The ONLY screenplay competition focused exclusively on adapted material. The Adapted Screenplay Competition recognizes ADAPTED feature screenplays, television scripts, and shorts in ALL genres.
>> SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS <<
Accepting ADAPTED feature film screenplays, TV scripts and shorts, in all genres. Each submission entry requires:
SCREENPLAY, TELEPLAY or SHORT
Feature screenplays must not exceed 135 pages. Television scripts must not exceed 75 pages. Shorts must not exceed 25 pages.
LOGLINE / SYNOPSIS
A brief description of your script’s story (up to 50 words).
A Writer’s Bio – may include background, resume, accolades, training, experience, as well as any upcoming projects.
WINNERS – SHOWCASE
Winning script(s) receive
* "Winner" Recognition Laurel
* Script listed on the "Ink & Cinema Showcase" page of the sponsor's website with logline and bio.
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS – SHOWCASE
Official Selections receive
* An "Official Selection" laurel
* Script listed on the "Ink & Cinema Showcase" page of the sponsor's website.
* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* All entries must be in English.
* Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages. Television scripts must be between 20 and 60 pages. Shorts must be between 5 pages and 25 pages.
* Submissions must be for narrative projects (no documentaries, no reality shows accepted)
* Multiple submissions are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
* All entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
* Title Page: Include title, writer's name and, title and author of source material the script is adapted from. (Contact information is optional, and not required. Please only include contact information you wish to make available publicly should your script be selected as a winner.)
* Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. No exceptions.
* Both produced and unproduced scripts are eligible.
* Both represented and non-represented writers are eligible.
* Teams of writers are eligible.
* Scripts that have previously won a competition are eligible.
* Substitutions of corrected pages, revised material, or new drafts, require a new entry and payment.
* We DO NOT offer deadline extensions.
* We DO NOT offer fee waivers or discounts.
* WE DO NOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVERS, OR DISCOUNTS, OR DEADLINE EXTENSIONS.
* We DO NOT offer individual feedback on script submissions.
* All submission payments are final. We do not provide refunds.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you own the rights to the material submitted.
* By submitting a script you confirm that you have read and agree to our eligibility and rules. Judges decisions are final.
>> FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS <<
- ACCEPTED MATERIAL -
What is the definition of an adapted script?
An adapted script is based on underlying copyrighted source material. Underlying material could be a book, short story, magazine article, news story, or stage play.
What types of underlying material do you accept for adapted script submissions?
The Adapted Screenplay Competition only accepts adapted scripts based on the following types of source material:
* Published Novel
* Published Non-Fiction Book (Narrative or Other)
* Published Short Story
* Published Graphic Novel
* Published News or Magazine Article
* Published or Performed Stage Play
Can my adapted script submission be based on material in the public domain?
Yes, we accept adapted screenplays/teleplays based on material in the public domain, in which copyright protection has expired.
Can I submit an adapted script based on a book, article or play I wrote?
Yes, we accept submissions from writers who authored the underlying material and who, therefore, already control the rights.
Can I submit an adapted script based on an unpublished manuscript I wrote?
No, material adapted from a writer’s own work must be derived from a published work.
Can I submit a script based on a previously released film or television show?
No, we do not currently accept material based on previous films or television shows.
Can I submit a script based on a current television program?
No, we do not accept material based on current television shows.
Do I have to own or control the rights to the underlying source material my script is based on?
No, you do not need to own or control the rights to the underlying material, however, you must have permission from the copyright holder to adapt the material.
What genres do you accept for adapted scripts?
We accept adapted scripts in ALL genres
Do you accept international submissions?
Yes, we welcome international writers. All submissions must be in English.
- DOCUMENT FORMATTING & LENGTH -
What is the minimum/maximum page length for feature screenplay submissions?
Feature screenplays must be between 85 and 120 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for television pilot script submissions?
Television pilot scripts must between 22 to 60 pages in length.
What is the minimum/maximum page length for short submissions?
Shorts must between 5 to 25 pages in length.
If my screenplay/teleplay exceeds the maximum page count, can I still submit my script?
No, we do not accept scripts that exceed the maximum page count. Feature screenplays more than 120 pages, television pilot scripts more than 65 pages, and shorts more than 25 pages in length will be disqualified.
If my screenplay/teleplay/short is under the minimum page count, can I still submit my script?
No, we do not accept scripts that do not meet the minimum page count. Feature screenplays less than 85 pages, television pilot scripts less than 22 pages in length, and shorts less than 5 pages will be disqualified.
