6th Annual

Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest


TV Pilot Scripts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
WAB Extended Deadline
February 10, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 55.00

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

Category Details

Approximately May 29, 2013

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  Paper (Printed Hard Copy)
  PDF (.pdf)
  Microsoft Word (.doc)
  Final Draft (.fdr)
  Final Draft (.fdx)
  Final Draft Secure (.fds)
  Rich Text (.rtf)
  Plain Text (.txt)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Finalists and Top 50
Our finalists and top 50 entrants will receive a package of development goods and services - check out our site for a complete list! www.writerstorm.com
Sponsor:Coverage, Ink.
Value of Goods/Services: 1,500 U.S. Dollar

1st Place
Sponsor:Coverage, Ink.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
Sponsor:Coverage, Ink.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
Sponsor:Coverage, Ink.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

Writers on the Storm - Rules and Regulations

1. All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM January 1, 2013 (final/late deadline).
2. Submitted screenplays must be the unproduced, unoptioned, and original work of the writer(s). There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplay(s) or the writers' right to submit screenplay(s). Adaptations of previously published material are acceptable if the material is public domain, or if the writer can provide written proof of his/her right to adapt the material into screenplay form.
3. Screenplays by more than one writer are eligible, but only one prize will be given per winner, and it will be the writers' responsibility to distribute the prize. If writers of a script are unable to agree on the distribution of a prize, their script will be disqualified.
4. All writers of submitted scripts must be at least 18 years of age.
5. Screenplay must be in English, submitted in a standard format such as PDF, .rtf or .doc. Hard copies must be printed single or double-sided 3-hole white paper with the pages numbered, fastened with 2-3 brads and blank cardstock covers. All scripts must have title, name of writer(s) and contact information on the title page. Scripts should be between 90-130 pages and no longer than 150 pages in standard spec screenplay format. Please add an additional $10 for screenplays over 125 pages. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. No other fonts will be accepted.
6. All submissions must contain eligible screenplay(s), a completed application, entry fee, and, if you want notification that we have received your materials, a self-addressed-stamped postcard. Hard copy submissions sent via USPS or a courier service (UPS, FedEx, etc.) must not require a signature upon delivery.
7. Judging will be performed by trained readers, industry professionals. The finalists' scripts will be read by Jim Cirile, award-winning writer/producers Bob Schultz and Signe Olynyk and selected industry professionals. The decisions of the Judges will be final.
8. Writers On The Storm may substitute alternative prizes of equal or greater value in place of previously announced prizes.
9. Round one scripts are awarded a grade by our judges for both script and for writer. These grades are: pass, consider with reservations, consider, strong consider, and recommend. Only scripts that receive a 'consider with reservations' for script or better (roughly the top 10% of all submissions) advance to the quarterfinal round. Unfortunately, screenplays that receive a 'consider with reservations' or better for WRITER will not advance. Thus it is entirely possible that you receive a consider for writer but a pass for script. What this means is that the analyst found the writing craft to be very promising, but the script itself needs more work. This is actually fairly common. While the script will not advance to the quarterfinals, it is validation that the reader felt there was talent on the page.
10. Entry fees are nonrefundable. If sending a hard copy, make checks payable to Coverage, Ink.
11. Questions regarding the Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest should be directed to contest coordinator Julie Connor at writerstorm@gmail.com
12. Eligibility: All writers who have made less than $10,000 career earnings as a screenwriter are eligible to enter.
13. All prizes will be awarded within 6 weeks of announcement of the grand prize winners (4/1/2013).
14. All winners will be responsible for their own U.S. income tax payments and withholding.
15. Please read and understand these Rules and Regulations. Failure to adhere to the contest guidelines will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.