Screenwriting Contest Rules

  • Scripts must not have been produced, optioned or sold prior to December 9, 2018.

  • All entrants certify to the originality of the entered script, or in the case of Specs and Retro-Specs, the originality of their handling of the material.  Entrants warrant there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.  Entrants fully indemnify Other Worlds Austin and its agents against any claim made for such violations of law.

  • Scripts must be works of Science Fiction, no horror or fantasy themed scripts will be considered.  Hybrid genres (SciFi Horror ala Aliens/Event Horizon/etc.) are perfectly acceptable.

  • In the event of shared authorship, all writers will share prize money equally.   It will be up to primary entrant to communicate all notices and divide all prize money with the other writers.

  • Entrants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay in any chosen category, as well as enter different scripts in different categories.  Each script entry requires a separate application and fee.  All entries and payment must be made through the Festival Freeway website, no cash or check payment will be accepted.

  • Once an entry has been made, we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees. 

  • All scripts will be judged as entered, no revisions will be accepted.

  • All scripts must be entered as .pdfs.  No physical copies.

  • All scripts must be in English.

  • No supplementary material should be sent.  No show bibles, treatments, or reality show formats will be accepted for the Teleplay competition.

  • Consulting can only be done on winning scripts.  No substitutions.

  • By entering the script in the competition, the entrant is agreeing to all rules and regulations of the competition. Entrant agrees to hold Other Worlds Austin and its agents harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any script. 

  • Entrant gives Other Worlds Austin the non-revokable right to use your name and the script title, synopsis, and short excerpt (no longer than 10 pages) in our marketing materials in perpetuity.

  • Please register your script.  Although this is not a requirement, it is highly suggested.  The only true protection for a writer in any dispute is a proper registration with the US Copyright Office, this is in addition to any registration with the WGA West or WGA East.

  • All decisions of the festival and its agents are final.

Category Rules (again, for reference)

  • Shorts: 40 pages or less, must be original material.

  • Features: 70 pages or more, must be original material.

  • Television

    • Pilots: may be sitcom or one-hour, network or cable (anything longer than one-hour should be submitted as a feature, i.e. a made-for-tv movie), must be fully original, no spinoffs.  Sitcoms tend to be 22-40 pages depending on formatting, one-hours 45-70 pages.

    • Specs: should be for an existing show, on air in the US (BBC America or Showcase shows on Syfy are fine) either currently or in the last year.

    • Retro-Specs: may be for a long-cancelled series (Lost In Space), a spin-off (CSI: Mars), or a television series based on an established property (The Dragonriders of Pern) and should 22-75 pages in length.  Recently cancelled series (last ten years) are highly discouraged although not prohibited.

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