Category: General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do I need to enter the competition?

A. An original feature film screenplay or short film or teleplay, a signed application with release form, and a US$ entry fee. Please check the prizes and deadlines page for appropriate cut off dates for all respective entry deadlines.
* NOTE: Entrants also have the opportunity to receive the Judge’s scorecard and a page of the judge’s notes for an additional $40.

Q. When are the application forms available?

A. Mid November through the first of May.

Q. When is the final late entry deadline?

A. April 15th is the Final Deadline.

Q. How do I enter the competition?

A. CWA is 100% green. You can enter the full application online through the CWA website by selecting the orange Submit Now button or via Withoutabox or Film Freeway (this includes your application/release form, paid entry fee via PayPal’s secure site, and script submission). Alternatively, you may send a money order if you prefer to pay by mail, however, you must still complete the application and release form online.

As always, we encourage everyone to go green and submit all requirements online. If you do choose to pay with money order by mail, follow the same initial process of filling out the online application/release form, and once you are done with that section, select the alternative route to pay by postal.  You may send a money order by the appropriate deadline of entry to the address below:

  • Creative World Awards
  • 4712 Admiralty Way, #268
  • Marina del Rey, CA
    90292

Q. When will the Creative World Awards winners be announced?

A. Preliminary Qualifiers: Week of August 1st; Quarterfinals: August 8th; Semifinals: August 15th; Finalists: August 22nd, Winners: August 29th.

Q. As a foreign citizen, I have difficulty obtaining United States dollars. May I use a check in my own currency to pay the entry fee?

A.  Entry fees must be paid with either a credit card through our online system or a money order by mail. With the online application system, entrants may use any major credit card to pay the required entry fee.

Eligibility, Adaptations and Collaborations

Q. Who can enter the competition?

A. Any screenwriter 18 years or older.

Q. Can collaborative teams enter this competition?

A. Yes, if the team consists of exactly two writers who are equal partners in all aspects of the creation of the script. Please note, however, that each collaborator must fill out and sign the online application release form.

Q. Are citizens of countries other than the United States eligible?

A. Yes. Any writer who writes in English and meets the other eligibility requirements is welcome to enter the competition.

Q. Do you accept short screenplays, features, and teleplays?

A. Yes.

Q. What’s the minimum/maximum required page length for features?

A. Approximately up to 120 pages, however, a script will not be disqualified based on length.

Q. Does that mean that an 85 or 130 page script will be disqualified?

A. No. We include the word “approximately” in the competition rules to allow for some flexibility, however, generally 90-120 pages is the preferred industry standard where possible. *Please note: If an entrant orders a script analysis, coverage, or judge’s highlights, a $1 per page fee applies if the script is at 125 pages or more.

Q. What elements of the script are taken into consideration during the judging?

A. The judges take into consideration how well your screenplay depicts the following: Structure (Distinguishable Act I, II, & III), Plot, Characterization, Dialogue, Style/Description, Clarity, Originality, and Marketability.

Q. Does my script have to be registered?

A. No, however, you should always make it a priority to copyright your work. You can register your work very easily through the Writers Guild of America (WGA) website or the Library of Congress copyright office.

Q. Does the writer maintain rights to their screenplay?

A. Yes, the writer maintains full rights of their screenplay.

Q. Do I need to submit a synopsis?

A. No, only a 2-4 sentence logline.

Q. What genres do you accept?

A. We accept and welcome all genres, and each script will be judged according to its own genre category.

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. All major credit cards or US money order.

Q. Is an adaptation of a published novel eligible?

A. No, not unless the novelist and screenwriter are one in the same and/or the screenwriter has full legal rights to original material.

Q. Can I make a change to a submission?

A. Only if you send in your revised draft and then pay a $45 resubmission fee. If you would like to resubmit, email us at info@creativeworldawards.com to complete processing of the new script. Once the new script is submitted and the $45 fee paid, your revised script will be considered a new submission.

Q. How will I know you received my script?

A. You will receive an email confirming that your entry has been received. Please note: We suggest you try to submit all materials together at one time. If you would like to check the status of your application, you can also log into the website.

Q. What type of script files do you accept?

A. Adobe Acrobat (.pdf file) is preferred, however, we will also accept Final Draft and Word doc. If you have Movie Magic, please convert to a PDF before uploading your file.

Q. What information do you want on the title page?

A. We suggest only including the title of your project and you may include your WGA registration number, if applicable. We ask that you not include your name or contact information within the body of your script, however, we will not count off for this on the script’s scoring.

Q. Does my script have to be formatted?

A. Yes. All font should be 12 pt courier and it should follow the standard industry format. Handwritten scripts will not be accepted under any conditions. Also, make sure to keep copies of your work as scripts will not be returned.

