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Shore Scripts Script Development Fund

Shore Scripts Development Fund

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Contact: Justine Owens, Director of Contests

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Objective

$3,000 in Cash Prizes. Plus 1 Year of Script Development Support for two Winners each season. For screenwriters who want help to finish their scripts.

Want to transform that rough idea, treatment, or first draft into a polished screenplay that’s ready for production?

Of course, you do!

But finding the time, dedication, and expert help when you need it isn’t exactly easy, is it?

That’s where our Script Development Fund comes in.

We understand that many aspiring writers struggle to find the time to write whilst supporting themselves and their families. That’s why we’re offering Two (2) Writers the chance to win $3,000 in Cash Prizes + 12 months of Free Script Development.

We've already helped launch the careers of 100+ writers, including deals with Sony, Blumhouse, Film4, and Hulu, and now we want to extend that help to the writers who need it most. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date
Days till:
Entry Fee
Regular March 15, 2024
18
$39
Final April 19, 2024
53
$49

The contest Opens on February 16th, 2024.

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Notification: May 20th, 2024.

Rules

* For this contest we are reading the first ten (10) pages of longer scripts (min. 20 pages), and treatments up to ten (10) pages long, for Features, TV Pilots, Shorts, and Animation screenplays.

* Shore Scripts will award prizes to the Winners to support their writing a feature screenplay, a short film script of more than 20 pages in length, a one-hour TV pilot, or a web series of up to six episodes, with each episode being no more than 10 minutes long.

* Writers who wish to enter the first 10 pages of their script, whether a completed first draft or work in progress, should enter the first 8 to 11 pages, including the Title page. Anything under or over these page lengths will not be read.

* Treatments should be between 5-10 pages. We do not accept treatments that are over 10 pages. The Title Page does not count towards this total if it only includes the script title. If the title page contains more than that (for example, details on your project), then this counts as one of the 10 pages.

* Writers from all countries are welcome to enter. All scripts and treatments must be written in English.

* The Development Fund is for projects that are still in the writing stage. Screenplays or films that the writers consider to be in their final form are not eligible to enter.

* The cash prizes can be spent on whatever the winners see fit to help them finish their project.

* The Script Development prizes will be solely focused on the script or treatment you entered the Fund with. Calls and coverage with our Head of Education and Script Development will be arranged to fit the schedules of both parties.

* All ages can enter. Under 18’s need to get their parent’s permission.

* All genres are welcome.

* Please only include the Script Title on the title page.

* You may submit as many scripts as you wish.

* Scripts should be formatted at size 12 Courier.

* We prefer scripts and treatments to be sent as PDF documents.

* We accept text only and text and image treatments.

* Submitted file sizes should be below 15 MB.

* All submitted screenplays must be the writer’s original work, or they own the copyright. If a writing team enters, then both/all writers must consent.

* Shore Scripts will never hold any rights over your project.

* To help the environment, Shore Scripts only accepts electronic entries.

* Each writer, or writing team, may not have earned more than $50,000 in screenwriting fees in the preceding 18 months. This clause is in place to help us support emerging talent. (Contest and Fellowship awards and writing fees received outside of fiction screenwriting do not count toward this total).

* Shore Scripts staff and associates are unable to enter the Development Fund.

* You may enter a newer draft of an already submitted script or treatment for another read. There will be a small fee involved. To find out more follow this link to the Resubmission page.

* The winners consent to Shore Scripts using their name, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website. This will be used to inform other contestants and the media of the results.

* If Shore Scripts helps a writer gain representation, option, sell, or have his/her screenplay produced, then we are entitled to state this on our website and any other platforms whenever we see fit.

* The decision of Shore Scripts is final. By applying to this fund each participant agrees to hold Shore Scripts, our judges, and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.

* By entering Shore Scripts, you authorize us to use any trusted third-party online, cloud-based, and email services and databases for hosting, managing, and/or sending/transmitting your submission file(s).

FOR ALL THE RULES & FAQ: https://www.shorescripts.com/rules-faq/#sdf-rules

Awards

* Grand Prize Winner - $2000 in Cash.

- and a complimentary enrollment into Robert McKee’s legendary STORY Seminar online.

* 2nd Place Winner - $1000.

- and a free copy of Robert McKee’s STORY Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting best-selling book.

Both Winners will receive personalized free script feedback and development advice from our Head of Education and Script Development for 12 Months. The order and timescale in which prizes are received are determined by the Winners but must take no longer than one year:

  • Direct email contact throughout the year.
  • Two (2) 1-Hour calls, either online or on the phone as preferred by both parties.
  • One (1) 6-page coverage report
  • Two (2) 3-page coverage reports

Both Winners will also receive Six (6) months of free access to the Stage 32 Writer's Room program.

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to receive free one-to-one career advice from Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of Women In Film & Video, and member of the WETA Community Council, the FAVS Advisory Board at George Mason University, and the Advisory Board for The Actors’ Center.

