2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$50
Ends June 19, 2016
Regular
$60
Ends July 5, 2016
Late
$70
Ends August 7, 2016
Final
$80
Ends August 21, 2016
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
November 8, 2016
Top 10 Announced
November 22, 2016
Feedback Notes Returned
November 21, 2016
Winners Announced
November 29, 2016
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition

THE LAUNCH PAD MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIDLEY SCOTT, INKSHARES, AND ENERGY ENTERTAINMENT ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS!


The idea of our inaugural manuscript competition began in the middle of 2015. Always doing our best to stay ahead of the curve we introduced a competition designed to bridge the literary world with Hollywood. What started as a series of conversations with our team, agents, managers, authors, publishers and executives evolved into a number of exclusive partnerships with Ridley Scott and his Scott Free productions, fast-rising publisher Inkshares, manager Brooklyn Weaver and his Energy Entertainment. With these partners in place, we knew we had guaranteed opportunities for our writers to launch their careers, expand their portfolios, publish their work, and cross over into Hollywood.

From there, and as we’ve done with our screenwriting competitions, we also wanted to bring in a talented and accomplished group of mentors who can be there to assist our writers as they forge their own careers. Part education, part motivational, part sounding board, we invited three exceptionally talented award-winning writers who have not only conquered the publishing world, but who themselves have experience in Hollywood. Enter best-selling authors Alexandra Monir, Armand Baltazar and Mike Mongo.

Now with a team in place, all we needed were talented writers excited to launch their careers across both platforms … and wow, you guys delivered immensely.

With more than 1,000 entries from over 24 different countries, featuring first time writers and New York Times best-selling authors, and covering every genre under the Sun… even mash-ups we’d never had expected, the creativity, the originality, the excitement and the passion in the work was nothing short of astonishing. And that’s not just from us, that’s from every judge who had to painstakingly try to choose a smaller number each round of finalists, that’s from our partners, who each only committed to working with one writer or one project, each ended up selecting multiple writers, and that’s from our conversations with industry members, each discovering new works they fell in love with.

So, now as the official winners are announced for our first ever manuscript competition, and the real work and reads around town truly begin, we’re incredibly proud to announce our Overall Winner, our Top Comedy Winner, our Top Drama Winner, the not one, but TWO Ridley Scott / Scott Free Winners, the Energy Entertainment Winner, and the three Launch Pad Mentorship Winners (two of whom you’re seeing for the first time), and we will announce the Inkshares/Launch Pad publishing winners on December 16th… so stay tuned!


Overall Winner

FILICIDE

Danny Newell

THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE PURGE

When all of the parents in a remote island community start to murder their children for no apparent reason, a 17-year-old girl fights to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

Conspiracy Drama Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Signing Winner
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Top Comedy

MR. & MRS. AMERICAN PIE

Juliet McDaniel

WE'RE THE MILLERS meets MISS CONGENIALITY

After her husband leaves her unexpectedly, a 1960s housewife moves to Arizona where she befriends a closeted gay bartender, and the two scheme to enter a national pageant for the most perfect American couple.

Comedy
Top Comedy
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Top Drama

KING'S DAUGHTER

Julia Bobkoff

VIKINGS meets ELIZABETH

The daughter of Danish king Harald Bluetooth must lead her people amidst a Scandinavia at war after her father is killed in a battle against her usurper brother.

Drama True War
Top Drama
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The Ridley Scott / Scott Free Winners

HUMAN, ANEW

Irina Ivanova

BLADE RUNNER meets I,ROBOT

While investigating a suspicious death, a detective in a futuristic city discovers a massive conspiracy involving the artificial intelligence robots used by the police force to recreate the personalities of the recently deceased in order to consult with them in solving their murders.

Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 10 Scott Free Winner

HUMAN RESOURCES

Robert Batten

WORLD WAR Z meets THE STRAIN

After a zombie apocalypse, corporations run by vampires create heavily guarded city-states to preserve the human race - as a subjugated food supply.

Sci-Fi Supernatural Thriller
Top 25 Scott Free Winner Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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The Energy Entertainment Guaranteed Signing Winner

FILICIDE

Danny Newell

THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE PURGE

When all of the parents in a remote island community start to murder their children for no apparent reason, a 17-year-old girl fights to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

Conspiracy Drama Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Signing Winner
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Mentorship Program Winners

ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME

Peter Samet

EX MACHINA meets ORPHAN BLACK

A brilliant teen programmer dying of cancer is saved by a tech mogul's risky cloning procedure, only to awake and discover that the mogul separated her into four separate entities, each of which she must fight to gain freedom while figuring out how to become whole again.

Drama Sci-Fi Young Adult
Mentorship Selection (Armand Baltazar) Honorable Mention

GOING RENO

Elizabeth Quinn

DOWNTON ABBEY meets MANHATTAN

In 1930s Reno, a woman looking for a divorce discovers her husband has found a way to cheat her out of everything she owns, but instead of running back to an old life she never truly loved, she decides to reinvent herself in a city that still honors its frontier roots and vices.

Drama Period
Mentorship Selection (Alexandra Monir)

MAXINE STARR: LAST VANGUARD OF THE ZODIAC

Kane Wheatley-Holder

TOMORROWLAND meets HARRY POTTER

After moving to Singapore following her father's death, a teenage girl gets kidnapped by aliens and brought to an elite military academy in space. Upon discovering that her father founded the school years earlier, she unravels a web of secrets and gets dragged into an intergalactic conflict.

Sci-Fi Young Adult
Mentorship Selection (Mike Mongo)

Inkshares Publishing Prize Winners

HOW TO KISS LIKE A MOVIE STAR

Leslie Nipkow

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL meets CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Based on her real-life experiences, an award-winning soap opera writer details her life as a "real-size" girl breaking into the entertainment industry, telling stories of love, sex, family secrets, illness, and more.

Comedy Drama Memoir
Honorable Mention Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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HUMAN RESOURCES

Robert Batten

WORLD WAR Z meets THE STRAIN

After a zombie apocalypse, corporations run by vampires create heavily guarded city-states to preserve the human race - as a subjugated food supply.

Sci-Fi Supernatural Thriller
Top 25 Scott Free Winner Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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LOVING WRATH OF ELDON QUINT, THE

Chase Pletts

DEADWOOD meets THE REVENANT

A farmer takes his recently deceased son across the country in order to bury him next to his wife. He must deal with the worst of humanity and nature as he makes the arduous journey while being mistaken for a dangerous criminal, but things only get worse when he arrives at his son's final resting place to discover that his wife is alive and well.

Drama Western
Top 10 Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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Top 5% Of All Entries

(Listed Alphabetically)

A COMPANY OF ROSES

Megan Toogood

THE DA VINCI CODE meets GONE GIRL

A centuries old clandestine society tries to keep the secret of an illegitimate Elizabethan royal child hidden as a young woman, in search of her missing friend, discovers clues that may uncover the truth. Going down the path of a treasure hunt she never could have imagined, the woman uncovers far more than she bargained for when the investigation leads her into a very dangerous conspiracy.

Adventure Drama Mystery
Top 25

A FAITHVILLE ALMANAC OF BIBLICAL & FOLK MEDICINE : A NOVEL

Denis Basic

THE HANDMAID'S TALE meets TWIN PEAKS

A closeted atheist secretly, and illegally, chronicles the goings-on of the hyper-religious cult that runs the dystopian town of Faithville, all while plotting an escape for himself and those he loves.

Drama Mystery Sci-Fi
Honorable Mention

A WILDERNESS OF COMFORT

Dan Levinson & Lee Levinson

THE WOMAN IN GOLD meets VERTIGO

After making a purchase that would save his dying business, an art dealer's good luck turns to misfortune when the origin of the masterpieces comes to light. Now, with the horrific stigma of the Holocaust looming over the art, he has to discover the truth behind the paintings' past to bring closure to the original owner, and to save his business, his marriage, and even his life.

Drama Mystery
Top 25
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A WONDERFUL WORLD

Geoffrey Uhl

THE NEVERENDING STORY meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND

After her parents die in a natural disaster, a little girl soon finds herself transported to a topsy-turvy world unlike anything she has ever seen. While exploring it with her newfound friends, she discovers that she is in fact the only one who can protect this magical place from an encroaching darkness that threatens its existence.

Adventure Fantasy
Top 25
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AMBER BROWN FILES

Lisa Renee Jones

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets SUPERNATURAL

On her 27th birthday a lawyer experiences a power awaken inside of her and she becomes a Seer, a person who can sense and see evil in the world. This awakening changes her life forever as she finds herself in the midst of a life or death conflict between demons and Seers. As her world unwinds, the darkness within her becomes more powerful and she begins to fear she might be one of the monsters she's supposed to be hunting.

Drama Romance Supernatural
Honorable Mention

ANGEL DUST

Rose Lewenstein

MR. ROBOT meets MEMENTO

Having experienced strange blackouts for the majority of her life, an aimless 20-something has embraced the issue as a way to avoid dealing with her past. But when the mysterious cash deposits she receives every month suddenly stop, and her world collides with a thieving stranger, she learns that the money and the blackouts may be more connected than she ever thought possible.

Crime Drama Thriller
Top 50
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BLACK CLOUD

Landon Crutcher

SIRENS meets GREY'S ANATOMY

Over the course of eight days, an unlucky paramedic, who seems to attract difficult cases, copes with the ups and downs of his profession.

Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

BLOOD SISTERS

John Kuriger & Kristin McGraw

THELMA AND LOUISE meets KILL BILL

When all the women of a small town who have been victimized by men start acting fearless and violent, they band together to discover the cause while carrying out their revenge on those who have wronged them.

Horror Thriller
Top 75

BORISLAV THE TERRIBLE AND THE WAYWARD STINK BOMB

Hilary Sierpinski

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID meets PHINEAS AND FERB

When a supervillain starts controlling the mind of a quiet 10-year-old, he must band together with his friends in order to expel the mad scientist from his brain before they all find themselves permanently grounded.

