We only accept submissions electronically through our website or partner websites.
Script cover page should include title, name, email, and phone number.
Writers retain all rights to their work.
There is no limit to the length of the scripts you submit and they can be in script or treatment form.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Scripts must be written in English and can be in any film or television genre.
Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition.
Entry fees are non refundable and void where prohibited by law.
Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible.
Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest.
Industry distribution should in no way be interpreted as a guarantee of future representation or success. Whether or not industry partners choose to work with finalists, or even contact finalists, is done so at the sole discretion of each and every individual company.
EISC reserves the right to revoke recognition status at any time with or without cause.
Only the Grand Prize Winner and top two Finalists receive industry distribution and prizes. Semi-Finalists are rewarded with laurels and online recognition like in most screenwriting competitions. Prizes and recognition will not be given to any other entrants.
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
All entries must be the original, and unpublished, un-produced, un-optioned work of the entrant and entrant’s writing partner. The entrant and or partnership ensures that he or she is the sole author of the work.
The competition, its judges, and its officers accept no liability whatsoever for any claims of damages, real or perceived, by any entrant(s) as a result of their participation in this contest.
All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
Professional writers, journalists, poets, and previous contest winners are eligible.
There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
Material must be your original work. And all work must be wholly owned by the writer(s). The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
By submitting your material you agree to be added to our email list, but can remove yourself by unsubscribing at anytime.
We do not provide feedback, notes, grades, or rankings of any kind unless paid for at the time of entry. We assume you already know how to write at a professional level and that is why you are entering this contest.
Please note that the Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition, ESC, and the Edinburgh Screenwriting Spectacular are in no way affiliated with any other film festival, screenwriting competition, writing group, networking group, film school, or film related enterprise or organization in the UK or abroad.
Industry distribution should in no way be interpreted as a guarantee of future representation or success. Whether or not industry partners choose to work with finalists, or even contact finalists, is done so at the sole discretion of each and every individual company. We can not force our industry partners to option your property and or sign you as a client.
All judging is done at our sole discretion. We may have outside input, but all judging and all decisions are made at our sole discretion. Furthermore, we do not use "celebrity" judges or "industry" judges and we do not advertise that we use "celebrity" judges. We use experienced readers with a background in writing and a passion for cinema. We distribute our winners' scripts to industry executives, but those executives do not judge our contests. To prevent tampering we do not reveal the identities of our judges. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Any entrant who attempts to contact a judge will be disqualified and their entry fee forfeited. The decision of the judges is final.
Past prizes listed in winner reviews should not be construed as current prizes. All current prizes are spelled out on our website. We also do not reveal the names of recipients on our industry distribution list.
We do not offer script notes and or script advice. We are looking to reward professional level writers that we can help get to the next level by recognizing their work. If these are services you desire, we recommend hiring a script consultant. These services can be found via a simple google search.
By entering the competition you hereby accept these competition rules.