Now in its 6th year, The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition’s grand prize winners get flown to LA, where they receive three nights free accommodation, spending money, a whirlwind of industry meetings, connections and read requests AND lunch with this year’s special guest, Ken Nolan, the writer of Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott as well as the upcoming Thunder Road, starring Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey.\r\n\r\nWinning is only the beginning! Unexpected
One winner in each category above wins:
Q: I placed in the quarterfinalists last year – am I eligible for this year?
All previous entrants are eligible except the grand prize winners.
Q: Do you provide notes or feedback on my script?
No we do not. Scripts will be judged according to the published judging guidelines. Let us make perfectly clear: this is a screenwriting competition; we do not provide coverage or feedback. Your feedback will be whether or not your script moves up to the next level of judging.
Q: I have received notes from Just Effing Entertain Me/Julie Gray on the script I plan to submit. Am I eligible?
Q: Can I submit more than one script?
Yes. Each script should include its own separate application form and fee.
Q: How do I submit to the Just Effing Entertain Me Competition?
Click on “submit” button and you will be led through the submission process.
Q: Once I have submitted my script, should I contact you for confirmation?
That is not necessary, but if you have a question, please email storieswb at gmail dot com. Please understand that due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to answer you for a week or even two.
Q: How do I find out who the winners are?
You can check the Just Effing Entertain Me site on the announcement dates. We do not notify writers of their status until or unless their script places as a finalist.
Q: What if I live in Southern California – do I still get round trip airfare?
Southern California residents who live within 200 miles of Los Angeles are ineligible to receive air fare.
Q: What if I live in Europe, Asia or South America – do I still get round trip airfare?
You will receive airfare limited to $750. You will have to cover the remainder.
Q: Is it okay to submit the same script to multiple competitions?
Sure is. In fact, we encourage it.
Q: Who reads my script? Will I receive notes?
Our judging coordinator will assign scripts to qualified readers who will also be given strict guidelines for the judging process. No, we do not return notes for your script.
Q: Why do you need my email address?
We will be notifying the finalists via email. We would also like to add you to our newsletter. Opting out is a click away if you decide you’d rather not receive it.
Q: Should I register my script with the WGA before sending?
It’s a good idea, always.
Q: Can I submit a screenplay that is an adaptation of previously written work?
Adaptations of previously written work are not accepted. The only exception to this rule is when the writer has adapted his/her own unpublished work. Material adapted from a previously published source to which the author has secured the rights, such as a novel, short story, or play, is ineligible.
Q: I don’t live in the US, can I still submit?
The Just Effing Screenwriting Competition is open and available to all writers, everywhere.
Q: What if I option or sell my script before I find out how I placed?
You will not be qualified to place in the Just Effing Entertain Me Competition in this instance – but then, you won’t need to. Congratulations!
Q: What do you mean by saying you are a “green” competition?
That means we accept digital submissions only – Final Draft (*.fdr or *.fdx), PDF (*.pdf) or Rich Text (*.rtf) are all fine. Submit through the process noted above. Paper scripts waste massive amounts of paper and postage. Digital submissions will soon be the norm.
Q: Who are you?
The Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition is owned and directed by Julie Gray, LLC. We have helped hundreds of writers reach their goals and have the industry connections to back it up. Learn more about us by going to: www.justeffing.com
Q: Do you guarantee to read my entire script during judging? What about notes or feedback?
Judges will follow the guidelines carefully. The first fifteen pages of each script will be read and scored with comments. If the script rates lower than four points in the first fifteen pages, it will be set aside. Please see JUDGING PROCEDURES. We do not provide notes or feedback.
(If you are a writer and want to be considered for the TOP 25, you must be an ISAConnect Member)