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Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition
Deadline Entry Fee
July 01, 2007 (early)
July 31, 2007 (deadline)
August 14, 2007 (last minute)
$45 feature; $15 short (by 7/1/2007)
$50/$20 (by 7/31/2007)
$55/$20 (by 8/14/2007) 
Discount for Multiple entries
Award: $20,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles to attend Screenwriting Expo 6, plus $1,000 in semifinalist prizes
Other Awards/Prizes: 

$2,500 cash, a trip to Los Angeles to attend Screenwriting Expo 5, plus $1,000 in semifinalist prizes for 4 winners from the following genre categories:
• Action-Adventure
• Thriller
• Sci-Fi
• Comedy
• Family
• Animation
• Horror
• New Visions (Low Budget Indie)
• Fantasy

Short Screenplay Category
$1,000 top prize plus one script will be produced.

Short Screenplay Category
$1000 to best half-hour and hour-long series.

Aim to reward what Creative Screenwriting has been celebrating for the past 15 years: the art and craft of screenwriting.
Notification Date:  Early October 2007

Eligibility: Screenplays which are unproduced, unoptioned and wholly original works of writers who have not earned more than $8,000 writing for film or television and who have not won a fellowship or contest with a 'first look' clause.
  • All submissions must be postmarked by deadline. The Competition reserves the right to extend the deadline.
  • Submitted screenplays must be the unproduced, unoptioned, and wholly original work of the writer(s). There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplays or the writers’ right to submit screenplay.  Submitted teleplays will adhere to the industry “spec script” practice of being a derivative work based on a pre-existing television series, however submitted teleplays must contain original story and dialogue.  For teleplays, any characters created by the writer(s) must  bewholly original work.  Pilots for unproduced television shows or episodes of an unproduced series will not be accepted.
  • Scripts by more than one writer are eligible, but only one prize will be given and it will be the writers’s responsibility to distribute the prize. If writers of a script are unable to agree on the distribution of a prize, their script will be disqualified.
  • All writers of submitted scripts must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Writers of submitted scripts must not have earned more than $8,000 (in cash or other consideration) for writing services for film or television. Furthermore writers must not have won a fellowship or writing contest that includes a “first look” clause.
  • Scripts must be in English, printed single- or double-sided on 3-hole white paper with the pages numbered and with the title (for TV specs include name of show), name of writer(s) and contact information on the title page. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. Feature screenplays must be between 85-140 pages and in standard spec screenplay format, fastened with 2-3 brads with (optional) blank cardstock covers. Short screenplays must be 20 pages or less, fastened with 2-3 brads or 1 staple.  Teleplays for hour-long series must be between 50-70 pages.  Teleplays for half-hour shows must be between 25 and 55 page (more than 40 only if double-spaced dialogue).  Online submissions must be in either Movie Magic, Final Draft, PDF or RTF format.  It is preferable but not mandatory that the file has the title page as the first page of the file.

Please see website for the rest of the rules.

Web Address:
Contact & e-mail: Jim Mercurio
Contact Title: Competition Coordinator
Organization: Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition
6404 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 415
Los Angeles, LA 90028
United States
Phone: 323.957.1405
Fax: 323.957.1406
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