A screenplay contest...writing lab...week-long retreat! Sponsored by the International Screenwriters Association (ISA).

The Story Farm coaches and International Screenwriters' Assoc. team members will bring eight writers to a 10,000 square foot, renovated farmhouse on a peaceful, private, and serene two acres in southeastern Wisconsin for an intensive workshop and lab writing retreat. Walking distance to a lakeside village, The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat will focus your time on workshopping and lectures, developing you and your career, and offer five nights of creativity, catered meals, open writing time, mentoring and networking. Two Scholarship Winners will receive $400 toward their airfare, and automatic inclusion in the ISA Development Program with five pages of notes after the retreat is over.

No other contest or retreat offers this much support, industry exposure and development, education, fun and creativity! Especially since...

The kicker? Every writer who applies to The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat, regardless of acceptance, receives Max Timm's online course for free with the price of the application.

The Fall 2017 Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat: October 29 - November 3

Regular deadline application fee is only $60!

Read more about the contest and see images of the retreat location here: http://thecraftcourse.thinkific.com/courses/the-story-farm-screenwriting-lab-retreat-contest

Awards & Prizes

Eight Finalists Receive

-Five-days, all expenses* paid writing retreat
-Free submission to and consideration for the ISA Development Program, with five pages of notes on your finished script after the retreat
-An intensive screenwriting lab and workshop - scroll down to read the bio of our lead mentor, Max Timm
-Full week of education, brainstorming, feedback on material, industry and business support/recommendations
-Additional Story Farm and ISA team members will join the retreat as special mentors
-Open writing time in the afternoons
-Special events and dinners in the evenings
-Opening and Closing Night parties
-Story & Bonfire Nights
-Free, one-year membership to ISAConnect
-All applicants receive The Craft Course in Screenwriting with the price of their application fee (a $99 value) regardless of acceptance into the Lab & Retreat!

*2 of the 8 finalists/winners will receive $400 toward their airfare. The remaining six finalists/winners will need to cover their airfare costs.

Two Grand Prize Winners Receive:

--$400 toward their airfare, plus their own private suite on the farm.
--Automatic invite into the ISA Development Program - industry exposure, script circulation, year-long career support
--Six Months of The Story Farm personal consulting and development service with Max Timm

Top 25 Writers Receive:
-$50 off the ISA Development Program submission
-Free feedback on your project's logline, hook, and concept
-$1000 off The Story Farm 12-month coaching and development service with Max Timm, or $500 off the six-month option (can be applied to a payment plan)
-Exposure through announcement of Top 25 through the ISA's network

Rules & Terms

How To Apply (scroll down to the FAQ section to find out how we judge your application):

--If you have trouble submitting any of the materials, you can email them to max@thestoryfarm.org
-Submit first 20 pages of best writing sample in PDF format only - (please do not submit more than 20 pages)
-TWO loglines: one logline for the presented 20-page writing sample AND a logline for the new project the writer intends to work on while on the retreat. The Story Farm suggests that you work on a brand new project while on the retreat.
-One-page bio/artistic statement: please reference why you intend to work on the new proposed project and how it fits within your artistic vision and voice.
-A list/resume of any and all screenwriting, industry, or educational accolades – from contest wins and placements, to secured representation or produced material, or even industry jobs like Jack Nicholson’s personal assistant, or Writer’s Assistant to Joss Whedon. “Educational accolades” could be as simple as “BA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts”, or as complex as a Nobel Prize in Literature.

If you have never written a screenplay before, this retreat will be a little overwhelming, but we welcome first-time writers if they are ready and willing to dive in to the education process and work hard. If there is not a writing sample available, the writer must explain this within his/her one-page story bio.

Rules and Regulations:
-All 8 Finalists must be available to attend the scheduled retreat days - October 29-November 3, 2017. Unless due to an unforeseen emergency, if the finalist/winner is unable to attend the retreat, the application fee will not be refunded and the writer's spot will be filled by the next available writer within the top 25.
-Only the top two finalists - known as Scholarship Winners - will receive $400 toward their airfare. The remaining six finalists must cover their own airfare.
-The retreat location is about an hour north of Chicago and O'Hare Int'l Airport, while also about 45 minutes south of General Mitchell int'l Airport in Milwaukee. Transportion WILL be provided by The Story Farm crew. Finalists will be notified as to transportation plans to and from their respective airports. We highly recommend landing in Milwaukee to avoid the congestion of O'Hare.
-All applicants must be 21 years old or older (due to alcohol being served and presented during the retreat)
-All writers from all countries are welcome to enter the competition; however, all scripts must be submitted in English, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
-All Eight Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat Finalists and their screenplays are ineligible to enter into any future season.
-Scripts and ideas must be the original work of the author(s), or must be legally optioned by a rights holder.
-Your script must be an original screenplay or teleplay. As of this time, The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat is not accepting submissions for manuscripts/novels, short stories, or any other literary medium.
-Screenplays adapted from your own self-published books, plays, or other source material are eligible if you have retained all rights to your work.
-Adaptations from other works are permissible provided you have the writer's written permission to adapt the work.
-Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible.
-Collaborative work and writing teams is/are eligible, however will not be considered for Top 2/Full Scholarship prize due to the limited number of spots available for the final eight writers included in the retreat.
-You may submit your entry and payment online only. We’re GREEN!
-Promotions must be used at the time of submission and will not be added to previous submissions.
-Multiple entries: if you are not part of a writing team, you can only submit one application for yourself. If the writer is part of a writing team and the partnered writer does not also submit to the Lab & Retreat, the writing partner will NOT be able to join on the retreat.
Both or all members of a writing team must submit separate applications as if they are applying by themselves, AND they must reference who their writing partner is within the bio one-sheet.
-Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges.
-Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in his/her country.
-Payments to be accepted via Paypal only, or through registrations on The ISA website. All major credit cards accepted.
-By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat as well as The ISA will be free to use your name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
-Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein.
-Contestants may submit their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay before, during, and after the lab and retreat.
-No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
-CONNECT Membership prizes expire after 90 days and cannot be combined with a current free CONNECT membership.
-Decisions of the Judges are final and may not be disputed. The Judges will adhere to our competition guidelines; however, the competition and its administrators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions on the part of the Judges.
-Length requirements are as follows: 1). 20-Page Screenplay sample INCLUDING a logline of completed sample AND for future/intended project (Feature or TV) in PDF format 2). One-Page of a Bio for the submitting writer or writing team, also in PDF format 3) One-Page resume listing industry, writing, and educational accolades and accomplishments
-Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, photos with your submission. They will not be forwarded to the Judges.
-You understand that your logline and screenplay will be reviewed by our employees and/or our panel of Industry Judges for evaluation. You also understand that any one of these employees, or judges may have been or may be exploring ideas similar to yours, and you hereby waive any claim that The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat, its employees, coaches, mentors, or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay or developing project.
-The writer understands and accepts without reservation that he/she is an independent contractor and that Competition Administrators are not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
-To enter The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat you must agree to the Rules.