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CI 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

CI 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

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3651 S. La Brea Ave #522
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-702-2989 (voice)

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Email: info@coverageink.com

Contact: Jim Cirile

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Wassup, fellow scribes? We have a really fun little joint in store for you. Since we're all locked down anyway, we might as well use the time productively, right? So we came up with the CI 30-Day Challenge to empower and motivate us all.

How would you like to have a brand-spankin'-new piece of material by the end of April -- and give your creative batteries a 10,000-volt jolt in the process? And maybe even win some cash and prizes in the process? We thought you might.

Now if you're like me, you don't do anything without a deadline. So here's your deadline: April 30th.

This is how it works. Register no later than March 30th. Then you send along 5-10 original feature or 1-hr TV pilot  loglines for us to review. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Final April 30, 2020 $129 features or $109 pilots 21

All screenplays and pilots must be submitted for coverage at www.coverageink.com no later than midnight, April 30th, 2020 in order to be eligible. Scripts submitted subsequently will still be evaluated as regular coverage submissions, but they will not be eligible for the Challenge.

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Rules

  • You must write a NEW script in 30 days. Anything previously submitted to CI, other services, or contests, etc. will be automatically disqualified.
  • Deadline to enroll and and submit your 5-10 loglines is March 30, 2020. You may enroll after April 1st, but you must still submit your draft by April 30th to participate in the Challenge.
  • Scripts submitted after April 30th will still be evaluated as regular coverage submissions.
  • CI will select the project you write based on the 5 – 10 new loglines you submit. The feature script or pilot you submit at the end of the Challenge must be based on the logline CI selects for you. Of course, you are welcome to write something else and submit it for coverage anytime, but it won’t be entered into the Challenge.
  • All completed screenplays and 1-hr pilots must be submitted to CoverageInk.com for coverage by April 30th to qualify for the Challenge. Unfinished screenplays/pilots (under 85 pages for a feature and under 45 pages for a 1-hour pilot) will be disqualified.
  • The opinion of the CI readers is final. There are no refunds. You are entitled to disagree with the analysis as a whole or in part, but you disagreeing with the reader’s opinion is not grounds for a refund. Of course, we urge you consider all the notes carefully, especially the ones that “hurt” the most. Those are often the most important ones, the ones that require some real elbow grease.
  • CI does not in any way own or obtain any rights to your material. At no point do any rights or “chain of title” change hands. Your work is your work. We’re just evaluating it and telling you own opinion.
  • You are free to do with the analysis as you see fit – including nothing. However, we hope you use the notes to help make your next script kick butt.
  • You may submit works in progress to CI for coverage during the challenge (including outlines, etc.) These will be evaluated separately, and standard submissions. Email us for quotes or info.
  • If you don’t finish/submit your draft in time, you will not get a free consult. But you may submit the draft for coverage at any time.
  • Offer open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide where permitted.
  • All genres are accepted. We will pair your submission with a reader who specializes in that style (we have 32 readers.)
  • Screenplay and teleplay submissions must be in industry standard format and must be submitted in either PDF or Final Draft format.
  • Coverage Ink team members, partners and associates are not eligible.
  • E-mail follow-up questions are free up to appx. 10 minutes of the reader’s time. For more in-depth follow-ups we’re happy to schedule a phone or Skype consultation with the reader.
  • 1-hour pilots are eligible; ½-hour pilots are not. Sorry!
  • Screenplays over 130 pages and pilots over 70 pages are not accepted. Edit ruthlessly.
  • Challenge winners are selected by the following methods:
    • All scripts that score a “consider with reservations” or better for script will be in the running.* CI senior staff Jim Cirile, Tanya Klein and Anna Siri will confer with the readers to see which scripts/pilots they loved, which ones were on the bubble, etc.
    • Based on the above, we will select the finalists. These will be read by the senior staff. Jim, Tanya and Anna will select the winners. Their opinion is final.
  • *In script coverage, scripts are rated the following for both SCRIPT and for WRITER: Pass, Consider with Reservations, Consider, Strong Consider, and Recommend. Most scripts submitted for coverage will be a “pass” (around 70% or more.) This doesn’t mean that the material has no merit; it simply means it’s not in the zone yet (that’s what rewrites are for.) “Consider with Reservations” (or higher) means the script is already in decent shape or has some qualities that make it worth a look. Please note that a “Consider with Reservations” for WRITER does not count for the 30-Day Challenge — only “Consider with Reservations” for SCRIPT.
  • Note that ratings of “Consider” or higher for script are very rare, especially on first drafts! It’s unlikely we will get any (but hey, you never know.) As for “Recommend,” those are unicorns. Don’t feel too upset if you don’t get one. It may take a lot of drafts and elbow grease just to get into the ‘consider’ zone, which is where most specs circulated around Hollywood are.
  • In the event that we do not recent three scripts or pilots which score “consider with reservations” for script, we will choose the best of the near-miss passes as selected by our readers.

Awards

FIRST PLACE: $500
plus 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION at TrackingB.com

SECOND PLACE: $200
plus 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION at TrackingB.com

THIRD PLACE: $150
plus 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION at TrackingB.com

TRACKINGB.com is the #1 Hollywood tracking board used by the industry to share information. This is where they talk about specs that are going out (and the reactions,) who’s looking for what, executive hirings and firings, and so forth — all from deep in the trenches. If you think this could be extremely useful intel for screenwriters, you’re right. Plus TrackingB.com has the best contests around — every year, their TV and feature contests get writers signed and launch careers. Their track record is insane. Each subscription is a $99 value.

EVERYONE WHO FINISHES and submits their draft to Coverage Ink for analysis by April 30th gets a free ½ hour phone or Skype consultation with one of the CI management team (Jim, Tanya, or Anna). Discuss your project, your career, how to get where you want to be – whatever you like.

INCREDIBLE FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. This might be just the kick in the rump you need! We all need deadlines to be our most productive. We all procrastinate; we all prioritize silly things like “family” or “work” over our writing. Well, no longer! Prove to yourself you can do this! You can have a new piece of material in just 4 weeks if you knuckle down and grind. Not only will this give you an exciting new piece of material, benefiting from everything you’ve learned about screenwriting to date, but it should shake out the cobwebs and recharge your batteries. Win/win.

And of course, everyone who submits also gets a full CI story analysis (which you pay for). Even if you’re not a Challenge winner, the notes in the analysis should empower you with great ideas to make the next draft better, stronger, faster.

CI 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

Contact

3651 S. La Brea Ave #522
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-702-2989 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@coverageink.com

Contact: Jim Cirile

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CI 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

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3651 S. La Brea Ave #522
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-702-2989 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@coverageink.com

Contact: Jim Cirile

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CI 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

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3651 S. La Brea Ave #522
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-702-2989 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: info@coverageink.com

Contact: Jim Cirile

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