Coming-of-Age Family Sci-Fi
Top 50
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BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS

Evan McNamara

SICARIO meets HOMELAND

A Homeland Security agent must stop his brother, a recruiter for an Islamic terrorist cell in the Mexican desert, from carrying out an attack on the US Oil Reserves.

Action Conspiracy Thriller
Top 25
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CHARLIE ZULU FOXTROT

Troy Nethercott

SECONDHAND LIONS meets OCTOBER SKY

When an American teenager is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in rural France, he feels lost and alone until he discovers a rusted old plane that he starts to fix up. The project brings everyone together to create the family he has been missing, as they prepare the plane for a flight that will change him forever.

Coming-of-Age Drama
Top 75
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COMPLETELY INCOMPLETE

Jeffrey Hirschberg

ANALYZE THIS meets DRINKING BUDDIES

A male psychiatrist and female psychologist who are longtime rivals are forced to team up and move in with a wealthy couple to provide joint counseling, or face being fired.

Comedy Romance
Top 75
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CONSEQUENCE

Connor Eyzaguirre

BLADE meets THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

After a gang of vampires murder his wife and son, a Union soldier spends the next eleven years tracking them down, leading him to Consequence, where he helps defend the town against the demons of the West.

Horror Supernatural Western
Top 50
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CURE FOR PAIN

David Vienna

NASHVILLE meets SWEET HOME ALABAMA

A rising country music star returns to her small hometown to film a reality show, but reconnecting with her high school boyfriend makes her rethink going back to the LA limelight.

Drama Music Romance
Top 75
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DAVID RHODES: THE VITRUVIAN MAN

Scott Poiley

MINORITY REPORT meets ZODIAC

In a world where reincarnation is a reality, a detective hunts down a serial killer who has been murdering people over countless lifetimes.

Crime Sci-Fi Thriller
Honorable Mention

DEADLEGS

Cardy O'Donnell

THE FINEST HOURS meets DEADLIEST CATCH

In the 1970s, a young fisherman struggles not only with proving himself against two of his shipmates, his more physically imposing brother and the father of his girlfriend's unborn child, but the elements themselves as they battle ruthless waters in Arctic winter.

Action Drama
Top 50
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DISTANCE OF MERCY, THE

Shelly Drancik

BROOKLYN meets THE PIANIST

An Austrian girl who grew up in the Russian occupation of Vienna following WWII undergoes culture shock after moving to America to attend college in Chicago. There she meets an African American woman whose friendship will ultimately save her.

Drama
Top 25
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DIVORCE DIET, THE

George Gier

GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE meets THE BIGGEST LOSER

After being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, a morbidly obese woman decides it is time to make a change when her husband leaves her. With the help of her closest friend, she embarks on an epic weight loss journey that leads to her own reality TV show and subsequent fame.

Comedy Drama
Top 50
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EMBALM THE MARMOT

Ryan Holly

ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

A man travels between the totalitarian surface and a magical underground world in search of his grandfather's body, forcing him to confront fantastical creatures, time travel, and a decades-old conflict.

Drama Fantasy
Honorable Mention

EMBER

Amanda Keener

DIVERGENT meets MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

When a teen learns she has the power to control fire on her 16th birthday, she must move to a special Academy that will teach her control over her new gift. While there, she discovers that there's more too the Academy's altruism than meets the eye, and her and her new friends need a way out.

Drama Supernatural Young Adult
Top 75
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END OF VIOLET AND ABBY, THE

Scott Kearney

JENNIFER'S BODY meets HEATHERS

When her best friend dies in a tragic accident, and immediately comes back, a teenage girl is just happy to have her BFF returned. Until boys start turning up dead, ravaged by a creature both terrifying and familiar, and now it's up to her to save herself and her best friend from an ancient evil that threatens them all.

Horror Supernatural Young Adult
Top 75
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ESCAPE FROM MOUNT CHAMPLAIN

Mark Trenteseaux

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN meets X-MEN

A young boy reeling from the death of his parents, for which he feels guilty despite having no memory of the accident, is sent to a fantastical, futuristic rehabilitation center, but he soon suspects there's something more sinister at play.

Mystery Sci-Fi Young Adult
Honorable Mention

EVERYTHING YOU WANT

Kirsten Alexander

BLOODLINE meets THE KILLING

After covering up a hit-and-run accident, a brother and sister's lives are changed forever when they discover that the woman they left for dead was their soon-to-be stepmother. Now, with the effects of their actions playing out right in front of them, their personal lives and mental stability slowly begin to erode.

Drama Mystery
Honorable Mention

FALL OF DREAMS, THE

Ryan LaSalle

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH meets HANSEL AND GRETEL

Terrorized by fear thanks to his vivid, horrific dreams, a young insomniac finally succumbs to sleep and is taken to a place where his imaginings come true. Trapped in a mysterious world filled with eccentric characters and hungry witches, he struggles to find his way home.

Adventure Coming-of-Age Fantasy
Top 75
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FAMILIAR, THE

Jonathan Marx

THE CLEANER meets iZOMBIE

A small town mortician spends his nights working as a Familiar, a crime scene cleaner hired by supernatural creatures to clean up their messes and hide their existence. Despite his dual life, he manages to keep both businesses running smoothly, until he's drawn into a mystery involving disappearing corpses, werewolves, and a former girlfriend.

Crime Fantasy Supernatural
Top 10
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FAST FORWARD

Elizabeth Stevens & James Bruner

CAPTAIN AMERICA meets LIFE ON MARS

After being captured by the Nazis, an LAPD detective fighting in World War II wakes up in 1985 Los Angeles not having aged a day and with no memory of how he got there. He must work with his now elderly friends and family in an attempt to get back to where he belongs.

Action Drama Sci-Fi
Honorable Mention

FILICIDE

Danny Newell

THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE PURGE

When all of the parents in a remote island community start to murder their children for no apparent reason, a 17-year-old girl fights to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

Conspiracy Drama Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Signing Winner
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FINAL GIRL, THE

Scott Thomas

JUNO meets HALLOWEEN

When a tough, snarky 16-year-old moves with her distant, psychologist father to the down-on-its-luck Colorado town of Black Ridge, she learns the bloody history of the town as her father studies the patient responsible for the infamous rampage. Little does she know, the killer has been waiting for someone like her to carry on his legacy.

Coming-of-Age Horror Thriller
Top 25

FOOTAGE

Lex Snowe

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE meets THE BOURNE IDENTITY

In the future, under the guise of brain surgery, the FBI uses advanced technology to turn American citizens into unwitting spies. With covert, and unaware, operatives all over the country, the program is working better than ever, until one of the subjects rebels against the system and attempts to bring it all down.

Conspiracy Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 50
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FRIGHTFUL

Kristin Kirby

KRAMPUS meets GREMLINS

When a demonic monster is unleashed on a small town at Christmastime, an eager K-9 cop teams up with a hotshot city detective to destroy the beast before it kills again.

Horror
Top 75

GHOSTS OF FLAME AND SHADOW

Shardae Rudel

ERAGON meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

A young woman and her best friend, both of whom possess magical abilities, struggle to make ends meet while on the run from an assassin who targets those with powers, including her family.

Adventure Fantasy Young Adult
Top 50
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GOLDEN GATE RESCUE

Joseph Anderson

THE O.C. meets BAYWATCH

A group of wealthy high school students volunteer with the Bay Area Search & Rescue Unit, risking their own lives to save people lost in the wilderness, all the while navigating the no-less-difficult pressures of high school.

Action Drama Young Adult
Top 50
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GRIM, THE

Scott Leddy

I AM LEGEND meets THE MAZE RUNNER

In a post-apocalyptic future, a disease has swept the world, killing much of the population and leaving some of the survivors unnaturally ruthless and bloodthirsty. A teen born into slavery to these evil masters meets a mysterious girl whose biology might hold the key to curing the disease, and they set out to save humanity, both from the plague and from its own darkest impulses.

Action Sci-Fi Young Adult
Honorable Mention

GYRE

Robert Sheppe

THE SHALLOWS meets LOST

A reluctant teenager dragged into a family vacation boating off the coast of Hawaii struggles to save herself and her family when a monster attacks mid-trip.

Drama Horror
Honorable Mention

HAUNTED HEART

Robert Herold

PENNY DREADFUL meets SUPERNATURAL

In late 19th Century America, a mismatched group of academics and psychics travel the country solving supernatural crimes and mysteries. But when they need to add a new member to their team, as they prepare to tackle one of their toughest cases, it threatens to change their group forever.

Drama Horror Supernatural
Top 50
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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WITH FISTS

Lex Wilson

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets THE AVENGERS

Three young women - a contrarian, a goth, and a hacker - would rather be teenagers than superheroes.

Action Comedy Young Adult
Top 25

HOTEL GRAMERCY PARK

Max Weissberg

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL meets THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS

A man chronicles the true story of his family who owned the famous Gramercy Park Hotel in New York for decades, interacting with the rich, famous, and crazy on a daily basis.

Drama Memoir
Top 75

HOW TO KISS LIKE A MOVIE STAR

Leslie Nipkow

NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL meets CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Based on her real-life experiences, an award-winning soap opera writer details her life as a "real-size" girl breaking into the entertainment industry, telling stories of love, sex, family secrets, illness, and more.

Comedy Drama Memoir
Honorable Mention Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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HOW TO MAKE AND KILL THE PERFECT MAN

Sarah Archer Moulton

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES meets SIMONE

An engineer desperate to find a date to her sister's wedding creates a lifelike robot who turns out to be the perfect guy for her, which makes things difficult when the time comes to shut him down.

Comedy Romance Sci-Fi
Honorable Mention
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HUMAN RESOURCES

Robert Batten

WORLD WAR Z meets THE STRAIN

After a zombie apocalypse, corporations run by vampires create heavily guarded city-states to preserve the human race - as a subjugated food supply.

