FAQ -- The Basics
What is special about the Finish Line Script Competition?
The most special aspect of this competition is that the writer can re-enter their script after having completed any number of rewrites for free. They can receive comprehensive (5-6) page notes provided by a top-notch, experienced script consultant.. We have set up the competition to follow the development process where a script is submitted, receives extensive story notes, is then rewritten and resubmitted until it is in it’s best form.
We want the writer to have the best script possible by the time the winner is chosen. We want to HELP you win this competition and entrants can work closely with a script consultant to get them through to the finish line!
What do the winners win?
The Grand Prize Winner
- The Grand Prize winner will receive $1750 as a cash prize.
- The Grand Prize winner will have their script sent to any actor, director, producer or studio of their choice. Anyone at all. We guarantee that person will receive your script for consideration but we cannot guarantee they will pursue it further. We want to help you get access and we will back the winner to that degree.
- The Grand Prize winner will either meet in person, Skype or speak via phone to all our industry professionals ranging from literary managers, agents, development execs and producers. Please click on our mentors tab for full list.
- The Grand Prize Winner will receive $300 worth of pitches & meetings from Stage 32 (www.stage32.com)
- The Grand Prize winner will receive $175 to spend at The Writer's Digest online (www.writersdigest.com)
- The Grand Prize winner will receive free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
- The Grand Prize winner will have free and complete access to our knowledge, advice, support and help as they get their script out into the maze that is the entertainment industry.
- And…..as a cherry on top, as we’re all living in a world that needs as much love as possible, 5% of the earnings from the competition will be donated to the winner’s favorite charity.
The First Runner Up
- The First Runner Up will receive $500 as a cash prize.
- The First Runner up can have their script sent to two of our industry mentors.
- The First Runner Up will receive $100 worth of pitches & meetings from Stage 32 (www.stage32.com)
- The First Runner Up will receive free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
- The First Runner Up will receive $100.00 to spend at The Writer's Digest online. (www.writersdigest.com)
The Second Runner Up
- The Second Runner Up will receive $250 as a cash prize.
- The Second Runner up can have their script sent to one of our industry mentors.
- The Second Runner Up will receive $80 worth of pitches & meetings from Stage 32 (www.stage32.com)
- The Second Runner Up will receive free consultation from our script consultants for a year.
- The Second Runner Up will receive $75.00 to spend at The Writer's Digest online. (www.writersdigest.com)
Can you really guarantee that you can get a script to anyone in Hollywood?
Yes. We have a massive amount of experience and contacts throughout the entertainment industry and will make sure that whomever the writer chooses to receive the screenplay or pilot will receive it. This is guaranteed. Winners will receive confirmation of receipt through email.
Can you explain the consultation and re-submission process more clearly?
Yes! Firstly, this process is the main reason we created this competition. We want you to have the chance to use our script consultants expert feedback to help you rework your script and resubmit it (for free!) so it has the best chance possible to win The Finish Line Script Competition.
You can get a comprehensive set of consultation notes (from the same script consultant throughout the process, just as though you were getting notes from a producer) as many times as you like until the submission period ends. Every time you acquire new notes it will take your script consultant 7-10 days to deliver them to you.
After quarter-finalists are announced, those still in the competition can continue to acquire consultations as many times as they like until the quarter-final period ends. The same process occurs with semi-finalist period. Final scripts are chosen to go on to the judges to determine the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.
Do I have a better chance of winning if I work with one of your script consultants?
The best chance of winning is by submitting the best script possible. There is no guarantee that a winner will be chosen from those who use our script consultants' but we believe their experience can only help improve your script and your chances to win should you take advantage of their expertise. Ultimately, the writing is up to you but we will help you get your script ready to be shown to managers, agents, producers and executives. Your script will leave this competition in better shape than when it came in.
Do I have to use your script consultants to enter the competition?
No. You can enter by paying the basic entry fee ($40), which doesn’t include consultation or re-submission. However we do offer special rates for script consulting services and re-submission so it may be worth your while to see if we can help you! However, no notes or re-submission are required, just available, and you can choose to take advantage of this service at any time you wish.
