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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept entries via snail mail?
No. In an attempt to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online entries and online payments via Paypal only. This includes all major credit cards.

Do I have to enter my script as a PDF?
Yes. We only accept scripts in PDF format.

Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
Yes, you should include your title, author(s) name, telephone number and email address. If you don't, however, you won't be disqualified.

Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?

Does my script have to be registered?
No, but we DO recommend registering your work with the ISA Registry, WGA and/or the Library of Congress Copyright office.

Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
Yes, always!

When will I receive my analysis?
Your analysis will be emailed to you within 90 days of submitting your script. If you NEED it faster, you may pay a rush fee of $20. (Fast Track is only available during the off season.).

Can I re-enter a rewrite or corrected versions of my script if I haven't ordered analysis?
Yes, you may re-enter your screenplay for the price of the current deadline fee. You are welcome to use the $10 discount code found in your confirmation email. This discount is only available to those who have already entered once with payment. NOTE: If you purchase our General or Extended Analysis for your screenplay you may re-enter that screenplay for FREE, ONCE before June 1st.

What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake entering and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we'll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay:

How do I re-enter my rewrite?
If you have received Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Analysis during the 2016 competition season and have revised your screenplay, please request a special link to re-enter by emailing

If you have NOT received Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Analysis during the 2016 competition season: You may resubmit via the regular entry form. Feel free to include the $10 discount code found in your confirmation email.

Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Logline: YES / Synopsis: NO

Do you accept short screenplays?
No, not at this time.

Will my screenplay be accepted if it’s not in the traditional format?
Scripts should be written in standard spec screenplay or teleplay format, set in 12-point Courier font. Scripts should be standard length. While your entry will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than these specified page counts, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the page length guidelines.

What's the minimum/maximum required page length?
Features: 80 - 120 pages. TV Pilots/Web Series: Up to 70 pages.

My screenplay is longer than 120 pages. Will it be disqualified?
No, but we urge you to stay within the guidelines. It’s rare that a good screenplay requires more than the standard number of pages.

If I'm over 120 pages and receiving analysis, will my full script be read?
We are forgiving with a 5-page grace, however if you are at 6 or more pages over the maximum, you will be charged $1 for each page over 120 pages. You will be emailed to discuss and billed separately, or you are welcome to just have your analysis done on the first 120 pages of your screenplay at the normal prices.

What genres do you accept, and can I enter in more than one?
We accept all genres. We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. Please pick from the genre below that best reflects your screenplay. You are welcome to enter in more than one genre, but another entry fee is required. Action/Adventure, Thriller Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, and Horror

Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, or spec scripts for existing TV series?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL feature length screenplays and TV pilots or Web Series only.

Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
Absolutely, as long as you have full rights to the material and either are the author or have a written agreement with the author allowing this script to be written and marketed.

Can I submit more than one screenplay?
You sure can, and each time you do, you can save $10! You'll receive a discount code in your first registration confirmation.

If I enter my screenplay in more than one category, do I get a discount?
You can enter your screenplay in as many categories as you like, and yes, you’ll receive $10 off for each additional entry. You'll receive a discount code in your first registration confirmation.

Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of winning?
Entering early will neither increase nor decrease your chance of winning, but it will save you money!

How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your entry immediately upon submitting. If you do not, please email us here:

What if my script is optioned or sold after I enter the competition?
As long as your script was not optioned for a contract that is still in effect or sold prior to the date you submitted it to the competition, you are still eligible for an award.

I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter the competition?
You sure can, but please just make sure it’s in English. No other languages are accepted at this time.

I received a Fee Waiver for the Fast Track IV Season. How do I claim it?
An email will be sent to you with a code you can use with instructions. You may only use it for ONE SCRIPT in ONE APPLICATION only. Valid for the duration of the Fast Track Fellowship IV Season.

Does Paypal accept currencies other than the American Dollar?
Yes! Paypal is set up to exchange most currencies into the American Dollar. Please visit if you have any concerns.

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  • All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  • Grand Prize Winning screenplays of any previous Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition season will not be eligible for any further contest seasons.
  • Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
  • Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
  • Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, and/or spec scripts for existing TV series are not eligible. Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay.
  • Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
  • Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer's written permission to adapt the work.
  • Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
  • Collaborative work is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
  • Those that receive a free script analysis are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses.
  • Emerging Screenwriters cannot guarantee your script analysis will be received within enough time to resubmit.
  • The writer understands that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest.
  • You may submit your entry and payment online only. We’re GREEN!
  • Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.
  • Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
  • Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
  • Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
  • 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 his/her country.
  • Payments to be accepted via Paypal only, or through registrations on The ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
  • By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters and The ISA will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
  • Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.
  • Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay.
  • No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
  • Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
  • Length requirements are as follows: 1). Full-Length Features: 80-120 pages. 2). TV Drama Pilots & Web Series: Up to 70 pages.
  • If you order a script analysis you will be charged separately $1 for each page over 120 pages, or the reader may only read the first 120 pages.
  • Include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. This does NOT affect the judging process.
  • Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.
  • Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges. However, if you’re submitting a TV Pilot you may include standard supplementary materials, such as lists of recurring characters and future episodes. Email them to:
  • You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
  • The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
  • To enter the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition you must agree to the Rules.
  • Emerging Screenwriters Grand Prize Winners are ineligible to enter into any future season.
  • Any screenplays that have placed in the Emerging Screenwriters top 6 are ineligible to win in any future contest season.

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"The analysis was wonderful in the sense that it gave me a solid basis for a rewrite. As a script analyst it is hard after a while to be a good critique of your own material, but it is even harder to get a well balanced and insightful analysis on it. Yours (or whoever read it) was one of the best ones I've received in a long time, and was more than I expected from a contest analysis (I've received analysis from other contest readers which were not even close to the professional level of your analysis)." Anat G.