A: Complete the form on the SUBMIT ENTRY page.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Paypal and all major credit cards.
Q: Can I mail a copy of my Screenplay, Submission Form and Payment?
A: No, we’re sorry. We only accept online submissions and payments at this time.
Q: Should I include my contact information on my title page?
A: Yes, but it does not affect judging either way if you forget to include it.
Q: Who will be reading my screenplay/judging the contest?
A: The final panel of judges will be comprised of members of the Los Angeles Film Community, including but not limited to producers, managers and established writers.
Q: Will you fly me to Chicago, IL if I win?
A: The respective Feature/Pilot GRAND PRIZE winner will receive coach airfare and hotel accommodations resulting in a four-night stay.
Q: Does the Short Grand Prize or lSA Chicago Award winner get a hotel stay too?
A: No, the Short Grand Prize winner nor the ISA Chicago Award winner will receive airfare or hotel since the local winner will live within at least 106 miles of Chicago.
Q: When will my Table Read be scheduled?
A: It will be in Chicago in October 2017. If the final date as selected by TRMS does not work for the winner, TRMS will not provide any cash value matching for the non-accepted airfare and hotel expenses turned down by the winner. We will be as flexible as possible, but the ultimate decision resides solely with TRMS.
Q: How will I participate in the Table Read?
A: You sit back, relax, and observe as a director works scenes from your winning screenplay with the actors in preparation for the showcase of your first 20 pages.
Q: Do I maintain the rights to my screenplay?
A: Absolutely YES, you retain all the rights to your screenplay!
Q: Do I need to submit a Synopsis?
Q: Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Q: Does my screenplay have to be registered?
A: No, but we do recommend registering your work with the WGA West , the Library of Congress Copyright office or other similar organization in your country. It’s really easy and a VERY smart thing to do.
Q: Do you accept TV Pilots, Web Series and Short screenplays?
Q: If I select that I am a Chicago local will I only be considered for the ISA Chicago Writer Award?
A. All Chicago writers will be considered for all applicable award options.
Q. Where does the ISA Chicago Writer Award stand in the ranks?
A. The ISA Chicago Writer Award is chosen out of the semi-finalists as a separate accolade. The Chicago local writer honored with this award may or may not reach the Top 10.
Q: I will be moving before October 2017. Am able to change the location category I submitted for during the contest?
A. You are only eligible for the location prize from where you held residence when you submitted. For example, those who submit locally will not be offered airfare if they are suddenly living in another country in October. Please be prepared for this and take your October location into account when submitting. There won’t be any exceptions.
Q: What’s the minimum/maximum required page length?
A: Feature – (70 – 120 pages), Shorts – (1 – 40 pages) , TV Pilots – (10 – 60 pages)
Q: Does genre matter in my submission?
A: Yes, but only to determine what your goal is for your work. All categories and genres of scripts are in competition with one another.
Q: What genres do you accept?
A: All genres are welcome. When submitting, please choose the genre category that BEST suits your screenplay!
Q: Can I submit my screenplay in multiple categories?
A: Yes, you can. Each time you submit in each category, you will have to pay the entry fee.
Q: If I make the Semi-Finalist list what elements of the screenplay are taken into consideration during the judging?
A: We are looking for excellence in Originality, Plot, Structure, Pacing, Dialogue, strength of Characters, and Marketability.
Q: I don’t live in the United States; am I still eligible?
A: Yes, but all submissions must be in English.
Q: Are flights paid for by TRMS?
A: Yes, we will purchase an international flight worth up to $1,500 USD, Domestic flight worth up to $800 USD.
Q: If I choose not to fly or stay in your hotel, is there a cash equivalent?
A: No. If you decide not to utilize the flight or hotel, they are simply forfeited.
Q: Is an adaptation of a published novel (by somebody else) eligible?
A: You must have the legal rights to adapt the book to enter your screenplay.
Q: Can I make a change to a submission?
A: You may make a change to submission within 24 hours of the original submission ONLY.
Q: What stops you from taking my idea and developing it yourself?
A: Our panel of judges is comprised of respected industry professionals, and they have no intention of stealing your material. They’re actually hoping to find new talent to work with. If you make it to the TOP 100, your work will be seen by these professionals, which in turn, gets you one step closer to getting your screenplay produced. You can sit at home and protect your ideas all day long hoping for that one right person to come along, or you can get your work out there and show us what you’ve got!