Submissions Close: December 5, 2018
Winners & Official Selections announced by: March 15, 2019
Submissions accepted via Film Freeway only.
The Military Script Showcase recognizes and showcases feature screenplays, television scripts and short scripts in all genres that feature stories about warfare or the military experience.
Accepting feature film screenplays, television scripts, and short scripts in all genres that feature stories about warfare or the military experience. Each submission entry requires:SCREENPLAY, TELEPLAY or SHORT
Feature screenplays must not exceed 120 pages. Television scripts must not exceed 60 pages. Short scripts must not exceed 25 pages.
A brief description of the script’s story (up to 50 words).WRITER’S BIO
A Writer’s Bio may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects.
WINNER(S) – SHOWCASE
Winning script(s) receive
- “Winner” Recognition Laurel
- Script listed on the Military Dispatch website
Entry Fees, Deadlines & Selection Announcements
SUBMISSIONS OPEN: September 5, 2018
$49 Early Deadline: September 22, 2018
$59 Regular Deadline: October 12, 2018
$69 Late Deadline: November 9, 2018
$79 Extended Deadline / Submissions Close: December 5, 2018
All deadlines 11:59 pm Pacific Time
WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY: March 15, 2019
Eligibility | Rules
- Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
- All entries must be in English.
- All entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
- Submissions are accepted via Film Freeway only.
- Title Page: Include title and writer’s name. Contact information is optional.
- Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. No exceptions.
- Both produced and unproduced scripts are eligible.
- Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.
- Teams of writers are eligible.
- Scripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
- Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
- We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
- We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
- WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
- We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.
- All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
- By submitting a script you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
- By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.
Script Formatting & Length
What is the minimum/maximum page length for feature screenplay submissions? Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for television pilot script submissions? Television pilot scripts must between 22 to 60 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for short script submissions? Shorts scripts must between 5 to 25 pages in length.
If my script exceeds the maximum page count, can I still submit my script? No, we do not accept scripts that exceed the maximum page count. Scripts that exceed the maximum page length will be disqualified.
If my script is under the minimum page count, can I still submit my script? No, we do not accept scripts that do not meet the minimum page count. Scripts that are less than the minimum pages in length will be disqualified.
Do the minimum/maximum page lengths include the title page? No, the title page is not included in the minimum/maximum page count.
Do you have any specific formatting requirements? Yes, all scripts must be submitted in standard script format. No exceptions.
- Font should be Courier 12 point
- Page numbers should be located in the upper right corner of each page
- Margins should be no less than 1-inch.
Do I need to include a title page with my script? Yes. A title page is required.
What information do I need to include on the title page? The title page MUST include:
- Title of Script
- Writer’s Name
- Contact information is optional (and not required)
For adapted script submissions also include:
- Based On [Title and Author]
For screenplays based on true stories, also include:
- Based on [Name of Person or Event]
Can I submit a script in Final Draft or Word? No, all entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
How do I turn my screenplay document into a PDF file? If you are using screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting, the software will allow you to save your script as a PDF file. If you have written your script in Microsoft Word, you also have the option to save the document as a PDF file or to print as a PDF file (which saves the document in PDF format).
Do I have to include a Copyright or WGA registration number with my script submission? No, it is not required, however we recommend you obtain a copyright or WGA registration number (or foreign equivalent) for your material.
Do you accept international submissions? Yes, we welcome international writers and filmmakers. All scripts must be in English.
Can I enter more than one script? Yes, multiple submissions are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
Can I submit a script under a pen name? Yes. If you use a pen name, be sure to include and indicate your pen name on the title page.
If I rewrite my script after entering the competition or showcase can I submit my new draft? Yes, new drafts of submitted scripts are accepted with a separate entry and fee payment.
Can I send a paper copy of my script to your mailing address? No. We do not accept paper copies of scripts. Only PDF copies of scripts are accepted.
Why do you ask for a Writer Bio and what should I include? Winning writers will have their profiles and loglines included on the website, therefore, we collect writer bios at the time of submission. Your bio has no impact on the judging process. Simply share what you feel we should know about you. This may include your writing accolades, training, and experience, as well as any current and past projects.
Is there a way I can enter the showcase/competition for free? Do you provide fee waivers for writers with financial hardships? No, we do not offer fee waivers of any kind.
What if I change my mind about entering the showcase/competition after making payment, can I receive a refund? No, we do not offer refunds for any reason. No exceptions. Be sure to carefully read and verify your submission meets all criteria prior to entry.
Where does the money go for the entry fee? Entry fees are used to pay professional readers and administrative expenses.
Ownership of Rights of Submitted Material
Does the entrant retain rights to the submitted script? Yes, entrants retain all the rights to their works.
If I win will I have to assign any rights to my script or any percentage of sales or future profits? Absolutely not. Entrants retain all the rights to their works. Neither Military Dispatch nor its readers, judges or sponsors will attach themselves to your material as a condition of you being designated a winner, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning a showcase or competition.
Privacy / Confidentiality
Can anyone have access to the script once submitted? No. submitted scripts are only accessible to the assigned reader, judges, and our staff. Military Dispatch owns no rights to the submitted material and will not distribute your script or manuscript publicly in any way.
How will you use my contact information? Rest-assured, we will never sell or rent your contact information to anyone.
Selection & Judging Process
Who are your readers? All of our readers have significant experience and credentials in the industry. They have worked for production companies, studios, managers, agents, and talent.
How can you guarantee my submission will be reviewed and receive a fair chance? Rest-assured all entries are carefully considered.
Can I talk with a reader or judge about my submission? Do you provide notes or feedback? The competition/showcase does NOT offer feedback or notes of any kind on individual submissions.
Announcements & Awards
When will I receive notification about my script's placement in the showcase/competition? All entrants will receive notification of their placement in the showcase via email from Film Freeway once a winner has been announced (see "Winners Announced By" date above).
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Why is my submission status in Film Freeway "In Consideration"? All submissions remain “In Consideration” until judging is completed and winners announced.
Submitting Adapted Material
What is the definition of an adapted script? An adapted script is based on underlying copyrighted source material. Underlying material could be a book, short story, magazine article, news story, or stage play.
What types of underlying material do you accept for adapted script submissions? The competition and showcase only accept adapted scripts based on the following types of source material:
- Published Novel
- Published Non-Fiction Book (Narrative or Other)
- Published Short Story
- Published Graphic Novel
- Published News or Magazine Article
- Published or Performed Stage Play
Can my adapted script submission be based on material in the public domain? Yes, we accept adapted screenplays/teleplays based on material in the public domain, in which copyright protection has expired.
Can I submit an adapted script based on a book, article or play I wrote? Yes, we accept submissions from writers who authored the underlying material and who, therefore, already control the rights.
Can I submit a script based on a previously released film or television show? No, we do not currently accept material based on previous films or television shows.
Can I submit a script based on a current television program? No, we do not accept material based on current television shows.
Do I have to own or control the rights to the underlying source material my script is based on? No, you do not need to own or control the rights to the underlying material, however, you must have permission from the copyright holder to adapt the material.