Do you have a story that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy or fun holiday script?
We are seeking entries in both the holiday & family genres. Could your story become a new family viewing tradition alongside ELF or GROUNDHOG’S DAY? Is it a clever take on a holiday, being the next GREMLINS or DIE HARD? Do you have a faith-based story that’s a fit for Disney or a narrative exploring underrepresented circumstances? Enter Today.
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What are the announcement dates?
Quarter-Finalists: November 29
Semi-Finalists: December 21
Finalists – Top 10: January 17
Grand Prize: January 31
Do you accept submissions via snail mail?
No. In an effort to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online submissions and online payments via the ISA website. This includes all major credit cards.
Do I have to submit my script as a PDF?
Yes, and if you aren’t sure how to create a PDF, our staff is happy to help.
Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
Yes, you should include your title, your name, telephone number and email address.
Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Can I submit with a co-writer?
Yes. Prizes will be issued per project, not based on the number of writers.
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?
Do I receive feedback with my submission?
You can order feedback for an additional fee. Choose your FEE TYPE to make your feedback selection at the bottom of the submission form.
– Full Feedback (Up to 3 Pages of Notes): $59
– Development Evaluation: $99
When will I receive my feedback?
Your feedback will be emailed to you within 90 days of submitting your script, usually much sooner. Feedback is separate of contest judging.
Can I re-submit a rewrite or corrected version of my script if I haven’t ordered feedback?
No, you must submit your screenplay as a new submission for the price of the current deadline fee.
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: GenreContest@EmergingScreenwriters.com
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. Scripts should be standard length.
What’s the minimum/maximum permitted page length?
Features: 70 – 120 pages. TV Pilots: 10 – 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?
A $1 per page fee may be charged separately over 120 pages (not including the Title Page) on feedback orders, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
What genres do you accept, and can I submit with more than one?
We accept all genres of scripts that have family or holiday elements.
Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, musicals, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, documentaries or spec scripts for existing TV series?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL narrative feature length screenplays and narrative sitcom or hour-long 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 sure can, and there’s a discount if you enter them all at once. Check the fees at time of entry.
Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of being a finalist?
Entering early will neither increase nor decrease your chance of being chosen, but it will save you money!
How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your submission immediately upon completing the entry form and payment. If you do not, please email us here: GenreContest@EmergingScreenwriters.com
What if my script is optioned or sold after I submit?
As long as your script was not optioned or sold prior to the date you submitted, you are still eligible.
I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter?
Yes, and we look forward to reading your work. Please just make sure it’s in English. No other languages are accepted at this time.
Any other questions feel free to email us here: GenreContest@EmergingScreenwriters.com