RULES & FAQ's

FEATURE RULES | FAQ’S

TV PILOT RULES | FAQ’S

SHORT FILM FUND RULES | FAQ’S

FEATURE RULES

* 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. 

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There is a small additional fee. You may re-enter you 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 submitted as PDF’s.

* Scripts should ideally be within 80-120 pages. We do accept longer scripts.

* We accept all genres.

* 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 the judging panel is final. All judges, staff, and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

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

* If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline for the competition.

FEATURE FAQ's

Feature

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

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

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

Can I resubmit a script I’ve already entered into a previous year’s contest?

Yes.

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

Yes. Anyone can enter from anywhere in the world. However, the script must be in English.

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

Yes. However, previous winning scripts can’t be resubmitted for obvious reasons.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Only if you own the copyright, or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I submit more than one script?

Yes. You can submit as many scripts as you wish. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Do you offer a script coverage service?

We do. Click Here for all the info.

How do I ENTER?

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

 

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

We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, you will get exactly what the exchange rate is. (We use XE.com to calculate this)

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

You will receive an email from Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

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

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

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

What are the Feature notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER 2019
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 10th NOVEMBER 2019
5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER 2019
ORDER OF 5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER 2019

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

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, who handle millions of customers worldwide each day, so your details are completely secure. All major Credit Cards are accepted. 

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

What happens if I option or sell my script off my own back, or through the help of Shore Scripts, before the end of the competition?

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

What sort of stories are you looking for?

Your screenplay can be about anything. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who reads my script?

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

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

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013?

Because we are looking to help upcoming screenwriters break in and establish themselves in the industry.

Previous prizes won in other screenwriting competitions do not count towards this total.

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and have all signed up to read each year’s top submitted screenplays.

At any point during the competition, if we feel the script and time is right, we will send it with our full backing to a producer or production company who we have a relationship with. We always obtain prior consent from the writer before doing so.

The writer’s information will be passed onto the relevant party and all further correspondence will be made between them and the writer. This has happened with a number of writers who have entered. Check out our Success Stories.

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

Will Shore Scripts ever have any rights or percentage over my script?

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

TV RULES

* 1/2 Hour scripts should approximately be within 15-30 Pages. 1 Hour script should approximately be within 4-70 Pages. 

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

* Web Series are accepted.

* 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 $30,000 (£24,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013. Previous screenwriting cash awards do not count towards this total.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script. There will be a small additional fee. You may re-enter you 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 PDF’s.

* We accept all genres.

* 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 the judging panel is final. All judges, staff, and sponsors are immune from any competition disputes.

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

* If we see fit, we can extend the final deadline for the competition.

TV FAQ's

TV

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

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

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

Can I resubmit a script I’ve already entered into a previous year’s contest?

Yes.

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

Yes. Anyone can enter from anywhere in the world. However, the script must be in English.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Only if you own the copyright, or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I submit more than one script?

Yes. You can submit as many scripts as you wish. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Do you offer a script coverage service?

We do. Click Here for all the info.

How do I ENTER?

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

 

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

We will pay your winnings straight into your bank account using PayPal or Bank Transfer. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, you will get exactly what the exchange rate is. (We use XE.com to calculate this)

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

You will receive an email from Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

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

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

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

What are the TV Pilot notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER 2019
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 10th NOVEMBER 2019
5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER 2019
ORDER OF 5 WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER 2019

 

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

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, who handle millions of customers worldwide each day, so your details are completely secure. All major Credit Cards are accepted. 

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

What happens if I option or sell my script off my own back, or through the help of Shore Scripts, before the end of the competition?

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

What sort of stories are you looking for?

Your screenplay can be about anything. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who reads my script?

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

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

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013?

Because we are looking to help upcoming screenwriters break in and establish themselves in the industry.

Previous prizes won in other screenwriting competitions do not count towards this total.

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and have all signed up to read each year’s top submitted screenplays.

At any point during the competition, if we feel the script and time is right, we will send it with our full backing to a producer or production company who we have a relationship with. We always obtain prior consent from the writer before doing so.