Q. If I win a prize, do I lose any rights to my screenplay?

A. No. The writer retains the rights to their screenplay.

Q. How does the Grand Prize Winner Film Production Award work?

Following the close of the season, the Grand Prize Winner will be given a choice to either receive $1,000 additional cash prize money to the existing $3,000 or they may elect for taking advantage of the opportunity for CWA to make a short film version of their script. In the latter case, the Grand Prize Winner receives $3,000 only for their cash prize, and the opportunity for their script to be made into a short film with the short’s production covered by CWA. However, any collaboration from the writer on the short is at that point considered payment in full with no other monies awarded to them other than the $3,000. The short script will be ten pages or less, and the Co-founders will work closely with the GPW as needed to craft the script. If the writer elects for the production route rather than taking the additional $1,000, CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange will produce the script in the winter. The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in late Feb, and following the festival be used as a tool by CWA to promote the Grand Prize Winner’s feature script. Once the short film premieres at the festival, the writer will also receive imdb credit as the writer on the film. The Grand Prize Winner agrees that if they elect to forgo the additional $1,000 cash, no other monies will be awarded to them for contributing to the writing on the short film other than the $3,000. The Moving Image Xchange LLC and CWA will have full ownership of the produced short film, however, the writer will still retain full ownership of their feature script. The short production will have no impact on the ownership of the writer’s feature length script. The Grand Prize Winner also understands that should they elect to forgo the additional $1,000 in order to do the short version of the script that they are responsible for working with the CWA Co-Founders in a timely manner to create the content of the short script, with CWA and The Moving Image Xchange having final say on the script’s content to ensure production value and limitations are met. CWA may elect not to produce the script if the writer does not meet the deadlines in a timely fashion. CWA Co-Founders will work with the writer to develop the short script in the months of September and October, with a tentative shoot date set for November or December each year. The film will then premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in early March. Producing the short script is at the sole discretion of CWA and The Moving Image Xchange, LLC. Should CWA and The Moving Image Xchange elect not to produce a short version of the Grand Prize Winner’s feature script, the Grand Prize Winner will receive the initial $3,000 and the additional $1,000. If the Grand Prize Winner consists of more than one writer, it is up to the writers to split the money between them.

Q. Who will read my script?

A. The first round of judging is done by readers that are hand selected, highly qualified industry professionals. If your script advances beyond the preliminary round, it will then be read by multiple industry professionals who will determine which scripts advance to the semifinalist and finalist rounds. The top three in each category will be read by leading industry executives not only for potential consideration, but also to help determine the winners of the 2016 Creative World Awards. All decisions of the judges are final.

Why Screenwriting Contests

Screenplay competitions can provide FEEDBACK, DEVELOPMENT & INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

Whether you’re an established or up and coming screenwriter, you’ve probably learned that one of the toughest obstacles to overcome in the film industry is getting past the restricted channels that often arise within the business. In fact, you can have an immense amount of talent and yet remain virtually unknown if you aren’t business savvy or have access to the right people. For industry executives, it can also be a daunting task sorting through thousands of screenplays that roll into the mailroom each year just to find that one. This is where screenplay contests and film festivals play a critical role.

Entering a few key screenplay competitions and festivals each year is one of the most proactive decisions you can make for your career because screenwriting awards offer writers an alternative to get their scripts circulated and in the case of many finalists, it has put their name on the map virtually overnight.

The advantages can also be gaining invaluable feedback, meeting deadlines, and potentially receiving prizes. The most important advantage CWA offers is develpment opportunities and exposure to high profile companies, which could take years to develop if pursued without a company’s endorsement.  This is one of the sole missions of CWA – to help provide opportunities to talented writers looking to propel their projects forward. So if you have an original story, and get it to us by the entry deadline, this could be an avenue to help generate success for your projects.

Prizes

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for a prize package worth over $30,000.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – $3,000 cash PLUS the opportunity to have their winning script produced into a short film. CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange Productions, will produce a short film version of the script to help generate interest for the feature script. PREMIERE: The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival, giving the writer an official imdb credit. If CWA or the winner choose to forgo this option, the winner receives an additional $1,000. Plus, the GPW also receives:

  • Final Draft software
  • Annual Premium MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Sony Video Editing: Catalyst Production Suite
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screeenplay
  • ½ hour pitch coaching session with Michael Hauge
  • Michael Hauge’s book, “Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds”

4 Genre Category Winners – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Premium MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Sony Video Editing: Catalyst Production Suite
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay
  • Final Draft software
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Michael Hague’s book, Writing Screenplays That Sell: New 20th Anniversary Edition

