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18-Apr-2014 9:21pm PDT  

 

Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest

6 Annual

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Feature Screenplays
We encourage submissions from any and all genres, from comedy to horror to science fiction to drama and everything in between. As in real life, we never know what's going to happen--no particular genre has an edge. What our judges are looking for is an engaging premise, well-executed, with compelling characters, sharp dialogue and a satisfying ending. We want your best work without regard to genre or budget.
TV Pilot Scripts
We are thrilled to announce our new TV Pilot category! Enter your best original work for the small screen - half-hour or full-hour in any genre. NO spec scripts of existing shows, only brand new concepts, please!

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
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Batten down the hatches – the STORM is upon us! Welcome to Writers on the Storm VI, the little contest with huge prizes and unparalleled access. The winners of last year's WOTS, Brooks Elms and Glenn Sanders, signed with UTA, and we also signed the previous year's runner-up Jeremy Shipp to UTA (and placed honorable mention Paul Moxham with manager Kathy Muraviov.) Not a bad little record, and the best is yet to come. Do you have the goods to join this elite group? Bring it. Feedback, cash, and the most development-heavy prize package you'll find anywhere - everything a writer needs to take that giant leap forward.

Are you NEXT?


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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Welcome to Writers on the Storm VI, the little contest with huge prizes and unparalleled access.

The winners of last year's WOTS, Brooks Elms and Glenn Sanders, signed with UTA, and we also signed the previous year's runner-up Jeremy Shipp to UTA (and placed honorable mention Paul Moxham with manager Kathy Muraviov.) Not a bad little record, and the best is yet to come. Do you have the goods to join this elite group? Bring it.

But hey, if that doesn’t motivate ya, how about the $10,000 grand prize and over $25,000 total cash and prizes, along with a brand new TV pilot category with a $2500 first prize? Yeah, thought so ;) And of course, every entry receives feedback. Best of all, you can either enter the screenplay contest directly right here, or if you submit your script to top-rated screenplay development service Coverage Ink* for analysis during the contest period, your entry is FREE.

We're humbled and honored to bring back Coverage Ink's Writers on the Storm for year six, and I hope we can live up to all of your expectations. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are honored to read your material.

Bring it, brothers and sisters!

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Jim Cirile
Founder, Coverage Ink
Writers on the Storm Screenplay Competition

ORGANIZERS
Julie Connor (Contest Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES
Rules and Sample Feedback
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 via the contact form on this site.
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.

SAMPLE FEEDBACK

Every entry to Writers on the Storm receives feedback. This feedback will be sent to everyone approximately six weeks after the end of the contest via e-mail. The feedback form gives you a quick idea of what the reader thought of your script and explains why your script did or did not advance.

Please note that if you enter the contest via submitting your script to Coverage, Ink for analysis, you do not receive this feedback form -- you will instead receive a full-blown script coverage report 10 days after your submission (sooner if you request a rush.) This means that you have the option of revising the screenplay and resubmitting it before the contest end date, thus bettering your chances in the contest -- if you're willing to do the work..

Don’t confuse this feedback with the kind of in-depth analysis you get from Coverage, Ink. The feedback form is just a little taste which will hopefully clue you in to what areas of your script are working and what areas may need a bit more attention (in our reader’s opinion.)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Writers on the Storm is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any screenplay submitted and accepted in the contest for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the script hereby understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Writers on the Storm from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screenplays entered.