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Feb 05, 2016

Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays


The KAIROS PRIZE, now in its 11th season, is one of the most successful competitions in the country with one of the highest winner to production ratios. Receive $50,000 in prizes! This contest has given a voice to screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting.




1. Advertisement promoting you and your winning script in The Trades.

2. Names and log lines of the winner and all finalists will be announced via press release to the media, trade publications, studios, and more than 5000 agents and producers and will be posted at, which is viewed by more than 1.5 million people a year!

3. Key entertainment industry studio executives will review the winning script and/or hold a pitch meeting with their creative development team and the winning screenwriters. It is understood that it is up to the studio to decide whether or not to option and produce the script. As an alternative, the script will be submitted to primary independent producers.

4. A prize package from to include: a] One free six-month feature script listing on the InkTip Executive Index. b] One free title/logline listing in one issue of InkTip Magazine (same title must be listed in Index). c] Title/logline published in one weekly Industry e-Newsletter sent to all InkTip entertainment professionals (over 60,000 opted-in).

5. One discounted registration in a comprehensive MOVIEGUIDE® sponsored Screenwriters Workshop.

6. One free SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES book and one Linda Seger Book of your choice.

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1) Entrants must submit (per entry):

A) One fully completed Official Entry Form. B) One complete ELECTRONIC .pdf copy of the submitted entry must be emailed to: C) One applicatable entry fee per submission.

Entrants must provide all the information requested on the Official Entry Form or risk disqualification. If disqualified, the entry fee will not be refunded. No submitted scripts will be returned.    Acknowledgment of each submission will be sent to the email address that you provide. Once submission has been received, no alterations of the submission is permissible.

2) Entrants must not have earned (or during this competition shall earn) money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $5000. Previous prizes or fellowships are allowed providing that the submitted entry falls within Rule #5 below.

3) Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery, will forfeit entry and fees to the contest.

4) Submissions must be in US Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and approximately 87-130 pages in length. Submissions with a page length greater than 150 pages will be disqualified. Work must be in English.

5) All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant. The entrant ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work and that it does not infringe on any existing copyright. Additionally the rights to the submitted screenplay must not have been previously optioned or sold.

6) All entrants shall retain the rights to their submitted scripts.

7) Entries must be spiritually uplifting. A detailed definition of this is located within the GUIDELINES and CRITERIA, but simply put, entries must refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. Preference, however (especially regarding the final decision of the judges), will be given to works that are explicitly biblical in some important way.

8) Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the prime contact. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally. Entrants must read, understand and accept all items on the RELEASE STATEMENT posted on the web site ( It is implicitly understood that the receipt of entrant’s submission signifies such understanding and acceptance.

9) Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.

10) Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.

11) Entry fees will not be returned under any circumstances.

12) All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding.

13) Employees and contractors of Movieguide® Magazine and The John Templeton Foundation and their families are prohibited from entering this contest. Judges, family members, and coworkers of the judges are also prohibited.


How many submissions does Kairos receive?
We received nearly 500 for the 2015 competition and we expect to maintain around that number for this year. As far as your chances of getting into the semi-final rounds... chances are fairly good as roughly 1 in 10 of last year’s entrants were recognized with this distinction.


Is the competition international?
Yes. We have received submissions from more than a dozen countries. Please be aware of the fact that all submission must be in English.


Are all genres considered?
Yes. While the vast majority of submissions have been family dramas, comedies, epics and bio-pics - we have received some rather terrific horror, western, action adventure, science fiction and animation.


What does "circa" mean on the submission form?
The word means “around or about.” What we are asking is “when” the story takes place - i.e. - present day, 1800’s, etc.


Do you provide coverage to entrants?
Regrettfully no, we are unable to provide coverage to entrants. Our readers and judges notes are confidential and are not structured in a way that would provide viable assistance to the new or beginning writer as they are written from the point of view of the competition and maintaining its guidelines. There are many great outlets for script counselling and feedback as well as wonderful secular and Christian writing programs that fulfill this need.


What length should the script be?
Scripts should be between 87 and 130 pages in length. We will accept scripts up to 150 pages (not counting the title page) - however we charge an additional $20 for scripts exceeding 130 pages.

Do you accept episodic, TV or short film scripts?
No. We only accept feature length screenplays.


Do you accept muscials?
We do accept feature length screenplays that are musicals - however we are unable to accept music CDs and the like as a compliment of the script. In the end - the script must stand on its own.


