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Program Description

To provide a platform focused on promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories. We're looking for writing from perspectives through the author or characters that are underrepresented in Hollywood.

Deadlines and Fees

Early
Aug. 15, 2017
Regular
Sept. 15, 2017
Final
Oct. 15, 2017
Category 1
Standard Fee
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Category 2
Standard Fee
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Category 3
Standard Fee
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Program Benefits

$1,000 Cash Prize

3 Months of Script Development via WeScreenplay

Distribution to over 60 managers, agents, and producers

Free entrance to any WeScreenplay Contest

Announcement Dates

Semifinalists

Nov. 15, 2017

Finalists

Dec. 15, 2017

Winners

Jan. 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered a "Diverse Voice"?

 

The contest is looking to encourage and promote either:

1.) Writers who have been shown to be under-represented by the WGA diversity report: minority writers, women writers, and writers over 40. 
---or--- 
2.) Stories starring characters that are generally untold because of the misconception that they don't perform well: minorities, women (especially in traditionally "male" roles), women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, or any stories that don't appear on the normal studio slate.

If a script or writer hits either of these two categories, they qualify. We will consider all scripts and stories, but once the finalists are announced, those who have made it to that level will be asked to answer: "How does your voice, experience, characters, or story represent a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood?" As long as that question can be answered in a way that fits in one of the above categories, the script will be considered to win the Grand Prize. 

 

Please e-mail support@wescreenplay.com with any other questions. We'll be happy to answer within 24 hours.

Rules

1. Screenplays entered must:
a. Not include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of
the script including the title page. If the name is on the title page only, the script won’t
be disqualified.
b. Include a title page with no name(s) of the writer or writing team.
c. Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines.
Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or
accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges. A rule of
thumb, if your script is formatted properly and under 120 pages, it will likely not be
more than 23,000 words.
d. Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or
reimagining of true events or fictional stories. It may not be a sequel to or prequel to
any script or movie not owned by the writer or writing team.
e. Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
2. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, finalists must answer a prompt that aligns with the Diverse
Voices Mission within 10 days of the finalist announcement. The prompt will be “How does your
voice, experience, or story represents a new and diverse perspective for Hollywood?”
3. Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally
and read by an unbiased panel of judges.
4. Screenplays of 3 different formats will be accepted: Feature, TV, or Short. All will compete for
the Grand Prize, but will each have their unique honorable mention.
5. Entrant’s total earnings for screenwriting for either film or tv, produced or unproduced, must
not exceed $50,000 in the past 18 months. This excludes any prize money from competitions or
fellowships and only applies to fund or money transferred in exchange for an option or sale of a
script, treatment, idea, intellectual property, or other writing for filming. Money earned from
acting, directing, producing, or any other film work outside of writing is not included.
6. Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or
production was competed with no financial gain to the writer.
7. For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the
submission deadlines. Any scripts over 120 pages will be charged an extra $1 per page at any
deadline.
8. Purchasing Judge’s Feedback, Basic Coverage, or Full Coverage will in no way impact the scoring
of the screenplay or its chances of winning or placing in the competition.
9. All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any
kind does not make any entry valid for a refund of any kind.
10. Alterations can be re-uploaded on the WeScreenplay use dashboard. Find it at
wescreenplay.com
11. There are no refunds for any submitted screenplay. Coupons may not be applied to previously
submitted scripts. Coupons deemed for WeScreenplay coverage may not be used for submission
to the contest or addition of coverage to any submission unless explicitly stated.
12. There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
13. Prizes are award per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own
accord. WeScreenplay will send prizes to the writer who submits the project and will in no way
be responsible for how the prizes are distributed among the writing teams.
14. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score
on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on
all score in the competition.
15. Scorecards will be distributed to each script within a week of elimination from the competition,
but early distribution does not necessarily indicate placement in the contest. Feedback and
Coverage will ideally be distributed between 2 and 3 weeks following submission, but this is not
guaranteed. We only guarantee that coverage will be provided before the Semi Finalist
Announcement.
16. WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to
but never more than 60 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter
the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any
circumstance.
17. By entering the WeScreenplay contest every entrant is agreeing to all WeScreenplay Terms and
Conditions listed and available before checkout. If you disagree with any terms you may not
submit to the contest.
18. By submitting to the contest you are releasing your script to WeScreenplay and holding
harmless WeScreenplay or any affiliates from any claims, expenses, and liabilities, including but
not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, copyright, libel, trademark infringement, slander,
personal property infringement, etc.
19. Any prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.
20. Any cash prize winners of over $599 will be required to file a W-9 before the cash prize is
distributed.
21. Any winners may have their name, script title, and picture used for any WeScreenplay
promotions or promotions of our sponsors or affiliates.
22. Former Grand Prize Winners of any WeScreenplay contest may enter so long as it is NOT the
same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not
disqualify the script from being entered this year.
23. If a writer is under 18 at the time of entry, the any cash prize won will be distributed in the form
of equal value coverage or contest entries for WeScreenplay. No cash will be awarded if under
18 years old.

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