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Development Fund

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

Can I enter more than one (1) submission?

We offer multiple submission discounts starting at 2 submissions:

2 Submissions = 10% Discount
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
7 Submissions = 35% Discount
8 Submissions = 40% Discount

Discount coupon codes are issued by email and can be used for Standard entries made via our website, or on Coverfly, across all our contests running in the same calendar year. Submissions must be made before each contest’s Final Deadline and these discounts cannot be used for the purchase of submissions + feedback/coverage reports. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to obtain the appropriate discount coupon code to use BEFORE making your submissions or to obtain a retrospective discount.

Can I enter my script or treatment into different contests or funds at the same time as entering Shore Scripts?

Yes, absolutely. You can enter whatever contests, funds, or grants you wish to.

Can I enter the first 10 Pages or a Treatment for a completed screenplay?

You may have written a draft of your screenplay and the point of the Fund is to help writers complete it, helping make it the best piece of work they have ever written. Works in progress are fine, but not scripts you consider to be in their final form.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit a newer version of my submission?

Yes, you may re-enter an updated draft of a submission made earlier. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to visit our Resubmission page. Links to the Resubmission page can also be seen using the button on the contest page.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Yes, but only if you own the copyright or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I talk to someone if I have feedback or wish to make an inquiry?

Inquiries and complaints can take many forms – from issues of bias, misunderstanding, carelessness, or requests for more information where things are unclear or new. If a writer has questions about their coverage or contest submission, they can raise an inquiry or complaint with us at any time. Further information can be found by clicking here.

Do I need to enter a logline with my submission?

We strongly recommend that you include one. This will ensure that the reader better understands the proposed concept and your vision for the final script.

Does Shore Scripts ever have any rights over my work?

No. You wrote it, it’s yours! We will never have any rights over your work.

Does the title page count as one of the pages if I enter the first 10 Pages of my screenplay?

No, the title page doesn’t count, so your script can be 11 pages including the title page.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 through direct Bank Transfer or WISE. 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How long will it take for me to receive my contest script coverage?

If you have added coverage (feedback) to your contest submission, this will usually take between 7-10 days for our readers to complete and be sent back to you. This timeline can vary slightly depending on how busy we are. 

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

My first 10 Pages and/or Treatment aren’t copyrighted…

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

What are the Script Development Fund open and notification dates?

The dates are:

SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FUND OPENS ON FEBRUARY 16TH
REGULAR DEADLINE – MARCH 15TH
FINAL DEADLINE – APRIL 19TH

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – MAY 6TH
WINNERS & TOP 5 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – MAY 20TH

What are the Submission Fees

EARLY DEADLINE (15TH MAR) – $39
FINAL DEADLINE (19TH APRIL) – $49

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?

Please enter your submissions as PDF 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?

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 the first 10 Pages of my script or my treatment?

Our readers have read for the likes of Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts’ staff review submissions and determine the Winners.

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The Script Development Fund offers you an opportunity to transform your story idea into a screenplay that will make people take notice of you and your work.

We understand that many aspiring writers struggle to find the time to write whilst supporting themselves and their families. That’s why we’re offering two writers the chance to win cash prizes plus 12 months of free script development.

The cash prizes awarded to the two Winners of this contest are intended to finance greater freedom for writers, whether that’s taking time off from work, attending a writer’s retreat, engaging childminders, or any other way the writer sees fit that will help them find dedicated time to write. We also get that writing can sometimes be an isolating experience, so our Head of Education here at Shore Scripts will be there for you – offering Script Development for one year to both Winners; providing ongoing coverage and feedback to help you create the best screenplay possible.

It’s not just about getting the script ready; it’s about getting the writer ready too, so at the end of the year, both Winners’ scripts will be reviewed and if the time is right, the Winners will work with our Writer Development Manager to send their scripts out to members of our Industry and Directors roster.

Shore Scripts does not seek to obtain any rights over your script at any time.

Feature

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

Can I enter more than one (1) submission?

