Judging

The World Series of Screenwriting screenplay contest is judged entirely by seasoned professionals in the film and television industry, with combined decades of experience reading, judging and developing scripts for talent agencies, studios, management companies, and production companies.

Evaluation Process

Judging is anonymous. When you enter the contest your script will be assigned a tracking number, and the Judges will identify your script by title and number only.

Preliminary Rounds

In the preliminary rounds of competition, entries will be evaluated by professional script readers currently working in the industry. The top submissions will advance to the Prize Round of competition.

Prize Round

A panel of film and television producers, Hollywood literary agents,  managers and development executives, and Hollywood production executives will conduct the Prize Round of judging. The combined scores of all the Judges will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prize Winners in each category, as well as this year’s Grand Prize Winner.

In the Prize Round, Judges are assigned scripts in the area of their individual interest and expertise, so your screenplay will always be evaluated by people who appreciate and understand the type of material you’ve written.

Judging Criteria

Through each round of competition, scripts will be evaluated on a ten-point scale for a variety of key script attributes. Entries will be given a score of 1 to 10 for each of the following:

Premise / Concept

The central idea of the story. What the film or TV show is about.  The contral conceit.

Presentation

The professionalism of the screenplay's formatting inlcuding standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, correct margins, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

Structure

The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression.

Plot

The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward.

Pacing

The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.

Characters

Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.

Dialogue

Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.

Theme

The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.

Style / Tone

Overall quality of the writing. Narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.

Commercial Potential

Audience appeal and box-office potential.

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