Save yourself a headache and read these answers to our Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can you waive my entry fee? I am a starving writer and I can’t afford the entry fee.
A. Although as fellow filmmakers/writers we completely relate, unfortunately we cannot waive any fees. It’s just not fair to all the other starving writers. We do suggest submitting early to take advantage of the reduced fees.
Q. How will I know if you received my script?
A. If you want delivery confirmation, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your entry. Online submissions will receive an email confirmation.
Q. Can I submit a script under a pen name?
Q. Am I eligible if I live outside the U.S.?
Q. If I win, do I still keep the rights to my script?
A. Yes, you always maintain the rights to your work.
Q. What if my script gets bought or optioned during the contest?
A. You must notify us immediately, as this will affect your eligibility.
Q. Can I submit more than one script, or submit the same script in more than one category?
A. Yes, but you must have a separate entry form and fee for each submission. Also, your script can only win one prize (eg, Comedy Short Screenplay or Half Hour Comedy TV Pilot, but not both).
Q. I accidentally uploaded the wrong file. Can I switch it for the right one?
A. Yes, if you notify us within 24 hours. Substitute pages, corrections and new drafts will not be accepted.
Q. My script is not in PDF format, but I still want to upload it. What do I do?
A. You can transform your document into a PDF using any of the following sites. Once you have your PDF, simply upload it to Withoutabox or our secure server during the script submission process!
Q. If I mail in a hardcopy script, can it be printed double-sided?
Q. On what basis are the scripts judged?
A. Story, Characters, Dialogue, Originality, and of course - Is It Funny?
Q. The discount code I have doesn’t work on Withoutabox. Why?
A. Any discount code will only work if you submit through our site directly. Withoutabox has their own discount system.
Q. Is the deadline ‘received by’ or ‘postmarked by’?
A. Postmarked by.
Q. I just missed your deadline - am I screwed?
A. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we still have enough time to fairly review your project, then we may waive the deadline.
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