Roadmap Writers is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural JumpStart Writing Competition!

The competition is open to both feature scripts and original television pilots. Roadmap Writers - a leader in screenwriting education taught by executives and literary representatives currently working in the industry - have helped 46 writers get signed to representation in just two years with companies that include Gersh, Circle of Confusion, APA, Gotham Group, Zero Gravity, and more!

Much like our educational programs this competition is designed to give writers exposure to industry professionals who can help jump start their writing careers!

Our judging panel for this year's competition includes:

Good Fear Film + Management
The Walt Disney Studios
Circle of Confusion
LuckyChap Entertainment
Covert Media
Bron Studios
Echo Lake Entertainment
Lee Stobby Entertainment
Kersey Management
Bellevue Productions

We’re more than just a competition. Our competition is designed to offer writers ranging from Grand Prize Winners to our Top 20 a variety of opportunities to connect with industry professionals beyond just our winner’s announcement. Whether it’s through one-on-one virtual meetings, executive pitching opportunities, Q&A’s, or webinars, we are here to advocate for these writers for months after our final announcement. Your success is our success, and we are always in your corner!

Through our educational programs, we work with some of the biggest agencies, management companies and production companies in Hollywood. Now we bring the same level of industry access from our virtual classrooms to our competition.

In our quest to help writers jump start their writing careers, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with literary manager Chris Deckard and his management company Fictional Entity to offer a guaranteed signing prize! What does this mean? It means that Fictional Entity will guarantee to sign at least one writer/writing team from our JumpStart Writing Competition. This amazing opportunity is included with your entry into this year's competition. All entrants are eligible to win the Guaranteed Signing Prize, so even if you don't finish in the Top 50 or above you are still in contention for this prize!

Grand Prize Winners (2)
We will select one pilot and one feature script Grand Prize winner.

- In person meeting with 5 of our judges

- Airfare to Los Angeles*

- $250 credit towards hotel accommodations

- A Roadmap month mentorship with an executive of your choice (choose from our list of available execs)

- 1 Virtual General Meeting with an industry professional each month for up to a year until you are either signed to representation or option your script

- One year of Roadmap Writers Network Premium Membership

- Copy of Final Draft

- 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap CEO and Director of Operations

- Featured on Roadmap Writers Website in an exclusive video interview

- Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet which will be circulated to over 300 execs

• Airfare expenses for the Grand Prize Winner will be up to $500 for domestic flights and $750 for international flights.
We also have incredible prize packages for our Runners- Up, Top 10, Top 20 and Top 50 selections. Visit our official competition page to view our full list of prizes!

2018 JumpStart Competition Rules and Guidelines:

• Please submit your pilot or feature script in PDF format.


• Pilot scripts must not exceed 70 pages. Feature scripts must not exceed 120 pages. All submissions must adhere to standard industry margins and font.

• Must be written in English in 12-point courier font.

• Do not include any additional documents with your submission i.e. pitch documents, series bibles, look-books, etc.

• All submissions are final. No substitutions of pages, drafts or scripts will be allowed.

• All submissions must be in PDF format.

• Please include cover page with your name, scripts name, and contact information. This should include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and/or Copyright information. The cover page does not count towards the overall script page count.

• The competition is open to scripts of all genres.

• All scripts submitted will remain the property of the writer(s). Neither Roadmap Writers norany of its judges and/or their respective companies assume any attachment to your work.

• Scripts submitted in the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.

• Scripts submitted to the competition must not have received grand prize awards from other competitions.

• Screenwriters who have had previous feature or pilot screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.

• Must be 18 years old and over to enter.

• No TV specs (i.e. Broad City Spec, Veep Spec, The Office spec, etc) may be submitted.

• Must be an original idea; free and clear of any copyright issues.

• In the event of multiple writers, please list all additional co-writers. No attachments (producers, directors, actors).

• Do NOT cheat in an effort to reduce your page count, your script will be disqualified. As a standard rule, 1.5” left, 1” right and 1” top and bottom dimensions are acceptable.

• Entrants may be contacted as a result of the competition by Roadmap Writers, a member of the judging panel, or other industry professionals in regards to representation, and/or the sale or option of their submitted work.

• Only entries that purchase Feedback Notes at the time of submission will receive written feedback.

• Roadmap Writers is not responsible for screenplays stolen or lost in transit.

• Roadmap Writers’ JumpStart Writing Competition readers’ decisions are final.

• Submissions will be evaluated by experienced script readers and judged on the criteria of: Premise/Concept, Characters, Dialogue, Story, Structure, and Voice/Style. Submissions will receive multiple evaluations based on the competitions proprietary scoring system.

• Announcement Dates are tentatively scheduled as follows (dates subject to change):
Top 50 (quarter-finalist) - Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Top 20 (semi-finalist) - Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Top 10 (finalists) - Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Grand Prize Winner - Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

• Airfare expenses for the Grand Prize Winner will be up to $500 for domestic flights and $750 for international flights.

• The Top 10 scripts will be reviewed and voted on by our esteemed judging panel.

• Roadmap Writers reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.

• If a judge or competition partner is no longer able to serve in their specific capacity, Roadmap Writers will make best efforts to secure a replacement.

• Multiple screenplays may be submitted but each screenplay is required to pay separate
registration fees.

• By entering the JumpStart Writing Competition, you agree to receive competition updates via email and periodic marketing emails from Roadmap Writers. You may unsubscribe at any time.

• See the Submission Agreement for a full list of Terms and Conditions for submitting an entry.

• To enter the Roadmap Writers’s JumpStart Writing Competition, you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.

• While it is not a requirement, we encourage writers to register their script with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or Writers Guild of America.