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Nov 05, 2018

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Nov 06, 2018

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Nov 10, 2018

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition was set up to help emerging writers from around the world break into the industry. We have Oscar winning judges and over 80 production companies and agents on-board to read the best scripts that are entered each year, along with cash prizes, special admission to pitching events and software prizes.

Why Enter?

HELPING GET SCRIPTS MADE
Shore Scripts has the highest calibre of industry judges of any screenwriter contest in the world. Our winning feature scripts will be read by 37 of our Oscar, Bafta, Emmy, Golden Globe & Cannes award winning judges.

The top scripts entered will be sent to our roster of 79 production companies and agents from around the world.

Our writers have gained representation, optioned, sold, and had their scripts made directly through entering Shore Scripts. Take a look at our Oscar winning Alumni.

PRIZES
We are giving away over $30,000 in cash and prizes to our Feature, TV Pilot & Short winners.

PRESTIGE
Because of our affiliation with a number of award winning judges and production companies, not to mention our success stories, Shore Scripts is known throughout the industry. Placing highly will help open doors and get your work read by the people who can make a difference.

PRIZES

We are giving away over $30,000 in cash and prizes to our Feature, TV Pilot & Short winners. 

Script sent to all Judges and affiliated Production Companies 

Copy of Final Draft 10

Free Script Coverage

Free InkTip script listing and a free InkTip Magazine listing so that producers & reps can find you

* Plus, a free 6-month membership to The International Screenwriters’ Association!

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Feedback Type

Additional Fee Added to Entry

  • 5 Page Coverage: $125
  • 10 Page Coverage: $200

Feedback Type Description

Writers become so close to their material that they can’t help but lose perspective at times. It happens to everyone. A professional’s feedback is paramount in helping you take your script to the next level. Our screenplay reading and consultancy services are below. 

5-Page Feature Screenplay Coverage – 5 pages of constructive notes that focus on: Premise, Structure, Character, Dialogue, Pace, Marketability, and a Conclusion. It will give you a clear overview of your screenplay. 

10-Page Feature Development Coverage – 10 pages of feedback on all areas of your screenplay, including: Premise, Structure, Character, Dialogue, Pace, Visuals, Believability, Marketability, and a Conclusion. It also includes an industry scorecard. Great for a comprehensive critique of your screenplay.

Rules

FEATURE SCRIPT RULES
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be written in English.
  • The script must be the writer's original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. However, there will be an additional fee involved. You may re-enter you script through the Resubmission page.
  • If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • The script file formats we accept are: PDF (preferred) Celtx, Final Draft, MovieMagic, RTF, DOC & TXT.
  • Please ensure your script is as close to the standard 80-120 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions over the length of your script.
  • We accept all genres.
  • The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.
  • If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.
  • By entering Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

SHORT CONTEST RULES

  • Scripts should approximately be within 2-30 Pages.
  • You may enter the same screenplay into both the Short Contest and Short Film Fund if it fits between both category page counts. There will be a discount for entering both contests.
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be written in English.
  • The script must be the writer's original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. However, there will be an additional fee involved. You may reenter you script through the Resubmission page.
  • If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • The script file formats we accept are: PDF (preferred) Celtx, Final Draft, MovieMagic, RTF, DOC & TXT.
  • Please ensure your script is as close to 2-30 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions about the length of your script.
  • We accept all genres.
  • The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.
  • If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.
  • By entering Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

TV CONTEST RULES

  • Scripts should approximately be within 15-70 Pages.
  • Please only enter the first episode of your TV Pilot.
  • Web Series are accepted.
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be written in English.
  • The script must be the writer's original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. However, there will be an additional fee involved. You may reenter you script through the Resubmission page.
  • If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • The script file formats we accept are: PDF (preferred) Celtx, Final Draft, MovieMagic, RTF, DOC & TXT.
  • Please ensure your script is as close to 15-70 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions about the length of your script.
  • We accept all genres.
  • The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.
  • If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.
  • By entering Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

SHORT FILM FUND RULES

  • Scripts should approximately be within 2-35 Pages.
  • Your short must realistically be able to be filmed for the budget.
  • We accept all themes and genres.
  • Short Scripts will produce the film.
  • We are open to Writer/Directors, so if the writer wishes to direct his or her own script, then there is a strong possibility that this will be possible.
  • Short Scripts will have final call on cast, crew and edit.
  • You may enter the same screenplay into both the Short Contest and Short Film Fund if it fits between both category page counts. There will be a discount for entering both contests.
  • To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.
  • Writers from all countries are welcome to enter the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition. All scripts must be written in English.
  • The script must be the writer's original work. Adaptations are accepted but the writer must own all copyright. At no point will Shore Scripts ever have any rights over your work.
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 in writing fees. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.
  • You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. However, there will be an additional fee involved. You may reenter you script through the Resubmission page.
  • If a script is optioned or purchased during the competition, then it will no longer be eligible for the contest.
  • Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.
  • The script file formats we accept are: PDF (preferred) Celtx, Final Draft, MovieMagic, RTF, DOC & TXT.
  • Please ensure your script is as close to 4-12 pages as possible. Email us if you have any questions about the length of your script.
  • The winners agree to allow Shore Scripts to use their name and script title on the website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. All judges and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.
  • If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline of the competition.
  • By entering Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online and cloud-based services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or transmitting your submission file(s).