Sci-Fi Supernatural Thriller
Top 25 Scott Free Winner Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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HUMAN, ANEW

Irina Ivanova

BLADE RUNNER meets I,ROBOT

While investigating a suspicious death, a detective in a futuristic city discovers a massive conspiracy involving the artificial intelligence robots used by the police force to recreate the personalities of the recently deceased in order to consult with them in solving their murders.

Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 10 Scott Free Winner

IMMORTAL LADY, THE

Roy Rocha

FOREVER meets TWILIGHT

An immortal woman living in secret in a New York City convent meets a strangely alluring man who turns out to be a vampire, causing her to become trapped in a war between rival clans vying for control of the city.

Fantasy Romance Supernatural
Top 75
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INTO COVERT WATERS

James Hawes & Mary Ann Koenig

ARGO meets CHE

The true story of a young CIA agent sent to the Congo in the 1960s in order to secretly stop a Communist rebellion led by Che Guevara.

Action Drama True
Top 75

JOHN WILKES BOOTH AND ME

Staton Rabin

MERCY STREET meets LINCOLN

A young girl befriends the famous actor John Wilkes Booth just before he assassinates President Abraham Lincoln.

Coming-of-Age Drama
Top 50

KILL CREEK

Scott Thomas

THE CONJURING meets THE SHINING

A publicity stunt sends four bestselling horror writers into a legendary haunted house on Halloween. What starts out as a simple exploitation of their popularity becomes a dangerous proposition when the house's supernatural history turns out to be all too true and they find themselves all writing the exact same sinister book upon returning home.

Horror Supernatural
Top 10
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KING'S DAUGHTER

Julia Bobkoff

VIKINGS meets ELIZABETH

The daughter of Danish king Harald Bluetooth must lead her people amidst a Scandinavia at war after her father is killed in a battle against her usurper brother.

Drama True War
Top Drama
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KREEP WHURLD

Hampton Flint

THE WALKING DEAD meets DEADLIEST CATCH

After an invasion by violent insect-like creatures that carry a dangerous disease, a teenage fisherman from North Carolina faces the challenge of her life when she is hired by one of the infected to escort him along the Atlantic coast to Baltimore.

Sci-Fi Young Adult
Top 10

LAGOON SWIMMER

Matthew Bookman

ANNIE HALL meets OFFICE SPACE

After being fired for incompetence, a high-level PR exec with no real skills struggles to find his way in the world, moving from one odd job to the next.

Comedy Drama
Top 75

LANCE & ART

Noah Sanders

MAN ON FIRE meets TAKEN

An aging ex-con who works as a bodyguard for the heir of a Chinese crime family in San Francisco will stop at nothing to get the boy back after he is kidnapped.

Action Crime Drama
Honorable Mention

LANDFALL

Adam Aresty

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS meets QUANTICO

Investigating terror attacks becomes near impossible after an alien invasion uses telepathy to control the minds of humans and force them into groups with the sole purpose of taking as many lives as possible.

Drama Sci-Fi
Top 50
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LAZARUS

Maryanne Melloan Woods

VERONICA MARS meets GHOST

A police chief's daughter and her boyfriend make the perfect small town detective team. The only problem? The boyfriend is a ghost and the town is in the thick of a murder spree.

Mystery Supernatural Young Adult
Top 10
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LIFE WITHOUT

Robert Giordano

OZ meets SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

A private investigator, serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, gathers his allies to uncover the identity of a serial killer who has been killing both inside and outside of the prison.

Drama Thriller
Top 75

LION AND THE DEAD, THE

E.S. Dahl

DEAD LIKE ME meets SLEEPY HOLLOW

A man who digs up people killed in wars so they can come back to life and tie up loose ends brings back a Civil War soldier who forms an unbreakable bond with the woman now living in his old home.

Drama Romance Supernatural
Top 75
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LONDONI, THE

Sultana Choudhry

WHITE TEETH meets SINGLE WHITE FEMALE

A Bangaldeshi woman travels to London to live with her cousin, and will stop at nothing in order to stay in her new home, no matter the consequence of her actions.

Crime Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

LONELY PIXEL, THE

Martin Sturrock

BLACK MIRROR meets DIVERGENT

In a world where everyone works for one of three major corporations who control their employees' lives with virtual reality eyewear, a teenage girl joins a rebellion after she is caught up in a terrorist attack against her corporation.

Sci-Fi Thriller Young Adult
Top 50
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LORD OF THE WOLVES, THE

James Matlack Raney

WHITE FANG meets THE LION KING

After the violent death of their parents, a lame wolf pup must step up to lead his siblings as they run from the murderous wolf looking to finish the job.

Adventure Coming-of-Age Family
Honorable Mention

LORETTA OF THE LAMP

JR Manawa

I DREAM OF JEANNIE meets THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

After breaking into a museum, a London teenager is sucked into an ancient genie's lamp and goes on an adventure through a desert fantasy world.

Adventure Fantasy
Top 75
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LOVING WRATH OF ELDON QUINT, THE

Chase Pletts

DEADWOOD meets THE REVENANT

A farmer takes his recently deceased son across the country in order to bury him next to his wife. He must deal with the worst of humanity and nature as he makes the arduous journey while being mistaken for a dangerous criminal, but things only get worse when he arrives at his son's final resting place to discover that his wife is alive and well.

Drama Western
Top 10 Inkshares Publishing Prize Winner
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MANY BRAVE HEARTS

Virginia Slachman

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD meets UNBROKEN

A love story of a couple who met while serving in WWII and the battle to keep their love alive as they face the destructive toll of PTSD.

Drama Memoir Romance
Honorable Mention

MARK, THE

Kirsten Boswell

WARCRAFT meets THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

A young girl trains to be a soldier in a war against a race of fire demons invading her land, only to be unwillingly named their next leader when a mysterious mark appears on her arm.

Adventure Fantasy Young Adult
Honorable Mention

MEMORY ROAD

Martin McSweeney

ASSASSINS CREED meets THE MAZE RUNNER

A group of teenagers with historically important ancestors are kidnapped by a criminal mastermind and forced to take a drug that allows them to enter their ancestral memories and change the past.

Sci-Fi Thriller Young Adult
Top 50

MITTEN HAND

Jody Giardina

PERSEPOLIS meets SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

After being exiled from her community, a young Iranian girl with leprosy moves to a leper colony in Karachi, where an aid worker helps her obtain entry into the United States, only to discover that the company sponsoring her trip has ulterior motives.

Coming-of-Age Drama
Top 75
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MR. & MRS. AMERICAN PIE

Juliet McDaniel

WE'RE THE MILLERS meets MISS CONGENIALITY

After her husband leaves her unexpectedly, a 1960s housewife moves to Arizona where she befriends a closeted gay bartender, and the two scheme to enter a national pageant for the most perfect American couple.

Comedy
Top Comedy
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NIGHTSONG

M.J. Rhodes

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN meets WITNESS

A woman witnesses what she thinks might be a kidnapping, but doesn't come forward until after the child is reported missing. Now a pariah due to her inaction, she sets out to solve the crime herself and find redemption.

Crime Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

NINE GRAVES OF GERALDINE GREY, THE

Namina Forna

PARANORMAN meets SHADOWHUNTERS

A young girl tasked with helping souls from a Louisiana cemetery pass to the other side must fight a powerful witch for control over the gate to the underworld.

Adventure Coming-of-Age Fantasy
Top 75
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NOWHERE WITCH, THE

A.R. Cook

ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

A witch summons six famous warriors from across history to a hell dimension, where she forces them to fight to the death to determine humanity's greatest fighter, whose blood she needs for a sacrificial ritual.

Adventure Fantasy Supernatural
Honorable Mention
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OPERA RATS

Courtney Silberberg & Jacquelyn Kinkade Silberberg

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING meets THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

The story of painter and sculptor Edgar Degas and the young dancer he fell in love with at the Paris Opera House, who inspired his most famous works of art.

Biopic Drama Romance
Top 75
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PASCAL LE PIGLET - TRUFFLE HUNTER EXTRAORDINAIRE / HEAD OF THE PIGLET RESISTANCE

Sebastian Loden

FANTASTIC MR. FOX meets REDWALL

After an invading army captures their parents, a group of young French animals form a resistance to fight back and rescue them.

Animation Family War
Top 75
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PHANTOM FOREST, THE

Liz Kerin

THE HUNGER GAMES meets PAN'S LABYRINTH

A young woman is accidentally transported alive to the Underworld during her village's human sacrifice ritual, and joins forces with the demon to whom she was sacrificed to protect her family from beyond the grave.

Drama Fantasy Young Adult
Top 75
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PILLARS OF ELLONDRA, THE

Michael Coon

THE LORD OF THE RINGS meets GAME OF THRONES

In the kingdom of Ellondra, a massive barrier keeps the people safe from dangerous creatures until a breach forms in the wall, threatening the entire kingdom and forcing the next queen to dive head first into a devastating war.

Adventure Fantasy War
Honorable Mention

PLANETFALL

Nate Shepherd

THE STAND meets THE BOOK OF ELI

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a young refugee becomes a messiah when he finds the map to a mythical spaceship that offers salvation to what's left of humanity. As more and more people begin to follow him, he realizes that the hope he wields is the most powerful weapon left on the planet, and could easily corrupt him.

Drama Sci-Fi
Top 75

RA

Ben Gentile

SUNSHINE meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

Years after the sun went supernova, the space station that shields the Earth and provides heat and light to humanity finds itself the center stage for a rebellion.

Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 50
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RELEVANT WITCH

Desiree Proctor

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH meets MEAN GIRLS

After the untimely death of the most popular girl in her class, a teenage nobody takes her shot and gets the lead in the school's production of The Crucible, only to find that the subject matter brings forward her own latent magical abilities.

