New Coverfly Features: Understand Your Projects Better

By | About Coverfly, Announcements

We’re excited to share new updates to Coverfly. Before we dive into the details, here are three big changes in this month’s update:

  1. Improved Project Page
  2. New Coverfly Score Page
  3. Request Projects from The Red List

Let’s dive into these new updates:

An Improved Project Page

Writers have been asking us for greater insights into their projects’ Coverfly scores, and we’ve listened. Now, on the project page, you can better gauge how well your script is doing, see clearer score updates, and find out if your script made The Red List.

Here’s how you can get the most from your new project page:

  • COMPARE. Compare your project’s Coverfly Score to other projects in the same format and genre
  • STORY TRAITS. Use our new “story traits” to get an idea of your project’s strengths and weaknesses. We base these off of numerical scores that coverage and competitions on Coverfly have shared.
  • RECOMMENDED DEADLINES. View recommended upcoming competition deadlines that fit your project, right on your project page
  • COVERAGE. View coverage entry types you’ve previously received from Coverfly coverage partners
  • SEE DRAFT HISTORY. Track your draft update history and download old drafts

A new score page for each project

Our Coverfly Score algorithm is complex, but understanding your Coverfly Score should be easy.  We’ve created new charts to help you compare your score with other projects on The Red List in that specific format and genre.  Now you can see your score increases more simply:

  • See how your project’s Coverfly Score has increased with each submission
  • View upcoming and past Coverfly Score updates for every competition submission
  • We’ve published an improved article on the Coverfly Score and how it works

Request top projects from The Red List

Is there a project you’ve noticed on The Red List that you’ve been dying to read? Or maybe you just wanted to get in touch with a writer? Now you can. Visit The Red List and click “Request” next to any project to send an email to the writer requesting to read their script.

None of this would’ve been possible without the help of the members of our new Sneak Peek program. Thank you to the writers who generously donated their time to provide feedback on these new features!

Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 9/30/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


SEPTEMBER 30 — SCREENCRAFT PILOT LAUNCH TV SCRIPT COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $59


SEPTEMBER 30 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Final Deadline — $55+


SEPTEMBER 30 — STORYPROS INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $50


SEPTEMBER 30 — SCREENCRAFT CINEMATIC SHORT STORY COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $39


OCTOBER 1 FIRST LOOK PROJECT — Late Deadline — $65


OCTOBER 8 — FRESH VOICES — Late Deadline — $55+


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What is the Coverfly Score?

By | About Coverfly, Announcements, Screenwriting 101

Helping Writers Get Discovered by Tracking Progress on Submissions and Coverages

Our goal is to become the most efficient way for writers to be discovered by the entertainment industry, and the most trusted guide for emerging writers to achieve their goals. We do this by offering a free database for screenwriters to host their screenplays. In addition to hosting your projects for free, Coverfly uses your project’s reviews from submissions to top-tier festivals, competitions, fellowships and coverage services to provide a measure of our confidence that an Industry professional would be interested in your screenplay.  We’ve also pulled together dozens of highly regarded screenwriting competitions and free fellowships and programs to help you improve your score. Check out those tips and resources at the end of this article. 

The Coverfly Score is simply a tool to help writers better understand how their project is improving while also helping industry professionals discover great writers and great projects. It is, of course, not the only or even most important factor in determining the success of your script.  While we want the score to be helpful and empowering, we don’t ever want it to dissuade you from writing more projects or putting your work out there. The best writers write a LOT of projects!

A Special Metric Aggregating Screenplay Evaluations 

Aggregating scores

To help industry professionals discover great matches on Coverfly, we have found it important for projects to be vetted several times.  This allows for greater confidence in identifying the strengths, weaknesses, and general quality of the piece. On average, it takes about five reads before we have gathered enough data to confidently rate a project for Industry consideration. Remember, many contests read a script multiple times, so 5 reads can happen quickly.

More Evaluation Data is Better (up to a point)

Chart showing confidence in score increasing

Larger score updates will occur for the first five scores as we build confidence in the quality of the project.  Once a Project has a mature score, larger jumps may still occur with draft updates and strong placements in fellowships or competitions, but mature scores often change less because Coverfly is more confident in how your script is being received. If you submit an updated draft for coverage, we’ll weight that score more than the previous coverages you received.