Feel free to get in touch with any other questions!

FAQs

What are the Feature notification dates?
QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: 25th OCTOBER 2018
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: 6th NOVEMBER 2018
5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 10th NOVEMBER 2018
ORDER OF 5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 30th NOVEMBER 2018

Can a writing team enter?
Absolutely.
 
Can I enter my script into other competitions at the same time?
You can enter as many competitions as you like.
 
Can I resubmit a script I've already entered into a previous year's contest?
Yes.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?
Yes. Anyone can enter from anywhere in the world. However, the script must be in English.
 
Can I submit a script I have entered into a previous years contest?
Yes – as long as it wasn’t one of our feature or short winners.
 
Can I submit an adaptation?
Only if you own the copyright, or the rights are in the public domain.
 
Can I submit more than one script?
Yes. You can submit as many scripts as you wish. You will just need to go through the same process that you did with the first.
 
How do I receive the money if I win? Does it matter that I don’t live in the USA or UK?
We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, you will get exactly what the exchange rate is. (We use XE.com to calculate this)
 
How does the reading process work?
Once your script has been submitted, we will log it on our system and send you a confirmation email to let you know we've received it.
Each script is read twice: once by one of our industry script readers, and then by one of our internal staff members. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide on which scripts are to progress to the next round.
 
How will I be informed of competition developments?
All applicants will be informed via email of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.
 
How will I know when you have received my script?
You will receive an email from us once you have completed your submission. Your will also receive a receipt from Stripe or Paypal. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep informed throughout the year. It's also worth signing up to our Mailing List.
 
If my script is over 120 pages, will I be disqualified?
No. However, because of the extra time to read and evaluate, we do charge an additional $1 per page over the 120 page count. This is capped at 150 pages / $30. If your script is over 150 pages, please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to discuss a submission fee.
 
What if my script isn’t copyrighted?
It doesn’t need to be. But if you feel more comfortable doing so, you can do it on the WGA registration site here.
 
What Credit Cards do you accept, and how do I know that it is safe?
All payments are made through our submission platform, here on the ISA web site. They work with PayPal, who handle millions of customers worldwide each day, so your details are completely secure. All major Credit Cards are accepted.
 
What do I need to include on the Title Page?
Only the Script Title. Please DO NOT include your Name, Email, Cell, Postal Address or any other information.
 
What file formats do you accept?
We prefer to receive scripts as a PDF format. However, we do accept: Final Draft, MovieMagic, .doc, .rtf and .txt files.
 
What happens if I option or sell my script off my own back, or through the help of Shore Scripts, before the end of the competition?
That's Great news! However, you will no longer be eligible for the competition or be entitled to get your entry fee refunded.
 
What sort of screenplays are you looking for?
It can be about anything! It’s all about the quality of the writing. Some of the things we take into account when reviewing a screenplay are: premise, structure, characterization, dialogue, tone and originality.
 
Who reads my script?
We have a select few script readers. They have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay and many others. Each reader is given a fifteen-page document that covers all aspects of the script reading process and what is expected of them. Shore Scripts internal staff members also review the screenplays. Each submitted script is read by two separate readers.
 The scripts that make it through to the Semi Final stage are red exclusively by the Shore Scripts team. Our internal team choose the winning scripts. These are then sent to our Judges who decide on the order of our winners.
 
Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) from screenwriting in the past?
Because the competition is all about helping up-and-coming screenwriters break in and establish themselves in the industry.
Previous prizes won in other screenwriting competitions do not count towards this total.

Why should I enter? How will you help me?
Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 100+ Production Companies, Agents, Managers and Judges have all signed up to read each year's top submitted screenplays.
At any point during the competition, if we feel the script and time is right, we will send it with our full backing to a producer or production company who we have a relationship with. We always obtain prior consent from the writer before doing so.
The writer’s information will be passed onto the relevant party and all further correspondence will be made between them and the writer. This has happened with a number of writers who have entered Shore Scripts.
The money helps the writer continue writing, but ultimately what every writer wants is to see their words spoken on screen.
 
Will Shore Scripts ever have any rights or percentage over my script?
No. You wrote it, it’s yours! We will never have any rights over your work.

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