Readers, Judges & Judging Criteria
What genres will you accept?
We accept ALL genres except erotica. We are looking for the best writer out there with the best written script.
What happens to the entries? How does the competition unfold?
If you enter the competition without choosing script consultation, notes and re-submission, your script will be read by our top readers when it is received and will then be given a score based on overall story/character/writing craft factors. Three readers will read each script and the average of the scores will be logged into our database.
If you have purchased consultation notes, those notes will be written within 7-10 days of your submission and sent back to you. You can then resubmit your new draft as soon as its ready and then either receive more notes or make that re-submission your final entry. You may use your script consultant for notes, new drafts and re-submissions as many times as you like before the deadline.
After the quarter-finalists and then semi-finalists are announced, they may receive script consultation notes until they must enter their final script submission.
Can I receive a discount if I use my script consultant more than once?
Yes. If you purchase more than one script consultation (i.e. you work on more than one draft with us) you will receive a 10% discount beyond the first draft.
Who reads my script if I make it into the final round?
Three industry judges will break down the final three scripts to find the Finish Line Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner. This choice is made without input from anyone who is involved in the administration or the earlier reading of the script. The final judges are producers, writers, agents and managers whose job it is to know good writing and we trust they will find the best of the bunch! In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, the judges will also choose the First and Second Runners Up.
What do I need to do to enter the competition?
You need to submit an original feature film screenplay or television pilot in PDF format, a completed online application form and an entry fee (amount varies depending on when you enter and what services you choose, see prices on our pricing page).
Who is allowed to enter the competition?
Unless you are a writer who has earned $50,000 as a writer in the previous year, you can enter. Not all working writers are good writers and most every writer needs help.
How do I enter the competition?
By clicking on the Film Freeway buttons at the bottom of each page or by visiting https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FinishLineScriptCompetition you can access the application materials online. Once you establish an account, you can complete an application form, pay the entry fee and upload your script in pdf format.
Can I enter more than one script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
Yes. You can enter as many screenplays or pilots as you wish. Each entry requires a separate online application form and entry fee.
Note: If you write as a team, only one application is needed, listing the two of you as writers of the script.
Where does the entry fee money go?
The entry fees go towards reading costs, administration costs and a portion of one of the prizes, a charitable donation that is made up of a percentage of money made through submissions.
How do I know my script has been received?
You will receive an email receipt once your script and application have been submitted and paid for. This is a guarantee that your script has been received.
Do you have any tips regarding the online process?
Read the rules before filling out the form. Please don’t misspell anything that prevents us from getting in touch with you. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail address book.
How large a PDF can I send?
The PDF file can be no larger than 1.0 MB.
Eligibility, Adaptations and Collaborations
Who can enter the competition?
Anyone writing in English can enter this competition. You can come from any country in the world, as long as you can submit your material in English as written by yourself. You can come from Tibet or Tennessee; we want to see your writing!
Are adaptations eligible for entry?
Adaptations are not eligible unless you are adapting your own book or play to screenplay or pilot form. We are interested in who YOU are as a writer, YOUR ideas and characters and we want to help you find YOUR voice, not someone else’s. Historical screenplays or pilots are eligible.
Can a member of the Writers Guild of America enter a script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
Yes, if the WGA member has not presently sold this material they are free to enter. As mentioned earlier, the writer must not have earned more than $50,000 in the previous year as a writer in order to qualify for entry.
Format and Presentation
What is the script format standard to the United States motion picture industry?
While there is no precise format common to all screenplays written by professional screenwriters there are certainly general standards.
If you follow the format described in any number of screenwriting or television writing guides and textbooks, you should be in good shape.
Should I include my name or any other information on the script?
No. Please submit your script with only the title on the front page. Please do not include names, representatives, addresses or emails/phone numbers. If you want to include your WGA registration number, that is fine. We will have your information when you submit your entry but we keep the names anonymous from the readers, script consultants and judges.
Finish Line Script Competition proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform.