Please take a good look at the rules of our competition – it’s really important, as we can’t refund entries that don’t follow them.
Also, take a look at our FAQs. They explain things like rights, multiple entries, and what to do if you want feedback on your screenplay.
- Your entry must be an original script written either for cinema or television. Radio plays, stage plays, and any other work such as treatments, outlines, novels, novellas, or short stories of any kind will be disqualified without refund.
- Your screenplay must be between 45 and 125 pages long.
- You must not have earned more than £12,000 from movie or television writing in the five years before the end of the competition. This includes work on treatments, options and adaptations or dramatisations of other source material.
- You must be a current subscriber to Open Door magazine at the time you enter your script. Your first entry is then free, and additional entries, or re-submissions of any entry, will cost £42. You can find out more information about Open Door on this page. Subscriptions to Open Door cost £7.50 per month, and can be cancelled at any time. Payment is made via Stripe and PayPal account, or with any major credit or debit card.
- You must be at least 18 when you enter the competition. If you’re younger, you’ll need an adult to enter your screenplay for you.
- If a prize becomes unavailable for whatever reason we will add a different prize of equivalent value.
- Competition judges, their partners and immediate family, and any partners, staff or family of those people employed by Screenwritinggoldmine.com are not eligible to enter.
- We don’t give feedback on normal submissions. You can order feedback notes on your entry separately. We can’t enter into discussions about our feedback.
- We will announce the winners by email to the account you registered at the time of your submission, by Twitter, on the Screenwriting Goldmine Facebook Page, AND by a news item on this site.
- Please see this page for all deadlines and relevant dates.
- Your script MUST be submitted in one of the following formats:
- Microsoft Word for Windows
- Final Draft
- Movie Magic Screenwriter
- Windows Rich Text Format (RTF)
- Writer Duet
- Entries in other formats will be disqualified without refund.
- Your script must have been written originally in English. We don’t accept translations unless you credit your translator as a co-writer when you enter.
- Your entry must be your own original work. It may not be based, wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not. You may submit a script based on your own work which has been published in another form.
- You can collaborate with another writer, as long as both of you are named on the script title page. Works by three or more writers are not eligible.
- If any prizes are won by a two-writer collaboration, each writer will receive an Open Door subscription. One script feedback package (if applicable) will be distributed between the two writers by lottery. We will ask both writers to contact us so we can do this.
- You may submit as many scripts as you like. Each additional script will require its own entry fee.
- Your entry is final. We will not accept rewrites, corrections, replacement pages, or additional drafts.
- Registering your work with the Library of Congress or WGA, or any other registration/copyrighting organisation of your choice is acceptable, but not formally required by us.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Your complete entry will comprise a single copy of a script, and membership of Open Door, plus an entry fee if it is a second or additional entry. Scripts should be sent to email@example.com
- No rights are transferred at any stage of the contest. Your work remains completely your own at all times.
- The judges’ decisions are final. In the event of a clear tie at any stage or a deadlock that cannot be resolved by discussion, the casting vote will be made by Philip Gladwin.
- In our volatile industry, judges may change jobs during the competition. While this may affect their ability to option a script, it changes nothing about their capability to judge fine writing, nor their web of connections that can help them give writers a boost. A judge changing their job or employment status before the results are announced is no ground for a refund.
- We reserve the right to make amendments to these rules from time to time. Any such amendment will be made on this page only. We encourage you to check back to this rule page from time to time.
- Entering a script confirms that you accept these rules, and will abide by them, now, and in the future along with any amendments.
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If I win, will I definitely get work or an agent?
No. Each of our judges is senior enough in the industry that they have the power to make a major contribution to a writer’s career – that might be by hiring the writer, or recommending them at the highest level. But this industry is governed by personal taste, and nothing is guaranteed. Even if a judge admires the skill and quality of a screenplay, they may not want to commission or recommend the writer.
However, having your work read by these people is an extraordinary opportunity – and the competition has produced many success stories.
Do I have to be a subscriber to Open Door to enter?
Is there any difference between a script and a screenplay
Not for us. We use the terms interchangeably on this website.
Do I need a title page?
Yes. It should have your name, address, and the name of the script.
I only have a movie script. Is that a valid entry?
Definitely. We are looking for strong scriptwriters. So long as you meet our length requirements (45-125 pages) and the script is written for the screen, all forms of drama are valid.
Can I submit a partial script?
No – it’s impossible to judge without seeing the whole story. We need to see a full screenplay for cinema or TV.
Can I enter the first episode of a TV series?
We accept pilot episodes, as long as they’re over 45 pages and free-standing. They should work as standalone screenplays, and should move, intrigue, and set up the series.
Do you want supporting material?
All we need is your script. We don’t want any supporting documentation, such as pitches, series bibles, series storylines or character biogs.
I’ve entered my screenplay in another competition. Is that OK?
Yes, that’s fine. We aren’t connected to any other competition, and we’ll form our own opinion of what we like. So we don’t mind if you’ve submitted your screenplay elsewhere.
My screenplay has won another competition. Is that OK?
Yes, as long as the prize money didn’t take your earnings from screenwriting over £12,000 in the last five years.
I entered my script to a previous Goldmine contest. Can I re-enter it?
In entering the competition, am I giving you the rights to the screenplay?
Absolutely not. Your screenplay remains entirely your own property.
Can I enter more than one screenplay?
You can enter as many screenplays as you like. The first comes free with your Open Door membership, then each additional script you send us costs £42.
Do you give feedback on my screenplay?
Because of the number of entries we get, we don’t have time to give everyone proper feedback – and we don’t believe in giving rushed feedback, as it can harm your growth as a writer. However, we do offer the chance for you to pay for script feedback. This feedback is separate from the judging process, and comments in this feedback should not be interpreted as indicative of success or failure in the contest.
Do you accept paper entries?
No – you need to email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I send you alterations or rewrites once I’ve entered my screenplay?
No. If you want to enter a revised version of your screenplay, you’ll need to pay another entry fee. So please make sure you’re happy with it before you enter!
Will you send my screenplay back?
No, because we don’t accept paper entries – only online ones. We delete all the entries from our system after the winners are announced.
I’ve paid you for consultancy on my screenplay. Can I enter it?
Yes, that’s fine.
Do I have to be from the UK to enter?
No, but your script does have to be written in English – or, if it has been translated, your translator must be named as a collaborator on your entry.
We recommend you look at the judging panel and work out whether you think they can help you achieve your career goals.
Does my script have to be written in English?
How much are the entry fees?
You must be a member of Open Door at the time you enter. Open Door costs £7.50 per month. Your first entry is then free, but each extra entry, or re-submission, costs £42. So make the first entry count 🙂
I’m outside the UK – how much are the fees in my local currency?
Since exchange rates fluctuate constantly, we can’t tell you how exactly how much. However, we take payment through Stripe and PayPal, who use fairly standard international conversion rates, and who will convert your currency when you pay. The informational site www.xe.com also offers a rough guide to currency conversion rates.
If there’s anything else you need to know, please get in touch. We’re always happy to help.
Frankly, I think it was about the best run competition I have ever encountered and it had integrity and credibility seeping out of every email, every web page announcement, the choice of the judges, the way you handled the stages. I would only counsel that you do not change anything without a reason – a damn good reason, and then only after you have thought about it and had a hot bath followed by a cold shower.
Patrick Maher, Australia