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 always encourage writers to continue to develop and improve their work, and our Judges believe and appreciate the fact that “writing is rewriting.” 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.
In order to be eligible, the original source material must be written either by the individual writer or by a member of the writing team credited as author 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 figures in the public domain. In fact, we have created a special Historical Film category for these types of true stories and biopics.
However, in order to be certain your script qualifies, please make sure that you utilize multiple sources of information in your research and do not plagiarize any other author’s work.
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 often these scripts are entered in the Family Film category; however, they may also be entered in the Comedy, Science Fiction, Short Film, TV Comedy or other categories, depending upon the tone, genre, and length of your script.
Yes, you may have up to two additional Judges read your script in Round One for an additional $15 each. You can ask the Judges to consider your screenplay in the same genre category, or 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 review your script in different categories.
As you’re filling out our online Entry Form, once you’ve successfully uploaded your script, you’ll see a pop-up message confirming that your script has arrived in our office.
If you pay your entry fee with a credit card, debit card, bank transfer or PayPal account, you’ll receive an email message from PayPal confirming that your payment has gone through.
If you pay your entry fee with a check or money order, you may also enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard and we will send that back to you once your payment arrives. Your cancelled check will also serve as confirmation.
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 page of our website. The Judges who are reading and evaluating your work 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! The Early Entry Discount fee is just $39. We offer you this discount for entering early because we want to allow as much time as possible for the Judges to review all of this year’s submissions.
Our Deadlines are based on the submission date; therefore, as long as your script is uploaded and your payment is either transmitted or postmarked by midnight on January 17, the Early Entry fee will apply. If either your script or payment are sent after January 17, the Regular, Late or Last Minute Entry fee will apply, depending upon the date of submission.
All entries must be submitted and paid for on or before the Final Entry Deadline in order to be eligible for this year’s contest.
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 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 screenplay, you may enter it as a brand new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee; however, unless you’ve made extensive and substantial revisions to your script, we do not encourage this.
PLEASE NOTE: As a special courtesy, the writers who advance to the Semi-Final Round of competition will have the opportunity to send us revised drafts of their scripts for the final two rounds of judging completely free of charge.
Congratulations! As long as you personally hold all rights to your script on the day you enter the contest, your script will remain eligible for one of 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, helpful script notes takes a great deal of time and thought, so in order to keep our basic entry fees as low as possible, we only ask our Judges to fill out a simple contest scorecard, 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 fee for Judge’s Feedback is $89.
PLEASE NOTE: The Judges write your notes for you on the day they read your script, while it’s fresh in their minds; therefore, if you want Feedback, you must request it when submit your script. It cannot be added on after the fact.
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. 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.
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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