RULES & FAQ's

FEATURE RULES | FAQ’S

TV PILOT RULES | FAQ’S

SHORT FILM FUND RULES | FAQ’S

SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT FUND RULES | FAQ’S

OUTHERE RULES 

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF TRANSPARENCY

Shore Scripts is proud to provide the following information as per our pledge to the Women of Color Unite (WOCU)’s Screenwriting Contest Transparency Initiative.

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FEATURE RULES

* Scripts should ideally be within 80-120 pages. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30 pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page. 

* To be eligible for consideration for the Guaranteed Option Prize you must select the +Showdown entry when submitting your Feature screenplay.

* Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries. 

* Screenwriters from all countries are welcome to enter. 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.

* We accept animations. 

* We accept all genres. It’s absolutely fine if your script is a combination of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, use the Coverfly Genre dropdown to indicate the main genre on your submission, and make a note of other Genres, and any other information you feel will be relevant to the reader in the Comment to Reader field. 

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee as the script will be reread. You may re-enter your script through the Resubmission page.

* A writer can enter as many scripts in as many categories as they wish.

* 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.

* We prefer scripts to be submitted as a PDF file.

* Please only include the Script Title on the cover page.  

* Our overall Grand Prize Winner can be from any genre. 

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results. 

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and on any other platform whenever we see fit. 

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this contest each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

* If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline for the competition. (Please note that this has never yet happened).


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FEATURE FAQ's

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.

TV RULES

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

Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30 pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page. 

* Web Series should be submitted to the ½-Hour TV Pilot Contest category.

* Please only enter the first episode of your TV series or your series Pilot.

* Web Series and Animations are accepted.

* Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

* Writers from all countries are welcome to enter. 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 $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* Please only include the Script Title on the cover page.  

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small additional fee as the script will be reread. You may re-enter your script through the Resubmission page.

* A writer can enter as many scripts in as many categories as they wish. 

* 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.

* We prefer scripts to be submitted as a PDF file.

* We accept all genres. It’s absolutely fine if your script is a combination of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, use the Coverfly Genre dropdown to indicate the main genre on your submission, and make a note of other Genres, and any other information you feel will be relevant to the reader in the Comment to Reader field. 

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results. 

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and on any other platform, whenever we see fit. 

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this contest each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

* If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline for the competition. (Please note that this has never yet happened). 


ENTER YOUR TV PILOT SCRIPT

TV FAQ's

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.

SHORT FILM FUND RULES

* Scripts should be within 2-30 pages. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 15 pages (for a total of 45 pages maximum) for an additional fee of $1 per page.

* We welcome submissions from all countries. All scripts must be written in English. The winning short(s) can be filmed anywhere in the world. 

* We accept foreign language films (as long as the script is in English). The finished film will need to have English language subtitles. 

* You do not need to be a screenwriter to enter, however, whoever enters the script must have the prior approval and agreement to do so from the writer(s).

* All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s original work or they own the copyright.

* If a writing team enters, both/all writers must consent.

* We accept scripts for narrative short films (live action & animation), web series pilots, half-hour TV pilots, and proof-of-concept shorts for features and TV series.

* We accept scripts for short films that have already been filmed or are in the process of production and need additional finishing funds. Submissions for finishing funds must be entered as a Standard Entry but with the Format marked as “In Production Film.” Then include a password-protected link to a Vimeo or Youtube screener where we can view your work-in-progress film or footage in the text box provided. Please note that we do not offer feedback or coverage reports on rough cuts, shot footage, or finished films.

* Previous Short Film Fund applicants may apply, including Finalists. Grand Prize and 2nd Place Winners are ineligible.

* All ages can enter; however, the funds would need to be transferred to a legal adult’s account or business account if won.

* You may enter a script that has been previously submitted to the Fund.

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* We accept all genres. If your script is a combination of multiple genres or sub-genres, use the Coverfly Genre dropdown to indicate the main genre on your submission, and make a note of other genres, and any other information you feel will be relevant to the reader in the Comment to Reader field. 

* To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries. We prefer scripts to be sent as a PDF file.

* Please only include the Script Title on the cover page.  

* Scripts should be properly formatted according to industry standards at size 12-point Courier.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter this fund.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small fee involved. You may re-enter your script through the Resubmission page.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to the Fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have their screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platforms whenever we see fit. 

* The Winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on our website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results. We will also be unrestricted in how and where we promote the finished film once it is officially released.

* The Winners agree to cut a trailer and provide a poster of the film for Shore Scripts to use on our website, social media, and other promotional platforms. 

* If the writer wishes to direct their own script, then it will be given serious consideration. A previous portfolio of work will help in making this decision. We are also open to working with first-time directors.

* The Winner’s filmmaking team will have the final call on cast, crew, and edit. Shore Scripts will ask to see the audition tapes of the lead character(s) before they are cast. 