4 CATEGORY 1st RUNNERS UP – $150 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Final Draft software
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • InkTip Script Listing and InkTip Magazine Listing
  • Creators Vault Registration: 5 Year Copyright on your Screenplay

4 TELEVISION CATEGORIES – $250 cash each, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Stage 32, Two Free Pitch Sessions
  • TVWritersVault Annual Membership for each TV category
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay

SHORT FILM SCRIPT – $250 cash, plus a prize package that includes:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Sony Video Editing: Catalyst Production Suite
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay

CREATIVE CONCEPT / REDEMPTIVE THEME AWARD – In honor of veteran analyst and CWA Judge, James Peters, this award goes to the most original and compelling concept that also conveys a redemptive theme of some kind. Winner receives:

  • Annual Enhanced MIX membership to The Media Industry Xchange
  • Free Entry into the Richmond International Film Festival
  • Stage 32, One Free Pitch Session
  • Creators Vault Registration: 10 Year Copyright on your Screenplay
  • Private Development Coaching session with Dr. Jack Boozer, Professor of Film Studies, Adaptation & Screenwriting

The Media Industry Xchange: An innovative online directory and collaborative platform for creating, developing, and packaging creative projects.

Final Draft:  The Industry Standard in screenwriting software.

Richmond International Film Festival – One of the largest international competitive festivals in the mid-Atlantic. RIFF accepts features, shorts, and web series of all genres and niches (films & screenplays). The festival serves as a catalyst for bringing writers and filmmakers together to collaborate on productions, with a festival week that includes more than 100 screenings of Official Selection films competing for top awards, industry panels and networking events, Q&As, arts & entertainment mixers, and the red carpet awards.

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry-leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc™ authoring. Sound Forge™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, and Vegas™ Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals.

Stage 32: The world’s only platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater.  Since launching in 2011, over 500,000 creatives have joined Stage 32 across the globe.  Stage 32 has been recognized by Forbes, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as the leaders in providing online education for film creatives.  Stage 32 works directly with over 450 industry executives worldwide to provide education, access and opportunity for its members.  Prize package includes free pitch sessions to Stage 32’s extremely popular Online Pitchfests where writers pitch directly to managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other decision making executives.

Michael Hauge – For your own copy of Michael Hauge’s books or DVDs, check out the site to learn how to get a copy. They’re a must have for every aspiring screenwriter, and anyone who is on the brink of pitching & selling their script.

TVWriter’sVault.com – Got A TV Show Idea? The Television Writers Vault is the TV Industry’s first and only project scouting website to deliver show concepts to Producers resulting in multiple shows broadcast globally. Pitch your reality tv concepts, formats, and stories to the major producers and networks scouting new ideas.

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners and runners up of each main genre will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip’s magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps.

CreatorsVault.com is an electronic copyright protection archival system providing Writers and Creators time-archived third party proof-of-creation and protection for their written materials and other intellectual properties preparing to market to the Film and Television industries. Writers can register scripts, screenplays or other creative properties for protective archival at http://www.creatorsvault.com with timeframe options of 5 years, 7 years, or 10 years. Additional features include options to register New Drafts of an original project, and Renewal of projects about to expire at a 50% discounted rate. Protect your property before going to market.

*CWA reserves the right to add, adjust, or alter the above prize packages.

Rules & Guidelines

Entrants are offered the Judge’s Scorecard and a brief summary of notes for $40. Note: If you do not wish to receive the scorecard, select the entry only box at checkout.

We will accept collaborative work, but by no more than two authors. Each writer, however, must fill out and sign the online entry application and release form individually. If selected as a winner, the prize money will be split equally between them.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced that is not already in public domain. If it is in public domain, it is eligible for the contest.

Multiple entries are permissible but each entry must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form and a separate entry fee.  If 3 or more are submitted, the entrant may receive $5 discount off each script thereafter if they are entered via the CWA website.  If utilizing a separate discount, you may choose one or the other. Email CWA for directions on how to get the multiple project discount: info@creativeworldawards.com

Each script entered is allotted one genre category in the price of the submission. Multiple category entries are admissible for a cost of $10 for each additional genre category.

Please do not enclose letters, synopses, or resumes with your submission. They will not be forwarded to our partners or the judges.

Writers are free to enter their submitted material to other contests and entities; however, they must not have already received a screenwriting prize that includes a ‘first look’ clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s submitted entry to Creative World Awards LLC. If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the Creative World Awards judging period, the applicant must notify us and that screenplay will no longer be eligible for an award.

Scripts must be typed in English and be headed by the title page, which includes title of work and WGA registration number (if applicable); font must be 12-point Courier, courier  new or courier final draft (please no exceptions).