Dark Comedy Supernatural Young Adult
Top 25
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RETURN TO SUMMERLAND

Noushin Jahanian

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS meets THE CRAFT

While coping with the tragic death of a friend, a teenager tries to piece together her fractured memories of that fateful night, and soon discovers that she's actually a witch and that her friend was killed in an act of dangerous black magic. Now it is up to her and her newfound coven to stop the vengeful spirit they mistakenly released.

Mystery Supernatural Young Adult
Top 50
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RETURNING THE GOLDEN-EYED GIRL

S.G. Meine

DIVERGENT meets ELYSIUM

Thirty years after a deadly virus swept the surface of their planet, a girl is accidentally transported to a floating city in the sky thought long-abandoned. When she finds out there is an entire population living disease-free, she soon finds herself fleeing from a government that doesn't want its citizens to know about life on the surface.

Conspiracy Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 75
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SEA OF TRANQUILITY

Robert Sheppe

STATE OF PLAY meets MOON

A journalist investigating a private space company is invited to take a trip to the first ever moon colony, only to discover that there are already astronauts living there, and they don't want any company.

Conspiracy Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 50
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SECOND LOOK, THE

Wendy Simons

PRISONERS meets TRUE DETECTIVE

After the violent death of his grandson, a US Marshall travels to a small town haunted by two similar murders from 10 years ago in hopes of finding a possible connection between the crimes.

Drama Mystery
Top 25
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SECRET LIVES OF DEAD PROM QUEENS, THE

Marina Richards

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES meets THE GIFT

Living a perfect life, a suburban housewife's past comes back to haunt her when the body of the prom queen she killed in high school is found and an investigation opens. Now she must choose what she is willing to do in order to keep her decade-old secret from coming out.

Crime Drama
Top 25
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SEVENTH MARK, THE (AKA OUTLANDER, THE)

Shannon Kelley

THE LORD OF THE RINGS meets OUTLANDER

When a ghost ship crashes into the harbor of a small town, a manhunt ensues for the mysterious figure seen fleeing from the wreckage. As rumor and lore builds around the event, one young boy befriends a powerful stranger who is being blamed for the tragedy.

Adventure Coming-of-Age Fantasy
Honorable Mention

SHADOW KING

Susan Hamilton

LOST GIRL meets THE DEPARTED

In an alternate version of Boston where mystical creatures live alongside humans, a fairy mobster fights to keep control of the city and expand his empire just as he falls in love with an enigmatic fortuneteller.

Crime Drama Fantasy
Top 10
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SHADOW WITHIN, THE

Mark Stoner

GAME OF THRONES meets THE LORD OF THE RINGS

In a fantastical medieval realm, a prince takes control of his kingdom from his comatose father, a young guardsman kills a slaver, a young girl is kidnapped by a mysterious demonic cult, and a noble-born teenager flees an arranged marriage.

Adventure Fantasy War
Honorable Mention

SHADY PLACE

David Byrne

GRUMPY OLD MEN meets HOT FUZZ

When a former detective reluctantly moves into a retirement community, he discovers that his neighbor is an ex-mobster he caught years ago and is now in witness protection. Not only does he have to overcome his hatred to compete for the affections of a woman they both want, the two men must team up to solve a series of murders affecting the residents of this sleepy town.

Comedy Crime Mystery
Top 50
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SMALL ON THE MAP

David Laurie

ENEMY OF THE STATE meets SNOWDEN

When a peaceful protest turns deadly, a young British woman finds herself caught in the crosshairs as a witness to murder. Unsure of the truth, she is forced to reach out to a team of white hat hackers who are being framed for the terrorist act.

Conspiracy Thriller
Top 75
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SPY WHO LOATHED ME, THE

Chris Westphal

HAIL, CAESAR! meets THE AMERICANS

A Russian spy enlists the help of an amateur screenwriter to produce a script on the leader of the Communist Party, Leonid Brezhnev, all while being monitored by an FBI agent who is madly in love with her.

Dark Comedy
Honorable Mention

SUPERKID

Matt Harry

SPY KIDS meets KICK-ASS

When a teenager discovers his baby sister has super powers, he and his best friend become her babysitters and sidekicks. They soon learn that saving people is not as easy as it seems, and that their whole world has been turned upside down.

Action Comedy Young Adult
Top 25

TALLOK

David Luz

GAME OF THRONES meets MISTBORN TRILOGY

In a world where a winged race has enslaved humans for centuries, a human resistance arises, led by a young princess.

Adventure Fantasy Young Adult
Top 25
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TAOS HUM, THE

Troy Nethercott

THE SIGNAL meets THE CHERNOBYL DIARIES

A documentary filmmaker teams up with an army vet whose husband is missing in order to investigate a mysterious sound heard by residents of a small New Mexico town, unearthing a dangerous government conspiracy along the way.

Conspiracy Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Kirsten Maron

QUANTUM LEAP meets THE FAMILY MAN

A man must deal with having the uncontrollable "gift" of his spirit jumping randomly into other people's bodies, while managing the rest of his life, which is falling apart due to his periodic absences.

Dark Comedy Supernatural
Top 50
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TREV

Val Mote

SKINS meets THE WIRE

Three friends from a poor London estate have their lives overturned when they witness a gang hit outside their apartment building.

Crime Drama Young Adult
Top 50
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VICTORIA THE FIRST

Bill Osinski

SUFFRAGETTE meets THE KING'S SPEECH

The true story of Victoria Woodhull, who goes from sham psychic to prominent political activist, leads the suffragette movement, and becomes the first woman to ever run for President of the United States.

Drama Political True
Top 75
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VINCENT ISLAND

Amelia Fergusson

12 YEARS A SLAVE meets DEADWOOD

The inhabitants of a Caribbean island in 1845 are a mixture of freed British slaves and white colonists, struggling to find their place in a post-slavery world filled with race, class, and religious conflict in their lawless outpost of the Empire.

Drama
Top 50
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WE JUMPED ANYWAY

Katelynn Dey

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS meets ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Just before their high school graduation, six friends are caught in a devastating fire that leaves one of them in a coma and the rest struggling to understand what happened, and where to go from there.

Coming-of-Age Drama Young Adult
Top 50
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WEST OF WEIRD

Harrison Cheung

WHITE OLEANDER meets FRESH OFF THE BOAT

A 15-year-old Caucasian in foster care is adopted by a single Chinese-American father and has to adjust to the cultural shift, unwittingly becoming involved with a sexually sadistic neighborhood couple in the process.

Coming-of-Age Drama Young Adult
Top 50
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WHITE CROW, THE

Paula Rogers

MERCY STREET meets MEDIUM

After she sees a vision of her brother on the day he dies thousands of miles away fighting in the Civil War, an epileptic woman follows a charismatic medium into his Spiritualist commune where she struggles to find the truth in a faith built on seances and sleight of hand.

Drama Supernatural
Top 25
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WORLD WAR 2.1

Mark E. McCann

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE meets FREQUENCY

A young man accidentally opens a portal to 1943 Germany after tinkering with a Nazi artifact brought back by his grandfather from WWII. What begins as a fascinating trip to the past quickly turns into him causing significant changes in history that could turn the tide in favor of the Germans.

Adventure Sci-Fi War
Top 75

WORLD WAR METAL

Luke Preston

I, ROBOT meets ZOOLANDER

When all the world's robots rise up to destroy humanity, a supermodel will stop at nothing to find her son in the chaos, and might just end up saving the world along the way.

Action Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 25
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WRECKAGE

James Morris

LORD OF THE FLIES meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

After six prep school students survive a plane crash in the Amazon, they must struggle to live in the jungle with little hope of rescue. Only one girl makes it home alive to tell the story, or, at least, her version of it.

Drama Thriller Young Adult
Top 50
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YARDELL CHRONICLES

Lisa Renee Jones

JESSICA JONES meets SHADOWHUNTERS

A young woman with the ability to speak to spirits is charged with guarding a portal to purgatory as she works alongside her friends at a paranormal investigation agency in San Francisco.

Drama Mystery Supernatural
Top 50

YUAN FEN SHANGHAI TORAH

Briana London

SHOAH meets LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA

As World War II erupts, a young Jewish scribe flees Lithuania with his most prized possession, his in-progress copy of the Torah, setting him on an unusual collision course with a family of Chinese calligraphers living under Japanese occupation.

Drama War
Top 50
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ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME

Peter Samet

EX MACHINA meets ORPHAN BLACK

A brilliant teen programmer dying of cancer is saved by a tech mogul's risky cloning procedure, only to awake and discover that the mogul separated her into four separate entities, each of which she must fight to gain freedom while figuring out how to become whole again.

Drama Sci-Fi Young Adult
Mentorship Selection (Armand Baltazar) Honorable Mention

THE LAUNCH PAD MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIDLEY SCOTT, INKSHARES, AND ENERGY ENTERTAINMENT ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 25 MANUSCRIPTS OF 2016!


Following several months of submissions, reading, and re-reading entries from 24 countries around the world, we, along with our partners Ridley Scott, Inkshares publishing, and Energy Entertainment, are thrilled to announce the second round of finalists in our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

With Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions onboard to option one winner, Inkshares set to publish three winners, and Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment set to sign at least one winner, the competition drew an audience from all around the world, with entries coming from countries as close as Canada and Mexico, to as far as Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Singapore, Belarus, and New Zealand amongst others. The Top 25 finalists hail from the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Australia.

So, without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the third round of finalists for our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

(As a reminder: If you selected the Scott Free, Energy Entertainment, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 25, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured a winner who did not make the initial finalist round.)


A Company of Roses

Megan Toogood

THE DA VINCI CODE meets GONE GIRL

A centuries old clandestine society tries to keep the secret of an illegitimate Elizabethan royal child hidden as a young woman, in search of her missing friend, discovers clues that may uncover the truth. Going down the path of a treasure hunt she never could have imagined, the woman uncovers far more than she bargained for when the investigation leads her into a very dangerous conspiracy.