We offer multiple submission discounts starting at 2 submissions:

2 Submissions = 10% Discount
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
7 Submissions = 35% Discount
8 Submissions = 40% Discount

Discount coupon codes are issued by email and can be used for Standard entries made via our website, or on Coverfly, across all our contests running in the same calendar year. Submissions must be made before each contest’s Final Deadline and these discounts cannot be used for the purchase of submissions + feedback/coverage reports. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to obtain the appropriate discount coupon code to use BEFORE making your submissions or to obtain a retrospective discount.

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

Yes, you can enter as many competitions as you like.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit a newer version of my submission?

Yes, you may re-enter an updated draft of a submission made earlier. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to visit our Resubmission page. Links to the Resubmission page can also be seen using the button on the contest page.

Can I submit a script I have entered into a previous years contest?

Yes. However, you cannot submit the same script that previously placed as a Winner or Finalist.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Yes, but only if you own the copyright or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I talk to someone if I have feedback or wish to make an inquiry?

Inquiries and complaints can take many forms – from issues of bias, misunderstanding, carelessness, or requests for more information where things are unclear or new. If a writer has questions about their coverage or contest submission, they can raise an inquiry or complaint with us at any time. Further information can be found by clicking here.

Does Shore Scripts ever have any rights over my work?

No. You wrote it, it’s yours! We will never have any rights over your work.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 through direct Bank Transfer or WISE. 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How long will it take for me to receive my contest script coverage?

If you have added coverage (feedback) to your contest submission, this will usually take between 7-10 days for our readers to complete and be sent back to you. This timeline can vary slightly depending on how busy we are. 

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

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

For the Short Film Fund, scripts should be between 2-30 pages. Submissions can exceed the recommended page length by a maximum of 15 pages (up to 45 pages total) for an additional fee of $1 per page. If we receive any submissions over 45 pages, we will reach out to the writer requesting an edited version that falls at or below the maximum page count.

My script isn’t copyrighted.

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

What are the Feature notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 11th NOVEMBER
WINNERS & TOP 20 FINALISTS – 9th DECEMBER

What are the Submission Fees

EARLY DEADLINE (24TH JUNE) – $55 | +Showdown $70
REGULAR DEADLINE (31ST JULY) – $65 | +Showdown $80
FINAL DEADLINE (31ST AUG) – $75 | +Showdown $90

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?

Please enter your submissions as PDF 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?

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 also review the screenplays.

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

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. If you’re a writer who hasn’t yet gotten your break, you’ve probably found that getting your work in the hands of people within the film and television industry can feel like an impossible task. Shore Scripts was created to bridge that gap between emerging screenwriters and the industry.

Most screenplay contests, if they send your work out at all, will most likely send out a mass email of all projects, without any context. These are subsequently ignored by the industry.

Our Writer Development Program was designed to veer away from these common pitfalls and create real and tangible opportunities and successes for our writers. Winners and Finalists are invited to join the Writer Development Program where our Program Manager will get on call with the writers and develop a personalized plan for their development. Forging strong relationships with our writers is essential in not only learning who you are as a writer and what you want from your career, but it allows us to passionately sell you and your work to the most suited people on our Industry Roster.

By working so specifically and individually on both the writer and industry sides, Shore has created something truly unique among screenplay contests – an ongoing engagement with writers, constant communication with verified industry professionals, and a resource for competition alumni that exists long after the competition cycle has ended.

Shore Scripts writers have gained representation through many of our industry roster agents and managers, sold specs, and been staffed on shows for companies such as Blumhouse, Netflix, Paramount, Film4, NBC, Hulu, HBO, Universal, SYFY, FOX, Sony, SkyTV, Peacock & Others.

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. Scripts that were marked Recommend would get passed up the food chain. The writer would never be privy to these comments. 

Our coverage service is more than that. 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 about what we feel does and doesn’t work, giving clear reasons for our opinions. When analyzing a screenplay, our readers focus and write about the Premise & Theme, Hook, Stakes & Plot, Characters, Dialogue & Sound, Producibility, and overall Presentation, 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?

