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Deadlines

  • Final
    Oct 11, 2022
Early Deadline:

Aug 06, 2022

Regular Deadline:

Aug 28, 2022

Late Deadline:

Sep 19, 2022

Final Deadline:

Oct 11, 2022

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Final Deadline
(10/11/22)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35

Announcements

Quarterfinalists

Oct 14, 2022

Semifinalists

Oct 16, 2022

Finalists

Oct 18, 2022

Winner

Oct 20, 2022

Hot Springs Screenplay Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Welcome to the Hot Springs Screenplay Competition where we're looking for great screenplays. You can submit in any genre: comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, LGBTQ, thriller, etc. We're looking for stories that are quirky, offbeat and entertaining. The only sin in writing, and in the competition, is to be boring.

Now partnering with Virtual Pitch Fest, www.VirtualPitchFest.com. All our Finalists, Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists win free pitches at VPF!

A portion of the proceeds from this Competition will go to fund the Arkansas Young Playwrights Competition, a competition founded in 2003 to promote writing among our high school students in the State of Arkansas.

For more information, go to our website at HsScreenComp.com and follow us on Twitter at @hsscreencomp.

TESTIMONIALS

Great competition! Finalists are given feedback notes which are constructive, helpful and show your script has actually been read by a person. Friendly, inviting and welcoming to all writers no matter what level in their career. Highly recommended.

In all the ways that matter this an exemplary script contest: it met (or beat) deadlines for announcements, had a meaningful number of finalists, and provided personalized feedback to them that clearly came from a human being and not an algorithm. I don't do a lot of contests not attached to festivals these days but this is a keeper.

I rarely write back to contests, but I wanted to thank you and your staff personally: these notes were lovely, and as I posted on Facebook, "writerly" in the best sense of the word.
-Submitter

Thank you for your notes and kind words, I greatly appreciate them both.  I can only agree with what you wrote and your thoughts. (Title of script) is a special story, a personal one, one I intend to revisit in January and your notes will greatly help. Will use your notes and resubmit with another script.
-Submitter

Wow! Thank you so much! And thank you for the wonderful notes. They were very useful and appreciated!
-Submitter

PRIZES

-A $500.00 cash prize for the winner OR a videotaped reading of the winning screenplay.

-Complimentary feedback notes for the Finalists, if requested.

-Free Pitches at Virtual Pitch Fest: Winner wins 10 Pitches, 2nd-6th Placers win 3 Pitches, All Other Finals win 2 Pitches and all Semifinalists and Quarterfinalists win 1 Pitch!

Categories:
GENRES: Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Young Adult, Dramedy, Holiday, Rom-Com, Comedy/Rom-Com, Family/Animated, Period/Historical/War, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Horror, Action/Adventure

Announcements

  • QuarterfinalistsOct 14, 2022laurels

Rules

Please read the competition rules carefully. Submissions that do not comply with our competition rules may be disqualified.

1. The writer must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

2. International entries are allowed but the script must be written in English.

3. The submitted script must be in a PDF format and must be submitted electronically.

4. A title page with contact information, (phone and email), must be included with every submitted script.

5. The script must be 80 to 120 pages in 12 pt. Courier (or Courier Final Draft) with standard screenplay margins and spacing and pages must be numbered.

6. The script must be unproduced at the time of submission and must be an original screenplay intended for the medium of feature film and the submitter must own 100% of the rights to the script when submitting. Adaptations are eligible as long as the writer can prove full ownership of the original property or life rights (or if the source material is public domain according to US Copyright law.)

7. If the script is written by a writing team, it must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other (any and all prizes will be sent to the writer who submitted the winning script, it is the responsibility of the writing team to share or divide the prizes.)

8. All entries must be received on or before midnight (Central Time) on the date of the deadline and must be paid in full to be considered.

9. There is no limit to the number of different scripts you may submit. Duplicate entries of the same project, however, will be automatically disqualified.

10. Once a script has been submitted, no substitutions will be accepted. No corrected pages or revised drafts allowed.

11. The decisions of the judges are final and shall not be disputed. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.

12. By entering the contest, the writer(s) understand that there is no guarantee of representation (by an agent or manager) and/or production in the event that a script is chosen as a winner. Consideration of the script is given for the sole purpose of choosing a winner for the contest.

