Rules and Regulations

Rules

- Effective as of the date of submission, each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $50,000 USD or the foreign equivalent for work as a screenwriter or television writer.

- Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

- Writers of any age may enter provided that contest entry by minors is not prohibited by law in your local jurisdiction.

- Judges, administrators, and independent contractors who work for the World Series of Screenwriting are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.

- Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party. Scripts that have been sold, produced, or are currently under option are not eligible; nor are scripts that have previously won a prize in the World Series of Screenwriting.

- Entries must be original screenplays or teleplays.  Novels and short stories stage plays are not eligible.

- Adaptations of books, plays, or other source material written by another author are eligible for submission.  We accept no liability for scripts that have been adapted from third party authors' work that may infringe intellectual property rights.  It is the responsibility of the writer(s) to acquire rights to any adapted work prior to any commercial exploitation or public dissemination.  Scripts adapted from your own books, plays, or other source material are eligible as well.

- Entries must be transmitted electronically on or before midnight Pacific Time on the Early, Regular, Late, or Final entry deadlines in order to qualify for that entry rate. Any submissions transmitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be considered for the following year's competition.

- Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.

- The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts once they have been submitted. Please retain an original copy of your screenplay.

- Decisions of the judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our contest instructions, and will evaluate scripts based on our standard judging procedure; however, the contest and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the judges.

- It is the repsonsibility of the submiting party to make sure that we have your accurate and current contact information.

Script Guidlines

Before you submit your script, please make sure you review the following guidelines:

- All scripts must be submitted in English. Our Judges cannot evaluate screenplays written in foreign languages.

- Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format.  If you are not familiar with standard screenplay format we recommend you use one of the popular software programs specifically designed to help you format your script. We recommend Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft.

- Scripts should be standard length. We recommend that you adhere to the following guidelines:

     Full-Length Features: 70-120 pages

     Short Film Scripts: under 70 pages

     TV Drama Pilots: 50-80 pages

     TV Sitcom Pilots: 20-45 pages

     Stage Plays: 20 - 120 pages

     Treatments / Concepts / Synopses: 1-10 pages

- Pages must be numbered. Before you submit your script, please check to make sure there are no missing or duplicated pages.

- Include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, name of the author(s), mailing address, telephone number, and email address. This is for our administrative purposes only. Judging will be anonymous, so we will assign your script a tracking number and we will delete or black out your name and contact information before we give your script to the Judges. The Judges will identify your screenplay solely by its title and script tracking number.

It is okay if your script inlcudes a title page with your contact info.  It will not disqualify your entry.

- Please do not email synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes, or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, if you’re submitting a TV Pilot you may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes.

- While it is not a requirement we do recommend that you register your script before submitting it to any company or individual you do not personally know. You can register your script with the U.S. Copyright Office, with ProtectRite and/or with the WGA. These services establish the completion date of your registered material and offer the security of long-term storage in the event your original is lost or destroyed.

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