2019 L.A. Performing Arts Screenplay (short) Competition

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L.A. Performing Arts is holding a screen play competition for the 2019 season. The winning script will be used by our Intro to Film Making Class (Fall Semester) and film will be produced by the students. The film will then be entered in local Film Festivals*. No monetary prize will be awarded to winner. Winner will receive credit in the making of the film and the final cut. No other compensation is offered or promised.


1. All writers of submitted material must be 13 years of age or older on the date of submission, and each writer or writing team may not have earned more than $50,000 or the foreign equivalent (jointly or individually) for work as a screenwriter and/or fictional television writer.

2. Writers must reside in counties within the State of Texas. As we are keeping the competition local, all scripts must be submitted in hard (paper) copy in person during normal business hours. Competition fee may be paid online. If fee is not received by the entry cut off date (31 August 2019), the script will not be reviewed by judges. All scripts must be submitted in English and entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

3. Judges, sponsors, administrators, and independent contractors who work with or for the L.A. Performing Arts, Strauss Entertainment Group are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their spouses or other immediate family members. (Volunteers, Interns, and Apprentices are eligible)

4. Scripts must be the original work of the author(s) and on the date of submission must be wholly owned and controlled by the author(s). If a script has been sold, is currently under option, is being produced, or is in any other way encumbered by a third party on the date of submission, the script is not eligible for an award. If a script is optioned, sold, or produced after it has been entered, it will remain eligible in this year’s contest.

5. Only original screenplays are eligible. Novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts and spec scripts for existing TV series are not accepted in the contest.

6. Adaptations of books, plays, or any other source material written by another author are not eligible under any circumstances. A script that you have adapted from your own book, play, or other source material is eligible if you have retained all film and television rights to the property.

7. Submissions and entry fees must be received on or before 5:59 p.m. Central Time on 31 August 2019. Any script submitted after the Final Entry Deadline will be disqualified. Winner will be announced in September of 2019.

8. The contest and its administrators are not responsible for submissions or entry fees that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit, and we cannot return scripts or refund entry fees once they have been submitted.

9. Once a script has been entered in the competition, under no circumstances will we accept substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages. If you wish to submit a revised draft of your screenplay, you must enter it as a new submission and pay the appropriate entry fee.

10. Screenplay must adhere to current industry formats and no-longer than 20 pages in length. May be of any genre (comedy, drama, horror, romance etc.)

*at the discretion of L.A. Performing Arts, dependent upon entry requirements of selected festivals.