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Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

Can I enter my script into other competitions at the same time?

Yes, 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. However, previous winning scripts cannot be resubmitted.

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. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Do you offer a script coverage service?

We do. Click Here for all the info.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see ‘Submit Your Script’ buttons. Clicking on your chosen one will direct you to Coverfly, our submission platform. You will be sent an email confirmation once we have received your script and submission fee.

 

How do I receive the money if I win? Does it matter that I don’t live in the USA?

We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or direct Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live.

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will 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 Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

If my script is over or under the recommended page count, will I be disqualified?

Not if it is within a sensible number. If, for whatever reason, your screenplays page count is a lot more or less than the industry standard, then please email us to discuss your entry. 

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

2 Submissions = 10% Discount 
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
These can be split over one, two or all three categories. So you can submit 1 Feature, 1 TV Pilot, 1 Short Film Fund and be entitled to the 15% Discount on that overall cost.

Please email us at contact @ shorescripts.com for details on submitting multiple scripts. 
My script isn’t copyrighted.

It doesn’t need to be. But if you feel more comfortable doing so, you can do it here.

What are the Feature notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER 2019
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 10th NOVEMBER 2019
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 20th NOVEMBER 2019

5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER 2019
ORDER OF 5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER 2019

What Credit Cards do you accept, and how do I know that it is safe?

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, 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?

Just the Script Title. That’s all we need. 

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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?

Great news! However, you will no longer be eligible for the competition or be entitled to get your entry fee refunded.

What sort of stories are you looking for?

We are looking for stories that move us. Your script can be about any subject in any genre. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who reads my script?

Our readers have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts internal staff members also review the screenplays. Each submitted script is read twice.

Our winning scripts are chosen by our Judges and Shore Scripts staff.

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2017?

Because we are looking to help upcoming 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. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and 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. Check out our Success Stories.

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.

Learn about our Coverage

1) What is Script Coverage?

Script Coverage is a reader’s thorough analysis of a writer’s work. Coverage started out in Studios where readers were employed to read countless scripts so that the producers didn’t have to! These reports were purely for internal use, with the reader marking a script with a Pass, Recommend or Consider at the end. Scripts that were marked Recommend would get passed up the food chain. The writer would never be privy to these comments. 

Coverage services like our own are different. Our sole intention is to help a writer create a better draft of their work. To get it to a point where it’s ready to be sent out to people in the industry. We are completely honest over what we feel does and doesn’t work, giving clear reasons for our opinions. When analyzing a screenplay, our readers focus and write on the Premise, Structure, Character, Dialogue, Pace, Visuals, Believability, Marketability and provide a Conclusion. We make suggestions throughout the coverage as to how the writer can improve their story. 

We offer different types of feedback, so it’s worth checking out which is best for you. 

10) Who are Shore Scripts?

Shore Scripts was set up to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. 

Check out our About Us and Team pages. 

11) How qualified are your readers?

Our readers have read for some of the successful production companies in the world. They include Universal, Working Title, Lionsgate, Vertigo Films, BBC, Anchor Bay Ent, Creative Europe Media, The Fyzz, Austin Film Festival, Wildgaze, Goldfinch, and others.   

12) What if the reader isn’t interested in the type of stories I tell?

You are able to specify a Genre in the submission form. This is to help us assign your script to a reader who is a fan of the type of story you are telling. 

13) If a reader ‘recommends’ my script, will you send it onto your Industry Roster?

Please note that the writer will not see a ‘RECOMMEND’ on their coverage. Pass/Consider/Recommend are used by readers working for production companies. Our coverage is tailored solely to helping the writer better his/her work.  

However, if a reader recommends that our staff read the script, we will do so. If we feel that it’s suited for someone on our roster, we will approach the writer to see if he/she are happy for us to send it out.

So, yes, if we love your work, we’ll get it out to our industry and directors roster. 

14) If I resubmit a script for coverage, can I choose the same reader?

Yes. Please email us about this

15) What if I strongly disagree with the readers comments?

As we know, reviewing creative work is always subjective, so there may be some points which you don’t completely agree with. However, if you have serious concerns about your coverage, please contact us with the details and we’ll get back to you asap. 

2) What Coverage services do you offer?