Each score increase takes many factors into consideration, but essentially, your Coverfly Score increases as readers from well-regarded programs respond positively to your project. Our algorithm needs 5 reviews to be fully confident in your Coverfly Score. After 5 reviews we’re more confident, and placements will change your score less. It’s also worth knowing that 5 reads doesn’t mean you need to enter 5 competitions, most competitions read a script multiple times as it advances, so you may only need to enter one or two.   But, rest assured, we follow a strict rule: a Coverfly Score can never decrease. So, you’re free to experiment as you hone your story, without concern that it will negatively impact your score.

A Project’s Coverfly Score Won’t Ever Decrease 

Chart illustration showing that the Score never decreases

There will be times when your score does not increase.  A common reason for this is that the most recent screenwriting competition placement or coverage is not strong enough to outweigh the recent historical scores on your project.

When your project places in a festival, competition, or fellowship, we usually wait until after the placements have been announced publicly to update your score.  To determine a fair score for the increase, we take several core variables into account: how your project placed or scored, the thoroughness of that specific script evaluation process, and the success rate for writers in that specific screenwriting competition, fellowship or lab. It’s worth noting that larger score updates will occur for the first five scores as our algorithm collects more data and builds confidence in the quality of the project.  Once a Project has a mature score of at least 5 evaluation data points, larger jumps may still occur with draft updates and strong placements in fellowships and competitions, but mature scores often change less dramatically because Coverfly is more confident in how your script is being perceived across many different readers and judges.

Your Coverfly Score Consists of 3 Types of Information From a Competition 

Chart illustration showing the variables that help define score updates

Two things to consider:

  1. Coverfly Score updates may take up to 30 days to appear after a Competition or Fellowship announces their placements.  To help you keep track of your Coverfly Score updates, you can see a list of all pending and completed updates from your Project’s Score Update Page.
  1. While a lot goes into our algorithm, a simple way of thinking of these submission variables is:
    • Placement Score = Placement Position / Amount of Submissions, 
    • Evaluation Thoroughness = Number of Reads x Detail of Reads, and 
    • Writer Success Rate = Number of Writer Successes / Amount of Submissions 

In order to help you gauge your project as our algorithm builds confidence in the current quality of your project, we provide guides on your Coverfly Score graph to help writers predict where their current draft will place once it becomes a mature score with at least 5 evaluations. The Red List is Coverfly’s leaderboard of top projects, filterable by genre, format and time range. The Red List guide is a line that lets you see  how average Red List projects in your project’s genre and format performed for each score update.

The Red List Guide Line Shows Your Project’s Estimated Current Trajectory 

Illustration showing how the Average Red List line helps compare your project's score

One thing to keep in mind: The Red List line is merely an estimation, and not a guarantee that your project will follow the same trajectory as the projected guide.  Your project may be shown as below a guide, but one strong placement in a major fellowship or competition can dramatically boost your aggregate Coverfly Score.

The moment you list a script as “discoverable” on Coverfly, your project can be discovered and downloaded by vetted industry professionals, no matter how many reads or submissions it has received.  In order to bubble up the top projects for our industry professionals, we use the Coverfly Score to create The Red List. Scripts with the best Coverfly Scores are listed by genre and format, allowing professionals to discover the best matches for their needs. However, you do not need to be listed on The Red List to be discovered by Industry Pros.

The Red List is Coverfly’s Leaderboard of Top Projects 

Illustration of different ways to be on the Red List

By default, your projects are “private” on Coverfly and viewable only by you, and by the competitions to which you submit your project. While everyone can see and search “discoverable” Coverfly project profiles, only vetted industry professional members can download your script.  And we’ll notify you if an industry member downloads your project.

We would love to hear your feedback on how we could improve the Coverfly Scoring system to better impact your improvement as a writer and facilitate Industry discovery. The important thing is to continually improve your craft and keep getting your material out there. Remember, writing is rewriting!

