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 $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship awards 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 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.

* 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. 

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

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

* We award prizes in our 6 genre categories: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller & Horror. If you feel your script doesn’t fit into any of these genres, please contact us to discuss. We accept all feature scripts so together we can ensure your project is appropriately categorized. It’s absolutely fine if your project is made up of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, mark the main genre down on your Coverfly application, and make a note of any other information that will be relevant to the reader under the Comment to Reader field during your submission. 

* 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.

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

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. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each, rising to 8 submissions attracting a discount of 40% each. The 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. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

How do I ENTER?

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

 

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

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

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to a reader. 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 of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

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

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each:

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

The discount coupon codes are issued by email. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

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 – 10th NOVEMBER
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER
GRAND PRIZE WINNER & GENRE WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER

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

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

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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

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

What sort of stories are you looking for?

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

Who reads my script?

Our readers have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts internal staff 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. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 300+ 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

* ½-Hour Pilots should be within 5-35 Pages. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30-pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page. 

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 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 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 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. It’s absolutely fine if your project is made up of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, mark the main genre down on your Coverfly application, and make a note of any other information that will be relevant to the reader under the Comment to Reader field during your submission. 

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

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. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each, rising to 8 submissions attracting a discount of 40% each. The 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. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

How do I ENTER?

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

 

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

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

How does the reading process work?

Once your script has been submitted, it will be logged on our system and sent out to a reader. 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 of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

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

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each:

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

The discount coupon codes are issued by email. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

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 TV Pilot notification dates?

QUARTER-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th OCTOBER
SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 10th NOVEMBER
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – 25th NOVEMBER
OVERAL 1HR & 1/2 HOUR WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 10th DECEMBER

 

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

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

What do I need to include on the Title Page?

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

What file format do you accept?

We accept PDF. 

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

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

What sort of stories are you looking for?

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

Who reads my script?

Our readers have read for the likes of: Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, BBC, Vertigo Films, Working Title, Anchor Bay, and many others. Shore Scripts internal staff 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. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 300+ 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. Writers can exceed the recommended limits by up to 30-pages, with an additional fee of $1 per page. 

* 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. The winning short(s) can be filmed in any country. 

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

* We do accept shorts that have already been filmed and are in need of additional Finishing Funds. If this is the case, please note this and include a password protected link to your Work in Progress film in your submission. 

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

* You may enter the same script that has been submitted to the fund previously.

* All ages can enter.

* All genres are welcome. It’s absolutely fine if your project is made up of multiple genres or sub-genres. If that’s the case, mark the main genre down on your Coverfly application, and make a note of any other information that will be relevant to the reader under the Comment to Reader field during your submission. 

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

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s 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 both/all 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 $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest & Fellowship 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 your 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.

* The winners agree to cut a trailer for Shore to use on their website and on other promotional platforms. 

* 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 and also receive an ‘Executive Producer’ credit. The Shore Scripts logo will need to be added to the end credits. 

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

* 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, cloud-based and email services and databases for hosting, managing and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

* Shore Scripts are 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. 


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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 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. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each, rising to 8 submissions attracting a discount of 40% each. The 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. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

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 a reader. 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 of the Quarter, Semi, Finalists and Winners. These will also be on our website.

How will I know when you have received my script?

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

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

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

Is there a discount if I enter multiple scripts?

Yes. Shore Scripts multiple submission discounts start at 2 submissions attracting a discount of 10% each:

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

The discount coupon codes are issued by email. Please email us at contact@shorescripts.com to apply for the appropriate discount coupon code to use when making your submissions. 

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: March 31st
Late Deadline: May 2nd

NOTIFICATION DATES
Finalists Announced: June 2nd
Winners Announced: June 14th

FALL SHORT FILM FUND
Opens: July 15th
Early Deadline: Aug 29th
Regular Deadline: Sept 30th
Late Deadline: Oct 31st

NOTIFICATION DATES
Finalists Announced: Dec 1st
Winners Announced: Dec 14th

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 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. Monetary prizes are really secondary to that. 300+ 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.

Please Contact Us if you have any additional questions.