Our readers have a wealth of experience and a wide diversity of experience. To help align your script with the right reader, you are able to specify a Genre and enter Comments for the Reader on the submission form. If you have used one of our readers before and would like them to read your work again, you can do so in the submission form. This is charged with an additional fee of 15%.

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

As we know, reviewing creative work is always subjective, so there may be some points that 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. 

14) Do you use AI to evaluate screenplays?

Shore Scripts does not use any AI systems to review and evaluate screenplays entered for coverage, or contest submissions. Every script is read and coverage notes written by our experienced team of script readers. Go to our Team page to see more information on our readers. 

15) What are the maximum page lengths you accept for each format?

Recommended Page Lengths (Not including the Title Page) are as follows:

Feature scripts should ideally be within 80-120 pages.

½-Hour TV Pilots should be within 5-30 Pages and 1-Hour TV Pilots should be within 40-70 Pages.

Short film scripts and web series pilot scripts should be within 2-30 pages

For all of the above formats, writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30 pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page.

For our 2-page reports, we only accept the first ten (10) pages of a longer script (min. 20 pages), or treatments up to ten (10) pages long for Features, TV Pilots, Shorts, and Animation screenplays.

16) Do I need to enter a logline with my submission?

A logline is not compulsory when submitting completed scripts, but when submitting your First 10 Pages for a 2-page coverage report, we strongly recommend that you include one. This will ensure that the reader better understands the proposed concept, and can give feedback based on, and specific to, your vision for the final script.

2) What Coverage services do you offer?

We offer the following coverage options:

3-Page Script Coverage – 3 pages of constructive notes giving feedback on your script’s Premise & Theme, Hook, Stakes & Plot, Characters, Dialogue & Sound, Structure & Pace, Producibility, and overall Presentation. Plus a Conclusion that provides a summary of your script’s key strengths and areas for improvement. It also includes a logline and an industry scorecard.

6-Page Script Coverage – 6 pages of actionable development notes giving feedback on your script’s Premise & Theme, Hook, Stakes & Plot, Characters, Dialogue & Sound, Structure & Pace, Producibility, and overall Presentation. Plus a Conclusion that provides a summary of your script’s key strengths and areas for improvement. This also includes a detailed Synopsis, a logline, and an industry scorecard. 

10-Page Script Coverage – 10 pages of detailed development notes giving feedback on your script’s Premise & Theme, Hook, Stakes & Plot, Characters, Dialogue & Sound, Structure & Pace, Producibility, and overall Presentation. Plus a Conclusion that provides a summary of your script’s key strengths and areas for improvement. This also includes a Synopsis, a logline, and an industry scorecard. Our most comprehensive & detailed feedback option. 

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. We will go through your screenplay and mark up errors and items for improvement. 

In addition, we offer the following short reports for Treatments & the 1st 10 Pages of your script:

2-Page Script Coverage – Treatments – 2 pages of notes giving feedback on your treatment (max. 11 pages incl. the Title Page) providing key feedback on the contents, your logline, story or series breakdown, character roles, and suggestions for your pitch. The perfect preparation for marketing your story.

2-Page Script Coverage – The first 10 pages of your script – 2 pages of notes giving feedback on the first 10 pages of your longer script (min. 20 pages), giving detailed feedback on your logline, the opener, establishment, backstory, potential for narrative & character arcs, and conflict. Development suggestions tailored to your story’s premise.

 

 

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 so long, but feedback is essential. Coverage offers up an objective look at your script by someone who not only knows story inside and out, but also 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, helping you to make your script industry ready. 

4) What type of script can I submit?

We accept Treatments/Outlines i.e. short prose texts of up to 10 pages intended to capture your story idea, Short Film scripts, TV Pilots, and Feature screenplays. 

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. We strongly believe that we offer the best coverage service out there. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

6) What’s your turnaround time?

