FIRST 15 - FEATURE & TV PILOT
The FIRST 15 is a unique competition where your script will only be judged based upon your opening FIRST 15 pages.
As a “Thank You” to everyone for your support during our first three years we are giving anyone who applies on ISA FREE ENTRY for the FIRST 15 Days of the competition.
The FIRST 15 is a great way to kick off the New Year and jump-start your writing to prepare your script for all the upcoming top tier competitions, writers programs and residency applications. Should you choose to do the notes option, you will be provided feedback by one of our WGA professional working writer on tactical techniques to improve your craft throughout your script. Whether it’s improving the dialogue, description, emotional context, level of conflict, style or story itself, these notes have been considered invaluable from those that have received them through the PTS 100 competition. Please check the reviews!
These notes will be highly tactical, meaning that it will be hard, direct recommendations you can use to improve your script immediately. It WON’T be fluffy, screenwriting philosophy. It will be tangible advice you can implement immediately.
This competition is designed to help you get your script in the best possible shape you can should you choose to use the notes option and if not to test your script in competition before you may be submitting to or to prepare you to be read by managers and agents.
WE BELIEVE that feedback from working writers in the entertainment industry can provide new writers with the most up to date information of how the business really works and the level their writing needs to reach for them to succeed.
Our readers are Writer’s Guild of America members who have pitched, sold and/or written television and features.
WE BELIEVE there is more to a competition than being judged, and that is why we created what we think is a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY in SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS.
Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic background, Page-Turner is focused on finding and supporting great original stories with a strong voice that grips the reader from the first page to the last.
Whether the story you tell is a genre film or an indie pic, a network procedural or an edgy cable drama, we want to find the most compelling, unique, page-turning scripts out there.
We are looking for scripts that we CAN’T put down.
We BELIEVE that your success is our success.
All genres are welcome.
First, Second & Third Place will receive the following:
• Free submission to any future competition in 2021.
• Winning Competition Laurels.
• A phone call with one of the judges (Writer and/or Development Exec) to give them notes or advice on how to proceed with their script.
• Any introductions we can make to producers depending upon the content.
• Ongoing follow up and recommendations for future contests.
SCREENWRITING AND TV WRITING COMPETITION – OFFICIAL RULESSCREENWRITING AND TV WRITING COMPETITION – OFFICIAL RULES
DISCLAIMERS: By submitting my screenplay to the Page Turner Screenplay Competitions, I: • Recognize that PT, its representatives and files are replete with ideas and stories for theatrical motion pictures and television programs and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to PT. I also recognize that many stories and ideas are similar and often different stories and ideas related to one or more common underlying themes.• I agree to indemnify PT and its representatives, including its judges and readers, against any and all claims, expenses, losses or liabilities that may be asserted against PT and its representatives at any time in connection with said Material, or any use thereof, including without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein.• I hereby release and discharge PT and its representatives, including judges and readers, from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain, or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against PT arising out of, or in connection with the Materials, including with out limitation, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft, or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.• I warrant I am the sole owner and author of the Material submitted.• PT shall not be under any obligation to me with respect to the submitted material except as may later be set forth in a fully executed written agreement between us.• I have retained a copy of the Material and agree that PT shall not be obligated to return the Material to me.• I acknowledge that PT is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner. I warrant it is original to me and that I am the author and owner of the Material.
COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIPPage Turner Screenplays or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this contest claims no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
REFUND POLICYAll entries are non-refundable.
RULES:• Submissions are accepted via electronic submission on this website, between January 1st, 2020 and March 30th, 2020.• There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.• Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable• All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).• Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.• If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.• Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are allowed. See your special link in the submission confirmation email for re-entry procedure.• It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.• All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
ELIGIBILITY:• All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)• All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.• All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.• There are no requirements as to when the material was written.• The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.• Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.• Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.• We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.• Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.• Page limit requirements are between 80 and 140 pages. Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.• All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.