One way to get your script recognized, if you advance. Or an expensive lottery ticket if you don’t (remember the axiom that lotteries are for people who aren’t good at math). There are less than half a dozen worth entering for industry recognition, where competition is stiff, and judges are worthy. Smaller contests can earn encouragement and laurels. Contests push writers to meet deadlines. But they can become costly to enter, especially before your script is ready. An annual contest budget is prudent. Many come with discounted feedback (usually worth it if you can afford it). Some offer free notes to entrants (AFF and Nicholl).