OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES
Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery by American Zoetrope, will disqualify the applicable entrant.
Employees of American Zoetrope and its affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible.
No entrant may have earned more than $25,000 as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television in the prior calendar year (2018), or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay during that time. Prizes, fellowships, awards, and other contest winnings are not considered earnings and are excluded from this rule.
Screenplay and television pilot submissions must be the original work of the applicant. If the script is an adaptation or based on source material to which the applicant does not own rights, this must be noted on the entry form and on the script. If the script is a television pilot, you must include the word "pilot" in the file name.
The rights to the submitted screenplay/teleplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.
Submissions should be in the U.S. Motion Picture industry standard screenplay format and must be written in the English language. Film scripts should be between 70 and 130 pages long; one-hour television pilot scripts should be between 45 and 65 pages long; half-hour television scripts should be between 22 and 34 pages long.
Under no circumstances will substitutions of corrected pages or new drafts of scripts be accepted.
Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Collaborative work is accepted. One of the writing partners should be selected as the primary contact. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the award equally.
Entrants must submit scripts and payment online.
An entry fee of US$40 (for early deadline) or US$50 (for final deadline) must be paid online by credit card at the time of script submission.
The winner will receive $5,000. The winner and nine honorable mentions will have their scripts sent by Zoetrope to select agencies and production companies for consideration.
One winning script and nine honorable mentions will be announced on or by February 18, 2020.
Submissions for the EARLY DEADLINE should be submitted online no later than August 1, 2019, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST. Submissions for the FINAL DEADLINE should be submitted online no later than September 5, 2019, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST September 16, 2019, at 11:59:59 PST. Please note that final deadline has been extended from the original deadline due to demand, and there will be no further extensions.