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Launch Pad
Launch Pad Prose Competition
2022
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Active Since 2016
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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With nearly a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers and exciting projects, 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 targeted industry professionals. Advance your writing career and enter your project today!


Whether you have a ten page short story or a 1,000 page fantasy epic, we want to read it! For books, there’s no need to have a completed manuscript. As long as you have sample pages accompanied by a thorough synopsis, you are welcome to enter! Our readers and judges will review up to 50 pages of every submission, as well as a synopsis for book submissions.


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, and no competition has had as much success in helping writers break into the industry as Launch Pad. Our track record speaks for itself. Enter now to join this tradition of Launch Pad 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 Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner Gravity Squared Entertainment.

  • 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.

2021 Winners on Coverfly

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Announcements

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

Rules

At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.


  1. All entries MUST BE submitted in English as a PDF document with standard margin sizing.
  2. Initial reading will be limited to the fifty (twenty five if single spaced) page sample of each submission and a synopsis of up to 1,000 words.
  3. Full book manuscript submissions are not required, but are welcomed and may be considered in later rounds.
  4. Submissions with multiple writers are allowed. However, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes will be shared among writing partners.
  5. 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.
  6. All entries will be read blind, with no identifying information shared with readers. The writer name(s) and any other contact information should only appear on the title page and nowhere else in the submission.
  7. Work with a prior option is allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, the work must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. Work that has been previously published is eligible so long as the writer retains further publication and adaptation rights.
  9. The only projects not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “LP Recommends” honors, or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition.
  10. Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  11. Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  12. All submissions will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judging panel or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. General prose entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your submission.
  16. The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  17. Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  18. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  19. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their project (title, writer name(s), logline, genre and competition details) as well as the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site, to help promote the entrants’ work.
  20. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best projects. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  21. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  22. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  23. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to Launch Pad 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 an entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  24. You agree to release and hold harmless Launch Pad, 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 Launch Pad 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.