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Launch Pad Prose Competition
2022
The Launch Pad Prose Competition has led to twelve published books and projects set up with Showtime, Laura Dern, Ridley Scott, Fox and more.
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The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other writing competition in the industry. With nearly a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers, The Launch Pad Competition has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices and new ideas.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with them to share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. 

Whether you have a ten page short story or a 1,000 page fantasy epic, we want to read it. For short stories, our judges will consider works of up to 20,000 words. For books, there’s no need to have a completed manuscript. As long as you have at least 50 pages of sample prose accompanied by a thorough synopsis, you are welcome to enter to be considered. Our readers and judges will start by reviewing the first 50 pages of any submission, expanding the scope of reads as rounds continue on.

Our prestigious industry juries include managers, agents, producers and executives across top companies in film, television and publishing. We also secure exclusive partnerships with management and production companies, as well as mentorship opportunities to offer guaranteed advancement for winning writers who are ready to make that leap from aspiring to working writer. No competition will do more to help all of their finalists take the next steps in their careers. Enter now to join this tradition of success. 

Benefits

2 Grand Prize Winners | (Best Book & Best Short Story)

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Invited to our exclusive, annual Launch Pad party where you will meet top agents, managers, executives, producers, and some of our current and previous judges.


Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our esteemed Judges.

  • One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.


Top 50

Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

  • One year free membership to the Tracking Board.


Top 100

  • Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry network through newsletters, website posts, promotional books and more. 

  • Inclusion in the Launch Pad Alum community of writers who network and help each other drive forward in their careers.


Guaranteed Publishing Prize

  • Only available to book submissions

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our publishing partner TBD to receive a publishing agreement for their Launch Pad project.

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Publishing” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.


Guaranteed Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner(s).

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.


Mentorship Program Selections | 3 Winners Selected

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2022 Launch Pad Prose Mentorship Program.

  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.

  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

2020 Winner on Coverfly

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Announcements

Feb 4th
Top 100s
Feb 25th
Top 50s
Mar 18th
Top 10s
Apr 8th
Winners

Rules

  1. All entries MUST BE submitted in English as a PDF document.

  2. There are no strict style or formatting guidelines, but submissions that are difficult to read for reasons of margin size, font size, font choice, etc. will have these issues considered in scoring.

  3. Initial reading will be limited to the first fifty (50) pages of any submission and a synopsis of approximately 1,000 words. 

  4. Short story submissions should be limited to under 20,000 words. 

  5. Full book manuscript submissions are not required, but are welcomed and may be considered in later rounds. 

  6. Submissions with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).

  7. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing literary figures and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.

  8. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity.

  9. Work with a prior option is allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.

  10. Work that has been previously published is eligible so long as the writer retains further publication and adaptation rights. 

  11. The only projects not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” honors, “Launch Pad Recommends,” or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format. 

  12. The Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.

  13. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.

  14. All submissions will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).

  15. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.

  16. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed option and guaranteed signing add ons

  17. General prose entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your submission.

  18. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.

  19. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.

  20. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.

  21. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their project (title, writer’s name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site, to help promote the entrants’ work.

  22. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

  23. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

  24. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

  25. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.