Hollywood needs a perspective shift. WeScreenplay is looking for writers with underrepresented and diverse backgrounds with cutting-edge stories. All readers for this program come from diverse backgrounds, and all entrants will be provided with at least a page of written feedback on their script from their first round judge.
This year's judges include:
Joy Ganes -- President, Tracy Yvonne Productions
Joy is the President of Tracy Oliver's (GIRLS TRIP, FIRST WIVES CLUB) production company, Tracy Yvonne Productions, which is committed to championing diverse voices of all genres, across TV, film, and digital media.
Kesila Childers -- Vice President of Development for Paul Feig's Powderkeg
Powderkeg is Paul Feig's (ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, THE OFFICE) digital content company that aims to champion new voices with a commitment to female and LGBTQ creators and filmmakers of color.
Jess Burkle -- TV Writer
Jess is a TV writer currently staffed on the CW show IN THE DARK -- and he happens to be blind himself.
Louisa Minghella -- Literary Agent
Louisa is a literary agent at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in the UK who focuses on representing diverse talent.
Spring 2021 Winners on Coverfly
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4. Screenplays entered must:
a. Not include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of the script including the title page.
b. Include a title page with no name(s) of the writer or writing team.
c. Be submitted in PDF form and must fit all standard screenplay format guidelines. Personal formatting conventions will be accepted but must not intentionally or accidentally alter the page count of the project as determined by the judges. A rule of thumb, if your script is formatted properly and under 120 pages, it will likely not be more than 23,000 words. Anything over 120 pages will cost $1 extra per page.
d. Be owned solely by the writer or writing team listed. It may be an adaptation or reimagining of true events or fictional stories.
e. Be written in English. However, scripts from anywhere in the world will be accepted.
f. Have pages numbered. Scripts of any length will be accepted for an additional fee, but we’d advise that scripts over 160 pages should be edited down before being submitted.
5. By entering this screenplay into the competition, you must have full permission from all co-writers and any attachments to the project.
6. Screenplays entered may be in any genre or combination of genres. All will be treated equally and read by an unbiased panel of judges.
7. Entrant’s total earnings for screenwriting for either film or tv, produced or unproduced, must not exceed $50,000 in the previous 18 months from submission or $250,000 lifetime earnings. This excludes any prize money from competitions or fellowships and only applies to fund or money transferred in exchange for an option or sale of a script, treatment, idea, intellectual property, or other writing for filming. Money earned from acting, directing, producing, or any other film work outside of writing is not included.
8. Screenplays submitted must not have been previously sold or produced unless said sale or production was completed with no financial gain to the writer.
9. For a submission to be valid it must be accompanied with the appropriate payment based on the submission deadlines.
10. All deadlines are at 11:59pm PST on the date listed. Any deadline alteration or promotion of any kind does not make any entry valid of a refund of any kind.
11. RESUBMISSIONS will be accepted.
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13. There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer or writing team may submit.
14. New drafts of an entry will be accepted at any time during the contest.
15. Prizes are awarded per script and teams of writers are expected to divide prizes on their own accord. WeScreenplay will send prizes to the writer who submits the project and will in no way be responsible for how the prizes are distributed among the writing teams.
16. The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
17. Scorecards can be accessed on the writer’s dashboard. Feedback and Coverage will ideally be distributed between 2 and 3 weeks following submission, but this is not guaranteed. We only guarantee that coverage will be provided before the quarterfinalist announcement.
18. WeScreenplay reserves the right to delay announcements for any reason. Delay may last up to but never more than 180 days. While we never anticipate any delays, such delays will not alter the standing of any screenplay entry and will qualify no script for a refund under any circumstance.
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21. Any prize winners will be required to sign an affidavit validating their entry into the contest.
22. Any cash prize winners of over $599 will be required to file a W-9 before the cash prize is distributed.
23. All prizes provided by sponsors or mentors are subject to said sponsor or mentor providing the prize. WeScreenplay will do everything in its power to collect the prize packages promised, but is not responsible for a sponsor’s failed delivery.
24. Any winners may have their name, script title, and picture used for any WeScreenplay promotions or promotions of our sponsors or affiliates. 25. Former Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize Winners of the contest may enter so long as it is NOT the same script that won in a previous year. Any other placement in former years does not disqualify the script from being entered this year.