1st Annual

Emerging Screenwriters - Shoot Your Sizzle




Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 1, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
December 18, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
February 28, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 12, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00

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

Category Details

May 9, 2019

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Text Files
  PDF (.pdf)

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Grand Prize
GRAND PRIZE Canon Production and Post Production Services $12,500 Value Your sizzle or short will be completed with a complimentary post-production consultation for the director/DP/writer with Canon and use of Canon Burbank space for post-production services, plus editing by Real Reels. ECA_rocket Mentoring from Production Consultants $7,500 value Are you a first-time filmmaker? No problem, our production consultants meet with you multiple times in person or via Skype, check in with you periodically, and support you through the hiring process and in creating an eye-catching reel from start to finish. You will have access to three consulting production managers, a consulting line producer and a consulting editor to answer all of your questions, help you find a director if needed, plus referrals to Emerging Cinematographer Award Winners local to you. $5,000 in Cash We’re funding your sizzle reel project with up to $5000 to help make it happen! You can use the money for insurance, talent, crew, equipment and more… ISA Development Slate Invitation With your brand new sizzle reel, the ISA Development Team will work with you to submit your projects to ISA vetted industry contacts, including agents, managers, and producers like Eclectic Pictures, ICM, and Bohemia Group Originals all in an attempt to take you to the next level. This specialized program was created to develop and support emerging screenwriters who have yet to secure an agent or manager, while helping writers better navigate this highly competitive business to find a path to break through. Jungle Software Gorilla Scheduling & Budgeting Combo Pack
Sponsor:ISA, RealReels, Jungle Software
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 25,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Top 10
StoryO 2 Story Outline Software ($80 Value) Scriptation One Year of Scriptation Pro Scriptation is the industry-leading script reading and annotation app, which automatically transfers users’ notes into new script revisions. Trusted by shows such as The Walking Dead, Westworld, and Stranger Things, Scriptation offers a full set of annotation tools, which make the production process easier and more efficient.
Sponsor:Story O, Scriptation
Value of Goods/Services: 200 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Top 100
ISA Development Slate Consideration Connect_Prize 12 Month ISAConnect Membership
Value of Goods/Services: 200 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Grand Prize Winning screenwriters of any previous Emerging Screenwriters SHOOT YOUR SIZZLE Competition season will not be eligible to submit to any further contest seasons.
Screenwriters who have placed 3 times in the top 6 of SHOOT YOUR SIZZLE are ineligible to submit to any further contest season.
Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer’s written permission to adapt the work.
Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
Those that receive a free script analysis are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses.
Emerging Screenwriters cannot guarantee your script analysis will be received within enough time to resubmit.
The writer understands that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
Prize packages cannot be exchanged or transferred to another party.
Camera Equipment Package if arranged by Emerging Screenwriters / ISA is for short-term rental use only. You will not own the equipment.
If you are the winner of the Grand Prize you accept responsibility for the camera and equipment. Emerging Screenwriters will not be liable for any damage to the equipment.
Emerging Screenwriters will provide cash in the amount of $5000, which will be paid in phases over your production period with proof of progress and at the discretion of the consulting producers. Neither Emerging Screenwriters nor the equipment rental facility will be held liable to provide you more cash or equipment if you go over budget. All additional costs are at your own expense.
If you decide not to produce the sizzle project, the cash, editing and color correction services will be forfeited.
The Emerging Screenwriters consulting producers will only be there to make suggestions on the production process. It is up to the writer and its core production team to complete the project.
The consulting producers will only be available in the United States, during business hours Pacific Time, and for a maximum of 2 pre-production days and 3 shooting days – for a total of 5 hours for each consultant.
Production consulting services, cash payment and equipment prizes will be expired and forfeited 6 months after announcement date if proof of production progress is not shown within that time.
Emerging Screenwriters and its staff assumes no responsibility or liability of the production set or project.
No cash substitute for the camera package or any other prizes forfeited will be provided.
Prizes, depending on the sponsor’s request, may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay.
Upon delivery of the edit by RealReels, a Maximum of 2 Rounds of Notes will be included in the initial prize, after such time the winner will be billed at the rate of $75/hour for any additional changes.
CONNECT Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free CONNECT membership.
You may submit your entry and payment online only. We’re GREEN!
Multiple entries are permissible with an additional discount entry fee.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges, which may not be disputed.
Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
Winner must give the produced sizzle or short credit, such as Special Thanks or Script Facilitation credit on imdb and end credits on film.
Payments will be accepted via registrations on Withoutabox.
Promotional discounts do not apply to Withoutabox registrations unless otherwise stated.
By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness, and completed sizzle project for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.
Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay.
No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
Include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. This does NOT affect the judging process.
Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.
The competition and its administrators are not responsible for any errors or omissions on the writers submission.
Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges.
You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that Emerging Screenwriters, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
To enter the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle you must agree to the Rules.