Adventure Drama Thriller

A Wilderness of Comfort

Dan Levinson & Lee Levinson

THE WOMAN IN GOLD meets VERTIGO

After making a purchase that would save his dying business, an art dealer's good luck turns to misfortune when the origin of the masterpieces comes to light. Now, with the horrific stigma of the Holocaust looming over the art, he has to discover the truth behind the paintings past to bring closure to the original owner, and to save his business, his marriage, and even his life.

Drama Mystery

A Wonderful World

Geoffrey Uhl

THE NEVERENDING STORY meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND

After her parents die in a natural disaster, a little girl soon finds herself transported to a topsy-turvy world unlike anything she has ever seen. While exploring it with her newfound friends, she discovers that she is in fact the only one who can protect this magical place from an encroaching darkness that threatens its existence.

Adventure Fantasy

Bridge of the Americas

Evan McNamara

SICARIO meets HOMELAND

A Homeland Security agent must stop his brother, a recruiter for an Islamic terrorist cell in the Mexican desert, from carrying out an attack on the US Oil Reserves.

Action Thriller

Distance of Mercy, The

Shelly Drancik

BROOKLYN meets THE PIANIST

An Austrian girl who grew up in the Russian occupation of Vienna following WWII undergoes culture shock after moving to America to attend college in Chicago. There she meets an African American woman whose friendship will ultimately save her.

Drama Period

Familiar, The

Jonathan Marx

THE CLEANER meets iZOMBIE

A small town mortician spends his nights working as a Familiar, a crime scene cleaner hired by supernatural creatures to clean up their messes and hide their existence. Despite his dual life, he manages to keep both businesses running smoothly, until he's drawn into a mystery involving disappearing corpses, werewolves, and a former girlfriend.

Crime Fantasy Supernatural

Filicide

Danny Newell

THE HUNGER GAMES meets THE PURGE

When all of the parents in a remote island community start to murder their children for no apparent reason, a 17-year-old girl fights to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

Thriller Sci-Fi Young Adult

Final Girl, The

Scott Thomas

JUNO meets HALLOWEEN

When a tough, snarky 16-year-old moves with her distant, psychologist father to the down-on-its-luck Colorado town of Black Ridge, she learns the bloody history of the town as her father studies the patient responsible for the infamous rampage. Little does she know, the killer has been waiting for someone like her to carry on his legacy.

Horror Thriller

High School Girls With Fists

Lex Wilson

SUPERGIRL meets SCREAM QUEENS

A teenage girl struggles with the normal problems of high school: her weight, mean girls, homework, and the annoying fact that she's a superhero.

Action Comedy Young Adult

Human Resources

Robert Batten

WORLD WAR Z meets THE STRAIN

After a zombie apocalypse, corporations run by vampires create heavily guarded city-states to preserve the human race - as a subjugated food supply.

Sci-Fi Supernatural Thriller

Human, Anew

Irina Ivanova

I, ROBOT meets MR. ROBOT

While investigating a suspicious death, a detective in a futuristic city discovers a massive conspiracy involving the artificial intelligence robots used by the police force to recreate the personalities of the recently deceased in order to consult with them in solving their murders.

Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller

Kill Creek

Scott Thomas

THE CONJURING meets THE SHINING

A publicity stunt sends four bestselling horror writers into a legendary haunted house on Halloween. What starts out as a simple exploitation of their popularity becomes a dangerous proposition when the house's supernatural history turns out to be all too true and they find themselves all writing the exact same sinister book upon returning home.

Horror

King's Daughter

Julia Bobkoff

VIKINGS meets ELIZABETH

The daughter of Danish king Harald Bluetooth must lead her people amidst a Scandinavia at war after her father is killed in a battle against her usurper brother.

Period True War

Kreep Whurld

Hampton Flint

THE WALKING DEAD meets DEADLIEST CATCH

After an invasion by violent insect-like creatures that carry a dangerous disease, a teenage fisherman from North Carolina faces the challenge of her life when she is hired by one of the infected to escort him along the Atlantic coast to Baltimore.

Sci-Fi Young Adult

Lazarus

Maryanne Melloan Woods

VERONICA MARS meets GHOST

A police chief's daughter and her boyfriend make the perfect small town detective team. The only problem? The boyfriend is a ghost and the town is in the thick of a murder spree.

Mystery Supernatural Young Adult

Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint, The

Chase Pletts

DEADWOOD meets THE REVENANT

A farmer takes his recently deceased son across the country in order to bury him next to his wife. He must deal with the worst of humanity and nature as he makes the arduous journey while being mistaken for a dangerous criminal, but things only get worse when he arrives at his son's final resting place to discover that his wife is alive and well.

Drama Western

Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

Juliet McDaniel

WE'RE THE MILLERS meets MISS CONGENIALITY

After her husband leaves her unexpectedly, a 1960s housewife moves to Arizona where she befriends a closeted gay bartender, and the two scheme to enter a national pageant for the most perfect American couple.

Comedy Period

Relevant Witch

Desiree Proctor

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH meets MEAN GIRLS

After the untimely death of the most popular girl in her class, a teenage nobody takes her shot and gets the lead in the school's production of The Crucible, only to find that the subject matter brings forward her own latent magical abilities.

Dark Comedy Supernatural Young Adult

Second Look, The

Wendy Simons

PRISONERS meets TRUE DETECTIVE

After the violent death of his grandson, a US Marshall travels to a small town haunted by two similar murders from 10 years ago in hopes of finding a possible connection between the crimes.

Drama Mystery

Secret Lives of Dead Prom Queens, The

Marina Richards

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES meets THE GIFT

Living a perfect life, a suburban housewife's past comes back to haunt her when the body of the prom queen she killed in high school is found and an investigation opens. Now she must choose what she is willing to do in order to keep her decade-old secret from coming out.

Mystery Thriller

Shadow King

Susan Hamilton

LOST GIRL meets THE DEPARTED

In an alternate version of Boston where mystical creatures live alongside humans, a fairy mobster fights to keep control of the city and expand his empire just as he falls in love with an enigmatic fortuneteller.

Crime Fantasy Romance

Superkid

Matt Harry

SPY KIDS meets KICK-ASS

When a teenager discovers his baby sister has super powers, he and his best friend become her babysitters and sidekicks. They soon learn that saving people is not as easy as it seems, and that their whole world has been turned upside down.

Action Comedy Young Adult

Tallok

David Luz

GAME OF THRONES meets MISTBORN TRILOGY

In a world where a winged race has enslaved humans for centuries, a human resistance arises, led by a young princess.

Adventure Fantasy Young Adult

White Crow, The

Paula Rogers

MERCY STREET meets MEDIUM

After she sees a vision of her brother on the day he dies thousands of miles away fighting in the Civil War, an epileptic woman follows a charismatic medium into his Spiritualist commune where she struggles to find the truth in a faith built on s'ances and sleight of hand.

Drama Period Supernatural

World War Metal

Luke Preston

I, ROBOT meets ZOOLANDER

When all the world's robots rise up to destroy humanity, a supermodel will stop at nothing to find her son in the chaos, and might just end up saving the world along the way.

Action Comedy Sci-Fi

THE LAUNCH PAD MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIDLEY SCOTT, INKSHARES, AND ENERGY ENTERTAINMENT ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 50 MANUSCRIPTS OF 2016!


Following several months of submissions, reading, and re-reading entries from 24 countries around the world, we, along with our partners Ridley Scott, Inkshares publishing, and Energy Entertainment, are thrilled to announce the second round of finalists in our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

With Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions onboard to option one winner, Inkshares set to publish three winners, and Brooklyn Weaver’s Energy Entertainment set to sign at least one winner, the competition drew an audience from all around the world, with entries coming from countries as close as Canada and Mexico, to as far as Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Singapore, Belarus, and New Zealand amongst others. The Top 50 finalists hail from the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Australia.

So, without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the second round of finalists for our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

(As a reminder: If you selected the Scott Free, Energy Entertainment, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 50, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured a winner who did not make the initial finalist round.)


Project Written By
A Company Of Roses Megan Toogood
A Wilderness Of Comfort Dan Levinson & Lee Levinson
A Wonderful World Geoffrey Uhl
Angel Dust Rose Lewenstein
Borislav The Terrible And The Wayward Stink Bomb Hilary Sierpinski
Bridge Of The Americas Evan McNamara
Consequence Connor Eyzaguirre
Deadlegs Cardy O'Donnell
Distance Of Mercy, The Shelly Drancik
Divorce Diet, The George Gier
Familiar, The Jonathan Marx
Filicide Danny Newell
Final Girl, The Scott Thomas
Footage Lex Snowe
Ghosts Of Flame And Shadow Shardae Rudel
Golden Gate Rescue Joseph Anderson
Haunted Heart Robert Herold
High School Girls With Fists Lex Wilson
Human Resources Robert Batten
Human, Anew Irina Ivanova
John Wilkes Booth And Me Staton Rabin
Kill Creek Scott Thomas
King's Daughter Julia Bobkoff
Kreep Whurld Hampton Flint
Landfall Adam Aresty
Lazarus Maryanne Melloan Woods
Lonely Pixel, The Martin Sturrock
Loving Wrath Of Eldon Quint, The Chase Pletts
Memory Road Martin McSweeney
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie Juliet McDaniel
Ra Ben Gentile
Relevant Witch Desiree Proctor
Return To Summerland Noushin Jahanian
Sea Of Tranquility Robert Sheppe
Second Look, The Wendy Simons
Secret Lives Of Dead Prom Queens, The Marina Richards
Shadow King Susan Hamilton
Shady Place David Byrne
Superkid Matt Harry
Tallok David Luz
This Changes Everything Kirsten Maron
Trev Val Mote
Vincent Island Amelia Fergusson
We Jumped Anyway Katelynn Dey
West Of Weird Harrison Cheung
White Crow, The Paula Rogers
World War Metal Luke Preston
Wreckage James Morris
Yardell Chronicles Lisa Renee Jones
Yuan Fen Shanghai Torah Briana London

THE LAUNCH PAD MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RIDLEY SCOTT, INKSHARES, AND ENERGY ENTERTAINMENT ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE TOP 75 MANUSCRIPTS OF 2016!