You will receive your coverage within 2-5 days. 

7) If a reader Recommends my script – will you send it onto your Industry Roster?

Each month our Top 3 scripts that have been forwarded for Coverage will be sent through to these members of our Industry Roster:

  • Scott Stoops – GOOD FEAR
  • Daniel Seco – EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
  • Peter Katz – STORY DRIVEN
  • Sean Dubravac – ENTERTAINMENT LAB
  • Steven Russell – COLLECTIVE TALENT
  • Zack Zucker – BELLEVUE PRODUCTIONS

And what’s more, if a reader recommends that our senior staff read your 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 is 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. 

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

No. We don’t ever hold any rights over your work. 

9) Do you accept scripts from around the world?

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

Podcast

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

Can I enter a Podcast which has already been produced?

If you have already created a pilot or series, and you feel it has the potential to be a lot bigger than it’s been, then we are open to your project. However, if your pilot script is chosen as the winner, then all previous releases of the pilot/series would need to be removed from all online channels and podcast platforms, so there’s no conflict of interest with the new production. If you are able to abide by these requirements then we invite you to enter the contest.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit an anthology series?

Yes – as long as each episode is connected to one another in someway.

Can I submit an outline, synopsis, treatment or bible instead of a script?

No. We don’t accept ideas, only completed scripts. Scripts are the best way for us to judge the quality of the story and writer.

Can the Podcast episode be set in any country?

Absolutely. 

Do you need to see a Bible or Outline?

No.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How many episodes should I submit?

Only the pilot episode. You may submit multiple entries of different stories, but we only need to see the first episode of each.

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

I have an awesome idea for a non-fiction Podcast?

That’s great but this contest is for fiction. We may look to open it up to non-fiction in the future, but currently we are looking at fiction projects.

My script isn’t copyrighted.

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

What are the Podcast Contest notification dates?

Our Finalists will be announced on FEB 15th.

The 2 Winners will be announced on MARCH 5th.

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

What is the correct format?

There is not currently a universal Podcast industry format.

We accept scripts in either a screenplay, radioplay or stageplay format. Please write in size 12 Courier font.

What sort of Podcast story are you looking for?

Absolutely anything! As long as it’s fiction and moves us, that’s all that matters. What’s important though is that your story works as a standalone Podcast series. It absolutely fine if it doesn’t lend itself to a Film or TV adaptation.

Learn about the medium by reading our Podcast articles and having a listen to what’s already out there. 

What will the $5000 be spent on?

Because there are many Podcasts out there, we need ours to stand out from the crowd. Our goal is to use a decent chunk of the money to secure the talents of a named actor/actress who can help get the project seen. The rest of the budget will be spent on cast, post-production audio facilities, and an amazing sound design team.

We will also allocate additional money to marketing the Podcast once it’s completed.

What’s the difference between writing a screenplay to a podcast?

There are a number of differences. Our article on How to Adapt My Screenplay into a Podcast covers that.

Where will the Podcast be broadcast?

Be entering our Podcast contest, you agree to let us gain as much exposure for the completed pilot episode as possible. This includes, but not limited to, publishing each pilot episode to the Apple and Android App Service, online promotions, live events, and any other avenues that we feel will help generate buzz and an audience.

Who decides the winning script?

The Shore Scripts Team and our Judges are responsible for choosing the winning scripts that will go into production. 

Who will produce my podcast?

Shore Scripts will internally produce the podcast. We will use our connections to find the best cast and crew to complete the project to the highest standards. The winning writers will be consulted throughout.

Will I need to allocate the $1000 Cash award to the production of the episode?

No. That’s yours!

Will I still retain the rights to my script and story after the pilot episode airs?

Yes, you as the writer will retain full ownership and IP over your work.

If Shore Scripts or a production company we introduce you to commissions the winning episode for a Podcast or Television series, Shore Scripts will be allocated one of the ‘Production Company’ credits. The winning writer(s) have final say on all potential commissioning offers.

