Q What is the MTV Entertainment Studios’ First Time Screenwriters Contest?
AMTV Entertainment Studios’ First Time Screenwriters Contest was designed to find fresh voices who tell diverse stories. This is for writers who have yet to sell, or receive screenwriting credit on, a feature film or television episode. We believe our community is enriched when the stories told on film reflect the distinct vision of independent artists from every facet of our multi-cultural community.
Q What is the current submission period for the MTV Entertainment Studios’ First Time Screenwriters Contest?
A The current submission window for the First Time Screenwriters Contest is from Jan 21, 2022 – February 4, 2022 at 10 am PST.
Q How old do you have to be to apply?
A You must be 18 years or older as of Jan. 21, 2022 to apply or be considered for the First Time Screenwriters Contest.
Q If I am in the WGA can I apply?
A The intention of the contest is to find new voices so at this time we are looking for non-WGA writers.
Q How many participants will be selected to enter the First Time Screenwriters Contest?
A Following the completion of the 4 contest rounds there will be 1 Winner and 2 Runner-Ups.
Q Are First Time Screenwriters Contest participants compensated?
MTV Entertainment Studios will select one project to be the original A Christmas Carol movie, for production in 2022 (date is subject to change at MTVE’s sole discretion). The selected winning script’s writer will be awarded $10,000.
The two writers (in the Top 3, not selected as winner) will each be given a chance to pitch another original Movie project to the MTV Entertainment Group’s original Movie Team as well as be awarded $5000 for each of their scripts.
Q Will I only get $10,000 if I am selected as the “Winner” or $5,000 for a “Runner Up”?
AThe $10,000 or $5,000 is prize for the winner and runners up, respectively. However, the Winner will additionally be presented with a contract, which will be negotiated in good faith within Sponsor’s usual and customary parameters. Further details may be found in Paragraph 9 of the Official Rules.
Q Can I have my project back?
A Yes – ownership of your project by Sponsor is subject to you entering into a separate agreement with Sponsor. As mentioned above, the Winner will be presented with a contract, which will be negotiated in good faith within Sponsor’s usual and customary parameters. Further details may be found in Paragraph 9 of the Official Rules.
Q Can I submit more than one entry for this contest?
A One entry per person. Any second entry will be disqualified; however, there may be more than one contest per year and you are welcome to apply to future contests.
Q How long will each round take?
A Refer to the “How it works” page for detailed information.