Due to the overwhelming number of entries and the outstanding level of quality in this year’s entries, we’re extending our first semi-finalist announcement round from a Top 25 to Top 75. As the final entries came in, and the votes from our readers began to be tabulated, we quickly realized that though this was our first foray into a manuscript competition, even our most ambitious goals were being surpassed. After discussing the scenario with our partners, we decided that instead of aggressively trimming the list down before our judges had a chance to fully weigh in, we would institute the finalist announcement tiers we’ve used for years with our feature and pilot competitions, beginning with a Top 75, and transitioning down to a Top 50, Top 25, Top 10, and ultimately announcing our winners.

So, without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the first ever finalist round for our inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition in partnership with Ridley Scott, Inkshares and Energy Entertainment.

(As a reminder: If you selected the Scott Free, Energy Entertainment, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 75, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured a winner who did not make the initial finalist round.)


Project Written By
A Company Of Roses Megan Toogood
A Wilderness Of Comfort Dan Levinson & Lee Levinson
A Wonderful World Geoffrey Uhl
Angel Dust Rose Lewenstein
Blood Sisters John Kuriger & Kristin McGraw
Borislav The Terrible And The Wayward Stink Bomb Hilary Sierpinski
Bridge Of The Americas Evan McNamara
Charlie Zulu Foxtrot Troy Nethercott
Completely Incomplete Jeffrey Hirschberg
Consequence Connor Eyzaguirre
Cure For Pain David Vienna
Deadlegs Cardy O'Donnell
Distance Of Mercy, The Shelly Drancik
Divorce Diet, The George Gier
Ember Amanda Keener
End Of Violet And Abby, The Scott Kearney
Fall Of Dreams, The Ryan LaSalle
Familiar, The Jonathan Marx
Filicide Danny Newell
Final Girl, The Scott Thomas
Footage Lex Snowe
Frightful Kristin Kirby
Ghosts Of Flame And Shadow Shardae Rudel
Golden Gate Rescue Joseph Anderson
Haunted Heart Robert Herold
High School Girls With Fists Lex Wilson
Hotel Gramercy Park Max Weissberg
Human Resources Robert Batten
Human, Anew Irina Ivanova
Immortal Lady, The Roy Rocha
Into Covert Waters James Hawes & Mary Ann Koenig
John Wilkes Booth And Me Staton Rabin
Kill Creek Scott Thomas
King's Daughter Julia Bobkoff
Kreep Whurld Hampton Flint
Lagoon Swimmer Matthew Bookman
Landfall Adam Aresty
Lawn Of Sleeping Soldiers, The Carl Oprey
Lazarus Maryanne Melloan Woods
Lion And The Dead, The E.S. Dahl
Lonely Pixel, The Martin Sturrock
Loretta Of The Lamp Jo Fletcher
Loving Wrath Of Eldon Quint, The Chase Pletts
Memory Road Martin McSweeney
Mitten Hand Jody Giardina
Mr. & Mrs. American Pie Juliet McDaniel
Nine Graves Of Geraldine Grey, The Namina Forna
Opera Rats Courtney Silberberg & Jacquelyn Kinkade Silberberg
Pascal Le Piglet - Truffle Hunter Extraordinaire / Head Of The Piglet Resistance Sebastian Loden
Phantom Forest, The Liz Kerin
Planetfall Nate Shepherd
Ra Ben Gentile
Relevant Witch Desiree Proctor
Return To Summerland Noushin Jahanian
Returning The Golden-Eyed Girl S.G. Meine
Sea Of Tranquility Robert Sheppe
Second Look, The Wendy Simons
Secret Lives Of Dead Prom Queens, The Marina Richards
Shadow King Susan Hamilton
Shady Place David Byrne
Small On The Map David Laurie
Superkid Matt Harry
Tallok David Luz
This Changes Everything Kirsten Maron
Trev Val Mote
Victoria The First Bill Osinski
Vincent Island Amelia Fergusson
We Jumped Anyway Katelynn Dey
West Of Weird Harrison Cheung
White Crow, The Paula Rogers
World War Metal Luke Preston
Wreckage James Morris
World War 2.1 Mark E. McCann
Yardell Chronicles Lisa Renee Jones
Yuan Fen Shanghai Torah Briana London

We started our first competition with a clear set of goals: discover great pieces of writing and launch and nurture the careers of those writers. For us, being the best writing competition out there means absolutely nothing if the writers involved are not getting their shot at their dreams. We’ve seen wild success in our first few years, with over 156 writers signed, 50 projects set up, and more than a dozen writers staffed on hit shows. But one of the most important parts of our job is consistently being ahead of the curve. And it’s with that idea in mind that we’re incredibly proud to introduce to you the…

In an exclusive partnership with Scott Free, Energy Entertainment and publisher Inkshares, the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition is here to bridge the world of literary books, novels and manuscripts with Hollywood’s biggest agents, managers, executives, producers and publishers. The goal of this competition is to help authors like you get your work in the hands of entertainment industry and publishing world titans, sign with top tier agencies and management companies, and to help you launch your professional writing career. Is your book or manuscript the next Oscar-nominated adaptation? Do you have the next breakout YA novel? The Launch Pad Manuscript Competition will position your work to become the next hit film or television adaptation while also getting your book published and in the hands of readers around the globe and on bookstore shelves.

With Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free onboard to option at least one of our finalists, Energy Entertainment onboard to sign at least one of our finalists, and Inkshares onboard to publish a minimum of three of our finalists and release them digitally and physically in bookstores across the world, we’re giving you the opportunity to literally write your own ticket. So what do you need to enter? You don’t need a 500-page manuscript ready. In fact, you don’t need to have ever written a book before. To enter this competition, all you need is 50 pages, 50 bucks, and an idea that you believe in. From there, let us do the rest.


With previous competition winners having gone on to work with people such as Leonardo DiCaprio, McG, Doug Wick, Rob Thomas, Joe Cohen, Roy Lee, Ridley Scott, Jason Blum, Greg Berlanti, Paramount, Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, ABC, NBC, MTV, Benderspink, Energy Entertainment, and judges joining us this year from Fake Empire, Color Force, Michael De Luca Productions, Lava Bear, The Weinstein Company and more… we can’t wait to introduce you to our readers.


Books Are the New Specs

Did you know that 40 of the 78 Best Picture nominees of the past 10 years began as books? Did you know that 5 of the 8 at this year’s Oscars were based on books? With everybody in town looking for the next hot property, studios, agencies, and producers are picking up more projects at the inception phase then ever before.

The Martian

Originally self published, The Martian caught the attention of Ridley Scott and his company Scott Free. It went on to become one of the biggest films of 2015 and was nominated for seven Oscars this year.


Room

The book’s author Emma Donoghue wrote the big screen adaptation of her own book. The resulting work earned four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Adapted Screenplay, and a Best Picture nomination.


Brooklyn

Adapted by crossover author and screenwriter Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity), this adaptation would go on to land three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.


Divergent

Veronica Roth wrote her first book, Divergent, while on winter break during her senior year of college selling the publishing rights prior to graduating. To date the series has grossed over $575 million in the worldwide box office.


The above titles are a very small sampling of Hollywood projects that began in other platforms. With titles like The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, The Dark Tower, The Notebook, Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park, and Lord of the Rings all beginning as books, why can’t yours be the next big breakout to join this list?


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Our Exclusive Partnership With
Scott Free

When it comes to partners, there are few you’d want more than Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. With a track record of blockbusters spanning decades, and more than 40 Oscar, 51 BAFTA, 23 Golden Globe and 102 Emmy nominations, you know you’re in good hands. But looking beyond the resume, the awards, and the prestige, Scott Free has consistently set itself apart as a company always ahead of the curve and willing to take chances on new writers, new ideas and new platforms. One prime example of that is none other than the originally self published author of The Martian - Andy Weir.

Scott Free was one of the first majors to take e-books into the spotlight when they found The Martian and developed it into what would become a Best Picture nominee starring Matt Damon. They were also the first company to buy a Launch Pad project, when they picked up Daniel Turkewitz’s Tranquility Base. By partnering with us for this competition, they are not only aboard to once again serve as judges, but they have also committed to option at least one project which has selected the Scott Free add on with an eye toward discovering their next break out hit.


Our Exclusive Partnership With
Inkshares

Not only has Inkshares agreed to partner with the Launch Pad, they’ve also committed to publish a minimum of three finalists' work – that means top-tier editorial, design, printing, marketing, and distribution into both online and brick-and-mortar bookstores. One of the fastest-growing and most innovative publishers in the world, Inkshares went from startup to break out hit in a matter of months. In 2015, the reader-driven publisher launched books with both established talents such as Gary Whitta (screenwriter of the forthcoming Star Wars: Rogue One) as well as newcomers Mike Mongo, author of The Astronaut Instruction Manual, and Filip Syta, author of The Show (both of these books are now being turned into television franchises).

Teaming up with a company so in sync with our vision of discovering new writers and creating opportunities for them to succeed was one of the most exciting aspects of this competition. But by committing to go one step further, and to take a minimum of three finalists from newcomer to published author, we felt they helped us once again highlight why the Launch Pad Competitions have not only become the most successful competitions in the world, but have also become the new standard of what a writer should expect from a competition.


Our Exclusive Partnership With
Energy Entertainment

Energy Entertainment, helmed by Brooklyn Weaver, has become one of the most well-known and established management companies in the world. With record-breaking spec-market sales, several major e-book sales, and clients whose writing credits Black Mass, Bates Motel, Extant, Everest, Deadpool, Run All Night, and the I Am Legend reboot, Energy has firmly established itself as one of the biggest names in the business when it comes to identifying new writers and launching careers.

