New Chicago-based screenplay competition offers an exciting reel deal to the grand prize winner

Chicago’s new screenplay contest from Scott Prestin’s American Stonehenge Films and Craig James Pietrowiak’s Squid Brothers will award cash prizes and exposure to winners, plus one awesome grand prize.

Like Project Greenlight, the lucky grand prize winner of the The Movie Deal! competition will receive an honest-to-gosh production deal.

“The winner will be offered a chance to have his project thrust immediately into preproduction, via an option and production agreement with an established production company and an ownership position,” says Prestin.

Entries are invited in 10 categories, at a fee of $50 for feature length script or TV pilot, $20 for short films.

Entries will be judged by a dozen award-winning filmmakers, producers, directors, screenwriters, DPs ? the people who know what works.

Early deadline is May 30, final deadline is Sept. 30. Send entries to either or to withoutabox

American Stonehenge is in preproduction on “The Chicago Blues,” written by John Pizzo, a retired New York city police officer who wrote a caper comedy produced earlier by Prestin.

The $2-$3 million budgeted feature stars Daniel Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, William Forsyte, Fred (The Hammer) Williamson and Farrah Forke. It shoots this summer.