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Launch Pad Prose Competition
The return of the competition that has led to twelve published books and projects set up with Showtime, Laura Dern, Ridley Scott, Fox and more.
Accepting Short Stories and Book/Manuscripts
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Enter before October 16th to save $10


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 and quality work, Launch Pad has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices, new ideas, and talented writers.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with each of them to develop compelling bios and loglines, and sharing their work with the targeted industry professionals. Advance your writing career and enter your project for us to consider today!

Prices & Deadlines

Oct 16th
Nov 20th
Dec 18th
Standard Entry
Entry + 1 Page of Feedback


This year's judges include:

Brian J. Goldberg -- Literary Agent and Partner, WPA
Dani Segelbaum -- Literary Assistant, New Leaf Literary & Media
David Boxerbaum -- Agent, Verve
Devon Byers -- Literary Manager/Producer, First Friday Entertainment
Emily MacDonald -- Agent, 42 Management and Productions
Jason Tamasco -- Co-Founder and CEO, Bad Idea Films
Kate Testerman -- Agent and Founder, kt literary
Kiana Nguyen -- Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Krista Sipp -- Literary Manager and Co-Founder, First Friday Entertainment
Mollie Glick -- Book Agent, CAA
Natalie Burkhardt -- Jr. Manager, Grandview
Phoebe Schmidt -- Agent, Paradigm
Sam Morgan -- Agent, The Lotts Agency

2020 Top 10s on Coverfly

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Top 50s
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Top 10s
May 20th


  1. All entries MUST BE submitted in English as a PDF document with standard margin sizing.

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

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

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

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. All entries will be read blind, with no discernible marks shared with readers. We choose this option so that each entry is judged by the work, and the words alone.

  8. 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.

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

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

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

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

  13. 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).

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

  15. 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

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

  17. The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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


  23. 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.

  24. 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.