Short

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

Can I enter more than one submission?

Yes. You can make as many submissions as you wish. 

We offer multiple submission discounts starting at 2 submissions:

2 Submissions = 10% Discount
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
7 Submissions = 35% Discount
8 Submissions = 40% Discount

Discount coupon codes are issued by email and can be used for Standard entries made via our website, or on Coverfly, across all our contests running in the same calendar year. Submissions must be made before each contest’s Final Deadline and these discounts cannot be used for the purchase of submissions + feedback/coverage reports. Please email us at shortfilmfund@shorescripts.com to obtain the appropriate discount coupon code to use BEFORE making your submissions or to obtain a retrospective discount.

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

Yes, you can enter as many competitions as you like.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Yes, but only if you own the copyright or the rights are in the public domain.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 through direct Bank Transfer or WISE. 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How long will it take for me to receive my contest script coverage?

If you have added coverage (feedback) to your contest submission, this will usually take between 7-10 days for our readers to complete and be sent back to you. This timeline can vary slightly depending on how busy we are. 

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

My script isn’t copyrighted.

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

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?

Please enter your submissions as PDF 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?

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 also review the screenplays.

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

Why should I enter? How will you help me?
Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. There is no single way to achieve this. However, we know from experience that many writers and filmmakers launch their careers through short films. Our Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced, and create a calling card to help them progress in the industry as a writer or writer/director.
 
For the most part, agents, managers, and producers are not particularly interested in short scripts because they are rarely sold, and produced short films rarely make a profit. However, those same agents, managers, and producers will absolutely watch short films to discover new talent they may want to sign and work with, as well as find short-form material to adapt into features or TV series. 
 
Short films can absolutely gain notable momentum at film festivals and/or online, garnering the writer and director much-deserved attention from the industry. Attending festivals and meeting like-minded people will allow you to build connections that will help pave the way for your future projects and successes. Our commissioned short films have gone on to play at hundreds of renowned festivals including Tribeca, Cannes, BFI London, Austin, Palm Springs, Encounters, and many more. 
 
The Short Film Fund provides many of the necessary resources to get your short film, web series pilot, or proof-of-concept made, including financing, camera equipment rental, script development, production and post-production advice and support, film festival consultancy, access to filmmaking contacts if needed, and more. Further, if you’ve already shot your film, our Fund is open to projects seeking finishing funds as well.
 
Additionally, Finalists who are not awarded the production funding will still have the option to have their scripts circulated to the relevant members of our Industry and Directors Rosters who may be interested in helping you get your short produced. 

Short Film Fund

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

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 more than one submission?

Yes. You can make as many submissions as you wish. 

We offer multiple submission discounts starting at 2 submissions:

2 Submissions = 10% Discount
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
7 Submissions = 35% Discount
8 Submissions = 40% Discount

Discount coupon codes are issued by email and can be used for Standard entries made via our website, or on Coverfly, across all our contests running in the same calendar year. Submissions must be made before each contest’s Final Deadline and these discounts cannot be used for the purchase of submissions + feedback/coverage reports. Please email us at shortfilmfund@shorescripts.com to obtain the appropriate discount coupon code to use BEFORE making your submissions or to obtain a retrospective discount.

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

Yes, you can enter as many competitions as you like.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit a newer version of my submission?

Yes, you may re-enter an updated draft of a submission made earlier. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to visit our Resubmission page. Links to the Resubmission page can also be seen using the button on the contest page.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Yes, but only if you own the copyright or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I talk to someone if I have feedback or wish to make an inquiry?

Inquiries and complaints can take many forms – from issues of bias, misunderstanding, carelessness, or requests for more information where things are unclear or new. If a writer has questions about their coverage or contest submission, they can raise an inquiry or complaint with us at any time. Further information can be found by clicking here.

Can the short film be filmed in any country?

Absolutely.

Does Shore Scripts ever have any rights over my work?

