1. All writers of submitted material must be 18 years of age or older on the date of submission, and each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $50,000 or the foreign equivalent (jointly or individually) for work as a screenwriter and/or fictional television writer.
2. 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.
3. Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with or for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and/or Production Arts Group are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.
4. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and on the date of submission must be wholly owned and controlled by the author(s). If a script has been sold, is currently under option, is being produced, or is in any other way encumbered by a third party on the date of submission, the script is not eligible for an award. If a script is optioned, sold, or produced after it has been entered, it will remain eligible in this year’s contest.
5. Only original screenplays and teleplays are eligible for awards. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and spec scripts for existing TV series are not accepted in the contest. Scripts that have previously won a prize in the PAGE Awards competition are also ineligible.
6. Adaptations of books, plays, or any other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances. A script that you have adapted from your own book, play, or other source material is eligible if you have retained all film and television rights to the property.
7. Submissions and entry fees must be postmarked or transmitted electronically on or before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the Early, Regular, Late, or Last Minute Entry Deadline in order to qualify for those entry rates. Any script submitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be disqualified.
8. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions or entry fees that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts or refund entry fees once they have been submitted.
9. 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 screenplay, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee. (PLEASE NOTE: We do understand that you want the Judges to have the chance to read your very best work, so, as a special courtesy, if you advance to the Semi-Final Round of the contest you will be invited to send us the latest draft of your script for the final two rounds of judging completely free of charge.)
10. Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. Our Judges are instructed and agree to evaluate scripts based on our standard Judging Procedure; however, the PAGE Awards contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
Below are some important formatting and submission instructions. Though your script will not be disqualified if it deviates in some way, in order to maximize your chances of success, we strongly recommend that you follow these standard guidelines:
To make it easy, you can also utilize one of the software programs specifically designed to help you format your script. We recommend Final Draft, the software used by the vast majority of industry professionals.
- Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages
- Short Film Scripts: under 30 pages
- TV Drama Pilots: 50-70 pages
- TV Comedy Pilots: 25-45 pages
Though your script will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than this, for your own benefit, we strongly recommend that you keep your script within these standard parameters.
Under no circumstances should your name or contact information appear anywhere within the body of your script.
Learn more about our Judging Procedure…