We offer:

2-Page Script Coverage – For scripts with a maximum length of 35 pages – 2 pages of notes that focus on: Premise, Structure, Character, Dialogue, Pace, Marketability, and a Conclusion. It will give you a clear overview of your short screenplay. It also includes an industry scorecard. 

5-Page Script Coverage – For Feature, TV-Pilot/Web Series, and Short Film Scripts – 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 Script Development – For Feature, TV-Pilot/Web Series, and Short Film Scripts – 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.  

Proofreading – Script readers always pick up on spelling, punctuation, grammar, and formatting mistakes, so it’s essential that your script is polished before sending it out into the industry. 

1 Hour Face to Face or Skype Consultation – Discuss your screenplay face to face with one of our experienced screenplay readers. All aspects of your screenplay will be covered, with a specific focus on the weakest elements. The writer may note on the form below any areas they wish the consultant to pay special attention to. After your consultation, you will receive a 2-page report covering everything that was discussed. 

3) Why do I need Coverage?

It’s hard to step back and look at your own work objectively when you’ve been so close to it for a long time, but feedback is essential. Coverage offers up an objective look at your script by someone who not only knows story inside and out, they know the industry. If you send your script to a studio, agent, or producer, and if your screenplay actually gets read, you’ll never be privy to the notes that were written by the reader, meaning you’ll never get the chance to address the issues raised in their report. With coverage, you can, meaning it’s a great tool to help make your script industry ready. 

4) What type of script can I submit?

We accept short scripts, proof of concepts, TV Pilots (all lengths), and Feature screenplays. 
Please do not send us Treatments, Series Bibles or Novels. 

5) Am I getting value for money?

Having constructive honest feedback is crucial in order to get your screenplay to a point where it’s ready to be sent out into the world. Our readers have read for some of the top production companies in the world. We deliver comprehensive notes that cover all aspects of your screenplay. You may find a couple of other coverage companies that are slightly cheaper than ours. It’s worth comparing their coverage to ours. We strongly believe that we offer the best coverage out there. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

6) What’s your turnaround time?

Usually, a writer will receive his or her coverage within 5 days. Our maximum turnaround time is 10 days from submission. This time is needed to ensure we deliver the most constructive feedback possible. 

7) Do you own any rights over any submitted script?

No. We don’t ever hold any rights over your work. Ownership remains 100% yours. 

8) Can I see samples of your coverage?

Absolutely. Please click the links below. 

2 PAGE SHORT SCRIPT COVERAGE

5 PAGE COVERAGE

10 PAGE COVERAGE 

9) Do you accept scripts from around the world?

Absolutely. We have worked with writers from all over the world. 
All scripts must be written in English. 

Short

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

Can I enter my script into other competitions at the same time?

Yes, 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. However, previous winning scripts cannot be resubmitted.

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. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Do you offer a script coverage service?

We do. Click Here for all the info.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see ‘Submit Your Script’ buttons. Clicking on your chosen one will direct you to Coverfly, our submission platform. You will be sent an email confirmation once we have received your script and submission fee.

 

How do I receive the money if I win? Does it matter that I don’t live in the USA?

We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or direct Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live.

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will 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 Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

2 Submissions = 10% Discount 
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
These can be split over one, two or all three categories. So you can submit 1 Feature, 1 TV Pilot, 1 Short Film Fund and be entitled to the 15% Discount on that overall cost.

Please email us at contact @ shorescripts.com for details on submitting multiple scripts. 
My script isn’t copyrighted.

It doesn’t need to be. But if you feel more comfortable doing so, you can do it here.

What Credit Cards do you accept, and how do I know that it is safe?

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, 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?

Just the Script Title. That’s all we need. 

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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?

Great news! However, you will no longer be eligible for the competition or be entitled to get your entry fee refunded.

What sort of stories are you looking for?

We are looking for stories that move us. Your script can be about any subject in any genre. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who reads my script?

Our readers have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts internal staff members also review the screenplays. Each submitted script is read twice.

Our winning scripts are chosen by our Judges and Shore Scripts staff.

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2017?

Because we are looking to help upcoming 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. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and 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. Check out our Success Stories.

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.

Short Film Fund

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

Can I direct my own short script if I win?

The Short Film Fund was setup in order to further support writers with helping to build up their body of work. This could be as solely a writer or potentially writer/director.

