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How to Get Chosen for Pitch Week

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It’s that time of year again — Coverfly Pitch Week. And this year’s line-up of agents, managers, producers, and studio execs have selected 123 screenwriters for nearly 250 pitches! In fact, many talented screenwriters who submitted to Pitch Week were selected to pitch their scripts to more than one industry decision-maker. Here’s a quick look at how Coverfly Pitch Week selection works, and a few of the common factors that we found between our roster of successful screenwriters that were chosen to pitch this year.

How many screenwriters were chosen for Coverfly Pitch Week (September 2020)?

  • 123 screenwriters were selected for 250 pitches total
  • Just under half of all writers were selected for at least 2 separate pitches
  • 12 writers were chosen for 3 pitches
  • 7 writers were tapped for 4 pitches
  • 6 writers are pitching to 5 groups
  • 5 writers were selected for 6 different pitches
  • And one talented screenwriter was selected for 8 separate pitches!

This Pitch Week is absolutely jam-packed with top-tier writers, agents, managers, Hollywood literary agents, and development execs from companies like CAA, Good Fear, Circle of Confusion, Zero Gravity, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Cartel Entertainment, Management 360, and many more. If you want to learn how these screenwriters were chosen and what they have in common, read this writer roundup so you’re ready to pitch at our next Pitch Week — February 21-25, 2021.

How screenwriters get chosen for Pitch Week: 3 things they have in common

The selection process for Coverfly Pitch Week is full of intangibles and variables. However, we were able to find some common trends among the 123 writers that were selected to pitch to industry professionals. Here are three of our biggest takeaways for how to make your profile, logline, and scripts stand out so you can pitch to Hollywood decision-makers:

A strong personal bio

Nearly every single writer that was selected to pitch this year has a professional bio on their screenwriting profile. Not only that, each of these bios lets development executives know exactly what kind of screenwriter they’re looking at. Pitch Week writers clearly state who they are, what kind of screenplays they write, what their goals are, and how their professional experiences have influenced not just their most recent screenplays, but all of their work. The first step to getting your screenplay pitch ready is filling out your writer’s bio. Make yours as descriptive as you can.

A clear photo that captures their personality

Every single one of the top selected writers for Pitch Week this year had a clear, professional photo on their profile. It’s 2020. There’s no excuse not to have a decent, posed profile picture on your personal or Coverfly screenwriter page. You can even get a decent picture with portrait mode on an old iPhone. Find a friend or grab a tripod and take a good picture of yourself.

If you want to get your script in front of industry insiders you need to have a profile picture on your site. End of story.

Add multiple projects to your profile

All of the top selected writers each have multiple projects on their profile pages. And while these scripts and projects varied from features to TV they were all consistent in voice, style, and tone. Use your profile to highlight your range. It’s ok to write for TV and for Film. In fact, writing in multiple formats can make you an enticing candidate for studios looking for diverse and multi-talented screenwriters.

How to get selected for Coverfly Pitch Week

Pitch Week is your chance to get your screenplay in front of some of the most influential managers, producers, and agents in Hollywood. Learn more about how you (and your script!) can prepare for the next Coverfly Pitch Week here. And remember, Pitch Week is free for Coverfly members, so sign up now!

Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 7/9/18

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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!



JULY 9 — CINESTORY TV/DIGITAL RETREAT — Regular Deadline — $55



JULY 9 — SCRIPTAPALOOZA FELLOWSHIP
 — Regular Deadline — $45


JULY 10 — THE BREAKK SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Final Deadline — $59


JULY 10 — PUBLIC DOMAIN SCREENPLAY CONTEST Final Deadline — $69


JULY 11 — SCREENCRAFT DRAMA CONTEST — Early Deadline — $49


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Coverfly Partner Contest Criteria

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At Coverfly we believe that screenwriting competitions can be effective and valuable avenues to early career success for emerging writers. To help writers wade through the hundreds of competitions, festivals, labs, and grants available to them, Coverfly maintains robust partnerships with some of the most respected programs in the industry. 

