5-5-5 Challenge

5-5-5 Challenge

Current Challenge – Tuesday 26th May

Character:A Scientist
Dialogue:“These go to eleven”

Deadline: Sunday, 31st May – 23:59 UK time

Next Challenge date: Tuesday, 2nd May – 18:00 UK time

Email your final script (PDF or Final Draft) to: 555challenge@thescriptreader.co.uk

During these difficult and very strange times, I thought I’d set up the 5-5-5 Challenge, a weekly screenplay competition, hopefully getting those creative juices flowing and more importantly, taking your mind off the current situation, albeit for a few fleeting moments.

There is no cost to enter the 5-5-5 Challenge other than your time and imagination!

Every Monday I will release a new challenge for you to get your teeth into – You will need to write a FIVE page screenplay in FIVE days containing FIVE key elements.

The key elements will be randomly generated to produce:

A Genre, A Location, A Character, An Object and a Line of Dialogue.

The rules are simple – The screenplay must be FIVE pages (or less), contain the FIVE key elements and be written in FIVE days.

So, we could have a Political Thriller, set in a brothel, with a postal worker and a melon.

Once the deadline has passed, I will go through all the entries and produce a mini-script report for each one.

A Winner and Runner-up will be announced for each challenge.


The Winner will receive a FULL script report (worth £80) from “The Script Reader”.

The Runner-up will receive a First 10 pages script report (worth £30) from “The Script Reader”.

Specific Rules on the FIVE key elements and page length:

Screenplays must be no longer than five pages (not including the title page).

Screenplay must be in the appropriate Genre BUT you could, for example, turn the Horror genre into a Horror Comedy or the Romance genre into a Romantic Comedy etc.

The Location must act as the main location of the story, but other locations can be added.

The Character must appear somewhere in the story. They do not have to be the main character. Note: This is a character “type”, for example, a lifeguard. The name of the character can be anything you like.

The Object must appear somewhere in the story but does not have to be integral to it.

The Line of Dialogue must be heard at some point in the story.

Cheers, good luck and above all, stay safe!

Paul Hutch

Past Winners

For a full list of past winners, click here.