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The Script Lab
TSL Free Screenplay Contest
2022
Coverfly Exclusive
Reads in Coverfly
Active Since 2019
A free competition through which winners receive exposure to a strong industry jury and cash prizes. Limit one submission per person.
Accepting Features, TV Pilots, Shorts and Web Series
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Enter before December 10th to save $4

About

Calling all writers for year four of The Script Lab’s FREE Screenplay Contest. Or as we like to call it TSL FREE IV: A NEW HOPE.

Come celebrate with us as we re-open our search for top new writers and projects. We’ve already helped past winners sign with Hollywood managers and option their work to producers. You could be next. We’re accepting features, TV pilots and short screenplays because great writing comes in all genres and formats.

Who said nothing good in life is free? Clearly they haven’t met The Script Lab yet.

Prices & Deadlines

Dec 10th
Early
Jan 31st
Regular
Feb 28th
Late
Free Entry
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Feature Coverage with Free Entry
$63.99
$67.99
$71.99
Television or Shorts Coverage with Free Entry
$55.99
$59.49
$62.99

Benefits

Here’s What All Three Winners Receive

  • Distribution to our network of nearly a thousand industry professionals.
  • Career consultation session with Coverfly’s Writer Development team.
  • One Year Membership to TSL 360 screenwriting video library.
  • 20 tokens for free peer-to-peer notes through coverflyX.


Additionally:

  • The first place winner will receive $500 plus, an optional written article published on The Script Lab about your work and journey, distributed to over 200,000 monthly readers and over 100,000 members.
  • The 2nd place winner will receive $100.
  • The 3rd place winner will receive $50.

Writer Success

2021 Winner on Coverfly

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Announcements

May 6th
Semifinalists
May 27th
Finalists
Jun 17th
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.

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only and must be entered by the final deadline. Duplicate free submissions will be automatically eliminated.
  • Only one submission per writer is allowed. Any other submissions will be disregarded.
  • We recommend shorts be between 2 – 30 pages, 1/2 hour TV between 20 – 35 pages (with the exception of multicam scripts), 1-hour TV between 40 – 65 pages, and Features between 80 – 120 pages. 
  • Feature screenplays must be a maximum of 120 pages. Screenplays over 120 pages will be automatically eliminated if submitted into our free category.

  • Feature screenplays over 120 pages submitted to the coverage category will be charged $1 per page over 120 pages.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates listed above by 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submitted the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 re-entry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or Copyright Registration with The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however, we do not require registration.
  • Your contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however, it is not required.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remain with the original rights holders.