Happy Writing

Tips for Improving your Coverfly Score

  1. Use feedback to improve your script. This can be from friends, coverflyX, or just trading notes on social media — the important thing is to take the feedback and re-write process seriously. Once you’ve updated your script, you can update Coverfly with your latest draft.  While new drafts do not advance your score, a polished script will do better in competition submissions and script review services.
  2. Get professional script coverage to help identify areas of improvement. Writing is rewriting! The average produced screenplay undergoes no less than 30 rounds of notes, or more from various creative stakeholders. Getting and implementing notes is an important part of the craft.  
  3. Submit to top competitions.  Please be sure to research opportunities carefully. We only allow reputable and proven talent-discovery programs to accept submission on Coverfly, so it’s a great place to find appropriate competitions, festivals and fellowships for your project.
  4. Take advantage of free submissions whenever available. Check out our extras for free opportunities.
  5. If you’re low on funds, check out Coverfly’s fee waiver program which helps writers who demonstrate financial need.

Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 9/24/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


 

SEPTEMBER 26 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $55



SEPTEMBER 26 — RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
 — Final Deadline — $75


SEPTEMBER 30 — SCREENCRAFT PILOT LAUNCH TV SCRIPT COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $59


SEPTEMBER 30 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Final Deadline — $55+

 

SEPTEMBER 30 — STORYPROS INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $50


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 9/9/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


 

SEPTEMBER 9 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $95



SEPTEMBER 9 — CINESTORY TV RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION
 — Late Deadline — $70


SEPTEMBER 10 — FRESH VOICES — Regular Deadline — $65


SEPTEMBER 15 — WESCREENPLAY: DIVERSE VOICES — Regular Deadline — $65

 


SEPTEMBER 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE: FIRST LOOK PROJECT — Regular Deadline — $60


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 8/26/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


 

AUGUST 31 SCREENCRAFT DRAMA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $69


AUGUST 31 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Special Entry Deadline — $25


AUGUST 31 — SHORE SCRIPTS FEATURE CONTEST — Late Deadline — $60


SEPTEMBER 1 — THE ATHENA LIST — Final Deadline — FREE


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 8/19/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


AUGUST 20 — FILMMATIC TV PILOT AWARDS — Late Deadline — $30+


AUGUST 26 — LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $95


AUGUST 31 SCREENCRAFT DRAMA SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $69


AUGUST 31 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Special Entry Deadline — $25


AUGUST 31 — SHORE SCRIPTS FEATURE CONTEST — Late Deadline — $60


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 8/12/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


AUGUST 13 — FRESH VOICES — Early Deadline — $60


AUGUST 15 — WESCREENPLAY TV PILOT CONTEST — Final Deadline — $69


AUGUST 15 BOOK PIPELINE: FICTION CONTEST — Early Deadline — $55


AUGUST 15 — RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $65


AUGUST 20 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Late Deadline — $51+


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 8/5/19

By | Contests

Screenwriting competitions are tried and true when it comes to planting a foot firmly in the appropriate door. Here are five of the hottest contests that are wrapping up soon. – Some with deadlines this week! Keep up to date with all of 2019’s top competition, fellowship and lab deadlines here.


AUGUST 5 SET IN PHILADELPHIA — Final Deadline — $77


AUGUST 5 — LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $85


AUGUST 11 — ROADMAP WRITERS: JUMPSTART — Late Deadline — $68


AUGUST 13 — FRESH VOICES — Early Deadline — $60


AUGUST 15 — WESCREENPLAY TV PILOT CONTEST — Final Deadline — $69


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Announcing Coverfly Pitch Week

By | About Coverfly, Announcements

We’re very excited to announce Coverfly Pitch Week.

Pitch Week is a free-for-writers initiative that pairs talented emerging writers with industry professionals for virtual general meetings. These virtual meetings allow writers to pitch themselves and their projects to industry pros (agents, managers, and producers).

Coverfly Pitch Week is unique in two simple ways:

  1. Coverfly Pitch Week is free.
  2. Coverfly Pitch Week is merit-based. Writers opt-in to having their profile reviewed on Coverfly, and we select the top writers for Pitch Week.

Managers and agents who choose to hear pitches from top Coverfly writers understand that the writers they’ll be hearing from are talented and uniquely ready to have their work optioned or sign with a literary agent and/or manager.

