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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 6/17/19

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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.


JUNE 17 — FINAL DRAFT’S BIG BREAK — Regular Deadline — $65


JUNE 17 WOMEN’S WRITING COMPETITION — Early Bird Deadline — $25


JUNE 14 — LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $65


JUNE 21 — ROADMAP’S DIVERSITY INITIATIVE COMPETITION — Final Deadline — FREE


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Coverfly Inside Look: Your Script Produced

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The first annual 2019 Your Script Produced! Worldwide Screenwriting Competition launched recently, sponsored by Doval Bacall Films, who will fully fund, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize winning film script for $250,000 USD. There is also over $25,000 available in cash prizes for the winner.

Part of Coverfly’s mission is to curate a selective list of screenwriting competitions, and to promote transparency by interviewing the administrators behind screenwriting competitions.

Doval Bacall grew up in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan. His appetite for learning, and burning desire to succeed motivated him to educate himself and learn the foundation and skills necessary to become a successful businessman. He believes that you can never think of yourself as a master of any trade or skill, as it stands in the way of improving yourself.

After a successful run in real estate acquisitions and developments, and creating what is known today as Bacall Capital, Doval Bacall has shifted his attention to the Film & Entertainment Industry, which has always has been his passion.

We interviewed Doval and asked him some questions about Your Script Produced! Competition — See his answers below:

Coverfly: Thanks for doing an interview with us about your inaugural screenwriting competition. Why did you start the Your Script Produced! Screenwriting Competition? 

Doval Bacall: I have always loved films and the business and wanted to produce films. I’ve studied screenwriting and I’ve read hundreds of screenplays. After spending a year researching how films get made, I decided to simply learn by doing. This is why I’m fully financing a feature film. And to find a screenplay, I decided to create an opportunity for up-and-coming talented writers.

This is why “Your Script Produced!” Worldwide Screenwriting Competition was launched.

CF: Who’s judging this inaugural competition and how will you select the winner? 

DB: We have several Hollywood veterans who joined our team to discover and launch writers worldwide including:

  • Sheila Shah (Known for Saw V, Rambo V… 14+ more credits to her name.)
  • Shannon Makhanian (One of Hollywood’s best casting directors for 20+ years with 200+ feature film credits.)
  • Bruno Chatelin (Former film distributor for Sony & UGC Fox, Founder of Filmfestivals.com, Launched 200+ films.)
  • Tim Abell (Known for: Sniper: Special Ops, We Were Soldiers and 150+ credit to his name.)
  • Al Maddin (Music/Film Producer working with Def Jam, Lionsgate and Paramount. Known for working with Jam Master Jay, Mary J Blige, and 50+ more celebrity artists.)
  • Tim Lounibos (Known for: Bosch, Hawaii Five-O, JAG, The West Wing, and 50+ TV/Film Credits to his name.)
  • Mike Beckingham, brother of Simon Pegg (Known for: Subconscious, AMS Secrets, Black Site, and 12+ credits to his name
  • Rob Van Dam, world-famous Wrestler/Hollywood actor (Known for: Sniper: Special Ops, Time Toys, 3-Headed shark attack, and dozen-plus credits to his name.)
  • Angela Harvey (Known for: Teen Wolf – MTV, Salvation – CBS, Station 19 – ABC, and 12+ Film/TV credits to her name.)
  • Genevieve Wong (Known for: Law & Order, Access Hollywood, E! News, and 30+ TV credits to her name.)

The Grand Prize and Category finalists will be selected by our elite jury. I will select the Grand Prize script and produce the film.

CF: Who’s financing the $250,000 budget to produce the winning screenplay? 

DB: I am personally financing the grand prize for a quarter-million dollars. No need to wait for anyone, I want to live up to my promise, and my promise is to discover, develop, fund and produce the grand prize winner and I will guarantee it gets done. There is no catch. This is a dream opportunity for many writers.

CF: Besides seeing their film produced, are there any other things that the winner of this screenplay competition will receive? 

DB: Absolutely! The writer will come on board as a consultant since this is the story they have written, and he/she will experience first hand working with seasoned Hollywood players and learn the process of developing the script (perfecting the story and making it production ready) and throughout pre-production and on set-production. The experience our winners will receive will be priceless. Category finalists will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the development and production process.

CF: Why is there a submission fee? 

DB: Just like any other competition such as Big Break, Austin Film Festival, The Academy Nicholl Fellowships, and many other organizations that charge a fee, we also charge a fee that covers the logistics of operating a large talent-discovery program, including paying script readers, our elite roster of judges, marketing and promoting the competition AND the winners in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety Magazine, Script Magazine, and The Script Lab.

Your Script Produced! Worldwide Screenwriting Competition guarantees to produce the Grand Prize Winner. The category winners will be optioned and we’ll help develop, fund and potentially produce their feature films or TV shows as well.

Our unparalleled cash awards and prizes make our competition worth the entry fee.

CF: Are there any specific types of screenplays that you and your team are looking for in this inaugural competition?

DB: We are looking for what Samuel Goldwyn once had advised, “Give me the same, with a twist.” Well told stories that can entertain the audience and maybe even teach a life lesson or two.


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Screenwriting Contest Roundup — 6/10/19

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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.


