Get It Made FAQ
When are the competition deadlines and announcements?
Early: November 1, 2018
Final: December 18, 2018
Top 100: February 13, 2019
Grand Prize and Top 10: March 6, 2019
What types of scripts do you accept?
3-5 Page Short-Form Screenplays, set in 1 location.
What genres do you accept, and can I enter in more than one?
We accept all genres except animation, musicals, reality TV, documentaries or erotica. We understand scripts can be categorized in many genres. Please pick the genre that best reflects your screenplay from the list below. You are welcome to enter in more than one genre, but another entry fee is required. Action/Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical and Horror.
Do you accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments or synopses, reality show concepts, or spec scripts?
No, we’re sorry; we do not. We accept ORIGINAL 3-5 Page short-form screenplays only.
Can I re-enter a rewrite or corrected versions of my script if I haven't ordered analysis?
Yes, you may re-enter your screenplay for the price of the current deadline fee.
What if I make a mistake and send the wrong script?
If you make a legitimate mistake entering and recognize this within 24 hours, email us here, and we’ll send you instructions on replacing your screenplay: GetItMade@
When will I receive my analysis?
Your analysis will be emailed to you within 90 days of submitting your script.
Will my screenplay be accepted if it’s not in the traditional format?
Scripts should be written in standard short format, set in 12-point Courier font. Scripts should be 3-5 pages long. While your entry will not be disqualified if it is longer or shorter than these specified page counts, or written in the designated industry standard font / format, for your own benefit we recommend that you adhere to the page length guidelines. Formatting does get taken into account in the judging process.
My screenplay is longer than 5 pages. Will it be disqualified?
Yes. Please keep the maximum page count to 5 pages.
Can I submit an adaptation of a book or play?
No, not at this time.
Can I submit more than one screenplay?
You sure can. You can also save on entry fees by submitting multiple screenplays at once!
If I enter more than one screenplay, do I get a discount?
Yes, you’ll save on each of your 2nd, 3rd and 4th entries if you submit them together on one form.
If I want to enter additional screenplays separately can I still get the multi-entry discounts?
No, you may not receive the multi-entry discount if you choose to enter each screenplay on separate forms. To receive the multi-entry discount you must enter the 2, 3 or 4 screenplays on the one form, choosing the 2,3 or 4 entry option. Unfortunately, we cannot back-track if you do not enter your screenplays together the first time.
Will entering early increase or decrease my chance of winning?
Entering early will neither increase nor decrease your chance of winning, but it will save you money!
How will I know if you received my script?
You will receive an email confirming your entry immediately upon submitting. If you do not, please email us here: GetItMade@EmergingScreenwriters.
What if my script is optioned or sold after I enter the competition?
Well, first of all congratulations! That’s exciting news! You can still participate as long as you still have rights to the material and/or permission to produce your short. If your script goes into production, however, we cannot transfer the prize to another screenplay or refund your entry fee.
I don’t live in the United States. Can I still enter the competition?
You sure can, but please just make sure it’s in English. No other languages are accepted at this time. Please also note some filming resources may be limited depending on the country you are in, but we will do our best to guide you appropriately.
Does Paypal accept currencies other than the American Dollar?
Yes! Paypal is set up to exchange most currencies into the American Dollar. Please visit www.Paypal.com if you have any concerns.
Are you going to shoot my short for me?
Yes. You are not required to participate in any of the production unless you choose to participate.
What if I'm not a director?
If you are not a director, no problem, many writers never get behind the camera. The Grand Prize Winner will work with Absurd Hero Productions as a consultant through all aspects of the project – from casting and crewing up to shooting & editing.
Do I get to choose the director?
Emerging Screenwriters and Absurd Hero Productions will select the director. This may not be you even if you win and are a director.
What if I don’t shoot my short?
You will forfeit the project services. You will still keep all other prizes from the Top 10 and Semi-finalist categories.
Do you accept entries via snail mail?
No. In an attempt to be green, we’re not accepting hard copies via the postal service. We’re accepting online entries and online payments via Paypal only. This includes all major credit cards.
Should I include my title page with my screenplay?
Yes, you should include your title, author(s) name, telephone number and email address. If you don’t, however, you won’t be disqualified.
Can I submit a screenplay under a pen name?
Do I need to submit a logline? Synopsis?
Logline: YES / Synopsis: NO
Do I have to enter my script as a PDF?
Yes. We only accept scripts in PDF format.
Does my script have to be registered?
No, but we DO recommend registering your work with the ISA Registry, WGA and/or the Library of Congress Copyright office.
Does the writer maintain rights to the screenplay?
Who owns the short when it's completed?
It becomes property of Emerging Screenwriters but you can use it as a tool to share, pitch or just watch for fun. The goal of this contest is to get your work produced and have a body of work to showcase. Emerging Screenwriters/Absurd Hero Productions does have the right to use it for promotional material to show what the process can result to.