We already quietly launched our first Pitch Week this past spring, and it was a big success. We set up 160 virtual meetings between about 50 writers selected from The Red List and 20 representatives from companies such as CAA, Good Fear, Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Cartel Entertainment, and Management 360, among several others. We helped multiple writers sign with reps as a direct result of the event.

Now, we’re opening it up to all Coverfly members to apply to have their profile and work reviewed. We’ll be running this event 2-3 times per year – so be sure to apply every few months. Are you interested in practicing your pitch and meeting industry professionals who are looking for talented emerging writers? Apply for free now!


See what writers are saying about Coverfly Pitch Week:

“Coverfly’s Pitch Week was a great icebreaker to gain access to the people who make things happen- it’s a good opportunity to be read and considered, everything else is up to the quality of writing.”

Brock Newell

“Coverfly is unique. They actually care. They care about their writers and want to do what they can to facilitate their success. So grateful to have a platform to be “heard.””

Beth Curry

“The chance to chat briefly with legit lit managers for free seemed too good to be true. But it was just as promised. A great opportunity for screenwriters trying to break in.”

Clint Williams

“The Coverfly Pitch Week is a great way to connect with reps from the comfort of your own living room, and given that you’ve only got 12 minutes, having that comfort zone helps make the most out of your limited time.”

Ned Farr

“I love Coverfly! Submitting my work to various contests and placing or winning them is great, but driving up that Coverfly score is almost more gratifying. A great score draws attention and, in this industry, that is what we are all looking for.”

Karl Archer

“Coverfly has been an absolutely incredible experience for me from top to bottom! Not only has it provided me valuable exposure and reads through the Red List, it’s also afforded me some invaluable opportunities to connect and meet with some amazing executives! Not to mention the fantastic staff at Coverfly who have been nothing but caring, wonderful and unwavering in their support! Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s all FREE? I am so grateful to have Coverfly in my corner!”

Aarthi Ramanathan

“Coverfly keeps expanding their free services, helping to connect writers with managers, agents and producers in search of powerful material to represent and produce. It’s a fantastic matchmaking service that benefits both sides of the industry.”

Cari Daly

“Coverfly is responsive, attentive, and really cares about their writers. I feel like they take an active interest in me and my career.”

Robin Fusco

“Coverfly is a fantastic service! It’s obvious that the Coverfly team have a sincere passion for helping new talent breakthrough!”

Mukilan Thangamani

“Coverfly has been great as a site where I can show that I’m a writer that’s less of a risk to take a chance with, and won’t waste anyone’s valuable time.”

Erik Sternberger


“Kudos to Coverfly! This organization is extremely classy. I felt like they had my back every step of the way. “

Heather Ragsdale

“Coverfly is great for streamlining the process of submitting my scripts, but for them to proactively set up ACTUAL manager meetings through ‘Pitch Week’ was a totally unexpected benefit that takes the service to another level. Looking forward to seeing this continue to grow as a resource and opportunity for writers.”

Gareth Smith

“Coverfly raised the profile of my scripts for the past year. Now Coverfly Pitch Week has given me an extraordinary opportunity to introduce myself and my work to some top reps in a relaxed setting. Thanks much, Coverfly!”

John Dummer

“After only a year of entering contests, I am certain much of the success I’ve received was directly related to Coverfly. My script is not the norm, so their support has helped it move up the ladder at a significantly faster pace. They actively promoted me as a writer and have set up meetings with top representation. They have also invested their time and energy coming up with ways to support me as a filmmaker. If you get taken under their wing, Coverfly offers a writer, free of charge, more than you could ever ask for.”

Nicole Jones

“Coverfly Pitch Week was an unexpected surprise…just having the chance to connect with managers was really fantastic. I appreciate Coverfly doing all they can to help writers.”

Ervin Anderson

“This was a great opportunity to pitch to managers and make introductions that typically aren’t open to writers. Thank you for making the connection.”

Rich Orstad

“Coverfly is a refreshingly democratic and merit-based ranking system that encourages writers to improve and to branch out while giving them an effective platform to be seen by decision makers. Can’t wait for the next Pitch Week!”

Carlo and Erin Carere