A Brief Introduction to Coverfly for Writers

By January 25, 2018 August 24th, 2018 About Coverfly

What is Coverfly?

Coverfly is three things:

  1. Writer Dashboard – a writer-centric platform designed to help emerging screenwriters track successes across competitions, fellowships, labs, festivals and talent-discovery platforms
  2. Festival Dashboard – a software platform for screenwriting competitions, film festivals, fellowships, labs and writing retreats to manage submissions, readers and evaluations
  3. Industry Dashboard – a universal database of unproduced film and TV screenplays (by default screenplays and scores are private until and unless writers choose to opt in) that vetted industry professionals can peruse for screenplays and writers they may be interested in optioning, purchasing, signing or producing

We realized that even the best writing contests only actively promote their winners. Coverfly is an opportunity for you to take the best of your contest and coverage evaluations and aggregate them into a composite metric that can help you gain exposure, and can help the industry easily gauge your project’s potential quality.

Ultimately, our intent is to help you put your competition successes to work. Coverfly is free to use for writers and doesn’t have any of its own competitions. We explain how we make money later in this introduction.

The Coverfly Score

The metric we’ve designed to quantify your projects’ evaluations is called a Coverfly Score.

Without diving into the details of the algorithm, it’s important to note that the Coverfly Score is not a metric of quality, it’s a metric of confidence of quality, which increases with strong scores or placements. Read more about the nitty-gritty of the algorithm.

Your Coverfly Score and data are completely private by default.

By default, your Coverfly Score is only visible to you. It is completely private and cannot be seen by industry members unless you choose to make it public to the industry, and it does not affect your performance in (nor is it used by) Coverfly partner competitions. The Coverfly Score is a combination of your scores and rankings from all contest entries and evaluations that are currently partnered with Coverfly. We’d love to have it include 100% of festivals and are rapidly adding new ones, but we don’t currently have the bandwidth to manually add all results. With that said, you can add all your successes as a note next to any project on your Writer Dashboard.

If you choose to make your project public, we may promote it to the industry and it may show up on The Red List.

Coverfly has staff dedicated full-time to promoting the top public projects in our database to producers and managers. We also have dozens of producers, managers, and agents browsing public projects on our industry-facing dashboard.

Public projects and their scores may also appear on The Red List, which is a public leaderboard of all public projects in the Coverfly database. Only vetted Industry members may download your project or contact you about your work.

This is completely free for the writer and it is not how Coverfly makes money. We think if we can turn competition successes into career success, writers will want to enter competitions through Coverfly and no other platform.

Your Writer Dashboard

You can use the Writer Dashboard to sync all of your entries and placements into one place and build out your Coverfly Score. Since many contests are already using Coverfly as a management platform, all of those individual scores are instantaneously added to your projects page and sometimes assigned a Coverfly Score. It is completely up to you if you want to make a project’s score public, and all future entries to contests and festivals partnered with Coverfly will be added to your dashboard unless you delete your account.

Cost and Fees

Coverfly is free to use for writers.

We charge festivals and contests a fee for using our platform, but our rates are cheaper than other submission platforms. As an administration platform, Coverfly charges festivals 5%, compared to 8.5% on Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. We also have significantly more features that make judging fairer and easier – like normalization of scores to help balance “tough” or “easy” judges. As a hosting platform, Coverfly is free for unlimited scripts versus Inktip, which is $15/mo per script, or Black List, which is $25/mo per script. One way Coverfly makes money is by charging writers $5 to update a contest submission draft mid-contest – this is a totally optional feature that allows writers to send in an updated draft to the judges instead of completely resubmitting. The goal is to get contests the best drafts, to prevent writers from having to pay full cost for a resubmission, and to allow Coverfly to keep hosting and tracking free.

Say Hello!

Coverfly is a writer-first platform, and we are committed to introducing new features and improving existing ones. If you have ideas or feedback that would make your Coverfly experience better, or just want to say hello, don’t hesitate to reach out to support@coverfly.com or via our support channel.

Happy writing!