3rd Annual

Champion Screenwriting Competition

 
Category

Screenplay (Feature-length) with Contest Coverage

 

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 110.00 105.00
Regular Deadline
July 31, 2011
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 115.00 110.00

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.

1st Place
Winner will receive $10,000 cash, a script development package, a year-long membership to It's on the Grid, entry into the weeklong Champion Lab with Jim Mercurio, career coaching sessions with Rhona Berens, career or pitching help from Michael Lent (Breakfast with Sharks), ten pitches from Virtual Pitchfest, a gift certificate to The Writers Store and any John Truby genre DVD.
Sponsor:Champion Screenwriting Competition
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

2nd Place
Winner will receive $2,000 cash, a script development package, a year-long membership to It's on the Grid, entry into Champion Screenwriting's week-long Champion Lab with Jim Mercurio, career coaching sessions with Rhona Berens, ten pitches from Virtual Pitchfest and any John Truby genre DVD.
Sponsor:Champion Screenwriting Competition
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

3rd Place
Winner will receive $1,000 cash, a script development package, a year-long membership to It's on the Grid, entry into the week-long Champion Lab with Jim Mercurio, career coaching sessions with Rhona Berens, ten pitches from Virtual Pitchfest and any John Truby Genre DVD.
Sponsor:Champion Screenwriting Competition
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Low Budget Prize
Winner will receive $500 cash plus $2000 in semifinalist prizes.
Sponsor:Champion Screenwriting Competition
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 2,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

16 Feature Semifinalists
A year-long membership to itsonthegrid.com, a seat in A-List's week-long Champion Screenwriting Lab, 10 pitches from VirtualPitchFest.com, Two career coaching sessions with Rhona Berens, Ph.D., more prizes likely to be announced. Twenty semifinalists will be selected and four will go on to win the prizes listed above.
Sponsor:Champion Screenwriting Competition
Value of Goods/Services: 800 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Screenplay (feature-length) with Coverage is for feature-length screenplays that are using the coverage service. Writer(s) will receive one to two pages of coverage-style notes and the status of whether or not the script advances in the contest.

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

Feature Screenplays must:

• be written and submitted in English;
• be an original and unproduced script that has not been optioned and to which the writer(s) retain(s) all rights, from the time of submission until the announcement of the winning script(s); be between 90 and 130 pages in length;
• have numbered pages; and
• be in industry-standard screenplay format

Screenplays in any genre are accepted.

Adaptations are not accepted.

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 screenplay 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 screenplays – shall be allowed, except for feature screenplays that are initially submitted in the “Screenplay (Feature) with Contest Coverage” category or that are submitted with a simultaneous (within 24 hours) ordering of the Champion Development Notes service, which may then subsequently be resubmitted in the “Screenplay (feature) Resubmission Category.” Once a script is validly resubmitted, only the most recent draft will remain in consideration for the competition prizes. If the original submission advanced to the Quarterfinalist round, the resubmitted script will automatically be placed in the Quarterfinalist round. Writers entering in the Contest Coverage or using the Champion Development Notes service are not required to resubmit their script.

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 sit) 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 time.

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.

Please note there are 3 different categories for feature-length screenplays:

• Screenplay (feature-length) – For feature-length screenplays that have not and are not planning to use the coverage service.

• Screenplay (feature-length) with Contest Coverage – For feature-length screenplays that are using the coverage service.

• Screenplay (feature-length) Resubmission – Only for screenplays that entered in the Contest Coverage Category or for which Champion Development notes had been ordered simultaneously with its submission.