Competition Rules, Release
Updated 5/29/2011 (new Title Page rule
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Expo Screenplay Contest Rules and Regulations
Industry Visibility Rule:
Providing movie and TV
executives and talent representatives multiple forms of confidential
access to the material you submit to this contest is one of the key
prizes of this screenplay contest. Their assurance that such
submissions are confidential and free of potential liability is vital
to their participation and receipt of your work, for your benefit as a
writer seeking to sell your work.
provides copies or and access to winning scripts to studio
producers, film and TV show packaging companies, agents, and talent
managers on a confidential basis, both through an online system and via
email and other means. By
release the contest management and its associated organizations, and
all organizations given access to your screenplay or information
thereon, from any and all claims of misappropriationarising from the
contest providing producers, agents, and managers access to your work.
You specifically agree that the
terms of the Release below apply to all such submissions and access,
whether online, by email, or by other means.
1a) All submissions must be
deadline The Competition reserves the right to extend the
1b) All submissions must contain a title page
which must include the title, writer's (or
writers') name(s), and the email address and physical mailing address
of at least one writer; telphone number is requested but
not required. This Rule 1b is effective as of 5/30/2011. Any script
submitted after that date which is lacking a title page with the title
and writer names and contact information above will automatically lose
3 points off the judge's score in the 0-100 scoring system.
By submitting, you agree to the Release Form (copied below)
and to abide by all the Contest Rules.
3) Submitted screenplays
must be the unproduced, unoptioned, and
wholly original work of the writer(s). There must
be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplays or the
writers’ right to submit screenplay. Submitted teleplays will
adhere to the industry “spec script” practice of
being a derivative work based on a pre-existing television series,
however submitted teleplays must contain original
story and dialogue. For teleplays, any characters
created by the writer(s) must be wholly original work. Pilots for
unproduced television shows or episodes of an unproduced
series will not be accepted.
by more than one writer are
eligible, but only one prize will be given and it will be the
writers’ responsibility to distribute the prize. If writers
of a script are unable to agree on the distribution of a prize, their
script will be disqualified.
5) All writers of
submitted scripts must be
at least 18 years of age.
6) Writers of submitted
scripts must not
have earned more than $25,000 (in cash or other consideration) for
writing services for film or television in the three years before
April 24, 2011. Furthermore writers must not
have won a fellowship or writing contest that includes a
“first look” clause.
Scripts must be in English, in an accepted electronic format
single- or double-sided on 3-hole white paper with the pages numbered
and with the title (for TV specs include name of show), name of
writer(s) and contact information on the title page. Online
submissions must be in either Movie Magic, Final Draft, PDF or RTF
format. It is preferable but not mandatory that the file has the title
page as the first page of the file. Font must be
12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. Feature
screenplays must be between 85-140 pages and in standard spec
screenplay format; if paper, scripts must be fastened with 2-3 brads
with (optional) blank
cardstock covers. Short screenplays must be 20 pages or less, fastened
with 2-3 brads or 1 staple. Teleplays for hour-long series must be
between 50-70 pages. Teleplays for half-hour shows must be between 25
and 55 page (more than 40 only if double-spaced dialogue).
8) Hard-copy submissions must contain
eligible scripts(s), a signed, initialed and completed application,
entry fee (check, money order or credit card information), and, if you
want notification that we have received your materials, a
self-addressed-stamped postcard. Hard-copy submissions must be mailed
(USPS, UPS, etc…) via a delivery method that does not
require a signature. Online submissions must contain eligible script
(as a Movie Magic, PDF, RTF or Final Draft file), valid credit card
information and a valid email address. Confirmation of receipt of
online submissions will be only done via automated form email at the
time the script is entered.
occasional or regular or long-term contractors, or immediate
family members of principals of
Creative Screenwriting, The Screenwriting Expo, and Inside
Information Group, Ltd. may not submit screenplays. Writers who and
scripts which have won a cash prize from any
previous Expo Screenplay Competition are ineligible. An
individual who has performed or is contemplating performing one
brief, temporary contract (such as working only at the Screenwriting
Expo) may, upon request, be approved to submit at the sole
discretion of contest management.
Please read and understand these Rules
and Regulations. Failure to adhere to The Contest guidelines will
result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.
Judging will be performed by trained
readers and industry professionals. The finalists’ scripts
will be read by industry professionals. The decisions of the Judges
will be final.
12) The 2011 Screenwriting Expo
Competition may substitute alternative prizes of equal or greater value
in place of previously announced prizes.
check payable to Creative Screenwriting.
Questions regarding The Screenwriting
Expo Screenplay Competition should be directed to: email@example.com
15) “Trip to Los
Angeles” is defined as a continental U.S. round-trip plane
ticket (maximum price: $300) to Los Angeles for one writer on a major
airline, up to 3 nights accommodations for one person at an
official Expo Hotel (not including any
additional charges incurred there), and free entrance to the Expo as
defined by the Official Prize List at http://screenwritingexpo.com/prizelist.html.
Trip To Los Angeles terms will be
accepted. For example, the Competition will not reimburse for
lodging at a non-Expo hotel unless all Expo hotel rooms are sold out.
In that case, maximum reimbursement for hotel will be no
greater than the single rate at the headquarters hotel.
No cash be offered or given in lieu of travel or lodging
No writer will win more than one of the
following categories: Action-Adventure, Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi,
Fantasy, Comedy, Family, Animation, New Visions Prize, Grand Prize,
Runner Up in Main Category. Winners of the prizes sponsored by entities
other than the Creative Screenwriting/Screenwriting Expo enterprise may
be selected by the principals of each respective company and
may coincide with writer(s) who have won another prize in this year's
Expo Screenplay Competition.
All winners will be
their own U.S. income tax withholding. The contestis required by
to withhold U.S. tax from winners who do not reside in the United
Remedy For Feedback Not Received; Unread Scripts Rule
The Competition emails basic feedback
to each contestant who provides a valid email address on the screenplay
title page. If a contestant does not include a valid email address on
the title page of the screenplay, then feedback is not sent.
The contest offers the following procedure if you do not receive the
A. You may contact our customer service staff
at (323) 957-1405 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and request that feedback be emailed to you.
B. The customer service staff will respond by
sending your feedback by email.
C. If, for some reason, the non-receipt of feedback
is due to the script having gone unread, the Unread Scripts Rule below
Occasionally, in this and other screenplay contests, an entry is not
judged due to a contest management or judge oversight in managing
files, or an unreadable file, or other errors. Such events are
rare, and in the vast majority of screenplay contests, such events go
undetected because feedback is not provided to entrants.
Because our contest provides free,
brief feedback to every entrant, it is more likely that if such an
error occurs, it will be noticed. Therefore, contest
management has created this policy and rule regarding a script which is
not read by the end of the first round of judging.
If we fail to read your script for
any reason, you are entitled to the following relief and none other:
(1) a full refund of your entry fee for that
(2) a free entry into the next screenplay contest
sponsored by Creative Screenwriting or the Screenwriting Expo.
If you do not receive feedback by email, the most likely reason is that
you did not provide a valid email address on the title page of the
screenplay. However, because it is possible that a script
may be misplaced and notread, the policy above applies.