist entrants who currently live in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are eligible): $250 Cash Prize
- AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD (all finalists whose scripts are part of the staged reading are eligible): $100 Cash Prize
- FINALISTS: A festival pass to the 2017 Kansas City FilmFest (April 5-9)and a staged reading of finalists’ screenplays in selected categories during the festival.