* Shore Scripts will be listed as one of the ‘Production Companies’ on the project and also receive an ‘Executive Producer’ credit. The Shore Scripts logo will need to be added to the end credits. 

* Winners who take advantage of the ARRI Rental camera package should also add the ARRI Rental logo to their film’s end credits.

* The funds can be transferred to a freelance producer or production company attached to the project, or the winning writer or writer/director.

* We are open to working with filmmakers known to the Winner. We are also open to co-productions and additional funding from outside sources.

* Shore Scripts is flexible as to the production dates of the winning project(s). However, if said projects haven’t been filmed within 12 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to transfer the funds to another submitted project. If the project has been filmed but not completed within 18 months of our winner’s announcement, Shore has the discretion to take over and complete the project internally.

* Please note that our sponsor ARRI may not be able to supply equipment if the project is to be filmed in a country where they do not operate. Production will also need to cover any logistics and costs of getting camera equipment to the set. 

* By entering a Shore Scripts fund or contest, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).


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SHORT FILM FUND FAQ'S

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. 

DEVELOPMENT FUND RULES

* For this contest we are reading the first ten (10) pages of longer scripts (min. 20 pages), and treatments up to ten (10) pages long for Features, TV Pilots, Shorts, and Animation screenplays.

* Shore Scripts will award prizes to the Winners to support their writing a feature screenplay, a short film script of more than 20 pages in length, a one-hour TV pilot, or a web series of up to six episodes, with each episode being no more than 10 minutes long.

* Writers who wish to enter the first 10 pages of their script, whether a completed first draft or work in progress, should enter the first 8 to 11 pages, including the Title page. Anything under or over these page lengths will not be read.

* Treatments should be between 5-10 pages. We do not accept treatments that are over 10 pages. The Title Page does not count towards this total if it only includes the script title. If the title page contains more than that (for example, details on your project), then this counts as one of the 10 pages.

* Writers from all countries are welcome to enter. All scripts and treatments must be written in English.

* The Development Fund is for projects that are still in the writing stage. Screenplays or films that the writers consider to be in their final form are not eligible to enter.

* The cash prizes can be spent on whatever the winners see fit to help them finish their project.

* The Script Development prizes will be solely focused on the script or treatment you entered the Fund with. Calls and coverage with our Head of Development will be arranged to fit the schedules of both parties.

* All ages can enter. Under 18’s need to get their parent’s permission.

* All genres are welcome.

* Please only include the Script Title on the title page.

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

* We prefer scripts and treatments to be sent as PDF documents.

* We accept text only and text and image treatments.

* Submitted file sizes should be below 15 MB.

* All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s original work, or they own the copyright. If a writing team enters, then both/all writers must consent.

* Shore Scripts will never hold any rights over your project.

* To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter the Development Fund.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script or treatment for another read. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to the Resubmission page.

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platforms whenever we see fit.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).


ENTER YOUR FIRST 10 PAGES OR 10-PAGE TREATMENT

DEVELOPMENT FUND FAQ'S

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.

OUTHERE CONTEST RULES

DATES & FEES
Opening Date – MARCH 11, 2024
Regular Deadline – APRIL 12, 2024 | Standard Submissions – $30
Final Deadline – MAY 10, 2024 | Standard Submissions $40

MAY 17, 2024 – Top 15 Finalists Announced
MAY 24, 2024 – Top 5 Finalists Announced
MAY 30, 2024 – Judges’ Panel Meeting – 11 am BST.
JUNE 21, 2024 – Winner Announced

 

* For the first round of this contest we are reading the logline, a one-page synopsis, and the first five (5) pages of longer scripts, min. of 20 pages long, excluding the title page, for completed Features, TV Pilots, Short Film scripts, and Animation screenplays. 

* Progression through the contest, involves the selection of a Top 5 Finalist shortlist who will be invited to an online meeting to make a short oral online presentation to the Judges. In the same meeting, the writers will have the opportunity to receive feedback and answer any questions the Judges may have. Thereafter, the Top 5 Finalists will be required to submit their full script – be that Feature screenplay, TV Pilot, Short Film, or Animation. No other documents or supporting materials are required. 

* Writers from all countries are welcome to enter. All scripts and synopses must be written in English.

* The cash prize can be spent on whatever the winner sees fit to help them finish their project.

* The contest development prizes will be solely focused on the script you entered the contest with. Calls and/or coverage with our Judges will be arranged to fit the schedules of all parties.

* All ages can enter. Under 18’s need to get their parent’s permission.

* All genres are welcome.

* Please only include the Script Title on the title page.

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

* We prefer entries to be submitted as PDF documents.

* Submitted file sizes should be below 15 MB.

* All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s original work, or they own the copyright. If a writing team enters, then both/all writers must consent.

* Shore Scripts will never hold any rights over your project.

* To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter the contest.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script for another. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more tap this link to the Resubmission page.

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platforms whenever we see fit.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).


ENTER THE OUTHERE CONTEST

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