What is special about the Finish Line Script Competition?
This competition is unique among all screenplay contests because the writer can resubmit their script after having completed any number of rewrites, at not extra cost. We have set up the competition to follow the development process where a script is submitted, the writer receives 6+ pages of notes provided by a top-notch script consultant, the script is then rewritten and resubmitted until it is in its best form. We want the writer to have the best script possible by the time the competition closes.
We want to HELP you win this competition and entrants can work closely with a script consultant to get them across the finish line!
Do you help circulate winning scripts to studios and production companies?
Yes. We have a massive amount of experience and contacts throughout the entertainment industry and will make sure that key decision makers, agents, managers and producers receive the screenplay or television pilot. We work closely with our winners to identify who would be the best career-makers and do our best to get the script to that person.
How does the consultation and re-submission process work?
Revisions and resubmission are the main reason we created this competition. We want you to have the opportunity to use our script consultants’ expert feedback to help you rework your script and resubmit it (at no additional cost!) so it has the best chance to win The Finish Line Script Competition.
You can get a comprehensive set of consultation notes (from the same script consultant throughout the process, just as though you were getting notes from a producer) as many times as you like until the submission period ends. Every time you ask for new notes it will take your script consultant 7-10 days to deliver them to you. These notes, from highly qualified industry professionals, cost$100 for the initial set, which include entry into the competition and $90 foreach subsequent set of detailed, constructive feedback notes.
When you have rewritten your script and want to resubmit, you have two options. The first is to go through FilmFreeway to purchase another set of notes to keep working on new drafts and get a feeling of where your consultant thinks your scripts stands. The second option is to simply email us your new draft at firstname.lastname@example.org labeled as a new draft and this will be the draft we judge off of. This draft can be switched out at no additional cost until the final resubmissions deadline. After quarter-finalists are announced, those still in the competition can continue to receive as many consultations as they like until that phase of the competition ends. The same process occurs with the semi-finalist period. Judges evaluate the final scripts, and they choose the Grand Prize Winner, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.
Do I have a better chance of winning if I work with one of your script consultants?
The best chance of winning is by submitting the best script possible. There is no guarantee that a winner will be chosen from those who use our script consultants, but we believe their experience will help improve your script and your chances to win should you take advantage of their expertise. Ultimately, the writing is up to you, but we will help you get your script ready to show to managers, agents, producers and executives. Your script will leave this competition in better shape than when it came in, if you take advantage of the guidance we offer.
Do I have to use your script consultants to enter the competition?
No notes or re-submission are required; you can enter simply by paying the basic entry fee ($40). If you’re sure your script is the very best it can be, then the entry fee should be all you need to spend, But film and TV are the ultimate collaborative arts, and as the most successful screenwriters will tell you, every screenplay can be improved, particularly with input from qualified experts.
As we offer extremely reasonable rates for script consulting services and re-submission, it may be worth your while to see if we can help you! However, again, notes or re-submission aren’t required, just available, and you can choose to take advantage of this service at any time you wish.
What do I need to do to enter the competition?
You need to submit an original feature film screenplay or television pilot in PDF format, a completed online application form and an entry fee (amount varies depending on when you enter and what services you choose, see our pricing page.
Who can enter the competition?
It’s open to all screenwriters/TV writers – beginners to pros – with the exception of anyone who has earned $50,000 or more as a writer in the previous year. And it must be written by the person (or team) who enters the competition. No plagiarism allowed, of course! Not all working writers are good writers and most every writer needs help.
How do I enter the competition?
Can I enter more than one script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
You can enter as many screenplays or pilots as you wish. Each entry requires a separate online application form and entry fee. Note: If you write as a team, only one application is needed, listing the two (or more) of you as the script’s writers.
Is there a minimum or maximum page count for entries?
There is no minimum, but be aware that the WGA states that 70 pages constitutes the minimum number of pages for a feature film. If you are submitting your script as 'entry only' there is no maximum number of pages. However, if you request notes we will charge $1.00 per per page over 128 pages. This payment can be made directly to us through PayPal. Please get in touch through the Contact page for information.
Where does the entry fee go?
The entry fees go towards paying our script consultants, administrative costs and, because the entertainment industry has a tradition of giving back, we make a charitable donation to the grand prize winner’s favorite cause.
Is there a minimum or maximum page count for submissions?
There is no minimum, but be aware that the WGA states that 70 pages constitutes the minimum number of pages for a feature film. If you are submitting your script as 'entry only' there is no maximum number of pages. However, if you request notes we will charge $1.00 per per page over 135 pages. This payment can be made directly to us through PayPal. Please get in touch through the Contact page for information.
Eligibility, Adaptations and Collaborations
Are there language requirements for entering the competition?
All submissions must be in English. You can come from any country in the world, as long as you can submit your material in English as written by yourself. Whether you come from Tibet, Tennessee or Tujunga; we want to see your writing!
Can a member of the Writers Guild of America enter a script into the Finish Line Script Competition?
Yes, if the WGA member has not sold this material, they are allowed to enter. However, the applicant must not have earned more than $50,000 in the previous year as a writer in order to qualify for entry.
What happens to the entries? How does the competition unfold?
If you enter the competition without choosing script consultation notes, your script will be read by our top readers when it is received and will be scored based on overall story/character/writing craft factors. Three readers will read each script and the average of the scores will be logged into our database. Judges will have no idea if the script was revised or if notes were provided; the work is judged on its final merits, solely. If you purchase script consultation notes, a reader will be assigned to you and will go through the script from front to back and give notes on the script as a whole and on individual needs. You will receive 6+ notes for this process.The notes will be sent to you within 7-10 days of your submission. You can then resubmit your new draft as soon as its ready and either receive more notes or make that re-submission your final entry. (see early question/answer on how to resubmit). You may use your script consultant for notes, new drafts and re-submissions as many times as you like before the deadline.Quarter-finalists and semi-finalists may receive script consultation notes until the deadline to submit their final version.
Should I include my name or any other information on the script?
No. Please submit your script with only the title and a date on the front page. Please do not include names, representatives, addresses or emails/phone numbers, or anything that might identify you. You can include yourWGA registration number on the application form, but not on the actual script.We will have your information when you submit your entry, the readers, script consultants and judges won’t know who wrote the submission.