Are scripts read in their entirety and what is the process?
All submissions are read in their entirety. We do not simply read the first few pages to see if it “grabs” us. It is the obligation of any competition to fully review its submissions. It is not their prerogative. We have a large group of readers all over the world that read for the Kairos Prize. All scripts are read a minimum of two times before any decision is made as to whether or not they will go to the next level. If a script moves forward it goes into our semi-final rounds and to our list of industry judges.


Do you accept hard copies of the script?
No. Due to the fact that our readers are all over the world - it is impossible for us to accept hard copies.


How do you match the script with the submission form given that you request that the script have no contact info on its title page?
We’ve never lost one yet. Simply put it is matched with the title on the submission form and each submission is then given an internal tracking number. It is important that no personal information is given to our judges as our judges are “blind.” Decisions are based on the merits of the submission....nothing more, nothing less.


Is there a limit to the number of entries I may submit?


I may re-submit a script that I submitted a previous year?
Absolutely. If you have reworked your script and would like to submit the same title again - you are more than welcome to do so.


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Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and established by Movieguide in 2005, the primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries.  Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview.  The Kairos Prize was founded to inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling,entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man's love foor understanding of God.


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1. In selecting the winners of the contest, judges consider not only a scripts entertainment value and craftsman ship, but also whether or not the script in question is, uplifting, inspirational, spiritual, and if it teaches lessons in ethics and morality.


2. Furthermore, the judges consider whether the script is primarily spiritual, rather than merely humanitarian, and whether it resulted in a dramatic increase in either man's love or understanding of God. Considering this, the judges will decide whether the script communicates God's wisdom and infinite love in new, effective and creative ways, thereby helping people understand the relationship of God.


3. Primarily scripts should be suitable for a G or PG rating. Adult themes will be accepted with the following warning: Action and/or dialogue must not be gratuitous in nature or form. Given the reality of creating recognizable, identifiable and realistic environments within the storytelling process - these themes must be handled with great care.


4. The script may be allegorical but should refer implicitly and/or explicitly to biblical principles, values and virtues, and/or refer specifically to the Bible. To define this more clearly, judges will take into account the criteria that Movieguide® Magazine uses to evaluate films and television programs. A list of these criteria are:

• Aesthetically by looking at the artistic value of the script, and by looking at how well the script is written.
• Emotively by looking at how it captures and amuses the audience as entertainment and amusement.
• Semantically by looking at the individual elements and their meanings, just as many parents do.
• Syntactically by looking at how the elements come together and how the characters relate to each other, just as many teenagers
and young adults do.
• Propositionally by looking at what the script is communicating, as summarized in its premise.
• Generically by comparing it to other scripts in its genre.
• Thematically by looking at the themes that are present in the script.
• Morally by looking at its moral perspective and content.
• Biblically by looking at the biblical perspective and principles in the script.
• Systematically by looking at how the script relates to other scripts.
• Intellectually by looking at how the script fulfills its goals and premise.
• Sociologically by looking at how the script relates to culture and society.
• Politically by looking at the political perspective of the script.
• Cognitively by looking at the age group to whom the script is marketed, the age group for whom it is suitable, and how it will
impact a particular age group.
• Psychologically by looking at how the script deals with mind and soul.
• Historically by looking at how accurate the script is in presenting history.
• Sexually by looking at how the script deals with sex and sexual relationships.
• Philosophically by looking at the philosophical perspective and worldview of the script.
• Ontologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of being.
• Epistemologically by looking at how the script deals with the nature of knowing.
• Spiritually by looking at how the script deals with God, faith and religion. 


5. The script should adhere to the short form of the Motion Picture Code: The basic dignity and value of human life shall be respected and upheld. Restraint shall be exercised in portraying the taking of life. Evil, sin, crime and wrong-doing shall not be justified. Detailed and protracted acts of brutality, cruelty, physical violence, torture, and abuse, shall not be presented. Indecent or undue exposure of the human body shall not be presented. Illicit sex relationships shall not be justified. Intimate sex scenes violating common standards of decency shall not be portrayed. Restraint and care shall be exercised in presentations dealing with sex aberrations. Obscene speech, gestures or movements shall not be presented. Undue profanity shall not be presented. Religion shall not be demeaned. Words or symbols contemptuous of racial, religious or national groups, shall not be used so as to incite bigotry or hatred. Excessive cruelty to animals shall not be portrayed and animals shall not be treated inhumanely.