The 11th American Gem Short Script Contest & Literary Festival

11 Annual


Short Script


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
February 28, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
If script is between 31-65 pages 39.00 34.00
Regular Deadline
April 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 39.00 34.00
If script is between 31-65 pages 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
June 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
If script is between 31-65 pages 49.00 44.00
FINAL Deadline
July 31, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 49.00 44.00
If script is between 31-65 55.00 50.00
WAB Extended Deadline
August 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
If script is between 31-65 pages 59.00 54.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 30, 2015

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
$1000 + Winning Script Produced + PITCH your winning script to a Producer, Development Executive and Agent** + 1ST PLACE WINNER IS ELIGIBLE TO WIN AN EMERGING ARTIST AWARD PLAQUE FOR BEST SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR (the best overall from all submissions, all categories, wins) + A copy of Movie Magic's Screenwriter by Write Brothers + FREE Admission Pass to the Great American Pitch Fest + IN DEPTH STUDIO STORY NOTES WITH A PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT ANALYST. SPONSORED BY GREENLIGHT SCRIPT COVERAGE. + A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (digital high quality copy).
Sponsor:Filmmakers magazine
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

2nd Place
$250 + A copy of Movie Magic's Screenwriter by Write Brothers + A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (high quality digital copy)
Sponsor:Filmmakers magazine
Cash Award Value: 250 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

3rd Place
$150 + A copy of Movie Magic's Screenwriter by Write Brothers + A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. (high quality digital copy)
Sponsor:Filmmakers magazine
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 400 U.S. Dollar

4th Place
A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to the top 25. (high quality digital copy).
Sponsor:Filmmakers Magzine

Category Rules

#Contest is open to anyone (worldwide) except all employees, directors, associates, the immediate families of American Gem,, Write Brothers, all the affiliates and/or sponsors.
#You have supplied truthful and accurate information in your entry form.
#The material that you have submitted is yours, you own full copyright, free and clear of any interests, and the material is original to you.
#You understand that many stories and ideas are similar in some ways, and although many stories or ideas are different, they may share a common theme.
#All entrants agree that neither the judges, the sponsors. the partners or the affiliates mentioned on the site or any other site/publication, in association with said contest, will be held responsible for any and/or all disputes between you and American Gem Literary Festival.
#The script/entry may have title page containing: the title, author's name, E-mail address, phone number and home address.
#Short Script submissions must be: short film (narrative); 3-65 pages; in any genre.
#Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by an Entry Form and an entry fee.
#Once material has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be considered. You may submit a revised draft of your script as a NEW SUBMISSION, fill in an entry form and pay the appropriate entry fee.
#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, but each must fill and sign an Entry Form individually. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize (s).
#Writers under the age of 18 years old must sign the Entry Form and have a parent or guardian sign the Entry Form.
#NO REFUNDS for any reason; entry fees are nonrefundable. Failure to adhere to the Contest rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.
#American Gem Literary Festival reserves the right to extend the deadline.
#Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors and no correspondence nor discussion will be entered into.
#The work or submitted material must not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced for profit.
#Applicant must not have won a fellowship or writing contest that includes a “first look” clause.
#Writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and American Gem/Write Brothers are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
#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.
#You have retained at least one copy of the submitted material, and you understand that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
#Short Script must be in industry standard format, in English, and must be no longer than 65 pages in length. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft.
#American Gem and/or are not responsible for late or lost submissions and/or any part thereof.

#The winners, finalists and semifinalists grant permission to to: use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation; and post on its web site your bio, script's logline, synopsis and screenplay excerpts.
#I have read and understand, comply and agree full with all the RULES AND CONDITIONS for The American Gem Short Script Competition & Literary Festival. By entering this contest I accept this legal document, and I am taking full responsibility and liability for all my actions. Furthermore, I indemnify, Write Brothers, all the affiliates, sponsors, agents, consultants, judges of and from any and all claims (direct or indirect) or third parties, loss or liability, whether or not groundless, that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any of your associates, at any time in connection with said material.
#Entering this competition represents my accepting all the terms and conditions specified above.