Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition

Competition presented by: Creative Screenwriting Magazine


The information included in on this page was provided by James Sarantinos, Editor in Chief, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, on June 8, 2020.

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Competition Information

Competition NameCreative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition
Competition Websitehttps://contest.creativescreenwriting.com
Contact
Information
submissions@creativescreenwriting.com
Competition TypeContest
The information included
on this page was provided
relative to:
2020

Entry Dates and Fees

Tentative submission dates for fall 2020:

Opens for EntriesAugust 13, 2020
First
Submission
Period
August 13, 2020
to
September 15, 2020
Second
Submission
Period
September 16, 2020
to
October 13, 2020
Final
Submission
Period
October 14, 2020
to
December 3, 2020

Announcement Dates

Tentative announcement dates for the fall 2020 submissions:

First
Announcement
January 14, 2021
Second
Announcement
February 18, 2021

Type of Scripts Accepted

Feature-lengthFeatures: 80 to 120 pages

Scripts that fall outside the requested page count will not be disqualified, but extra pages may not be read.
Teleplay PilotOriginal pilots only (half-hour or one-hour): 30 to 70 pages.

Scripts that fall outside the requested page count will not be disqualified, but extra pages may not be read.
Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.

Type of Genres Accepted

Feature-length
Genres are judged
separately for the
entire competition.
All genres accepted.

Genre-specific judging categories:
•Action/Adventure
•Comedy
•Drama
•Family/Holiday/Young Adult
•Mystery/Crime
•Historical/Biopic
•Horror/Thriller
•Sci-Fi/Fantasy
•Sports
•Western
Teleplay Pilot
Genres are judged
separately for the
entire competition.

All genres accepted.

Genre-specific judging categories:
•Action/Adventure
•Comedy
•Drama
•Family/Holiday/Young Adult
•Mystery/Crime
•Historical/Biopic
•Horror/Thriller
•Sci-Fi/Fantasy
•Sports
•Western

Advancement Tiers

SemifinalsTop 25 scripts in each category/genre
FinalsWinner in each category/genre
Grand-Prize WinnerOne Grand-Prize Winner

Advancement Notifications

EntrantsAdvancement notifications are sent directly to entrants via email.
PublicAll winners (Writer and script title) are published on the competition website according to genres.

Awards and Prizes

PromotionWinners’ loglines are circulated among industry professionals and also have the potential to be added to the development slate of Creative Screenwriter LLC.
Cash PrizeCash prize is included.

Judges

Judge CredentialsJudges are pre-screened and trained with test scripts.
Judges Seeking New Writers or MaterialCompetition judges are not seeking new writers or material.

Judging Process

Script assignmentScripts are assigned to judges based on the judge’s genre preference.
Judge knowledge of
script prior to reading
Judges are provided with a script’s genre and logline prior to reading.
Script qualities the
competition looks to
advance
Unique voices — something the industry hasn’t seen before.
Judging Criteria
This criteria is the same
for every round of
competition.
Action/Description
Character
Dialogue
Plot
Premise/Hook
Originality
Format/Proofreading
Structure
Pace
Marketability
Reading Page-Count
Requirement
Judges are required to read scripts in their
entirety during every round of the competition.

Exception: Scripts that exceed the requested page count will not be disqualified, but extra pages may not be read.

Submission Information

Required materialsScript, writer contact information, logline, genre.
Logline and genre are provided to a script’s judges.
Submission Pathways
ISA website: networkisa.org
RightsEntrants retain all rights to their entered script and other submitted materials.

Script Eligibility Requirements

Page LengthFeatures: 80 to 120 pages

Teleplay Pilots: 30 to 70 pages

Scripts that fall outside the requested page count
will not be disqualified, but extra pages may not be read.
AdaptationsAccepted if the writer owns the entire, unencumbered rights.
Based on True EventsAccepted if in the public domain.
Script purchases,
options, production,
etc.
Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit,
or are currently under option are not eligible.
CopyrightNot required.
WGA RegistrationNot required.
Additional Terms• Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.

• Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.

Writer Eligibility Requirements

Age RestrictionsMust be legally allowed to enter into contracts.
International
Submissions
Accepted.
Multiple WritersAccepted. Writers decide prize distribution.

Written Critiques

Critique NameReader Feedback
Types:
First 20 Pages
General
Deep Dive
FeeFirst 20 Pages = $30
General = $65
Deep Dive = $99
Purchase OpportunityCritique can be purchased when entering the competition.
ReceiptCritique will be sent to entrant within 90 days of entry/purchase.
Length of CritiqueFirst 20 Pages = 1 to 2 pages of notes: $30
General = 2 to 3 pages of notes: $65
Deep Dive = Up to 5 pages of notes: $99
Number of CritiquesOne per purchase.
Critique ContentsComprehensive comments.
ScoresCritique does not include scores.
CriticsScripts are evaluated for written critiques separately from the competition by Script Readers and therefore the written critiques entrants received are not written by their competition judges.

A critic’s individual credentials are not included with the critique.

Critics are not seeking new writers/material.

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