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.
Is it unique/original? Is it a new spin on a familiar story? 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 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?
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?
Is the story compelling? Does it serve to propel the characters and events forward in a meaningful way?
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?
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?