Accepting Features & TV Pilots
Free to Apply for Persons of all Diverse Backgrounds
3 SELECTED WRITERS
Development Slate Invitation
All 3 Selected Writers Will Receive
A Custom Poster by an Award-Winning Designer
Movie posters are not just for produced works. Along with other supporting elements like lookbooks or one-pagers, posters can draw attention to your script or concept and provide a much needed visual element to catch the eye of industry pros seeking new projects and give you a leg up on the competition. The three selected writers will receive a custom poster (worth $550) designed by Liz Sweeney, an award winning graphic designer currently working at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. She has created key art designs and ad campaigns for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters as well as indie cult classics.
Over 80 scripts have been produced or optioned + 60 writers have been repped.
All selected writers will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate for a full year of support. The ISA Development Slate is our premier list of internationally talented screenwriters. The development team supports, champions and promotes these skilled individuals to producers, managers and agents in Hollywood and beyond, forging relationships and building careers. Many Slate writers have had scripts optioned or produced, have received representation, been staffed on series among other successes.
HIGHLY RATED FEEDBACK AVAILABLE
For a Fee When You Apply (Feedback Not Required to Apply to the Initiative)
Selected Writers Announced
Nov 11, 2021
What are the announcement dates?
3 Selected Writers Announced: November 11, 2021
Do you accept applications via snail mail?
No. In an effort to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online applications 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 application?
You can order feedback for an additional fee. Choose your FEE TYPE to make your feedback selection at the bottom of the submission form.
- 1st 20 Pages: $29 (normally $39)
- General (Up to 3 Pages of Notes): $59 (normally $69)
- Development Evaluation: $99 (normally $199)
When will I receive my feedback?
Your feedback will be emailed to you within 60 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 application.
What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake applying and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we'll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay: Contests@NetworkISA.org
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.
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 applying early increase or decrease my chance of being selected?
Applying early will neither increase nor decrease your chance of being selected. All applications are judged equally.
How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your application immediately upon completing the entry form and payment. If you do not, please email us here: Contests@NetworkISA.org
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: Contests@NetworkISA.org
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