2021 JumpStart Competition

Entry Pricing & Deadlines


Early | May 31st, 2021 | $45

Regular | June 30th, 2021 | $65

Late | Aug 1st, 2021 | $75

Add Feedback Notes | +$45
Receive a one page analysis of your script.

Grand Prize (2)

Pilot Category & Film Category
  • 6x private virtual meetings with industry executives and/or competition judges.
  • A private Month Mentorship with an executive of your choice from Roadmap's list of available execs.
  • Steps 1 & 2 of Roadmap's Career Writer Program (Pitch Prep Program and Marketing Intensive)
  • 5x Free Open Pitch Sessions
  • 12 months of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • A 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO and Director of Operations.
  • Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs.

See below for full list of placements and prizes!


Why Should I Enter?

The Jumpstart Competition is designed to give writers unique opportunities to advance their creative careers. We work with more than 400 working industry professionals to help discover new and unique voices. And when we talk, they listen. That's how we've helped more than 170 writers land representation.

It's not a sprint but a marathon. We're passionate about helping our writers break through, whether that's landing representation, meeting more industry executives, or finding a home for your script. We advocate for our writers months after our final announcement. That's because your success is our success, and we are always in your corner!

Roadmap Writers is a trusted name in the writer community and we practice what we preach. We bring the same level of industry access from our virtual classrooms to our competitions.

We place a premium on creating meaningful opportunities and industry relationships so that you can jump start your writing career!

2021 JumpStart Writing Competition!

This competition is open to both features and pilots of all genres.

Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education and training taught by working industry executives & literary representatives. In just five years, Roadmap has helped more than 170 writers get signed to representation with agents and managers! Through our educational programs and competitions, Roadmap has directly helped writers get signed to companies including CAA, APA, Gersh, 3 Arts, Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, Good Fear, Echo Lake Entertainment, and many more!

In addition to top industry judges, we've partnered with management/production company Lit Entertainment Group who will guarantee to sign at least one writer from this year's competition. Unlike other competitions that charge additional fees, this opportunity is included with your entry.

2021 JumpStart Competition Judges Include...

  • 3 Arts Entertainment - Ari Lubet (Manager)
  • Anonymous Content - Collin Litts (Coordinator)
  • APA - Halle Mariner (Agent)
  • Buchwald - Matt Nordsten (Agent)
  • CAA - Norris Brooks (Agent)
  • Circle of Confusion - Daniela Gonzalez (Manager)
  • Cranium Entertainment - Kimberly Montini (Head of Development)
  • Echo Lake Entertainment - Nick Arnstein (Manager)
  • Fuzzy Door - Emily Kochman (Development Coordinator)
  • Lit Entertainment - Adam Kolbrenner (Manager) & Matt Dy (Manager)
  • Scott Free - Rebecca Feuer (Executive)
  • Sugar23 - David Katzman (Manager)
  • Writ Large - Matthew Dartnell (Manager)

 Guaranteed Signing Prize by Lit Entertainment Group

Lit Entertainment Group
is a literary management and production company founded by manager/producer Adam Kolbrenner. Lit represents some of the most in-demand writers and filmmakers in the industry including clients David Guggenheim, Aaron Guzikowski, Nicole Perlman, Matt Lieberman, Justin Marks, and more. In addition to representation Lit Entertainment is also a well-respected production company with film and television projects set up at every major studio.

As a production company their credits include the upcoming Disney/Fox film FREE GUY, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Shawn Levy, the Netflix franchise CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, Amazon/Skydance's upcoming film THE TOMORROW WAR which stars Chris Pratt and is directed by Chris McKay, the HBO Max sci-fi television series RAISED BY WOLVES, and many more.

This amazing opportunity is INCLUDED free with your entry.

All entrants are eligible to win the Guaranteed Signing Prize, so even if you don't place in the Top 50 or above you are still in contention for this prize! So whether you have a feature script or a TV pilot, Roadmap's JumpStart Competition is here to bring you big career changing opportunities!

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2021 Judges

Additional Prizes

Runner Up (each category)

  • 3 Virtual meetings with industry execs
  • 1 year of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • 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
  • Logline and bio featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs

Top 5 Finalists (each category) 

  • 1 Virtual meeting with an industry exec
  • 3 months of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • 1 Free Open Pitch Session credit. Choose to pitch to execs or reps.
  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • 15-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations
  • Logline and bio featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs

Top 25 Semifinalists (each category)

  • 1 month of Roadmap's "On-Ramp" Program
  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Logline and bio circulated to over 400 execs we work with.

Top 50 Quarterfinalists (each category)

  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers Website
  • Logline circulated to over 400 execs we work with.



Submissions will be judged by independent industry experts 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.

Is it unique/original? Is it a new spin on a familiar story? Does the concept have longer form potential for either film or TV? Is it commercial? Is it a festival-worthy indie? Can it succinctly be explained? Do the actions and obstacles advance the story?

Are the characters well 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?

Does the dialogue elevate the scene? Does it heighten the overall story? Does it propel the story forward?

Is the story compelling? Does it serve to drive the characters and events forward in a meaningful way? Does it emphasize a deeper theme? Does the story explore new ideas? Is the story timely? Does it touch on things that are part of the zeitgeist? 

Does the story have a clear beginning, middle and end? Does it have the appropriate structural beats? Is it formatted properly? Does it follow a traditional structure or play with conventions?

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? Does the writer present/have a unique perspective?

Rules/Announcement Dates

Read our full list of rules here.

Revised Announcement Dates

Quarterfinalists - October 6th, 2021
Semifinalists - October 20th, 2021
Finalists - November 3rd, 2021
Winners - December 1st, 2021
(dates subject to change)