Energy’s relationship with the Launch Pad goes back to our first-ever competition, when they were the first manager ever to sign a Launch Pad writer. With a focus on identifying strong writers and strong voices, Energy’s slate expands to include a number of books, e-books and IP they’ve set up, and a track record that goes well beyond the scope of most any other management company out there. We’re thrilled to have them aboard once again, and for them to not only serve as judges, but to also commit to sign at least one writer who has selected the Energy Entertainment add-on.


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When we began the conversation of a manuscript competition three years ago we knew we wanted to not only deliver the same level of professionalism, experience and results we’d already set in place with our Launch Pad brand, but we also wanted to ensure we were going above and beyond any other competition out there in terms of giving every single writer who enters a shot at their dreams.

By partnering with two of the first companies to see the value in the Launch Pad Competition (Scott Free and Energy Entertainment) to sign and option projects from our writers, we knew we were off to a great start. But we also knew we wanted to give our writers even more of an opportunity to succeed not just in Hollywood, but also in the publishing world. It was with that idea in mind that we discovered Inkshares, a company who was already disrupting the publishing world, and introducing new innovations, technology and access to writers, readers and audiences world wide. In adding Inkshares as a partner for this competition, we knew we had not only found a trio of companies who would fight for our writers to succeed, but a team that would work to make our writers household names.

The reality is this. When you enter this competition, you’re not only getting the opportunity to introduce you and your work to some of the most elite names in the entertainment and publishing worlds, you’re getting an opportunity to walk away a published author the world wants to know.

Not bad for 50 pages and 50 bucks.



Announcing Our 2016
Mentorship Program

Since launching in 2015, our Mentorship Program has already selected six writers to take part in the program, and to have the opportunity to work with professional writers as they begin the first stages of their careers. For our inaugural Manuscript Competition, we knew we needed three very special mentors to continue that success. Writers who were not only bestselling authors, but who had also seen their work get picked up by major studios and production companies to be made into the next big film or TV show. Enter our perfect picks: Alexandra Monir, Mike Mongo, and Armand Baltazar. Alexandra joins us straight off selling her 40 page book proposal The Final Six in a preemptive deal to Sony even before it went to publishers. Mike’s debut novel The Astronaut Instruction Manual was discovered and published by Inkshares, who we’ve partnered with for this competition, and was set up earlier this year with Legendary Television. No stranger to the industry thanks to his huge body of animation work at Pixar, Armand branched into the publishing world with his book pitch Timeless, which our other two partners, Ridley Scott and Brooklyn Weaver, set up with Fox and HarperCollins simultaneously in a massive bidding war. We’re confident our mentors are the ones to get you and your manuscript ready, give tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and be able to offer all the insight you need on how to navigate a newly minted career in Hollywood.

Feedback Notes

Want to know exactly what our professional readers thought about your project? At half the price of Development Notes, Feedback Notes provide you with the chance to see exactly how readers reviewed your work. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions and analysis, get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our readers' perspectives on the story, characters, marketability, and ideas for where the story could go. Was it a page-turner? Did we want to see more of a character? Was the dialogue believable? Get answers to this and more today.

The 2016 Manuscript Competition Prizes

The Launch Pad Competition is focused on identifying, discovering and helping launch the careers of our writers. Whether you make the quarter-finalists or win it all in any of our competitions, we work with you to help polish your work, prepare for meetings, craft you pitch, identify your follow up projects, create a series bible, and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way on the journey to becoming a professional writer.

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Scott Free Prize

A Minimum Of 1 Project Will Be Selected From Those Who Purchased The Add On

  • Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free was one of the first major companies to take e-books into the spotlight when they found The Martian and developed it into what would become a Best Picture nominee starring Matt Damon. They were also the first company to but a Launch Pad project, when they picked up Daniel Turkewitz’s Tranquility Base. Now they’re looking to do the same for you. Our exclusive partnership with Scott Free means not only are they represented on our judging panel, they have also committed to option at least 1 project with an eye towards discovering their next break out hit.
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Energy Entertainment Prize

A Minimum Of 1 Project Will Be Selected From Those Who Purchased The Add On

  • Energy Entertainment has become one of the most well-known and established management companies in the world. With a focus on identifying strong writers and strong voices, Energy’s track record with record-breaking sales numbers goes well beyond the scope of most other management companies out there. In our exclusive partnership with Energy Entertainment, they will select a minimum of 1 writer and manuscript to represent from the entries that select the Guaranteed Signing add-on. The writer and manuscript selected by Energy does not have to have made any finalist rounds, so even if not selected as a Top 50 or winner overall, you and your manuscript could still be selected as their winner.
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Mentorship Prize

A Minimum Of 3 Writers Will Be Selected From Those Who Purchased The Add On

  • Last year we introduced our first ever Launch Pad Mentorship Program. With our new manuscript competition, we’re inviting 3 mentors from the book and screenwriting worlds to join in the fun. With an emphasis on providing guidance, advice, notes, and being a sounding board, the Launch Pad mentors are here to help new writers begin their careers. Each entry selecting the Mentorship Program add-on will be read an additional time by readers dedicated to identifying a project and writer for our mentors, and from that group each of our 3 mentors will select a minimum of 1 writer and manuscript apiece from all the writers who purchase this add-on.
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Inkshares Prize

A Minimum Of 3 Projects Will Be Selected From All Scripts Submitted

  • Everyone that enters the competition is eligible for the Inkshares publishing prize. There is no need for an add-on to take advantage of this opportunity. The Top 25 semi-finalists’ work will be uploaded on the Inkshares site, then our judging panel and Inkshares readers will select a minimum of 3 manuscripts to be published and released as part of our Launch Pad/Inkshares collection digitally and physically in bookstores worldwide. While not necessary to have the most pre-orders to win, if you do meet the Inkshares pre-order threshold, you could still be published even beyond the competition. Inkshares is commited to publish the three projects with the highest number of unique reader pre-orders.
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Grand Prize

3 Projects Will Be Selected

  • There will be 3 overall winners selected to win the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition and a minimum of 3 selected by our judges and Inkshares readers to be published by Inkshares. A minimum of 1 project will be selected by Scott Free as part of the guaranteed purchase prize, a minimum of 1 project will be selected by Energy Entertainment as part of the guaranteed signing prize, and a minimum of 3 projects will be selected by our mentors as part of the mentorship program prizes. Some of the winners may overlap.
  • While the Launch Pad overall winners must be part of the Top 10, not all of the projects selected to be published as part of our Launch Pad/Inkshares collection are required to be.
  • The winners selected to win the Scott Free, Energy Entertainment, or Mentorship prizes do not need to have made any finalist round to win. Each of these projects will be selected from the collective pool of entrants who selected these add-ons.
  • The 3 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition overall winners will be flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry event in your honor, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers.
  • The Top 3 winners will be individually introduced to agents, managers, producers, and executives, with introductions and meetings in person, on the phone, via Skype, or email, depending on your location. Meet with our judges, and beyond!
  • If selected as a winner, you and your project will be announced via the Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and will be introduced to the entertainment and publishing world via press releases from The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares.
  • You and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, or writers to hire for their work. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on the material, and what you, the writer, want to achieve, both now and in your long term career.
  • You and your project’s information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be featured in an exclusive interview, which will be hosted on The Tracking Board, and shared with the town as part of our Launch Pad Alum awareness campaigns.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Finalists

10 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 10 finalist, you and your project will be announced via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and you will be introduced to the entertainment and publishing world via press releases from The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • You and your previously uploaded work on Inkshares will be prominently featured on the site as one of the Top 10 finalists in contention for the Launch Pad/Inkshares publishing collection, promoting an added boost to your growing audience, engagement, fan base, and potentially pre-orders.
  • You and your work will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, or writers to hire for their work. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on the material, and what you, the writer, want to achieve, both now and in your long term career.
  • You and your work will be prominently featured on The Tracking Board and Launch Pad sites, promoting your work to all of our readers, and sending them to Inkshares to read your work and follow you on this journey.
  • You and your project information will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our exclusive Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Semi-Finalists

25 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 25 semi-finalist, you and your project will be announced via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and you will be introduced to the entertainment and publishing world via press releases from The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares.
  • Once you are selected as a Top 25 semi-finalist, your work will be uploaded on Inkshares and featured as part of our Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. Once on Inkshares, you will be able to begin engaging with readers, building a fan base, finding your audience, and even selling pre-orders to your book.
  • You will receive a feature profile on The Launch Pad site, as well as our Launch Pad Alum booklet, and you will be highlighted in our winner listings on The Tracking Board and Launch Pad sites.
  • You and your project information will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our exclusive Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Quarter-Finalists

50 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 50 quarter-finalist, you and your project will announced on Launch Pad and Inkshares newsletters, featuring several of those who have judged our competitions, and who vote on the annual “best of” lists.
  • You and your project information will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our exclusive Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.

The 2016 Manuscript Competition Judges

Adrian Garcia

Paradigm


  • Had writers on the 2014 and 2015 Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List.
  • Signed LP Alumni Eric Koenig, and sold his Launch Pad script Matriarch to Paramount in a bidding war.
  • With an eye for new talent, Garcia has represented over a dozen writers on the Young & Hungry List.

Allison Friedman

Color Force


  • Color Force produced the wildly successful Hunger Games franchise based on Suzanne Collins' hit YA book series.
  • Color Force produced the Diary of a Wimpy Kid trilogy based on the popular Jeff Kinney book series.
  • In television, Color Force produced the hit show American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson for FX.
  • Friedman previously worked at MGM and later at Genre Films where she helped develop projects like The Martian.

