The First 10 Pages Script Competition recognizes feature and television writing in all genres.

Why The First 10 Pages? A writer only has the first 10 pages (sometimes less) to grab an executive, producer, manager, agent, or talent and hook them into reading the entire screenplay.

Winning scripts receive
* "Winner" Recognition Laurel
* Script listed on the "Ink & Cinema Showcase" page of the website with Logline and Bio.

All Official Selections receive
* An "Official Selection" laurel
* Script title and writer name listed on the "Ink & Cinema Showcase" page of website

* Accepting feature screenplays and TV scripts in all genres
* Submit the first 10 pages of the script only.
* Entrant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
* All entries must be in English.
* 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 Format: Include title, and writer's name(s). (Contact information is optional, and not required. Please only include contact information you wish to make available publicly for executives to contact you.)
* 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 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.



What genres do you accept?
The competition accepts scripts in ALL genres.

Can my submission be based on a previously released film or television show?
No, we do not currently accept material based on previous films or television shows.

Can my submission be based on a current television program?
No, we do not accept material based on current television shows.

Do you accept international submissions?
Yes, we welcome international writers. All submissions must be in English.


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

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).


How do I submit my material for consideration?
Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway.

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 entry form. Entries that fail to include the legal name of the writer on the on the entry form will be disqualified.

If I use a pen name and my script wins or places in the competition, will the competition 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 their profiles and loglines included on the competition 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.


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.


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.


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 First 10 Pages Screenplay Competition 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.


Can anyone have access to the material once submitted?
No. We will never share your script publicly.

How will you use my contact information?
Rest-assured, we will never sell or rent your contact information to anyone.

Overall Rating
  • Guillaume Banniard

    I had no idea I was about to "face" around 600 other screenwriters, mostly Americans. Which is a good thing, because I might have thought : "I'm an unknown guy from France, how can I compete ?". And yet, my script made it to the official selection. Thanks to the First 10 pages Showcase for taking my story and characters so seriously.

    June 2021
  • Great experience. The card sent in the mail was a VERY nice touch. Thank you for that!

    May 2021
  • The First 10 Pages Script Contest team are knowledgeable and passionate about the film industry and screenwriting. They run a very organized and fun competition; and their communications with and support for participants is top notch. They definitely earn and deserve five stars across the board!

    December 2020
  • This contest caused us to re-evaluate our opening scene, which proved to be insightful and rewarding. We were humbled to win, and we would most certainly enter again.

    May 2020
  • juliette garrigues

    The First 10 Pages Script Contest has always been a great experience for me. Three years ago, I was among the winners for the pilot The Exchange and this year for an animated screenplay. Now my manager is making contact with different production companies and distributors, and being among the winners of this competition has made the process.
    For me this contest is really important because I want the audience of my films to enjoy the ride. To achieve that, I know it’s up to me as the writer to establish that emotional investment. Doing so at the beginning of a screenplay is crucial. This is the reason why I know the value of this contest and continue to participate in it.
    I thank all the organizers of this festival and give them my highest accolades.
    Juliette Garrigues

    April 2020