JUNE 10 — SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $60


JUNE 14 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $95


JUNE 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $39


JUNE 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE GREAT IDEA CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $35


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 6/3/19

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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.


JUNE 6 — ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Hella Early Deadline — $40


JUNE 10 — SLAMDANCE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Regular Deadline — $60


JUNE 14 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $95


JUNE 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $39


JUNE 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE GREAT IDEA CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $35


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/27/19

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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.


MAY 27 — CINESTORY TV RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $50


MAY 30 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Extended Deadlines — $75


MAY 31 — SCREENCRAFT PUBLIC DOMAIN SCREENPLAY COMPETITION — Final Deadline — $69


MAY 31 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $40


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/20/19

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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.


MAY 24 — HOLLYSHORTS SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Extended Deadline — $70



MAY 27 — CINESTORY TV RETREAT & FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $50


MAY 30 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Extended Deadlines — $75


MAY 31 — THE LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT SCREENPLAY CONTEST — Final Deadline — $40


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/13/19

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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.


MAY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Final Deadline — $85


MAY 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Early Deadline — $29


MAY 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 15 — THE BREAKK SCREENWRITING COMPETITION — Early Deadline — $39


MAY 18 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $85


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Coverfly merges with The Tracking Board

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Coverfly is excited to announce our merger with The Tracking Board! We look forward to expanding industry-access opportunities for emerging writers, and to facilitate better talent discovery for the entertainment industry as a whole. Coverfly’s “The Red List,” which aggregates top screenplays from the top screenwriting competitions, fellowships, and labs, will be highlighted to industry professionals via our new integration with The Tracking Board, which is accessed regularly by over 3,000 members which includes executives, agents, managers, and producers. This furthers Coverfly’s mission to provide industry access for emerging writers around the world.

The Tracking Board, which currently owns and will continue to operate the Launch Pad Competition, The Hit List (The Best Spec Scripts of the Year), The Young & Hungry List (The Top 100 New Writers of the Year), and The Spec Book (the annual book of spec market details, covering every spec screenplay, writer and representative in the market) will work in tandem with Coverfly to expand market coverage, industry access and opportunities for writers and industry professionals across all platforms.

Coverfly’s parent company, Red Ampersand, is excited to welcome The Tracking Board to its family of companies, which currently include ScreenCraft, The Script Lab, and WeScreenplay. Together these brands have helped more than 500 writers land representation with agents and managers, more than 60 writers get staffed on hit television shows, more than 160 writers see their projects set up with production companies, studios or networks, and more than 130 writers and projects land on annual “best of” lists such as The Black List, The Red List, BloodList, Brit List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.

Both companies will work toward expanding each platform, marrying Tracking Board’s deep industry membership and up-to-the-minute spec market tracking, with Coverfly’s platform which gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts discovered by industry professionals.


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Welcoming Launch Pad Competitions to Coverfly

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We’re so happy to welcome Launch Pad to Coverfly. Now, all Launch Pad users can manage their past submissions, current entries, and all written feedback via Coverfly.

Setting up your Coverfly account to sync with your Launch Pad account can be done with a few simple steps. Once you sync, you’ll have access to everything that was previously in your Launch Pad account, such as coverage, feedback and notes. Plus, you’ll be able to sync with many other top competitions, fellowships, and labs so you can track all your submissions from one spot.

To take advantage of the Launch Pad sync – please be sure to use the same email address you used with your Launch Pad account.

First, if you don’t already have a free Coverfly account, you’ll need to sign up for one. Head over to coverfly.com and click SIGN UP. Follow the 2-step directions and set up a password.

Once you’ve logged into your Coverfly dashboard, go to MY PROJECTS or SEE MY DASHBOARD. You may notice that Coverfly has already aggregated your past submissions to Coverfly-qualifying competitions. If your PROJECTS page is blank, it simply means that you either haven’t synced yet with your Launch Pad account, or you haven’t submitted to any Coverfly-qualifying competitions yet. 

From here — click SYNC. It will take you to this page:

To sync your Launch Pad account and all information in it, simply click SYNC NOW. You’ll be asked to confirm and within 10-15 minutes your coverage, scripts, and scores from Launch Pad will be synced with your Coverfly account. Any information you had in your Launch Pad account will now be accessible via your Coverfly dashboard.

Right now, all Launch Pad competition and coverage information from Jan 1st, 2016 and later will be available automatically. Over the next few months, we will be adding the ability to sync all your Launch Pad entries and feedback from years prior to 2016.

Everything on Coverfly is automatically PRIVATE — visible only to you. You have the option to make any scripts or coverage “public,” which would make it discoverable by vetted entertainment professionals who use Coverfly to discover projects and writers. Coverfly takes writers’ privacy very seriously — YOU have full control over who sees your scripts, competition scores, and coverage.

Please reach out to support@coverfly.com if you have any questions.


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/6/19

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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.


MAY 10 — STORYPROS AWARDS — Final Deadline — $60


MAY 15 — PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS Final Deadline — $85


MAY 15 — WESCREENPLAY SHORTS CONTEST — Early Deadline — $29


MAY 15 — SCRIPT PIPELINE SCREENWRITING COMPETITION & TV WRITING CONTEST — Regular Deadlines — $65


MAY 18 — LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION — Late Deadline — $85


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