Who we are:
Storyline is a new collaboration between Student Media and Film at Mason alumni, faculty, and students. We aim to not only create the first publishing outlet for screenwriters at Mason but also present screenwriting as a form of literature for the Mason community to enjoy.

Mission:
Despite screenwriting being the foundation of the filmmaking process, it rarely receives literary acclaim on its own. Storyline is an annual literary publication created by screenwriters for screenwriters. Our mission is to honor the craft of screenwriting and create a space for Mason screenwriters to share and celebrate their work.

Honor the Craft:
We consider screenwriting to be a craft of its own, worthy of literary celebration. Screenplays can be poetic and thought provoking. Screenplays can be heartbreaking and hilarious. Regardless of the genre, Storyline seeks to shine a spotlight on exemplary student work that demonstrates the power of storytelling.

Sharing our Stories:
Too often, a screenwriter’s story isn’t told until it reaches the screen. Storyline seeks to be a platform for students to share their projects apart from film productions. Writers of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, nations of origin, and religions are encouraged to submit. Our vision is to build community amongst Mason screenwriters and share the multitude of perspectives that makes Mason unique.

Ten screenplays will be selected for our first publication. Students whose screenplays are selected will receive a small monetary prize.*

*The payment of a monetary prize is subject to U.S. laws and regulations, including those that prohibit payments to persons from or who reside in countries subject to U.S. sanctions.

Submissions will only be accepted between 1/23/2023 and 2/17/2023.

Who can submit?
• We only accept submissions from current GMU Film & Video Studies majors or students currently enrolled in FAVS courses.

Acceptable Screenplays:
• We welcome and hope to see screenplays of all styles and genres.
• We do not consider previously published work.
• Submissions must be original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights.
• Students may submit a maximum of 2 screenplays.

Required format:
• Submissions must be made in the form of PDF.
• There is a strict 10-page submission limit per screenplay. (Title page does not count towards 10-page limit)
• All screenplays must be in English.
• Please visit this link for additional information on how to format your screenplay: https://www.finaldraft.com/learn/how-to-format-a-screenplay/

If you're selected:
• All selected screenplays will receive a small monetary prize along with our gratitude. *
• Those selected will also receive one copy of the print journal upon publication.
• Prior to publication, all selected students must sign a copyright agreement. Please visit Storyline.gmu.edu to view our copyright agreement.

*The payment of a monetary prize is subject to U.S. laws and regulations, including those that prohibit payments to persons from or who reside in countries subject to U.S. sanctions.