What do blockbuster movies Men in Black, Kingsman, Wanted, Oldboy and The Mask and hit series The Walking Dead, Watchmen, The Boys & Umbrella Academy all have in common? They all started as COMIC BOOKS.
The SCRIPT2COMIC Contest was created by leading film, television and comic industry professionals to provide a platform for writers to see their vision made real.
Submit your screenplay, teleplay, short script, comic script or short story for a chance to have it brought to life as a comic book series or graphic novel and published by one of the top indie publishers in comics.
Not only will the winning stories appear on shelves in comic and bookstores nationwide, they will also be optioned by leading producers for development into a film and/or television show.
Our finalist judging panel is comprised of top producers, managers, writers, showrunners and comic industry professionals who have decades of experience, awards, and are associated with billions of dollars in box office.
All the top finalists and prize winners will have their work read by our judging panel of leading cross industry professionals from film, television and comics.
All our prize winners who have their work made into comic books or graphic novels will share in the profits of their published properties and will receive at least WGA minimum (teleplay or screenplay depending on the final medium) if their property is produced for film or television.
All winners will also receive a framed page of original art from their book signed by the artist.
GRAND PRIZE: Your story will be made into a limited series or graphic novel and published by one of the top indie publishers. ($25,000-$100,000 value)
The Grand Prize-winning property will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
Grand Prize winner will receive a custom 'gold-label' CGC graded copy of their premiere issue as well as 100 individual copies of their work.
2ND PRIZE (RUNNER-UP): Your story will be made into a comic and published as a 'one-shot' single issue by one of the top indie publishers. ($5,000-$25,000 value)
The Runner-Up comic will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
The 2nd Prize Winner will receive a custom 'silver-label' CGC graded copy of their comic and 50 individual copies of their work.
THIRD PRIZE: Your story made into a comic short story and published as part of an anthology by one of the leading indie comic publishers. ($1,000-$5,000 value)
The 3rd Prize winning property will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
The 3rd Prize Winner will receive a custom bronze-label' CGC graded copy of their comic and 25 individual copies of their work.
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: The Special Jury Prize Winner will get one page of original art for their story as either a cover, a sequential, or a pin-up. ($500-$1,500 value)
The Special Jury Prize Winner will have their work optioned by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.
2020 CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES
All submissions must adhere to the 2020 Script2Comic Screenplay Contest Rules & Guidelines.
This contest is VOID where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Please check your local jurisdiction for eligibility.
By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules of the contest and that you have the authorization to submit your material (script, teleplay, short story, comic script) to the Script2Comic Contest. You further agree that your material is owned entirely by you (and co-author(s)).
The Script2Comic Contest is international and open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older at the date of entry and has access to the Internet.
Scripts are not eligible for entry if the source material has been sold, produced, or is currently under option to any third party. Adaptations are not eligible.
Employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents and their immediate families of the Script2Comic Contest and its respective Sponsors, Judges, Financiers, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents are not eligible to enter.
Script2Comic Contest winners are not eligible to re-enter the winning material in future Script2Comic Contests. They are, however, eligible to enter different scripts for consideration.
If a submitted script, teleplay, comic script or short story becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, the applicant must notify Script2Comic and that material will no longer be eligible for an award.
The Script2Comic Contest accepts online entry only of feature film and original pilot television screenplays, short film scripts, comic book scripts and/or short stories.
Entry should consist of a screenplay, teleplay, short film script, short story or comic book and graphic novel scripts only. Do not include resumes, pitches, synopses, casting suggestions, letters, or other supporting documentation with your submission. Judges will not receive these materials. No illustrations will be accepted.
The exception is original hour-long and half-hour TV entries, which may include standard supplementary materials, such as character lists as part of the teleplay. This information would need to be included within the same file, at the end of the script.
No printed scripts will be accepted. To enter your script electronically, you must submit your script in PDF format.
All submissions should be of the length and format appropriate to the material: full-length screenplays (approximately 80 to 120 pages) or teleplays (hour-long approximately 40 to 70 pages, half-hour approximately 20 to 35 pages, half-hour multi-camera with double-spaced dialogue approximately 50 to 60) in standard industry format for motion picture screenplays and teleplays, written in English. Streaming/commercial-free format (e.g. no act breaks) is also eligible for television hour-long and half-hour entries.
Short stories and Comic book or graphic novel scripts are also eligible. Short Stories cannot exceed 30 typed pages. Screenplay entries must be under 150 pages. Graphic novel scripts must be under 225 comic pages.
Title Page – to be fair to all writers, Title and any WGA/copyright info only on title page, no writer(s) name or contact info. This is captured on your entry form. Do not include your name or any personally identifying information on any page of your script or synopsis.
Script file name must contain Title only e.g., “StarWars.pdf”. Synopsis should contain Title-Synopsis name format e.g., “StarWarsSynopsis.pdf”
Entrants may submit multiple entries. Each submission must include its own entry and must include a separate file and separate entry fee.
