Batten down the hatches - the STORM is upon us! Welcome, friends, to the sixth annual Writers on the Storm Screenplay Competition. It's been a pleasure to bring this contest to you all for the past few years. And last time out, we got our runner-up Jeremy Shipp (Sleight of Hand) and honorable mention Paul Moxham (Vertically Challenged) signed -- to UNITED TALENT AGENCY and MURAVIOV COMPANY respectively.
All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM January 1, 2013 (final/late deadline).
Submitted screenplays must be the unproduced, unoptioned, and original work of the writer(s). There must be no dispute about the ownership of submitted screenplay(s) or the writers' right to submit screenplay(s).
Adaptations of previously published material are acceptable if the material is public domain, or if the writer can provide written proof of his/her right to adapt the material into screenplay form.
Screenplays by more than one writer are eligible, but only one prize will be given per winner, and it will be the writers' 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.
Screenplay must be in English, submitted in a standard format such as PDF, .rtf or .doc. Hard copies must be printed single or double-sided 3-hole white paper with the pages numbered, fastened with 2-3 brads and blank cardstock covers. All scripts must have title, name of writer(s) and contact information on the title page. Scripts should be between 90-130 pages and no longer than 150 pages in standard spec screenplay format. Please add an additional $10 for screenplays over 125 pages. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. No other fonts will be accepted.
All submissions must contain eligible screenplay(s), a completed application, entry fee, and, if you want notification that we have received your materials, a self-addressed-stamped postcard. Hard copy submissions sent via USPS or a courier service (UPS, FedEx, etc.) must not require a signature upon delivery.
Judging will be performed by trained readers, industry professionals. The finalists' scripts will be read by Jim Cirile and selected industry professionals. The decisions of the Judges will be final.
Writers On The Storm may substitute alternative prizes of equal or greater value in place of previously announced prizes.
Round one scripts are awarded a grade by our judges for both script and for writer. These grades are: pass, consider with reservations, consider, strong consider, and recommend. Only scripts that receive a 'consider with reservations' for script or better (roughly the top 10% of all submissions) advance to the quarterfinal round. Unfortunately, screenplays that receive a 'consider with reservations' or better for writer will not advance. Thus it is entirely possible that you receive a consider for writer but a pass for script. What this means is that the analyst found the writing craft to be very promising, but the script itself needs more work. This is actually fairly common. While the script will not advance to the quarterfinals, it is validation that the reader felt there was talent on the page.
Entry fees are nonrefundable. Make checks payable to Coverage, Ink.
Questions regarding the Writers on the Storm Screenplay Contest should be directed to Contest Coordinator Julie Connor via the contact address on this site.
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The Writers on the Storm Screenwriting Competition has announced their top ten finalists for 2011:
A Ship Through Fire by John Miller
An American smuggler must outrun a vengeful U-Boat captain in hot pursuit and outwit the mutinous crew of his own cargo ship to rescue a Jewish friend's family.
The Beneath by T.J. Cimfel
After her husband goes missing in a tragic mining accident, a distraught woman joins the rescue crew only to discover a demonic presence hellbent on reaching the surface.
Bring Me Back by Alexis Lane
After tragedy strikes on her graduation day, a sheltered young woman must find a way to escape her grief, even if it means escaping her life.
Dead Walker by Josh Flanagan
In an undead apocalypse, a half-zombie man, gifted with the ability to walk among the ghouls without threat fights to save his daughter and regauin his humanity.
Death Wind by Travis Heermann
When a pioneer doctor uncovers a series of bizarre murders near an Indian reservation and army post, he must confront a mysterious tribe of sub-human cannibals to save his small prairie town from the cannibals' dark god, a bloodthirsty sentient tornado.
Getaway, Inc. by Andy Maycock
After his driving skills get him recruited into a criminal organization, a teenager draws the approval of the company's mastermind until he questions the company's schemes and strays off course.
Imprinted by Alison McMahan
Twelve year old Vivien has to spend eight years in space alone, except for the minds of three brilliant astronauts imprinted on her brain&and the imprint of a psychopath.Sci-Fi thriller by Alison McMahan, based on short story "Rub-a-Dub" by Daniel Galouye. McMahan has rights to the story.
Male Order Bride by Charles Mitri
When a divorced father of two marries a mail-order bride he quickly discovers that his new "woman" is actually a man, but must pretend to be happily married in order to retain custody of his two kids from his ex-wife.
Marlowe by Louise Ransil
African-American P.I., Sam Marlowe juggles gangsters, movie stars and corrupt politicians while introducing naive author, Raymond Chandler to the realities of detective work in 1930's Los Angeles.
Wright or Wrong by Glenn Sanders + Brooks Elms
A comedic spin on the Wright Brothers, who fall for the same girl, exploding their sibling rivalry and pitting them against each other in love and flight.
An interview with JIM CIRILE regarding the Writers On The Storm Writing Competition.
An interview with screenwriters Brooks Elms & Glenn Sanders regarding the Writers On The Storm Writing Competition.
An interview with screenwriter Matthew Scarsbrook regarding the Writers On The Storm Writing Competition.