I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter the contest?
Absolutely! As long as you comply with our contest rules and regulations, you’re most welcome to enter the PAGE Awards competition. Foreign contestants may submit their scripts on A4 or equivalent size paper and may use industry-standard binding for your region; however, your script must be in English and your entry fee must be paid in U.S. dollars. You may pay with a check drawn on a U.S. bank, an International Money Order in U.S. dollars, or a credit card or PayPal account.
My novel would make a great movie! Can I submit it to the contest?
No, I’m sorry, we do not accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, or spec scripts for existing TV series. Only original screenplays, short film scripts and teleplays are eligible for the PAGE Awards competition.
Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
If you have personally written a book or play which has never been published or sold, or if you have self-published your work and retained all rights to it, you may submit an adaptation of your own material; however, if your source material has been published, sold, or is currently under option by or to any third party, your screen adaptation of this material is not eligible. Under no circumstances can we accept adaptations of material written by other authors.
My script is based on true historical events and I did a lot of research on the subject. Is this script admissible?
Yes, as long as your script does not violate any other author’s copyrighted material, we do accept stories about historical events and figures in the public domain. In fact, we have created a special category for this type of material. To be certain you qualify, when you do your research please make sure you utilize multiple sources of information and do not plagiarize any other author’s work.
Do you accept scripts for animated films and musicals?
Yes, we do! In fact, in the past we’ve had many animation scripts and musicals among our lists of Finalists and Winners, including our 2010 Grand Prize winner. Most of these scripts are entered in the Family Film category, but they can also be entered in other categories, such as Comedy, Science Fiction, Short Film, or TV Comedy, depending upon the genre, tone, and subject matter of your story.
I entered the contest last year and since then I’ve rewritten my script. Can I submit it again this year?
Absolutely! We very much encourage writers to continue to develop and improve their work. So as long as your screenplay has not won any of our prizes in the past, you are most welcome to submit it again this year.
Can I submit more than one screenplay?
Yes, you may enter as many scripts as you like in this year’s contest. And if you submit more than one script in the same envelope or online transmission, you’ll receive a $5 discount for each additional submission.
Can I enter my screenplay in more than one category? And if so, do I need to send you more than one copy?
Most scripts will naturally fit into one of our ten categories, but some full-length features do cross genres. So if, for instance, you wrote a script like The Matrix, you could enter it in either the Science Fiction category or the Action/Adventure category, or you could enter both categories. It’s entirely up to you. The price of the first category is included in your entry fee, and you may enter up to two additional categories for an additional $15 each. But no matter how many categories you enter, you only need to send us one copy of your script.
My screenplay is longer than 120 pages. Will it be disqualified?
No, your script will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than the lengths we specify; however, we highly recommend that you adhere to our standard guidelines. The Judges who are reading and evaluating your work are industry professionals, and any deviation from standard page count and format may put you at a disadvantage.
Can I send you my script online?
Yes. In fact, since printing and postage are becoming increasingly expensive, we encourage you to submit your script through our online entry form. We recommend sending it as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; however, we also accept Movie Magic, Final Draft and Microsoft Word and Text files.
What information do you want on the title page of my script?
Please submit a standard title page including the title of your script, author’s name(s), address, phone number and email address. This is for our administrative purposes only. Judging is anonymous, so we will assign your script a number, and the Judges will identify your script by title and script number only. (Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your screenplay.)
Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of winning?
Entering early will not affect your chance of winning, but it will save you money! We offer you a discount for early entry because we want as much time as possible for the Judges to read and review all of this year’s submissions.
I’m planning to enter early to take advantage of the discount prices, but what if my script doesn’t arrive by the deadline?
The Early, Regular, and Late Entry Deadlines apply to the date of postmark or electronic transmission. So long as your entry and payment are postmarked or transmitted electronically on or before midnight on January 15th, the Early Entry fee will apply. If any portion of your entry is sent after January 15th, the Regular or Late Entry fee will apply. All entries must be postmarked or transmitted electronically on or before the Final Entry Deadline in order to be eligible for this year’s contest.
How will I know you received my entry?
If you’re submitting your script by mail and you’d like confirmation that we received it, you may include a self-addressed stamped postcard which we will return to you. If you submit your script online, you’ll receive an email message from us confirming that your script has arrived.
Oops! I found some typos in the screenplay I submitted. Can I send you the revised pages?
Please make sure you proofread your script very carefully before you submit it! Our Administrators and Judges are all paid professionals, and it takes a great deal of time to record your entries and to print, distribute, read and evaluate your scripts, so once you’ve submitted your entry we cannot accept any rewrites, revisions, or corrected pages under any circumstances. If you wish to submit a new draft of your script, you may enter it as a brand new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee; however, unless you’ve made extensive and substantial revisions, we do not encourage this. (Writers who advance to the Final Round of competition will be given the opportunity to submit revised drafts of their screenplays for the Final Round of judging.)
When will this year’s Winners be announced?
Our 2013 notification dates are as follows: Quarter-Finalists will be announced on July 15th, Semi-Finalists will be announced on August 15th, Finalists will be announced on September 15th, and this year’s Winners will be announced on October 15th.
What if my script is optioned or sold after I enter the contest?
Congratulations! As long as your script was not optioned or sold prior to the date you submitted it to the contest, you are still eligible for an award.
Once the contest is over will you send me my scores and the Judges’ comments about my script?
Only if you request Judge’s Feedback when you enter. It would be extremely time-consuming for our Judges to write detailed notes about each and every entry, so in order to keep our basic entry fees as low as possible, we ask our Judges to score entries solely on a numeric basis, as described on our Judging Procedure page. However, if you’d like your First Round Judge to take the extra time to write you several pages of thoughts and ideas about your script, along with an explanation of how your script scored, you may request Judge’s Feedback when you enter. The fee for Judge’s Feedback is $75.
When will I receive my Judge’s Feedback?
Your Feedback will be emailed to you after the Quarter-Finalists are announced on July 15th. Or if your script advances to the Final Round of competition, you’ll receive your Feedback once the Winners are announced in October.
If I win, will I have to assign you any rights to my script or any percentage of future profits?
Absolutely not. You retain all rights to your work. Neither the PAGE Awards contest nor its Administrators, Sponsors or Judges will attach themselves to your script as a condition of you being designated a Winner or receiving prize money, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning the contest. The profits are entirely yours.
How will you use the contact information I give you?
Never fear! We hate spam as much as you do. Any information you give us, whether online or by mail, will only be used by our contest Administrators to communicate with you directly. Your name, email address, and other contact information will never be shared with any other person or business without your express permission.
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