Do you accept scripts by email?
Yes, we only accept scripts by email, we do not accept scripts by regular mail. Please attach your script in PDF, Word or Text format to the application.
What if I don’t win the competition and I’m a Semifinalist only, will my script be promoted?
Yes, after we announce the winners we promote and pitch the Semifinalists and higher for an entire year. Here’s how the process works: We literally will call and pitch the TOP 100 to all of our contacts, that’s about 125 producers. They tell us what they are looking for and we go thru the list/loglines of the TOP 100 and get the right script to the right producer. It’s a win/win situation.
What kind of scripts win the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition?
We have no bias in judging of the scripts. Genre or budget is not taken into consideration. It is truly about the best writing, story, etc. Winners have ranged from dramas, to comedies to psychological thrillers to high concept comedies to dark comedies to science fiction, to action adventure to romantic comedies to family films. The competition is open to any screenplay of any genre or budget.
Can I submit more than one script?
Yes, you can submit more than one screenplay, but you must fill out separate entry forms and appropriate entry fees for each one.
When is the deadline for the screenplay competition?
- Early bird deadline postmarked by January 5, 2018 – $45
- First deadline postmarked by February 1, 2018 – $50
- Regular deadline postmarked by March 1, 2018 – $55
- Late deadline postmarked by April 16, 2018 – $60
- FINAL deadline postmarked by April 30, 2018 – $65
When is the deadline for the SHORTS competition?
- Early bird deadline postmarked by January 5, 2018 – $25
- First deadline postmarked by February 1, 2018 – $30
- Regular deadline postmarked by March 1, 2018 – $35
- Late deadline postmarked by April 16, 2018 – $40
- FINAL deadline postmarked by April 30, 2018 – $45
I live outside of the United States. How do I pay the submission fee?
You can pay with PayPal, our credit card service.
How do I submit to Scriptapalooza?
Entry forms are available on our website…please read the rules and regulations and questions and answers.
What if my script is optioned or sold after I have submitted to Scriptapalooza?
Congratulations, you won’t be needing Scriptapalooza anymore.
Once I’ve submitted, should I contact you to see if you received my script?
If you want confirmation that your script was received, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When will I know if I won?
Quarterfinalists will be announced late July. Semi-finalists will be first week of August. Finalists will be announced one week later. And the winners will be announced by the end of August. All who enter will receive an email with the results.
Can I submit the same script I sent in last year?
Yes, but that’s a personal judgment and you need to factor in the following: were you a quarter-finalist or higher? Or, have you tightened or rewritten the script since last year?
Why do I have to include an e-mail address?
Because all notifications will be sent out via e-mail. This saves on postage, paper and ultimately, trees and it’s quicker than snail mail.
Can I see my score sheet/comments/feedback from the Judge?
You can order feedback when you enter the competition. Our score sheet that the Judge fills out is a numeric score sheet solely for Scriptapalooza. But if you would like to order feedback, you can, you will get a detailed 4-5 pages of notes covering Premise, First Twenty Pages, Structure, Character, Dialogue, Setting, Pacing, Tone, Transitions and General Notes. This only costs $115.
When will I get my feedback that I ordered?
Your feedback will be emailed back to you after we announce Finalists.
Who does the reading?
All the reading is done by over 90 production companies. A complete list is available under the link called OUR JUDGES.
Can I submit to other competitions?
Yes you can. But, please be very careful…there are only 2 other competitions that we recommend. Many new competitions simply mimic existing, successful screenwriting competitions, like us.
I forgot the title page, am I disqualified?
No, you will not be disqualified.
I don’t live in the US, can I enter?
Yes, we do accept scripts from around the world.
Can I register online?
The application process can be done online, you would fill out an application and then attach your script to the application and pay by credit card.
After I entered the competition, I changed my phone number or address, what do I do to let you know?
Please email us your name and script title with your new information, and we will update our records.
Can I send in a new draft of the script, after I sent in the first one?
Yes you can, please visit the page called resubmissions, it only costs $30.
If I win, do you own the script? Does Scriptapalooza own the rights?
No, you will retain all rights to your work. We are just a vehicle to get your script into the right hands. Once you script is sold, you keep all the profits.
Does the writer maintain all the rights to the screenplay if he/she doesn’t win?
What genres do you accept?
We accept all genres.
Can I pay the entry fee over the phone?
Yes you can, please call our office at 310.594.5384.
Do you accept animated films, shorts or musicals?