Accepting Features & TV Pilots
Sep 30, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Now Open for Entries
2 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
Grand Prize Winner - Standard Family/Holiday
Grand Prize Winner - Genre Busting Family/Holiday
Both Grand Prize Winners Receive a
Custom Poster by an Award-Winning Designer
Over 80 scripts have been produced or optioned + 60 writers have been repped.
Both Grand Prize Winners will be considered for acceptance onto the ISA Development Slate for a full year of support. The ISA Development team works tirelessly to promote writers and their scripts, and as a result, many have signed with top agents, managers and/or had their scripts optioned or purchased. There is no faster path to breaking in.
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When You Enter This Competition
Jan 26, 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Finalists & Grand Prizes
Mar 01, 2022
What are the announcement dates?
Quarter-Finalists: January 26th
Semi-Finalists: February 9th
Finalists and Grand Prizes: March 1st
How can I be considered for the Grand Prize - Genre-Busting placement?
All entries will automatically be considered for both the Grand Prize - Standard Family & Holiday and Grand Prize - Genre Busting Family & Holiday.
What if I'm not sure if my script is a Genre-Busting Family or Holiday?
That's ok! Submit anyway, because you could win the Grand Prize - Standard Family & Holiday. If our judges feel your script is a genre busting family or holiday, you may be considered for that grand prize instead.
What is a Genre-Busting family film?
Was E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL about an alien visitor or a family drama that explored a child’s understanding of the world? How is it that INSIDE OUT can be so wondrous, yet so relatable to people of all ages? And would you call THE PRINCESS BRIDE a fantasy, a romance, a comedy, or a family story involving a grandfather and his son?
These are the questions one asks when presented with a family or holiday film that breaks the conventions of its genre. Such works are prized within the industry. They have a clear target demographic but are accessible to a wide audience. More importantly, their dynamic nature allows for unique narratives that remain relevant long after their release. But these “genre-busters” are difficult to find and even harder to write. Their unique nature can also leave them with unclear avenues for submission, either in contests or at development studios. We want to change that.
Will one Feature writer and one TV Pilot writer be chosen?
No, TV Pilots and Features run together. We are looking for the best writers overall, so feel free to submit both types of scripts as one writer.
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.
- 1st 20 Pages: $29
- General (Up to 3 Pages of Notes): $59
- Development Evaluation: $99
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 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@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.
What genres do you accept, and can I submit with more than one?
We accept family and holiday screenplays and genre busting family and holiday screenplays. All genres are welcome, as long as your script could also be considered a family or holiday.
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@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.
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