CO-WRITERS AND PRIZE DIVISION
Screenplays or scripts written by up to three people may be entered into the contest. Only one entry fee is required for such entries. All writers’ names should be listed on the online entry. List the writer who will be the primary contact first, and include the address, telephone, and email for that person only. All writers must authorize submission of the entry.
REVISIONS, RESUBMISSIONS, AND REFUNDS
In order to run a fair contest for all entrants, revisions or missing pages will not be accepted under any circumstances once an entry has been received.
If the script is rewritten during the entry submission period, the writer(s) may resubmit a script as a new entry for consideration in the contest. A resubmitted script is treated as a new entry and requires an additional entry fee.
Once an entry has been submitted and payment has been processed no refunds will be issued. Be SURE you submit the correct file, no refunds will be issued and no scripts accepted via email if you contact us to inform us that you submitted the incorrect file. You will need to re-submit as a new entry if you choose to do so.
Script 2 Comic Screenplay Contest entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.
Prize Winning screenplays that are to be made into comic books and optioned for adaptation into film and/or television will enter into a deal with the Financier, Sponsor and/or Producer for their property. Artist will get their script made into a comic book or graphic novel and the Financier/Sponsor and/or Producer of the comic will own the property, with Artist receiving a share of the publishing profits and at least WGA (Writer's Guild of America) minimum scale for their respective work when and if it is produced into a film, TV series or other media format. The Prize Winner(s) can decline to enter into this deal, but will forfeit the prize, which will then go to the next eligible entrant based on the Judge's final scores and/or Script2Comic, Financier, Producer and/or Sponsor's discretion.
By entering, you represent and affirm that your entry is an original creative work, and does not infringe, misappropriate or violate the copyright, trademark or other intellectual rights of any third party.
By agreeing to these Rules and Conditions you agree that you have read the rules and that you have the authorization to submit this screenplay. You further agree that your screenplay is owned by you (and co-author(s)).
The Script2Comic Contest and/or judges’ decisions are final, and disqualification can occur. If necessary, prize substitution of equal or greater value may occur and is at the sole discretion of the Contest and/or Sponsors, Financiers, Producers and/or Judges.
Potential Winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential Winners will be required to sign and return to Script2Comic Contest and/or Producer/Financier/Sponsor, within five (5) days of the date notice is sent (which may occur electronically), an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited by law) in order to claim their respective Prizes. If a potential Winner of any Prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period or if the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or chooses not to enter into a Publication / Option deal, the potential Winner forfeits the Prize. In the event that a potential Winner of a Prize is disqualified for any reason, Script2Comic Contest may award the applicable prize to an alternate Winner from among all remaining eligible Entries at its discretion.
Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Script2Comic Contest constitutes each Winner’s consent to Script2Comic Contest, its organizers and agents use of Winner's name, likeness, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
By entering, you acknowledge and agree that the Script2Comic Contest, its Judges, Affiliates, Organizers and Sponsors receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material already received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges, Sponsors, Organizers and/or Affiliates. You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by Script2Comic Contest, Judges, Organizers and/or Affiliates of any such other material.
The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless Script2Comic, Motor LLC, Thunder Comics, Armory Films, Scout Comics, our Sponsors, Producers, Judges and Affiliates, employees, contractors, and agents from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and/or publicity to the script, screenplay or other material entered.
If the Script2Comic Contest is materially interrupted or delayed by reason of epidemic, fire, action of the elements, walkout, labor dispute, strike, governmental order, court order, or order of any other legally constituted authority, act of God or public enemy, war, riot, civil commotion, or any other cause beyond Organizer’s control, whether of the same or of any other nature, any unexpired portion of the term hereof shall be postponed for the period of such interruption or interference.
Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. Our Judges are instructed and agree to evaluate scripts based on our standard criteria in ten categories however, the Script2Comic Contest and its administrators, employees, sponsors, affiliates or agents may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
The Script2Comic Contest notifies winners only. Entrants are advised to check our website and e-newsletter for judging announcements.
Question: Who actually draws the art and makes the comic book?
Answer: Art, production and publication of the comic will all be handled by the comic publisher and/or Script2Comic.com. Artist will be chosen based on the best style for the story at the discretion of the financier, publisher and or/Script2Comic, in consultation with the writer.
Quesiton: Is an adaptation okay if the work is in the public domain?
Answer: Yes, an adaptation is okay if the underlying work is in the public domain worldwide as of May 5, 2020.
Question: Is there a specific genre the contest will favor over another?
Answer: Any genre is eligible and should be entered. We may add genre specific categories if we get new sponsors, but we are looking for the best stories, period, of any genre, rating or type.
Question: Because this will be made into a comic book, is there a rating limit, ie should the material be safe for kids?
Answer: Comic books and graphic novels are made for all ages. From Hell, Road to Perdition are two examples. Horror, Teen, Comedy... Anything for any age range is eligible and appropriate for a graphic novel. The only limits are your imagination.
Question: Do I have to have registered my screenplay with the WGA?
Answer: WGA registration is recommended but not required.