Please read the following rules carefully. Any submission that does not comply with contest rules and regulations may be disqualified.
RULES & REGULATIONS
- All writers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older. Effective as of the date of submission, each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $25,000 or the foreign equivalent (jointly or individually) for work as a screenwriter and/or fictional television writer.
- Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.
- Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with and for the PAGE Awards or Production Arts Group are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
- Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible; nor are scripts that have previously won a prize in the PAGE Awards competition.
- Entries must be original screenplays or teleplays. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible.
- Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances; nor are scripts adapted from books, plays, or other source material written by you if your source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party. Scripts adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
- Entries must be postmarked or transmitted electronically on or before midnight Pacific Time on the Early, Regular or Late Entry deadline in order to qualify for that entry rate. Any submissions postmarked or transmitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be disqualified.
- Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee. (Writers who advance to the Final Round of competition will have the opportunity to submit a revised draft of their script for the Final Round of judging.)
- The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. Please retain an original copy of your screenplay.
- Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our contest instructions, and will evaluate scripts based on our standard Judging Procedure; however, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines:
- All scripts must be submitted in English. Our Judges cannot evaluate screenplays written in foreign languages.
- Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, set in 12-point Courier font. If you’re not familiar with standard formatting, we recommend the following book as a guide: “The Screenwriter’s Bible” by David Trottier. You may also use one of the popular software programs specifically designed to help you format your script. We recommend Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft.
- Scripts should be standard length. While your entry will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than these specified page counts, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the following guidelines:
- Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages
- Short Film Scripts: under 40 pages
- TV Drama Pilots: 50-70 pages
- TV Comedy Pilots: 25-45 pages
- If you’re submitting your script by mail, please print it on plain white three-hole-punched paper and bind it with two brads. Please do not use extra-large or too-small brads as they make scripts difficult to handle. You can order industry standard brads online at The Writers Store.
- Pages must be numbered. Before you submit your script, please check to make sure there are no missing or duplicated pages.
- Please include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, name of the author(s), mailing address, telephone number, and email address. This is for our administrative purposes only. Judging will be anonymous, so we will assign your script a number and we will delete or black out your name and contact information before we give your script to the Judges. The Judges will identify your screenplay solely by its title and script number.
- Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.
- If you’re submitting your script by mail, please include card stock covers (front and back) to protect your script during handling by our staff. Standard card stock covers are available online at The Writers Store. You may print the title of your script on the front cover or you may leave it blank, but please do not print your name or contact information on the cover of your script.
- Contestants who reside outside the U.S. may use A4 size paper or other standard paper and binding used by industry professionals in your region.
- Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes, or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, if you’re submitting a TV Pilot you may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.
If you’re planning to enter the contest, make sure you submit your script as soon as possible in order to take advantage of our Early Entry Discount rates!
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