Writers often ask if they can see their contest scorecards. Our policy is that we do not send out raw scores. When taken out of context, these numbers are virtually meaningless. In fact, for most writers, seeing these scores would only be confusing or discouraging, which would be counterproductive to our goals and to yours.
However, because so many of our contestants want to understand how the Judges react to their scripts, we do offer you the opportunity to order Judge’s Feedback in conjunction with your contest entry. This service is extremely popular, and every year we receive hundreds of messages from writers telling us how much they appreciate the Judges’ comments and ideas.
HOW IT WORKS
If you order Judge’s Feedback, your First Round Judge will take the extra time to write you 4-5 pages of notes discussing your script’s strengths and weaknesses.
Your Judge will explain why your script scored the way it did, tell you whether your script would receive a Recommend, Consider or Pass if you submitted it to his or her agency or production company, and also offer some suggestions as to how you might further develop your material.
In addition, if you’re submitting your script in more than one category, you may choose to order Feedback from more than one Judge. The Judges each work independently, and they will not see each other’s comments or exchange ideas about your script. They will each evaluate your material from their own unique perspective. So if you request notes from more than one Judge, you can compare their different perspectives and determine which comments are useful to you and which are not.
Do the Judges point out the same problems?
That tells you something important.
Do the Judges express opposite ideas about some element of your script?
That tells you something important, as well.
In writing your Feedback, our Judges’ goal is to provide you with useful and constructive input, and to give you information and ideas that will be helpful to you as you continue to develop your screenplay.
HOW TO ORDER
If you decide you’d like Judge’s Feedback on your script, simply check the box provided on the entry form. The fee for this service is $79.
Your Feedback will be emailed to you after the Quarter-Finalists are announced on July 15th. Or if your script advances further in competition, your Feedback will be sent to you once the Winners are announced in October.
In addition to your notes, we will also send you the credentials of your Judge, so you can get a sense of who our Judges are and how their various studios, agencies and production companies might respond to your work.
(PLEASE NOTE: If you want Judge’s Feedback, you must request it when you enter the contest. Otherwise, your Judge will not write notes for you and you will not receive your contest scores.)
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