2019 JumpStart Writing Competition

Entry Pricing & Deadlines

Early | June 9, 2019 $45

Regular | July 10, 2019 $60

Late | August 11, 2019 | $75

Add Feedback Notes | +$45
Receive a 1-2 page analysis of your script.

 

Grand Prize (2) - Feature & Pilot Category

Trip to LA for 5x In-Person Meetings w/ industry execs

  • Airfare to Los Angeles
  • $300 credit towards hotel accommodations

+ 1x Virtual General Meeting with an industry exec every month for up to a year until you are either signed to representation or option your script

A Roadmap Month Mentorship with an executive of your choice (choose from our list of available execs)

One year of Roadmap's Industry Access "On-Ramp" Program

30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations

Copy of Final Draft

Featured on Roadmap Writers Website in an exclusive video interview

Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 300 execs

See below for full list of placements and prizes!

 

Roadmap Writers presents Season 2 of the JumpStart Writing Competition! This competition is open to both feature scripts and original television pilots of all genres.

Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education taught by working industry executives & literary representatives and has helped 76 writers get signed to representation in just three years!

Last year's Pilot Winner Alan R. Baxter signed with literary manager Adrian Garcia of Recon Literary. Feature finalists Andrew Stone & Meredith Levine signed with Circle of Confusion. And previous semi-finalists have gone on to land representation with CAA, Tradition Pictures, and Kersey Management.

This year we've assembled another impressive roster of judges that include:

Circle of Confusion - Zach Cox (Literary Manager)
ESA - Sonia Gambaro (Literary Manager)
Lit Entertainment - Matthew Dy (Literary Manager)
Bellevue Entertainment - Zack Zucker (Literary Manager)
Bron Studios - Garrick Dion (Head of Story)
JuVee Productions  - Liliana Granados (Creative Executive)
MGM - Rashonda Joplin (Director of Development)
Good Fear Film + Management - Scott Stoops (Literary Manager)
Echo Lake Entertainment - Dave Brown (Literary Manager)
First Friday Entertainment - Devon Byers (Manager/Producer) 
Zero Gravity Management - Joe Riley (Literary Manager)

  

In our quest to help writers jump-start their writing careers, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with literary manager Jonathan Hersh and his management company Housefire Management to offer a guaranteed signing prize! What does this mean? It means that Housefire Management will guarantee to sign at least one writer/writing team from this year's JumpStart Writing Competition to representation. This amazing opportunity is INCLUDED with your entry.

With an emphasis on deep development, strong client relationships, and incendiary material that stands out, Hersh's clients have landed atop industry 'best of' lists including The Hit List and The Young & Hungry List. His clients have been hired by companies that include Paramount Players and the CW, and have sold spec scripts to companies that include Straight Up Films, Pioneer Pictures, and Mason Novick's production company Lost City.

All entrants are eligible to win the Guaranteed Signing Prize, so even if you don't finish in the Top 50 or above you are still in contention for this prize!

The JumpStart Writing Competition is designed to give writers exposure to industry professionals who can help move their writing careers forward. Are you ready to get traction?

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2019 Judges

Why Should I Enter?

We’re more than just a competition. Our competition is designed to offer writers ranging from Grand Prize Winners to our Top 20 a variety of opportunities to connect with industry professionals beyond just our winner’s announcement. Whether it’s through one-on-one virtual meetings, executive pitching opportunities, or webinars, we are here to advocate for these writers for months after our final announcement. Your success is our success, and we are always in your corner!

Through our educational programs, we work with some of the biggest agencies, management companies and production companies in Hollywood. Now we bring the same level of industry access from our virtual classrooms to our competition.

 

Success Stories

Additional Prizes

Runner-Up (each category)

  • 3 Virtual meetings with industry execs
  • One year of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • Copy of Final Draft
  • 3 Free Open Pitch Session credits. Choose to pitch to execs or reps.
  • 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet which will be circulated to over 300 execs

Top 5 Finalists (each category)

  • 3 months of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • 1 Free Open Pitch Session credit. Choose to pitch to execs or reps.
  • 15-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet which will be circulated to over 300 execs

Top 20 Semifinalists (each category)

  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet which will be circulated to over 300 execs

Top 50 Quarterfinalists (each category)

  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
 

Scoring

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria. The below explanations of each criterion is by no means an exhaustive list, but just an example of some of the questions readers and judges consider in each category.

Premise/Concept
Is it unique/original? Is it a new spin on a familiar story? Is it commercial? Is it a festival-worthy indie? Is it clear whether the pilot is a network, cable, or streaming show? Can it succinctly be explained? Do the actions and obstacles advance the story?

Characters
Are the characters fully developed? Is their purpose or struggle clearly identifiable? Do they have a clear and complete arc? 

Are they multi-layered? Are the characters relatable or accessible to the reader?

Dialogue
Do the characters have a distinct voice? Does the dialogue elevate the scene? Does it heighten the overall story?

Does it propel the story forward?

Story
Is the story compelling? Does it serve to propel the characters and events forward in a meaningful way?

Structure 
Does the story have a clear beginning, middle and end? Does it have the appropriate structural beats? Is the script formatted properly? Were there extensive typos?

Voice/Style
Does the writer use interesting word choice and sentence structure?  Do they have a unique way to view and relay what’s happening in the story?

Rules

Read our full list of rules here.