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Hot Springs Screenplay Competition Rules and Eligibility


Please read the competition rules carefully. Submissions that do not comply with our contest rules may be disqualified.


1. The writer must be 18 years of age or older to enter.


2. International entries are allowed but the script must be written in English.


3. The submitted script must be in a PDF format and must be submitted electronically.


4. A title page with contact information, (phone and email), must be included with every submitted script.


5. The script must be 80 to 120 pages in 12 pt. Courier (or Courier Final Draft) with standard screenplay margins and spacing and pages must be numbered.


6. The script must be unproduced at the time of submission and must be an original screenplay intended for the medium of feature film and the submitter must own 100% of the rights to the script when submitting. Adaptations are eligible as long as the writer can prove full ownership of the original property or life rights (or if the source material is public domain according to US Copyright law.)


7. If the script is written by a writing team, it must be submitted by one of the writers with the consent of the other (any and all prizes will be sent to the writer who submitted the winning script, it is the responsibility of the writing team to share or divide the prizes.)


8. All entries must be received on or before midnight (Central Time) on the date of the deadline and must be paid in full to be considered.


9. There is no limit to the number of different scripts you may submit. Duplicate entries of the same project, however, will be automatically disqualified.


10. Once a script has been submitted, no substitutions will be accepted. No corrected pages or revised drafts allowed.


11. The decisions of the judges are final and shall not be disputed. The contest and its coordinators may not be held responsible for any errors or omissions by the judges.


12. By entering the contest, the writer(s) understand that there is no guarantee of representation (by an agent or manager) and/or production in the event that a script is chosen as a winner. Consideration of the script is given for the sole purpose of choosing a winner for the contest.


13. The writer understands that the Hot Springs Screenplay Competition, LLC will be free to use their name and likeness for advertising or promotional purposes without additional consideration, should the writer make it past the first round.


14. All scripts submitted should be registered with the WGAw and/or the US Copyright Office before the time of submission.


15. The entry fee must be paid in US dollars and are nonrefundable. Winner who may be awarded a cash prize shall be responsible for his or her own income tax. If a winner is awarded a cash prize, the entrant is responsible for providing an accurate PayPal address or bank account to receive the cash prize.


16. Previous winning scripts are NOT eligible.


17. Judges, sponsors and independent contractors are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members.


18. The writer retains all rights to his/her screenplay.


19. Additional rules may be amended at the sole discretion of HSSC.


By entering the contest, the submitter acknowledges the he/she has read, understood and accepted all of the above rules and conditions.

The Hot Springs Screenplay Competition is not sponsored by or affiliated with the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas or the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, rather the Competition is an independent organization created and run by Hot Springs Screenplay Competition, LLC.

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