One of 2013’s Shore Scripts Short Winner, Ben Cleary, won a Best Live Short Oscar for his film, Stutterer. We know there are many talented writer/directors out there, so we’re completely open to this.

However, we would want to chat with the writer and see their previous work before making a final decision.  

Can I enter my script into other competitions at the same time?

Yes, 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. However, previous winning scripts cannot be resubmitted.

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. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Can the short film be filmed in any country?

Absolutely.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see ‘Submit Your Script’ buttons. Clicking on your chosen one will direct you to Coverfly, our submission platform. You will be sent an email confirmation once we have received your script and submission fee.

 

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will 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 Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

If my script is over or under the recommended page count, will I be disqualified?

Not if it is within a sensible number. If, for whatever reason, your screenplays page count is a lot more or less than the industry standard, then please email us to discuss your entry. 

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

2 Submissions = 10% Discount 
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
These can be split over one, two or all three categories. So you can submit 1 Feature, 1 TV Pilot, 1 Short Film Fund and be entitled to the 15% Discount on that overall cost.

Please email us at contact @ shorescripts.com for details on submitting multiple scripts. 
My script isn’t copyrighted.

It doesn’t need to be. But if you feel more comfortable doing so, you can do it here.

What are the Short Film Fund notification dates?

Our FINALISTS will be announced – 26th May 2019

The WINNER(s) and film budget will be announced – 6th June 2019

What Credit Cards do you accept, and how do I know that it is safe?

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, 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?

Just the Script Title. That’s all we need. 

What do you mean by a minimum budget of $10,000?

$10,000 is the minimum grant amount that Shore Scripts will award to our overall winner. The maximum is $15,000. The final total will be determined once we review our chosen winner, and discuss the project with our sponsors. 

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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?

Great news! However, you will no longer be eligible for the competition or be entitled to get your entry fee refunded.

What if I don’t want to direct my short script?

You don’t have to. If your script wins, we will attach the right director and producer. You will of course be heavily involved in this decision, and every other decision made in the filmmaking process. 

What sort of stories are you looking for?

We are looking for stories that move us. Your script can be about any subject in any genre. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who decides the winning script?

The Shore Scripts Team will be solely responsible for choosing the winning script that will go into production. 

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2017?

Because we are looking to help upcoming 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. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and 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. Check out our Success Stories.

The money helps the writer continue writing, but ultimately what every writer wants is to see their words spoken on screen.

TV

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

Can I enter my script into other competitions at the same time?

Yes, 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 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. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Do you offer a script coverage service?

We do. Click Here for all the info.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see ‘Submit Your Script’ buttons. Clicking on your chosen one will direct you to Coverfly, our submission platform. You will be sent an email confirmation once we have received your script and submission fee.

 

How do I receive the money if I win? Does it matter that I don’t live in the USA?

We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or direct Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live.

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will 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 Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

If my script is over or under the recommended page count, will I be disqualified?

Not if it is within a sensible number. If, for whatever reason, your screenplays page count is a lot more or less than the industry standard, then please email us to discuss your entry. 

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

2 Submissions = 10% Discount 
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
These can be split over one, two or all three categories. So you can submit 1 Feature, 1 TV Pilot, 1 Short Film Fund and be entitled to the 15% Discount on that overall cost.

Please email us at contact @ shorescripts.com for details on submitting multiple scripts. 
My script isn’t copyrighted.

It doesn’t need to be. But if you feel more comfortable doing so, you can do it here.

What are the TV Pilot notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER 2019
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 10th NOVEMBER 2019
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 20th NOVEMBER 2019

5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER 2019
ORDER OF 5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER 2019

 

What Credit Cards do you accept, and how do I know that it is safe?

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, 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?

Just the Script Title. That’s all we need. 

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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?

Great news! However, you will no longer be eligible for the competition or be entitled to get your entry fee refunded.

What sort of stories are you looking for?

We are looking for stories that move us. Your script can be about any subject in any genre. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who reads my script?

Our readers have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts internal staff members also review the screenplays. Each submitted script is read twice.

Our winning scripts are chosen by our Judges and Shore Scripts staff.

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2017?

Because we are looking to help upcoming 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. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and 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. Check out our Success Stories.

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.