Do the minimum/maximum page lengths include the title page?
No, the title page is not included in the minimum/maximum page count.
Do you have any specific formatting requirements?
Yes, all scripts must be submitted in standard script format. No exceptions.
* Font should be Courier 12 point
* Page numbers should be located in the upper right corner of each page
* Margins should be no less than 1-inch.
Do I need to include a title page with my script?
Yes. A title page is required.
What information do I need to include on the title page?
The title page MUST include:
* Title of Script
* Writer’s Name
* Based On [Title and Author]
Can I submit material in Final Draft or Word?
No, all entries must be submitted in PDF format. No exceptions.
How do I turn my document into a PDF file?
If you are using screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting, the software will allow you to save your script as a PDF file. If you have written your script in Microsoft Word, you also have the option to save the document as a PDF file or to print as a PDF file (which saves the document in PDF format).
- SUBMITTING MATERIAL -
Do I have to include a Copyright or WGA registration number with my submission?
No, it is not required, however we recommend you obtain a copyright or WGA registration number (or foreign equivalent) for your material.
Can I enter more than one script in the competition?
Yes, multiple submissions are accepted. Each submission requires a separate entry.
Can I submit a script under a pen name?
Yes. If you use a pen name, be sure to include and indicate your pen name on the title page. You must also include your legal name on the title page. Entries that fail to include the legal name of the writer on the title page will be disqualified.
If I use a pen name and my script wins or places in the competition, will Adapted Screenplay keep my legal name private?
Yes, if you use a pen name and your script wins or places in the competition, we will only publicize your pen name in association with your script.
If I rewrite my script after entering the competition can I submit my new draft?
Yes, new drafts of submitted scripts are accepted with a separate entry and fee payment.
Can I send a paper copy of my script to your mailing address?
No. We do not accept paper copies of scripts. Only PDF copies of scripts are accepted.
Why do you ask for a Writer Bio and what should I include?
Winning writers have the opportunity to have their profiles and loglines included on the sponsor's website, therefore, we collect writer bios at the time of submission. Your bio has no impact on the judging process. Simply share what you feel we should know about you. This may include your writing accolades, training, and experience, as well as any current and past projects.
- SELECTION PROCESS -
Who are your readers?
All of our readers have significant experience and credentials in the industry. They have worked for production companies, studios, managers, agents, and talent.
How can you guarantee my submission will be reviewed and receive a fair chance?
Rest-assured all entries are carefully considered.
- PAYMENTS -
Is there a way I can enter the competition for free? Do you provide fee waivers for writers with financial hardships?
No, we do not offer fee waivers of any kind.
What if I change my mind about entering the competition after making payment, can I receive a refund?
No, we do not offer refunds for any reason. No exceptions. Be sure to carefully read and verify your submission meets all criteria prior to entry.
Where does the money go for the entry fee?
Entry fees are used to pay professional readers, administrative labor fees, promotional expenses, and delivery costs.
- OWNERSHIP OF RIGHTS OF SUBMITTED MATERIAL -
Does the entrant retain rights to the submitted material?
Yes, entrants retain all the rights to their works.
If I win will I have to assign any rights to my material or any percentage of sales or future profits?
Absolutely not. Entrants retain all the rights to their works. Neither Adapted Screenplay nor its readers, judges or sponsors will attach themselves to your material as a condition of you being designated a winner, nor will we demand any percentage of any sales you make as a result of entering or winning the competition.
- PRIVACY / CONFIDENTIALITY -
Can anyone have access to the material once submitted?
No. Adapted Screenplay Competition and its sponsors will never share your script publicly.
Response from festival:
Thank you for your feedback, Mark. We are always looking for ways to improve the competition experience for participants. There are many ways screenwriters may judge the value of a competition, depending on their personal goals. In previous years, the Adapted Screenplay Competition has offered cash prizes as well as feedback. What we've discovered is that most of the screenwriters who enter our competition want to get their scripts optioned and produced and, therefore, they value having their scripts named a Winner or Official Selection because the recognition is beneficial when pitching their screenplays to potential producers, production companies and managers. Of course, writer's goals vary and some may be looking to earn cash through competitions or feedback to improve the quality of their script. With so many screenwriting competitions to consider, writers have the opportunity to select those that are the right fit for their personal goals. Congratulations on your script being named an Official Selection! We wish you all the best with your screenwriting endeavors.