Frequently Asked Questions
But please remember that your screenplay must be written in English and your entry fee must be paid in U.S. dollars. You may pay with a check or money order in U.S. dollars, or with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
Absolutely! We encourage writers to continue to develop and improve their work, and our Judges understand and appreciate the fact that “writing is rewriting.” So, as long as your screenplay has never won any of our awards in the past, you are most welcome to submit it again this year.
Yes, we do! In fact, we’ve had many animation scripts and musicals among our lists of Finalists and Winners, including our 2010 Grand Prize winner.
These types of scripts are generally entered in the Family Film category; but, depending upon the tone, style, and length of your screenplay, you may also enter it in the Comedy, Science Fiction, Action/Adventure, Short Film, or TV Comedy category.
In order for an adaptation to be eligible, the writer of the original source material must be credited as the author (or one of the authors) of the screenplay on our contest entry form.
Yes, as long as your script does not violate any other author’s copyrighted material, we do accept stories about historical events and public figures. In fact, we have created a special Historical Film category for these types of true stories and biopics.
In order to be certain your script qualifies, please make sure you utilize multiple sources of information in your research and do not plagiarize any other author’s work.
Yes, you may have up to two additional Judges read your script in the First Round of competition for an additional $15 each.
If your script crosses genres (for example, if it fits in both the Action/Adventure and Science Fiction categories) you may ask the Judges to assess your script in those different categories; or if your script fits in only one genre category, you may ask all the Judges to consider it in the same category.
Since our judging process is anonymous, please include only the title of your script on your title page. (If you like, you may also include your WGA registration number, but this is not required.) When we receive your entry, we will assign your script a number and the Judges will identify your screenplay solely by its title and script number.
Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information anywhere within the body of your screenplay.
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, as described on the Rules & Guidelines page of our website. The Judges who are reading and evaluating your script are industry professionals, and any deviation from industry standards may put you at a disadvantage.
Entering early will not affect your chances of winning, but it will save you money! If you enter the contest on or before January 15, your Entry Fee will be discounted to $45. We offer you this Early Entry Discount because we want to give our Judges as much time as possible to review all of the contest submissions.
When you’re filling out the contest entry form, once you’ve uploaded your script, a message will pop up on the screen confirming that your script has successfully arrived in our office.
If you pay your entry fee online, either with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account, you’ll receive an email message from PayPal confirming that your payment has been processed.
If you mail us a check or money order, you may enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the envelope along with your payment, and when your payment arrives in our office we will send that postcard back to you. Your cancelled check will also serve as confirmation.
Our deadlines are based on the date of submission; therefore, as long as your script is uploaded and your payment is either paid online or postmarked by midnight on January 15, the Early Entry fee will apply. If your script and/or payment are submitted after January 15, the Regular, Late, or Last Minute Entry fee will apply, depending upon the date of submission.
All entries must be uploaded and paid for on or before the Final Deadline in order to be eligible for this year’s awards.
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, distribute, read, and evaluate each entry; therefore, once you’ve submitted your script, we cannot accept any revisions or corrected pages for that entry under any circumstances.
If you wish to submit a revised draft of your screenplay, you may enter it as a brand new submission and pay the additional entry fee; but, unless you’ve done a extensive and substantial rewrite on your script, we do not encourage this.
PLEASE NOTE: We do understand that you want the Judges to have the chance to read your very best work, and we do want to encourage you to continue to develop and refine your script, so, as a special courtesy, writers who advance to the Semi-Final Round of competition will be invited to submit their latest rewrites for the last two rounds of judging completely free of charge!
Yes! As long as you personally hold all rights to your script on the day you enter the contest, your script will remain eligible for this year’s awards.
This year’s notification dates are as follows:
QUARTER-FINALISTS will be announced on July 15
SEMI-FINALISTS will be announced on August 15
FINALISTS will be announced on September 15
WINNERS will be announced on October 15
Only if you request Judge’s Feedback when you enter.
Writing detailed, constructive script notes takes a great deal of time and thought. And because we want to keep our base entry fees as low as possible for writers who don’t have a lot of money to spend, we only ask our Judges to fill out short, simple scorecards for the contest, 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 and why, you may add Judge’s Feedback to your contest entry. The price for Judge’s Feedback when purchased through our Script Services program is normally $129, but when you order Judge’s Feedback in conjunction with your contest entry, we give you a $40 discount, so you pay only $89.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Judges write notes for you on the day they read your script, while it’s fresh in their minds; therefore, if you want Judge’s Feedback, you must request it when you submit your script. It cannot be added at a later date.
All Feedback will be held here in our office as long as your script is still in the running for a prize. So, depending upon how far your script advances in the contest, your Feedback will either be emailed to you after the Quarter-Finalists are announced in July, after the Semi-Finalists are announced in August, after the Finalists are announced in September, or if your script advances to the Final Round of competition, you’ll receive your Feedback once the Winners are announced in October.
Absolutely not. You retain all rights to your work at all times. Neither the PAGE Awards contest nor its Administrators, Sponsors or Judges will attach themselves to your script as a condition of you entering the contest or being designated a Winner, 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.
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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