No. You wrote it, it’s yours! We will never hold any rights over your work. Even if your script is awarded production funding through the Short Film Fund, you will maintain all copyrights and ownership and will have control over all elements of the produced short film. The production team will retain all revenue that may be generated from the produced film.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How long will it take for me to receive my contest script coverage?

If you have added coverage (feedback) to your contest submission, this will usually take between 7-10 days for our readers to complete and be sent back to you. This timeline can vary slightly depending on how busy we are. 

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

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

For the Short Film Fund, scripts should be between 2-30 pages. Submissions can exceed the recommended page length by a maximum of 15 pages (up to 45 pages total) for an additional fee of $1 per page. If we receive any submissions over 45 pages, we will reach out to the writer requesting an edited version that falls at or below the maximum page count.

My script isn’t copyrighted.

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

What are the Short Film Fund dates?

We run two Short Film Fund seasons, Spring & Fall, each year.

SPRING SHORT FILM FUND
Opens: Jan 15th
Early Deadline: Feb 28th
Regular Deadline: April 2nd
Late Deadline: May 2nd

NOTIFICATION DATES
Semi-Finalists Announced: May 28th
Finalists Announced: June 7th
Winners Announced: June 20th

FALL SHORT FILM FUND
Opens: July 15th
Early Deadline: Aug 20th
Regular Deadline: Sept 30th
Final Deadline: October 31st

NOTIFICATION DATES
Semi-Finalists Announced: November 25th

Finalists Announced: Dec 4th
Winners Announced: Dec 16th

What are the Submission Fees

SHORT FILM FUND – SPRING

EARLY DEADLINE (28TH FEB) – $39
REGULAR DEADLINE (2ND APRIL) – $49
FINAL DEADLINE (2ND MAY) – $59

SHORT FILM FUND – FALL 

EARLY DEADLINE (20TH AUG) – $39
REGULAR DEADLINE (30TH SEPT) – $49
FINAL DEADLINE (31ST OCT) – $59

 

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?

Please enter your submissions as PDF 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?

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 and our Judges are responsible for choosing the winning scripts that will go into production. 

Why should I enter? How will you help me?
Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. There is no single way to achieve this. However, we know from experience that many writers and filmmakers launch their careers through short films. Our Short Film Fund offers an opportunity for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers to have their short films financed and produced, and create a calling card to help them progress in the industry as a writer or writer/director.
 
For the most part, agents, managers, and producers are not particularly interested in short scripts because they are rarely sold, and produced short films rarely make a profit. However, those same agents, managers, and producers will absolutely watch short films to discover new talent they may want to sign and work with, as well as find short-form material to adapt into features or TV series. 
 
Short films can absolutely gain notable momentum at film festivals and/or online, garnering the writer and director much-deserved attention from the industry. Attending festivals and meeting like-minded people will allow you to build connections that will help pave the way for your future projects and successes. Our commissioned short films have gone on to play at hundreds of renowned festivals including Tribeca, Cannes, BFI London, Austin, Palm Springs, Encounters, and many more. 
 
The Short Film Fund provides many of the necessary resources to get your short film, web series pilot, or proof-of-concept made, including financing, camera equipment rental, script development, production and post-production advice and support, film festival consultancy, access to filmmaking contacts if needed, and more. Further, if you’ve already shot your film, our Fund is open to projects seeking finishing funds as well.
 
Additionally, Finalists who are not awarded the production funding will still have the option to have their scripts circulated to the relevant members of our Industry and Directors Rosters who may be interested in helping you get your short produced. 

TV

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely. However, both/all writers must consent.

Can I enter more than one (1) submission?

We offer multiple submission discounts starting at 2 submissions:

2 Submissions = 10% Discount
3 Submissions = 15% Discount
4 Submissions = 20% Discount
5 Submissions = 25% Discount
6 Submissions = 30% Discount
7 Submissions = 35% Discount
8 Submissions = 40% Discount

Discount coupon codes are issued by email and can be used for Standard entries made via our website, or on Coverfly, across all our contests running in the same calendar year. Submissions must be made before each contest’s Final Deadline and these discounts cannot be used for the purchase of submissions + feedback/coverage reports. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to obtain the appropriate discount coupon code to use BEFORE making your submissions or to obtain a retrospective discount.