* Top 5 Finalists will each receive a free 3-page coverage from our Reader Team, a free copy of (Not Just) Another Book on the Craft of Screenwriting, the new book from the ISA's Director of Education, Max Timm, and a free 6-month ISAConnect membership.

Plus, all our Winners and Finalists get the opportunity to join our private alumni Facebook community where they can network with other winners, readers, and members of the Shore Scripts team, and our Directors' roster and take part in exclusive live events and access specially provided learning materials.

Take a look at our alumni and see how Shore Scripts can kick-start your screenwriting career: www.shorescripts.com/success-stories/.

Placing in Shore Scripts contests will boost your rating on Coverfly’s Red List. At the end of 2023, over 100 scripts by Shore Scripts writers were listed in Coverfly's Top 10%.

Plus, every writer who enters receives a FREE copy of our 40-page COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO SCREENPLAY FORMATTING.

Shore Scripts Development Fund

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171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

Web:
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Email:
contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Justine Owens, Director of Contests

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Contest News

Shore Scripts Names Development Fund Top 15 Finalists

The Top 15 Finalists have been named for 2023 Shore Scripts Development Fund. Two Winners and the top 5 Finalists will be announced on December 18th.

Adam Rodman
The Conspiracy
Very little is known about the details of the conspiracy resulting in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. In truth, there were three attempts on Lincoln’s life, not one. The “successful” attempt was actually the end product of a series of complicated and intricate machinations involving far more subterfuge than an outraged, crazy John Wilkes Booth shooting Lincoln and jumping onto the stage of Ford’s Theater. This is the story of how that terrible day came to be.

Alberto Trujillo Alfonzo
The Black Queen
This tale of the madness of rage, resentment, and power, mixes the sensibilities of Blaxploitation films; corny, over-the-top, quirky, and sometimes trashy; and camp musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop Of Horrors; 80’s gore and American and British rock and blues, to tell the story of a worldwide society of black vampires and their Black Queen, who is preparing a worldwide conquest while some of her closest subjects plot to overturn her and end her bloody empire.

Cara Lawson & Lisa Wilkinson
The House Always Wins
A dark and offbeat look into the rise of the fertility world, as seen by a twenty-something who just left her first husband. Based on true events.

Christy Smith-Sloman
To Be Young, Gifted & Black; The Lorraine Hansberry Story
Barrier-breaking playwright Lorraine Hansberry makes Broadway history while exploring her sexuality in bohemian 1960s Greenwich Village against a backdrop of repression, homophobia, and conventionality.

Helen Meany
Don’t Bring Me Down
In July 1979, when a NASA space station crashes in Western Australia, a local teenager grappling with family secrets forms an unlikely alliance with an American journalist attempting to expose a covert CIA operation.

Kari Mote & Michael Clifton
é MORTO!
In 1884, a wealthy and prominent Count is cursed and left for dead in cholera-ridden Naples. He emerges with revenge for all who betrayed him. Dramatic gothic fantasy & horror – think Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Kate Austin-Raffan
Flight
A teen carer invents a new brother, imagining an alternative reality for herself as a means of coping with her mother’s refusal to take her life-saving medication.

Kim Taylor
Reset
Reset is a sci-fi thriller horror set in a seaside Refuge – a shelter for abused women. When Melanie finds a red button in the basement of the women’s refuge, she and the other women have to decide if to take back control of their lives or risk it all.

Lynette Willoughby
Foule Blood
A feisty reporter risks her life to solve the ongoing disappearance of local indigenous children. To uncover the dark secret of Lizard Man she must reconnect to the blood-stained land of her grandmother’s people and make peace with the new-to-town local cop.

Michael Clifton & Michael Endara
The Toy Collector
The heist of an antique toy museum turns perilous when a group of misfit teens get trapped inside with the owner and his peculiar daughter.

Michelle Claase
Making Waves
Delving behind reality TV cameras, a cynical former contestant and his eclectic crew hijack a dating show for seniors set on a luxury cruise ship and uncover a hidden world of love, drama, and redemption.

Nick Loritsch
Rage & Ruin
An ex-con, who suffers from blackouts, must befriend the victim of his crime to uncover the truth about the night that changed their lives forever.

Ricardo Miranda
Blackstone Protocol
A security apparatus official, in a technologically advanced community, soon becomes conflicted between her desire to succeed her aging father, the man who founded the city, and her growing love for her father’s greatest adversary, a terrorist known as Specter.

Tia Devlin
Unhirable
A recently widowed woman on the verge of turning fifty is being pushed out of the video production business by the new guard.

Zoe Bullock
Miasma
In a world of poisoned air and monetized oxygen, a disillusioned healthcare worker is coerced into industrial espionage and must choose between saving her son’s life or saving the world.

Updated: 12/10/2023

The Script Development Fund

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171 Pier Avenue #145
Santa Monica, CA 90405-5363

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contact@shorescripts.com

Contact: Justine Owens, Director of Contests

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