3rd Annual

Champion Screenwriting Competition

 
Category

Television Writing

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 11, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
May 27, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Discount Deadline
July 31, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
August 31, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Champion's One Week Extension
September 6, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
WAB Extended Deadline
September 16, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 45.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately January 20, 2012


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)
  Microsoft Word (.doc)
  Final Draft (.fdr)
  Final Draft (.fdx)
  Final Draft Secure (.fds)
  Rich Text (.rtf)
  Plain Text (.txt)
  Movie Magic Screenwriter (.scw)


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

TV- Best Comedy (hour or half-hour)
Winner will receive $1,000 cash plus feedback from our judges, one of which is an Emmy-nominated writer and the other is currently on a network show. Winner will also be invited to a Champion-sponsored TV workshop in Los Angeles. Winner will also receive a signed copy of Ellen Sandler's The TV Writer’s Workbook
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

TV - Best Drama (hour or half-hour)
Winner will receive $1,000 cash plus feedback from our judges, one of which is an Emmy-nominated writer and the other is currently on a network show. Winner will also be invited to a Champion-sponsored TV workshop in Los Angeles. Winner will also receive a signed copy of Ellen Sandler's The TV Writer’s Workbook
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

TV- Best Pilot (drama or comedy)
Winner will receive $1,000 cash plus feedback from our judges, one of which is an Emmy-nominated writer and the other is currently on a network show. Winner will also be invited to a Champion-sponsored TV workshop in Los Angeles. Winner will also receive a signed copy of Ellen Sandler's The TV Writer’s Workbook
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

All submitting writers must be 18 years of age or older (and able to prove it if required to do so).

TV Scripts that are specs for existing shows must:

• be written and submitted in English;
• be an original story that has not been optioned and to which the writer(s) retain(s) all rights except for those owned by the preexisting show on which it is based;
• be no greater than 65 pages for a one-hour pilot or spec, and no greater than 35 pages for a half-hour pilot or spec.
• be properly formatted for either half-hour or one-hour show in a standard TV structure and format.
• have numbered pages

TV Scripts that are pilots must:

• be written and submitted in English;
• be an original story that has not been optioned and to which the writer(s) retain(s) all rights;
• be no greater than 65 pages for one-hour show, and no greater than 35 pages with single-spaced dialogue or 65 pages with double-spaced dialogue for half-hour show.
• be properly formatted for either half-hour or one-hour show in standard TV structure and format.
• have numbered pages

Scripts in any genre are accepted.

Adaptations are not accepted. TV spec scripts will not be considered an adaptation for, as they customarily are, being based on a preexisting series.

Only electronic copies of scripts submitted through Withoutabox or Champion’s online submission procedure with a valid credit card payment or with our site’s PayPal option will be accepted. Please do not send a hard copy of any screenplay.

Only script submissions in Final Draft, Movie Magic, PDF, RTF, DOC and Word file formats are acceptable.

Multiple submissions – i.e., submissions of more than one different script – are accepted so long as each separate submission is accompanied by a separate application and entry fee.

Writer(s) may submit only one copy, draft or version of any single screenplay, (i.e., the same script can’t be submitted more than once, or one that is basically similar to another being submitted, even if a different title or author name were to appear on the cover of a similar script). Warning: Any attempts to submit the same or similar scripts under different titles or different author names will result, if discovered, in the immediate disqualification of all entries by the submitting writer(s) with no possibility of any refunded payment(s).

After the submission of any script(s), no subsequent substitutions – of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry script(s) – shall be allowed.

Collaborative work undertaken by two writers is eligible for submission. Collaborative work by three or more writers is not eligible for submission. All prizes will be automatically split 50-50 by collaborators. If a submitted work has two authors, the names of both authors must appear on the submitted work and, when possible, the application.

Entering the competition constitutes permission for us from the submitting writer(s) to, as we see fit (a) use (or not use as we see fit) finalists' names and likenesses for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation, and (b) publicize and promote the progress, development and success of the entered script(s).

Partners, affiliated members, sponsors employees of Champion Screenwriting Competition or of A-List Screenwriting LLC, and any members of the immediate families of these entities, are not eligible to compete in this contest, nor are competition judges and their immediate families.

No applicant may have earned more than $10,000 in cash or other consideration (combined) as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay or teleplay. Applicants also may not have received, between the time period between the submission of their script and the final announcement of winners, a screenwriting fellowship or prize which includes a “first look” clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the work of any submitting writer(s).

The decisions of the judge(s) of the Champion Screenwriting Competition are final and not subject to dispute.

The Champion Screenwriting Competition reserves the right to substitute prizes for other noncash prizes of equal monetary value and to extend the final deadline.

The Champion Screenwriting Competition will disqualify scripts and/or any writer(s) for not adhering to these Rules. No refund(s) will be issued for any disqualified scripts or writer(s). The Champion Screenwriting Competition reserves the right to remove submitted material from the competition with or without cause and the writer(s) will be notified. If without cause, the entry fee alone may be refunded.

In an effort to make a contribution toward a better environment, the Champion Screenplay Competition is a paperless contest. We only accept scripts and payments electronically through Withoutabox or our online submission procedure. All submission payments must be made in US dollars by credit card or PayPal option in Champion’s online submission procedure. Please do not mail scripts or payments, as such scripts shall not be returned nor such payments accepted/credited.

All monetary prizes will be paid in US dollars. The winners of time spent with consultants, coaches and mentors and/or industry professionals agree to work within the schedule and time constraints of the professionals who are donating their services.

All participants will be automatically registered to the Champion Screenwriting Competition’s email Updates list and our free enewsletter, Craft & Career. Clear instructions on how to unsubscribe are available in every email we send.

It is suggested to all submitting writer(s), for their own protection, that prior to submission they register their materials with either the WGA or the US Copyright Office.

All submissions must be processed through Withoutabox or our online submission procedure system and adhere to the submission process and procedures, and anyone submitting scripts agrees to fully abide by any and all Champion Screenwriting Competition rules.