Feature screenplays should be approximately 90-120 pages and in standard spec screenplay format. If the script is shorter or longer, it will not be disqualified. This is simply a guideline to consider as it relates to general industry preference.

The title page should include only the title of the script (and registration number, if applicable).  We suggest no other information be included on the title page, however, if other info is included the script will not be disqualified. If the script is based on a true story, that should be noted on the title page.

Submissions must be transmitted electronically on or before the Early, Regular, Late or Final entry deadline, and the entry fee paid in order to qualify for the respective submission rate. Online entries may be submitted up until midnight Pacific Time on the final deadline date. Any entries submitted or payments postmarked after the final deadline will be disqualified. Creative World Awards, LLC reserves the right to extend the entry deadline.

We are 100% green, and require the full entry requirements of script and payment to go through the online system. However, if you do not have access to pay online, you may submit payment by the respective deadlines.  If paying by mail, we accept money orders only via the United States Post Office (USPS) or another delivery method that does not require a signature. If sending via mail, the address is:

Creative World Awards
4712 Admiralty Way, #268
Marina Del Rey CA 90292

Online script submissions must consist of a standard script format (PDF, Final Draft or Movie Magic). Word documents are also accepted.  *Please note, PDF files are the recommended format file to send, and each of the above writing software programs allows you to convert your script easily to a PDF file.  Once your script file is opened, simply click on the ‘˜File/Save as PDF’ option. If you do not have one of the above software programs, you may submit in a Word .doc as a last option, but it must contain the industry standard format.

Once a script has been submitted, no revised drafts or corrected pages will be accepted to the original unless the writer pays a separate resubmission fee of $45. For instructions on how to resubmit, email CWA.  Once a resubmission is in place, the revised script’s score will replace the previous score.

The competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.

All entrants understand and agree that there are a diverse amount of story contexts and ideas, and in no way is Creative World Awards LLC responsible not now or in the future of borrowing or stealing from an idea, copy written concept, or storyline from a script entry.

All winners will be responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding. Creative World Awards LLC is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.

Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.

Entry fees are payable by Credit Card (online) or US Money Order (by mail). Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Competition judges of Creative World Awards LLC, along with their immediate family members, are not eligible to enter the competition.

Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the competition results. All writers must keep their personal contact information on file with us updated and current. Creative World Awards has no responsibility for correspondence that is misdirected as a result of writer(s) failure to provide us with current contact information.  Writers should add the CWA email addresses to their address list to ensure email correspondence is not refused or sent to spam or bulk mail.

Following the close of the season, the Grand Prize Winner will be given a choice to either receive $1,000 additional cash prize money to the existing $3,000 or they may elect to take advantage of the opportunity for CWA to make a short film adaptation of their script. In the latter case, the Grand Prize Winner receives $3,000 only for their cash prize, and the opportunity for their script to be made into a short film with the short’s production covered by CWA. However, any collaboration from the writer on the short is at that point considered payment in full with no other monies awarded to them other than the $3,000. The short script will be ten pages or less, and the Co-founders will work closely with the GPW as needed to help them craft the script. If the writer elects for the production route rather than taking the additional $1,000, CWA in conjunction with The Moving Image Xchange will produce the script in the winter. The short film will then get a guaranteed premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in late Feb, and following the festival be used as a tool to help promote the Grand Prize Winner’s feature script. Once the short film premieres at the festival, the writer will also receive imdb credit as the writer on the film. The Grand Prize Winner agrees that if they elect to forgo the additional $1,000 cash, no other monies will be awarded to them for contributing to the writing on the short film other than the $3,000. The Moving Image Xchange LLC and CWA will have full ownership of the produced short film, however, the writer will still retain full ownership of their feature script. The short production will have no impact on the ownership of the writer’s feature length script. The Grand Prize Winner also understands that should they elect to forgo the additional $1,000 in order to do the short version of the script that they are responsible for working with the CWA Co-Founders in a timely manner to create the content of the short script, with CWA and The Moving Image Xchange having final say on the script’s content to ensure production value and limitations are met. CWA may elect not to produce the script if the writer does not meet the deadlines in a timely fashion. CWA Co-Founders will work with the writer to develop the short script in the months of September and October, with a tentative shoot date set for November or December each year. The film will then premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in early March. Producing the short script is at the sole discretion of CWA and The Moving Image Xchange, LLC. Should CWA and The Moving Image Xchange elect not to produce a short version of the Grand Prize Winner’s feature script, the Grand Prize Winner will receive the initial $3,000 and the additional $1,000. If the Grand Prize Winner consists of more than one writer, it is up to the writers to split the money between them.

Please read and understand the above Rules and Regulations. Failure to adhere to the Creative World Awards contest guidelines will result in disqualification and forfeiture of an entry fee and/or eligible prize.