Harvardwood Screenplay Contest - Deadline March 31st!

(sponsored by Circle of Confusion, LLC)

Started in 2006, the Harvardwood Screenplay Competition (HSC) takes place every spring and is sponsored by top management and production company Circle of Confusion. The purpose of the contest is to give emerging Harvard writers the opportunity to share their material with industry professionals.

Submission Guidelines


We will be accepting script submissions via email and post from March 1 - March 31, 2008. Circle of Confusion and the Harvardwood board will evaluate all scripts entered to determine the winner and runners up. The winner and runners up will be announced no later than June 1, 2008.

The winning script and runners up will then be read by various industry professionals, and the author(s) will be considered for representation by Circle of Confusion. The first place winner will also receive a free year of Full Membership to Harvardwood and a cash prize of an amount to be determined.


Only Full Members of Harvardwood are eligible for the competition (Affiliates and Friends of Harvardwood are ineligible). If you are not a Full Member, you can join by going to www.harvardwood.org and clicking on "Register". If you are an Affiliate, you can upgrade by sending an email to: [email protected]

Submissions for the contest must be postmarked and e-mailed no later than March 31, 2008. Submitted scripts will not be returned.

Each individual may submit no more than one script. NO REPEAT ENTRIES are allowed – scripts that were submitted for previous Harvardwood Screenplay Competitions are ineligible for this year’s competition, even if the title has changed.

Each script submission must be accompanied by a signed and completed 1) Entry Form, 2) Release Form, and 3) check for $10 made out to Harvardwood. All materials must be received before your script can be considered.

Any genre is permitted. Scripts should be approximately 90-120 pages in length, 12 pt Courier font, standard script margins and conventions, and body pages must be numbered. Scripts must be submitted via email as a PDF. Submissions must have been written originally in English; translations will not be accepted. The applicant's name, address, phone number or any other identifying information should not appear on the cover, the title page or any other page of the script – this information should only be included on the entry form.

Submissions must be the original work of the contestant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or nonfictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced. Entries may, however, be adapted from the contestant's (or contestants') original work, which should be noted on the entry form. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page.

Collaborative work, undertaken by no more than two writers, is eligible. Collaborative screenplays written by three or more writers are not eligible. A team of two can submit only one script, and at least one writing partner must be a Paid Member of Harvardwood. Either individual member of a team submitting a script may not submit an additional script written by that individual only. Separate entry forms should be submitted by both collaborators, though only one entry fee needs to be submitted. One person should be designated the main contact for all mailings. Writing partners selected as winners will divide the prize equally.

Entered scripts may not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced.

Scripts must be the original work of the author(s), 18 or older.

No substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages for script entries will be accepted under any circumstances.

Harvardwood and Circle of Confusion, LLC recommend registering your scripts with the WGA and/or copyrighting your material with the Library of Congress.

Employees of Harvard University and/or Circle of Confusion and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are competition judges and their immediate families.

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