2021 Roadmap Shorts Competition Rules and Guidelines

2021 Roadmap Shorts Competition Rules and Guidelines

The competition is open to both short screenplays (30-page max) and filmed shorts (max runtime of 35 minutes), hereinafter referred to collectively as “Material”.

MATERIAL MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF REGISTRATION. SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DEADLINE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.

Written Short Screenplays

  • All short screenplay submissions must be in PDF format.

  • Short scripts must not exceed 30 pages (not including the title page). All submissions must adhere to industry-standard margins and font.
  • 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 margins are acceptable.
  • Submitting your script with a cover page including your name, script title, and contact information is recommended but not required. This may include a title, author name, WGA registration number, and/or Copyright information. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count.
  • Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of entry.
  • Screenwriters who have had previous feature film or pilot screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
  • In the event of multiple writers, please list all additional co-writers.
  • Multiple screenplays may be submitted but each screenplay is required to pay separate registration fees.

Filmed Shorts

  • Filmed shorts must not exceed a total runtime of 35 minutes.
  • Filmed shorts must be submitted via a password-protected online streaming URL either by Vimeo or YouTube
  • The password you provide at the time of submission can not be changed. If we are unable to access your short at the time of evaluation, your entry will be disqualified and your entry fee will not be refunded.
  • Downloadable files will not be accepted. 
  • Filmed shorts must be in English, or, if applicable, English subtitles are included at the time of submission.
  • Entrant warrants the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. Entrant will indemnify Roadmap Writers against any claim made for such violations of law.

  • Filmed shorts produced, financed, initiated, distributed, or hosted by major studios, online platforms, networks, or similar entities are ineligible for competition.
  • Animated shorts are eligible.
  • Documentary short subject works will not be accepted for this competition.

General Rules


  • 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.
  • All projects submitted will remain the property of the writer(s) and/or creator(s). Neither Roadmap Writers nor any of its judges and/or their respective companies assume any attachment to your work.
  • Entrants may submit both a filmed version and a written version of their short, however, each requires a separate entry and submission fee.
  • Projects submitted to the competition must not have received grand prize awards from other competitions.
  • Must be 18 years old and over to enter.

  • Must be an original idea; free and clear of any copyright issues.
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the competition by Roadmap Writers, a member of the judging panel, or other industry professionals.

  • Material submitted that has a co-writer(s) or co-director(s) must be submitted by one individual with consent of the other(s).
  • If a writing or directing team places in the competition or is chosen as a winner, prizes will be granted to the person who submits the project. Each writing team is responsible for diving or sharing the prize benefits.
  • 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.
  • All evaluations by independent industry experts 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 tentatively scheduled as follows (dates subject to change):
    • Top 50 - Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
    • Top 25 - Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
    • Top 10 - Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
    • Winners - Wednesday, February 23rd
, 2022
  • Feedback notes will be returned to writers at the time of the Top 50 announcement.
  • The Top 10 finalists 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.
  • The grand prize winners will participate in a month mentorship with one of our competition mentors. The mentorship will consist of at least four 30-minute sessions with the mentor.
  • By entering the Roadmap Shorts Competition, Entrant agrees to receive competition updates via email and periodic marketing emails from Roadmap Writers. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  • See the Submission Agreement for a full list of Terms and Conditions for submitting an entry.   
  • To enter the Roadmap Writers Shorts Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions​.
  • All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.
  • 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.

About Roadmap Writers
Roadmap Writers is a screenwriting education and training platform for Career Writers looking for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate their craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 185 writers sign to representation, and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

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Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.