13. The writer understands that the Hot Springs Screenplay Competition, LLC will be free to use their name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration, should the writer make it past the first round.

14. All scripts submitted should be registered with the WGAw and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.

15. The entry fee must be paid in US dollars and are nonrefundable. Winner who may be awarded a cash prize shall be responsible for his or her own income tax. If a winner is awarded a cash prize, the entrant is responsible for providing an accurate PayPal address or bank account to receive the cash prize.

16. Previous winning scripts are NOT eligible.

17. Judges, sponsors and independent contractors are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.

18. The writer retains all rights to his/her screenplay.

19. Additional rules may be amended at the sole discretion of HSSC.

 By entering the contest, the submitter acknowledges the he/she has read, understood and accepted all of the above rules and conditions.

FAQs

Q:  When are the deadlines?
A:  Early- August 6, 2022 / Regular- August 28, 2022 / Late- September 19, 2022 / Final- October 11, 2022

Q:  What are the announcement dates?
A:  Quarterfinalists- October 14, 2022 / Semifinalists- October 16, 2022 / Finalists- October 18, 2022 / Winner- October 20, 2022

?Q:  Are you offering feedback notes on my script?
A:  We will provide complimentary notes for the screenplays which make the Semifinals and Finals.

?Q:  How do I enter?
A:  Click on the ISA or FilmFreeway buttons on the Home page.

?Q:  Can I submit more than one script?
A:  Absolutely! But each script must be submitted separately.

?Q:  What is the acceptable minimum/maximum page length?
A:  80/120 pages.

?Q: Does the genre of my script affect my chances to win?
A:  No. Unless the competition is asking for a specific genre, we're simply looking for good writing.

?Q: How will my work be judged?
A: We're looking for creativity, originality, an entertaining story and good writing. As writers and experienced competition directors, we know the only death knell for a script is boredom. A good rule of thumb is to imagine telling your story to a roomful of strangers. If they're hanging on your every word, you've got a winner. If however, they're fidgeting and looking for a chance to leave the room, then you're story is probably boring and not worth telling.

?Q:  Can I mail a copy of my script?
A:  No, you must submit electronically with a script in PDF file format.

?Q:  Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay if I enter?
A:  Yes.

?Q:  Can I submit a script under a pen name?
A:  Yes, but this will be the name that will be used to promote your screenplay should you place in the competition or win.

?Q:  Does my screenplay have to be registered with the Writers' Guild to enter?
A:  No, but it's always a smart idea to register your script before making it available to the public.

?Q:  Is an adaptation of a novel or other work written by someone else acceptable as a submission?
A:  Yes, but ONLY if you have the legal rights to adapt the book/work. The work must be in the public domain or you must have the author's permission to adapt it. If the author is deceased, you must have permission from the author's estate. Spec scripts without written permission will not be considered.

?Q:  After entering, can I send a revised copy of my script?
A:  No. Script revisions are not accepted for any reason. If you wish to submit a revised version of your script you must submit it as a new entry.

?Q:  Will someone at your competition steal my idea?
A:  No. We are writers and artists ourselves and we respect the creative process and the right of each artist to own and promote his/her own ideas without the fear of theft. But this is also why it's important to register your work before you share it with us or anyone else.
 

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Final Deadline
(10/11/22)
  • Standard Entry $40
  • ISAConnect Entry $35

Rules

Please read the competition rules carefully. Submissions that do not comply with our competition rules may be disqualified.

1. The writer must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

2. International entries are allowed but the script must be written in English.

3. The submitted script must be in a PDF format and must be submitted electronically.

4. A title page with contact information, (phone and email), must be included with every submitted script.

5. The script must be 80 to 120 pages in 12 pt. Courier (or Courier Final Draft) with standard screenplay margins and spacing and pages must be numbered.

6. The script must be unproduced at the time of submission and must be an original screenplay intended for the medium of feature film and the submitter must own 100% of the rights to the script when submitting. Adaptations are eligible as long as the writer can prove full ownership of the original property or life rights (or if the source material is public domain according to US Copyright law.)

