SHORT STORY WRITING
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SHORT STORY WRITING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
This short story
writing competition is open to all writers worldwide except all employees, directors,
associates, the immediate families of American Gem, Filmmakers Magazine, Media Pro Tech Inc., Filmmakers.com, Write
Brothers, all the affiliates and/or sponsors.
You have supplied truthful and
accurate information in your entry form.
The manuscript that you have submitted
is yours, you own full copyright, free and clear of any interests, and the
material is original to you.
You understand that many stories and
ideas are similar in some ways, and although many stories or ideas are
different, they may share a common theme.
All entrants agree that neither the
judges, the sponsors. the partners or the affiliates mentioned on the
Filmmakers.com site or any other site/publication, in association with said
contest, will be held responsible for any and/or all disputes between you and
American Gem Literary Festival.
- No theme or genre restrictions.
All submitted material must be written in the
- Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the the manuscript
as judging is anonymous. Name and other details may appear on the cover page.
Your Short story
manuscript submission must be no longer than 50 pages,
neatly typed copy of the manuscript
(digital) with pages numbered consecutively from beginning to end,
double-spaced, to a
maximum of 12,500 words.
- Must have 1” margins.
is eligible, but each writer must fill Entry Form
individually. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest
manuscript must not have been previously optioned or sold to market or to a film
producer. It is preferable if the manuscript has not yet been adapted to
- Short Story
must not have been previously published.
- "Published" means a work of
fiction or non fiction that has been published or distributed, in part or
whole, in paper or electronic format or in any other medium, EXCLUDING,
Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be
accompanied by an Entry Form and an entry
short story has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages
will be considered. You may submit a revised draft of your short story as a new submission, fill in an entry form and pay the
appropriate entry fee.
Writers under the age of 18 years old
must sign the Entry Form
and have a parent or guardian sign the Entry Form.
- Method of submission of your entry is via
your entry fee online.
NO REFUNDS for any
reason; entry fees are nonrefundable.
Literary Festival reserves the right to extend the deadline.
Contest applicants must accept
without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors and no correspondence
nor discussion will be entered into.
must not have won a fellowship or writing contest that includes a “first look”
Writer understands and accepts
without reservation that he/she/ is an independent contractor and American
Gem/Write Brothers are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to
any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
Writer understands that it is
his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office
and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in
You have retained at least one copy of
the submitted material, and you understand that all material we receive cannot
and will not be returned under any circumstances.
Failure to adhere to
the Contest rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.
I want to say that we have been in initial
contact with Fox regarding Frijolito, Go! and would like to thank you very
much for opening that door.
Tony Mosher and Mitch Larson
My journey with
American Gem has done so much for helping me realize my own dream. I feel like
I can make it, writing for a living...
After I completed The Gardener, I felt that the script actually had a
voice. I researched online for the best short screenplay contest. You guys are
Angela's Decision," has been produced in
Australia by award-winning director Mat King. It is now making the film
festival rounds in 2007. It has received a Gold ACS Award for Best
Cinematography from the Australian Cinematographers Society. It received
Honorable Mention in the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival for Best Feature.
One of the film's songs, "Run To Nowhere," composed by Christopher Slaski, was
a finalist in the Garden State Film Festival's film music competition. And
it's on to the Phoenix Film Festival next. Hopefully, this is just the
beginning for the film. (In some festivals it is considered a short and in
some it's a feature due to its length of 48 minutes.) Thank you for your
competition. It really does mean a lot to screenwriters to receive
recognition, which in my case resulted in getting the script produced.
American Gem’s intentions are genuine. Few contests honor the short script
form the way they do. They don’t present themselves as a “fly-by-night” kind
of organization by any means. And to have the chance to compete and have your
short produced is too good to pass up.
Angie M. Comer