Compete in your own space!
Features & TV Pilots in 7 Genres with $25,000 in CASH Prizes
We’re looking for ALL emerging screenwriters! Whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned writer ready to redefine your career, we can elevate you to the next level. We’re searching for the most authentic and unique scripts in seven broad genre categories.
We want to read your best work, the script that represents your genuine talent!
Grand Prize Winner
(Selected from 7 Genre Award Winners)
Genre Award Winners
(7 Winners Selected from 7 Genre Categories)
Finalists (Top 10 of Each Genre)
Niki Montazaran is a Motion Picture agent at WME, where she focuses her business on representing directors, writers, actors, and producers. Her clients include Babak Anvari (who is in post on his most recent feature for Netflix called I CAME BY),&
Lee Stobby Entertainment
The winner of each genre category will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate, where the Development Team will get your script in front of top industry pros from companies like MGM, Gidden Media, ICM, plus ISA vetted literary agents and managers.
Improve Your Characters & Dialogue
Elevate to a Production-Ready Script
When are the competition deadlines and announcements?
Mega Early: June 30th – $25
Early: July 31st – $39
Regular: Sept. 8th – $49
Final: Nov. 3rd – $69
Quarter-Finalists: Dec. 6th
Semi-Finalists: Jan. 3rd
Finalists: Jan. 24th
Grand Prize Winner: Feb. 7th
Do you accept entries via snail mail?
No. In an attempt to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online entries and online payments via Paypal only. This includes all major credit cards.
Do I have to enter my script as a PDF?
Yes. We only accept scripts in PDF format.
Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
While you are welcome to include a title page with your title, author(s) name, telephone number and email address, the full title page is not required and will not have any effect on your placement.
Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Does my script have to be registered?
No, but we DO recommend registering your work with the WGA and/or the Library of Congress Copyright office.
Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
When will I receive my feedback?
Feedback is completed in the order in which it is received and will be emailed to you within 90 days of your submission date.
What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake entering and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we’ll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com
What genres do you accept?
We accept all genres. We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. Please pick from the genre grouping below that best reflects your screenplay. You are welcome to enter in more than one genre, but another entry fee is required.
Suspense (Mystery/Crime /Thriller/Horror)
Can I enter in more than one genre?
You are welcome to enter in more than one genre, but an additional entry fee is required.
What if my script does not fall into one of the accepted genres?
We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. We offer what we think is a wide variety of “umbrella” genres which most scripts will fall under. Please pick from the genre that best reflects your screenplay. If your script is a Western, for example, you should decide if it best fits into the Action/Adventure category, or the Drama category (or whichever genre represents your script outside of Western). If your script is an animated film, does it fit into the comedy category, or the fantasy category? Since this is a genre competition, our professional readers will read and score your script in the context of which genre you submit it as, while of course also being aware that a script can be multiple genres at once.
Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Logline: YES / Synopsis: NO
Do you accept short screenplays?
No, not at this time.
Will my screenplay be accepted if it’s not in the traditional format?
Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, set in 12-point Courier font. Common programs for this format include: Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, or Celtx. Scripts should be standard length. While your entry will still be fully considered if it is either formatted differently or longer or shorter than these specified page counts, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the page length and formatting guidelines.
What’s the minimum/maximum required page length?
Features: 70 – 120 pages. TV Pilots: Up to 70 pages.
My screenplay is longer than 120 pages. Will it be disqualified?
No, but we urge you to stay within the guidelines. It’s rare that a good screenplay requires more than the standard number of pages.
If I’m over 120 pages and receiving feedback, will my full script be read?
If you order feedback, you will be charged $1 for each page over 120 pages. You will be emailed to discuss and billed separately, or you are welcome to just have your feedback done on the first 120 pages of your screenplay at the regular price.
Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, musicals or spec scripts for existing TV series?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL feature length screenplays and TV pilots only.
Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
Absolutely, as long as you have full rights to the material and either are the author or have a written agreement with the author allowing this script to be written and marketed.
Can I submit more than one screenplay?
You can submit up to 4 screenplays per submission form. When you do, you will receive a discount for your 2nd and 3rd script entries.
Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of winning?
Entering early will neither increase nor decrease your chance of winning, but it will save you money!
How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your entry immediately upon submitting. If you do not, please email us here: Info@EmergingScreenwriters.com.
What if my script is optioned or sold after I enter the competition?
As long as your script was not optioned for a contract that is still in effect or sold prior to the date you submitted it to the competition, you are still eligible for an award.
I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter the competition?
International entries are absolutely welcome, but all scripts must be in English. No other languages are accepted at this time.
Does Paypal accept currencies other than the American Dollar?
Yes! Paypal is set up to exchange most currencies into the American Dollar. Please visit www.Paypal.com if you have any questions.