As a service to writers, Coverfly is always evaluating new partners for inclusion on the platform. We carefully consider a competition’s merits before allowing it to be listed on Coverfly. 

How We Evaluate Partners

Professionalism

Writers often look to a program’s website to determine whether or not the organization behind it has their best interests in mind. They look for clean design, easy navigation, and clear information regarding contest fees, rules, and prize packages. 

Transparency

Writers want to feel confident that their submission will be read and that when they submit their work to a competition they’ll have an understanding of when they will hear back. Transparently communicating information and sticking to the deadlines and announcement dates you set are an essential part of maintaining writer trust. We also look for competitions that are mindful of publicly maintaining lists of past winners and finalists. 

Unique Value to Writers

Writers have nearly unlimited choices but limited budgets when it comes to submitting to competitions, and we look to curate a list of partners who each provide distinct offerings to writers, which may include a unique jury, an opportunity to share work with an untapped market of industry professionals or audiences, or anything else that might set a competition apart from others. 

Industry Network

We also love to partner with programs that understand the importance of securing professional juries and mentors who are actively working in the industry in order to provide winners and finalists with tangible benefits as they build their careers as writers. 

Track Record of Helping Writers

The best endorsement of a competition or festival is one that comes directly from writers. If your past winners and finalists are satisfied with the process of working with you, it’s a great sign. We also look for competitions that keep accurate data on past competition results and success stories because it shows us you care about the ongoing development of the writers you’ve selected. 

“A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”

Ultimately, our goal is to build a community of like-minded programs all working together to level the playing field for new and emerging writers. We actively promote and support our partners and expect that support to be reciprocated. This means we look for partners who are passionate about their mission and who believe in and support ours.

How We Maintain Quality

In our initial evaluation, we take a holistic approach and meet internally to discuss the merits of a potential partner’s offerings. Our process also involves periodic reviews of all programs featured on Coverfly and a commitment to evaluating individual programs even if we’ve already worked with a partner in the past on another program, festival, or competition.

If you’re ready to work with us, fill out an application with details about your program. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the quality of any competition that is listed on Coverfly, please feel free to email us directly: support@coverfly.com. We will respond to you promptly.

Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 7/2/18

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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!



JULY 9 — CINESTORY TV/DIGITAL RETREAT — Regular Deadline — $55



JULY 9 — SCRIPTAPALOOZA FELLOWSHIP
 — Regular Deadline — $45


JULY 10 — THE BREAKK SCREENWRITING COMPETITION Final Deadline — $59


JULY 10 — PUBLIC DOMAIN SCREENPLAY CONTEST Regular Deadline — $69


JULY 11 — SCREENCRAFT DRAMA CONTEST — Early Deadline — $49


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 6/25/18

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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 closing this week!



JUNE 29 — SCREENCRAFT HORROR CONTEST — Final Deadline — $69



JUNE 29 — NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
 — Extended Deadline — $30-$40


JUNE 30 — SCREENCRAFT FILM FUND Regular Deadline — $35-45



JUNE 30
 — APU SCREENWRITING CONTEST: CROWDSOURCING THE CURE FOR THE SIMPSONS Regular Deadline — FREE


JUNE 30 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Final Deadline — $55-75


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 6/12/18

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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!



JUNE 15 — LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS — Mid-June Deadline — $53-$73


JUNE 17 — THE FILM EMPIRE’S DIVERSITY SCREENWRITING CONTEST Regular Deadline — $27


JUNE 22 — WESCREENPLAY TV CONTEST — Regular Deadline — $39



JUNE 29 — NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
 — Extended Deadline — $30-$40


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Calling All Writers! Weekly Contest Roundup — 5/14/18

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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!



MAY 15 — The Breakk Screenwriting Competition — Early Bird Deadline — $39



MAY 15
 — PAGE International Screenwriting Awards — Final Deadline — $85



MAY 16 — Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition — Late Deadline — $65


MAY 16 — Vail Film Festival — Early Bird Deadline — $45


MAY 17 — Creative World Awards — Extended Deadline — $75