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Q.  Can we provide previously made screenplays for the Short Screenplay Challenge?

A.  No.  All screenplays must be created during the competition and must be based on the assignment provided.


Q.  Who owns the rights to the screenplays created during the competition?

A.  You, the writer.  NYC Midnight reserves the right to publish the logline and e-mail address of any writer that enters the competition for publicity purposes, but that's it.


Q.  Can I see an example of proper screenplay format?

A.  Check out this link for an explanation and examples of proper screenplay format.  Please keep in mind that the title page used in these examples is different than the title page required for the Short Screenplay Challenge.  In the Short Screenplay Challenge, the only information on your title page should be the title and logline.  The author's name should not appear anywhere in the screenplay, including the title page.


Q.  What kind of feedback will we get for our screenplays?

A.  Every registered writer has a great chance to receive feedback.


JUDGES COMMENTS / CRITIQUES: NYC Midnight provides judges' comments and critiques for every entered screenplay in each challenge of the competition.


PEER REVIEW: During the judging, a special Review Forum will be available for the participants to submit their screenplays for review from fellow writers.  During the 2009 Short Screenplay Challenge, there were over 1,100 comments made on the 125+ screenplays submitted on the forum.  Click here to check out the forums.


Q.  How do we submit our screenplays?

A.  Writers will be able to upload their screenplays directly to the website  Also, an e-mail address will be provided where writers can send their screenplays.  When the 1st Round starts, we will e-mail all registered writers with the electronic submission details, including the link for the upload form and the e-mail address where you can send your scripts.


Q.  What are the acceptable formats for the screenplays?

A.  The only acceptable formats are .pdf (Adobe Acrobat), .doc (Word Document) or .rtf (Rich Text Format).


Q.  What is a logline?

A.  A logline is a 1-2 sentence synopsis of your story.  It should be simple, yet very enticing (the main goal is to make the reader excited to read your screenplay).


Q.  Who are the judges?

A.  We use judges that are involved in the writing and film industry (i.e., screenwriters, directors, producers, professors, etc...) and most importantly, who we feel will choose deserving winners and provide helpful feedback to the participants.  A list of judges will be posted here when the competition begins.


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