7. If the script is written by a writing team, it must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other (any and all prizes will be sent to the writer who submitted the winning script, it is the responsibility of the writing team to share or divide the prizes.)

8. All entries must be received on or before midnight (Central Time) on the date of the deadline and must be paid in full to be considered.

9. There is no limit to the number of different scripts you may submit. Duplicate entries of the same project, however, will be automatically disqualified.

10. Once a script has been submitted, no substitutions will be accepted. No corrected pages or revised drafts allowed.

11. The decisions of the judges are final and shall not be disputed. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.

12. By entering the contest, the writer(s) understand that there is no guarantee of representation (by an agent or manager) and/or production in the event that a script is chosen as a winner. Consideration of the script is given for the sole purpose of choosing a winner for the contest.

13. The writer understands that the Hot Springs Screenplay Competition, LLC will be free to use their name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration, should the writer make it past the first round.

14. All scripts submitted should be registered with the WGAw and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.

15. The entry fee must be paid in US dollars and are nonrefundable. Winner who may be awarded a cash prize shall be responsible for his or her own income tax. If a winner is awarded a cash prize, the entrant is responsible for providing an accurate PayPal address or bank account to receive the cash prize.

16. Previous winning scripts are NOT eligible.

17. Judges, sponsors and independent contractors are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.

18. The writer retains all rights to his/her screenplay.

19. Additional rules may be amended at the sole discretion of HSSC.

 By entering the contest, the submitter acknowledges the he/she has read, understood and accepted all of the above rules and conditions.

FAQs

Q:  When are the deadlines?
A:  Early- August 6, 2022 / Regular- August 28, 2022 / Late- September 19, 2022 / Final- October 11, 2022

Q:  What are the announcement dates?
A:  Quarterfinalists- October 14, 2022 / Semifinalists- October 16, 2022 / Finalists- October 18, 2022 / Winner- October 20, 2022

?Q:  Are you offering feedback notes on my script?
A:  We will provide complimentary notes for the screenplays which make the Semifinals and Finals.

?Q:  How do I enter?
A:  Click on the ISA or FilmFreeway buttons on the Home page.

?Q:  Can I submit more than one script?
A:  Absolutely! But each script must be submitted separately.

?Q:  What is the acceptable minimum/maximum page length?
A:  80/120 pages.

?Q: Does the genre of my script affect my chances to win?
A:  No. Unless the competition is asking for a specific genre, we're simply looking for good writing.

?Q: How will my work be judged?
A: We're looking for creativity, originality, an entertaining story and good writing. As writers and experienced competition directors, we know the only death knell for a script is boredom. A good rule of thumb is to imagine telling your story to a roomful of strangers. If they're hanging on your every word, you've got a winner. If however, they're fidgeting and looking for a chance to leave the room, then you're story is probably boring and not worth telling.

?Q:  Can I mail a copy of my script?
A:  No, you must submit electronically with a script in PDF file format.

?Q:  Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay if I enter?
A:  Yes.

?Q:  Can I submit a script under a pen name?
A:  Yes, but this will be the name that will be used to promote your screenplay should you place in the competition or win.

?Q:  Does my screenplay have to be registered with the Writers' Guild to enter?
A:  No, but it's always a smart idea to register your script before making it available to the public.

?Q:  Is an adaptation of a novel or other work written by someone else acceptable as a submission?
A:  Yes, but ONLY if you have the legal rights to adapt the book/work. The work must be in the public domain or you must have the author's permission to adapt it. If the author is deceased, you must have permission from the author's estate. Spec scripts without written permission will not be considered.

?Q:  After entering, can I send a revised copy of my script?
A:  No. Script revisions are not accepted for any reason. If you wish to submit a revised version of your script you must submit it as a new entry.

?Q:  Will someone at your competition steal my idea?
A:  No. We are writers and artists ourselves and we respect the creative process and the right of each artist to own and promote his/her own ideas without the fear of theft. But this is also why it's important to register your work before you share it with us or anyone else.
 

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Hot Springs Screenplay Competition

The Hot Springs Screenplay Competition is looking for original and creative screenplays in a variety of genres. We hope to foster and encourage the art of screenwriting, especially in the areas of the United States which are not normally served by the mainstream film industry.

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