What if my 3-5 page script is a part of a feature, who owns the feature?
In this case, you would. Emerging Screenwriters will not take that away from you, but we ask that you include us in the feature production and at bare minimum give us a “Special Thanks” credit on the credits scroll and an IMDb credit for the ISA. You are not obligated to but if we had something to do with the next step, we ask that you include us. The short remains part of our catalogue.
Do I receive revenue from the production?
Yes you will receive $250.
What does it mean when you say that employees / staff may be exploring the same ideas as my script. Are you going to take my script?
Similar ideas are thought of all the time as we do have writers on the team, but our goal is to help you get your work credited with your name to industry professionals. None of us want to take your story and put our name on it. We love to help writers!
- Grand Prize Winning screenwriters of any previous Emerging Screenwriters GET IT MADE Competition season will not be eligible to submit to any further contest seasons.
Screenwriters who have placed 3 times in the top 10 of GET IT MADE are ineligible to submit to any further contest season.
- Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and may not be encumbered by any third party.
- Scripts that have been sold, produced for a profit, or are currently under option are not eligible.
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 is eligible; the writers are responsible for the distribution of the competition prize(s).
- Those that receive a free script analysis are not eligible to receive a free resubmission, which may come as an option with purchased script analyses.
- Emerging Screenwriters cannot guarantee your script analysis will be received within enough time to resubmit.
- The writer understands that a script analysis can take up to 90-days turn-around time and may not be received before the end of the contest. This does not affect judging.
- Prize packages cannot be exchanged or transferred to another party. There are no refunds.
- Camera Equipment Package if arranged by Emerging Screenwriters / ISA is for short-term rental use only. You will not own the equipment.
- If you are the winner of the Grand Prize you accept responsibility for the camera and equipment. Emerging Screenwriters will not be liable for any damage to the equipment.
- Neither Emerging Screenwriters nor the equipment rental facility will be held liable to provide you more cash or equipment if you go over budget. All additional costs are at your own expense.
- If you decide not to produce the short project, all production services will be forfeited.
- The Emerging Screenwriters/Absurd Hero consulting producers will complete the production for you. You must sign an option agreement and upon signature and payment, you are not obligated to participate in anyway.
- The consulting producers will only be available in the United States, during business hours Pacific Time, and for a maximum of 2 pre-production days and 3 shooting days – for a total of 5 hours for each consultant, if needed.
- Production consulting services, cash payment and equipment prizes will be expired and forfeited 6 months after announcement date if proof of production progress is not shown within that time.
- Emerging Screenwriters/Absurd Hero and its staff assumes no responsibility or liability of the production set or project.
- No cash substitute for the production services or any other prizes forfeited will be provided.
Prizes, depending on the sponsor’s request, may be distributed in the rate of 1 package per person based on the highest placement and not per winning screenplay.
- Upon delivery of the edit by Absurd Hero, a Maximum of 2 Rounds of Notes will be included in the initial prize, after such time the winner will be billed at the rate of $75/hour for any additional changes.
- You may submit your entry and payment online only. We’re GREEN!
Multiple entries are permissible with an additional discount entry fee.
Once a script has been entered into the competition, we will only accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages if you contact us within 24 hours. After that, under no circumstances will we accept changes. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your script, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.
- Writers under the age of 18 years old must have parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.
- Competition applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the judges, which may not be disputed.
- 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.
- Winner must give the produced short credit, such as “Special Thanks” or “Script Facilitation” credit on IMDb and end credits on film.
- Payments will be accepted via Paypal where all major credit cards are accepted, or through registrations on the ISA website, Film Freeway and/or Withoutabox.
- Promotional discounts do not apply to ISA or Film Freeway registrations unless otherwise stated.
- By entering this competition, and in the event you are declared a finalist, you understand and accept that Emerging Screenwriters, Absurd Hero Productions and the ISA will be free to use your name, likeness, and completed short project for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration.
- Contestants are under no obligation to participate therein. Upon completion of the option agreement, the project belongs to Emerging Screenwriters.
- Contestants may submit a feature version of their screenplay to any other person, competition, producer, agent, publisher, and/or organization and will retain all rights to their screenplay if a feature version of project is pursued.
- No agreement for compensation, other than the prizes, has been implied.
- Include a standard title page, listing the title of your script, name of author(s), telephone number, and email address. This does NOT affect the judging process.
- Under no circumstances should you include your name or contact information within the body of your script.
- The competition and its administrators are not responsible for any errors or omissions on the writer’s submission.
- Please do not enclose synopses, casting suggestions, letters, resumes or 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 Emerging Screenwriters, its employees or judges may have misappropriated any ideas or portions of your submission logline or screenplay.
- 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 Emerging Screenwriters Get It Made Screenplay Competition you must agree to the Rules.