The writer’s information will be passed onto the relevant party and all further correspondence will be made between them and the writer. This has happened with a number of writers who have entered. Check out our Success Stories.

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

Will Shore Scripts ever have any rights or percentage over my script?

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

SHORT FILM FUND RULES

* Scripts should be within 2-30 pages

* You are free to set your script anywhere in the world.

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

* We accept Short Scripts, Animations, Web Series, and Proof of Concept Shorts.

* All ages can enter.

* All genres welcome.

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* All submitted screenplays must be the writers original work, or they own the copyright.

* Shore Scripts and the filmmaking team will share responsibility for sending the film to festivals. 

* If a writing team enters, then all the writers must consent.

* The Filmmaking Team will have the final call on cast, crew and edit.

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

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $30,000 (£24,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013. Screenwriting cash awards 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 you script through the Resubmission page.

* Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

* We prefer scripts to be sent as PDF’s.

* 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. We will also be unrestricted in how and where we promote the finished film.

* 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 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.

* If the writer wishes to direct his or her own script, then it will be given serious consideration. A previous portfolio of work will help in making this decision.

* Shore Scripts will be listed as one of the production companies on the project. Our logo will need to be added to the films end credits. David Beazley will be credited as an Executive Producer. 

* The budget will either go through Shore Scripts or be transferred to a freelance producer.

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

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

* There is no set shoot date. However, the winning project(s) should be shot within 12 months of winning the award.

SHORT FILM FUND FAQ'S

Short Film Fund

Can a writing team enter?

Absolutely.

Can I direct my own short script if I win?

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

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

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

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

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

Can I resubmit a script I’ve already entered into a previous year’s contest?

Yes.

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

Yes. Anyone can enter from anywhere in the world. However, the script must be in English.

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

Yes. However, previous winning scripts can’t be resubmitted for obvious reasons.

Can I submit an adaptation?

Only if you own the copyright, or the rights are in the public domain.

Can I submit more than one script?

Yes. You can submit as many scripts as you wish. If you are submitted multiple scripts, please do email us at contact @ shorescripts.com to discuss a discount.

Can the short film be filmed in any country?

Absolutely.

How do I ENTER?

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

 

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to two of our readers. Each script is read twice. Feedback is collated and discussed as we decide which scripts will progress to the next round.

How will I be informed of competition developments?

All applicants will be informed via email of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

You will receive an email from Coverfly, our contest submission platform, or FilmFreeWay if you enter through their website. Once the competition has closed, we will email everyone who has entered with all the announcement dates. We will keep you informed throughout the year. It’s also worth signing up to our Mailing List.

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. We offer the discounts below for multiple submissions.

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

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

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

What are the Short Film Fund notification dates?

Our FINALISTS will be announced – 26th May 2019

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

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

All payments are made through our submission platform, Coverfly. They work with Stripe, who handle millions of customers worldwide each day, so your details are completely secure. All major Credit Cards are accepted. 

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

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

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

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

What happens if I option or sell my script off my own back, or through the help of Shore Scripts, before the end of the competition?

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

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

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

What sort of stories are you looking for?

Your screenplay can be about anything. It’s all about the quality of the writing and whether the writer has a distinct voice.

Who decides the winning script?

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

Why can’t I enter if I have earned over $30,000 (£22,000 approx) in screenwriting fees since 2013?

Because we are looking to help upcoming screenwriters break in and establish themselves in the industry.

Previous prizes won in other screenwriting competitions do not count towards this total.

Why should I enter? How will you help me?

Our goal is to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 150+ Award Winning Judges, Directors, Production Companies, Agents and Managers and have all signed up to read each year’s top submitted screenplays.

At any point during the competition, if we feel the script and time is right, we will send it with our full backing to a producer or production company who we have a relationship with. We always obtain prior consent from the writer before doing so.

The writer’s information will be passed onto the relevant party and all further correspondence will be made between them and the writer. This has happened with a number of writers who have entered. Check out our Success Stories.

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