2021 JumpStart Competition Rules & Guidelines

2021 JumpStart Competition Rules and Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be in PDF format.
  • Pilot scripts must not exceed 70 pages. Feature scripts must not exceed 125 pages. All submissions must adhere to standard industry margins and font.
  • The competition is open to pilot and feature scripts of all genres.
  • Must be written in English in 12-point courier font.
  • Do not include any additional documents with your submission i.e. pitch documents, series bibles, look-books, etc.
  • All submissions are final. No substitutions of pages, drafts or scripts will be allowed.
  • Do NOT cheat in an effort to reduce your page count, your script will be disqualified. As a standard rule, 1.5” left, 1” right and 1” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable.
  • You must submit your script with a cover page that includes your script title. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count.
  • It is recommended that you do not include your name, WGA registration number and/or Copyright information.
  • While it is not a requirement, we encourage writers to register their script with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or Writers Guild of America.
  • All scripts submitted will remain the property of the writer(s). Neither Roadmap Writers nor any of its judges, partners, and/or their respective companies assume any attachment to your work.
  • Multiple scripts may be submitted but each script is required to pay separate registration fees.
  • Scripts submitted in the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
  • Screenwriters who have had previous feature or pilot screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  • Must be 18 years old and over to enter.
  • No TV specs may be submitted (i.e. Veep spec, The Office spec, etc).
  • Must be an original idea; free and clear of any copyright issues.
  • Material must be the original work of the submitter(s).
  • Neither Roadmap Writers nor any of its judges and/or competition partners investigate or confirm the authenticity of an entrant’s authorship rights or claim.
  • In the event of multiple writers, please list all additional co-writers.
  • Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).
  • If a writing team places in the competition or is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each writing team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize benefits.
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the competition by Roadmap Writers, a member of the judging panel, or other industry professionals.
  • Only entries that purchase Feedback Notes at the time of submission will receive written feedback.
  • Roadmap Writers is not responsible for any technical issue(s) that may arise from electronic submission.
  • Roadmap Writers’ JumpStart Writing Competition readers’ decisions are final.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by experienced independent industry experts and judged on the criteria of: Premise/Concept, Characters, Dialogue, Story, Structure, and Voice/Style. Submissions will receive multiple evaluations based on the competition's proprietary scoring system.
  • Announcement Dates are tentative and subject to change.
  • The projected Announcement Dates are:
    Quarterfinalists - October 29th, 2021
    Semifinalists - November 17th, 2021     
    Finalists - December 1st, 2021
    Winners - December 15th, 2021
  • Feedback notes will be returned to writers at the time of the Top 50 announcement.
  • The Top 5 scripts in each category will be distributed to and voted on by our esteemed judging panel.
  • Roadmap Writers reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • If a judge or competition partner is no longer able to serve in their specific capacity, Roadmap Writers will make best efforts to secure a replacement. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
  • By entering the JumpStart Writing Competition, you agree to receive competition updates via email and periodic marketing emails from Roadmap Writers. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • To enter Roadmap Writers’ JumpStart Writing Competition, you must agree to its Rules & Guidelines.
  • All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.

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