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

Yes, you can enter as many competitions as you like.

Can I still enter if I don’t live in the USA or UK?

Yes. We are open to writers from all over the world. However, all submissions must be in English.

Can I submit a newer version of my submission?

Yes, you may re-enter an updated draft of a submission made earlier. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to visit our Resubmission page. Links to the Resubmission page can also be seen using the button on the contest page.

Can I submit a script I have entered into a previous years contest?

Yes. However, you cannot submit the same script that previously placed as a Winner or Finalist.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Yes, but only if you own the copyright or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I talk to someone if I have feedback or wish to make an inquiry?

Inquiries and complaints can take many forms – from issues of bias, misunderstanding, carelessness, or requests for more information where things are unclear or new. If a writer has questions about their coverage or contest submission, they can raise an inquiry or complaint with us at any time. Further information can be found by clicking here.

Does Shore Scripts ever have any rights over my work?

No. You wrote it, it’s yours! We will never have any rights over your work.

How do I ENTER?

Navigate to your chosen Contest page. You will then see the ‘ENTER’ 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 through direct Bank Transfer or WISE. 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 made available to the Reader Team. You will receive your script score once the contest closes. Feedback is collated and discussed internally as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How long will it take for me to receive my contest script coverage?

If you have added coverage (feedback) to your contest submission, this will usually take between 7-10 days for our readers to complete and be sent back to you. This timeline can vary slightly depending on how busy we are. 

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email regarding placings, at each stage of the contest. These results will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my submission?

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 for our Mailing List.

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

For the Short Film Fund, scripts should be between 2-30 pages. Submissions can exceed the recommended page length by a maximum of 15 pages (up to 45 pages total) for an additional fee of $1 per page. If we receive any submissions over 45 pages, we will reach out to the writer requesting an edited version that falls at or below the maximum page count.

My script isn’t copyrighted.

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

What are the Submission Fees

EARLY DEADLINE (26TH APRIL) – 1HR $55 – 1/2HR $50
REGULAR DEADLINE (31ST MAY) – 1HR $65 – 1/2HR $60
FINAL DEADLINE (28TH JUNE) – 1HR $75 – 1/2HR $70

What are the TV Pilot notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 26th AUGUST
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 11th SEPTEMBER
OVERALL 1-HR & ½-HOUR WINNERS & RUNNERS UP ANNOUNCED – 7th OCTOBER

 

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?

Please enter your submissions as PDF 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?

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 also review the screenplays.

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

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. If you’re a writer who hasn’t yet gotten your break, you’ve probably found that getting your work in the hands of people within the film and television industry can feel like an impossible task. Shore Scripts was created to bridge that gap between emerging screenwriters and the industry.

Most screenplay contests, if they send your work out at all, will most likely send out a mass email of all projects, without any context. These are subsequently ignored by the industry.

Our Writer Development Program was designed to veer away from these common pitfalls and create real and tangible opportunities and successes for our writers. Winners and Finalists are invited to join the Writer Development Program where our Program Manager will get on call with the writers and develop a personalized plan for their development. Forging strong relationships with our writers is essential in not only learning who you are as a writer and what you want from your career, but it allows us to passionately sell you and your work to the most suited people on our Industry Roster.

By working so specifically and individually on both the writer and industry sides, Shore has created something truly unique among screenplay contests – an ongoing engagement with writers, constant communication with verified industry professionals, and a resource for competition alumni that exists long after the competition cycle has ended.

Shore Scripts writers have gained representation through many of our industry roster agents and managers, sold specs, and been staffed on shows for companies such as Blumhouse, Netflix, Paramount, Film4, NBC, Hulu, HBO, Universal, SYFY, FOX, Sony, SkyTV, Peacock & Others.

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