Allison Gillogly

Scott Free


  • Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free has produced a number of successful book adaptations such as The Martian, Blade Runner, The Man in the High Castle, Black Hawk Down, Child 44, Matchstick Men, The Pillars of the Earth, Killing Lincoln, and more. They have also produced The Grey, Prometheus, Concussion, and worked on hit TV series The Good Wife.
  • Scott Free is producing the upcoming Alien and Blade Runner sequels.
  • Gillogly will serve as producer on the upcoming film Vicious.

Antoni Kaczmarek

ESA


  • Represents Niels Arden Oplev who directed the original adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
  • ESA clients have worked on hit shows such as Mr. Robot, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, Extant, Ray Donovan, Under the Dome, and more.
  • Had clients appear on the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List in 2015.

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment


  • Top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014, and the company has seen more than 75 spec script sales, 50 pitch sales and dozens of manuscripts turned film/television sales in the past few years.
  • Has signed 11 Launch Pad Alumni, judged all LP Competitions and was the first manager to set up a LP script with a major studio.
  • Had clients appear on the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List in 2015.
  • Clients have written or are currently writing Everest, Black Mass, Extant, Bates Motel, Deadpool, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Rush, A Walk Amongst the Tombstones, Out of the Furnace and Run All Night, the upcoming reboot of I Am Legend and the remake of The Raid.

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Circle of Confusion


  • Circle of Confusion produces The Walking Dead and Powers both based on successful comic book adaptations.
  • Clients have written or are currently writing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, The Mummy (remake), Prometheus, Pacific Rim sequel, The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, The Book of Eli and more.
  • Circle of Confusion has signed multiple Launch Pad Alum, and has judged every Launch Pad Competition to date.
  • Clients have written for shows like The Vampire Diaries, Faking It, Bones, Sense 8, Hit the Floor, Fuller House, Banshee, Roosewood, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Hemlock Grove, Dominion, Psych and more.

Gabriel Chu

Vertigo Entertainment


  • Vertigo Entertainment has produced such films as The Boy, Run All Night, The Departed, The Woman In Black, The Grudge, How To Train Your Dragon, and many more.
  • Vertigo also produced The Lego Movie, and are now working on the sequel as well as The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.
  • Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television have signed a two-year exclusive overall deal for comedy and drama series.

Heather Karpas

ICM


  • ICM represents such writers as Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain), Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go), and Toni Morrison (Beloved).
  • ICM represents client who have written for shows such as The Blacklist, The Muppets, Supernatural, Outsiders, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Defiance, Copper, Dominion, and more.
  • ICM has signed 4 Launch Pad Alumni.

Johnny Pariseau

De Luca Productions


  • Michael De Luca Productions produced the hit adaptations The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey, Moneyball, and Captain Phillips. Moneyball, Captain Phillips, and The Social Network were all nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  • Michael De Luca Productions also produced 21, Dracula Untold, Ghost Rider, and the remake of Fright Night.

Joseph New

Romark Entertainment


  • Romark Entertainment is currently producing films with Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal.
  • Romark is currently producing the biopic of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson with Leonardo DiCaprio and Roy Lee for Warner Bros.
  • Romark is currently developing the adaptations of the best-selling novel Brothers & Bones and the comic book series Herald.
  • Romark is producing previous Launch Pad scripts Matriarch for Paramount, and Tranquility Base for Fox.

Josh Dove

IPG


  • IPG manages such literary clients as Michael Connelly (Bosch, The Lincoln Lawyer), Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Mystic River), and James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia).
  • IPG reps Oscar winning writer, director, and producer Paul Haggis (Crash).
  • As producers, IPG has helped bring novels such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Mr. Poppers Penguins to the big screen.

Lucas Wiesendanger

Red Wagon Entertainment


  • Red Wagon is producing the 2014 Launch Pad Feature Matriarch, for Paramount Pictures.
  • Red Wagon is behind such blockbuster films as the Divergent series, The Great Gatsby, Lawless, and Gladiator.
  • Red Wagon is currently working on a remake of The Craft.
  • Red Wagon is adapting the novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, for Columbia Pictures

Lynley Bird

Fake Empire


  • Fake Empire is Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Production Company.
  • Fake Empire has produced such TV series as Chuck, Gossip Girl (based on the hit YA series), Hart of Dixie, and The O.C.
  • Fake Empire is currently developing Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick at Paramount, based on the novel by Joe Schreiber, as well as Just One Day/Just One Year with Universal, based on Gayle Forman’s YA novel.

Mark Hartogsohn

Gersh


  • Had clients on the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Gersh represents writers such as Tayler Sheridan (Sicario, Comancheria), Brian Duffield (Insurgent, Jane Got A Gun), Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen), Gary Spinelli (Mena), and many more.
  • Gersh had one of the highest spec sale percentages of agencies in 2015, with 15 projects set up.

Martin To

ESA


  • ESA clients have worked on hit shows such as Mr. Robot, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, Extant, Ray Donovan, Under the Dome, Black Sails, The 100, and more.
  • ESA has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni from both the feature and pilots competitions.

Matt Birkel

Gotham/Principal


  • Gotham/Principal produces The Maze Runner franchise based on the hit YA novels.
  • Gotham/Principal clients have written and directed major films such as The Maze Runner, Daredevil, Stranger Than Fiction, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Super Troopers, Capote, Foxcatcher, and the upcoming Transformers sequel.
  • Gotham/Principal has had multiple clients on the Hit List and Young & Hungry List for the last 2 years.

Michael Pruss

Scott Free


  • Scott Free is Ridley Scott's production company, the influential director of Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Hannibal, and American Gangster.
  • Scott Free and Ridley Scott have produced a number of successful book adaptations such as The Martian, Blade Runner, The Man in the High Castle, Black Hawk Down, Child 44, Matchstick Men, The Pillars of the Earth, Killing Lincoln, and more. They have also produced The Grey, Prometheus, Concussion, and worked on hit TV series The Good Wife.
  • Pruss is a producer on the upcoming film Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
  • Scott Free is producing the upcoming Alien and Blade Runner sequels.

Nicki Cortese

Jurassic Party Prods


  • Cortese served as production executive on the popular Divergent series films, based on the successful YA novels.
  • Jurassic Party is Insurgent screenwriter Brian Duffield's production company.
  • Jurassic Party has a first look deal with Awesomeness Films with an eye toward developing YA content.

Chris McEwen

New Leaf Literary & Media


  • McEwen previously worked in the development department at Scott Rudin Productions where he consulted in book-to-film adaptations.
  • New Leaf is producing the Macmillan book American Blood by Ben Sanders. The project sold to Warner Bros. in a bidding war with Bradley Cooper attached to star.
  • New Leaf's clients include author Veronica Roth who' #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series was adapted into a successful franchise for Summit and Lionsgate.

Ryan Halprin

Lin Pictures


  • Lin Pictures produced The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad, Terminator Salvation, as well as the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
  • Halprin is co-producing the next several installments of the Lego Movie Franchise including The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, and The Lego Movie sequel.
  • Lin Pictures is developing several films based on published works including Dust, Bone, Death Note, and Stephen King's It.

Ryan Levee

APA


  • APA represents Charlaine Harris, writer of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which were adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. She also wrote the novel Midnight, Texas that is being adapted by NBC.
  • APA has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni
  • APA clients have written on Bates Motel, The Big Bang Theory, Narcos, Angie Tribeca, Hannibal, East Los High, Graceland, Numb3rs, Heartbeat, The Glades, In Plain Sight, Young & Hungry, Desperate Housewives, and more.

Sean Berard

APA


  • Berard's clients have written for shows such as Arrow, Reign, and The Witches of East End.
  • APA represents Lisa Genova, author of the novel Still Alice, which earned Julianne Moore an Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • Had a client appear on the 2015 Hit List.
  • APA represents such performer/writers as Nia Vardalos, Louis CK, and Rachel Bloom.

Seth Spector

The Weinstein Company


  • The Weinstein Company is behind such prestige films as The Hateful Eight, Carol, The Imitation Game, Philomena, and Fruitvale Station.
  • In TV, The Weinstein Company produces Marco Polo (Netflix), Scream (MTV), and Project Runway (Lifetime).
  • Tulip Fever, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, is due for release in 2016 starring Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander, as is Genius, an adaptation of A. Scott Berg’s book starring Jude Law, Colin Firth, and Nicole Kidman.

Tahirah Gooden

Lava Bear Films


  • Lava Bear has produced such films as The Rover, Coming Home, and The Forest.
  • Lava Bear is producing Story of Your Life, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), which stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Based on the short story from Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Ted Chiang. Paramount pre-bought the rights for $20 million at Cannes.
  • Lava Bear is also developing films with top writers and producers such as David S. Goyer, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Cross, and Ben Wheatley.

Will Watkins

ICM


  • Represents Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco, whose spec Mayday 109 is in development at Flynn Picture Co. and Thunder Road Pictures, and who are writing an upcoming film for Jeremy Renner.
  • ICM represents such writers as Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain), Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go), and Toni Morrison (Beloved).
  • Watkins' clients have appeared on both the Hit List and Young & Hungry List.
  • ICM had the highest spec sale percentage of all major agencies in 2015.

  • All manuscript submissions must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY the project title, without any of the writer(s) names or discernable marks, including but not limited to identifiable registration numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, or other.
  • All entries MUST BE submitted in English as a PDF document with standard margin sizing.
  • Submissions must not exceed 50 pages even if your manuscript is already a completed work, and MUST include at least a 1-page synopsis outlining the entirety of your story.
  • Submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s), and must be your own original work, story and characters. Any submissions of existing literary figures and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any shows or films that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  • All submissions will be read at least twice to ensure the best judgment of your work. All entries will also be read blind, with no discernable marks shared with readers. We choose this option so that each entry is judged by the work, and the words alone.
  • Submissions previously optioned are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain the writer’s property.
  • Each manuscript may only be entered one time. Once a manuscript has been submitted, there are absolutely no substitutions of pages or drafts.
  • Launch Pad and all judges, mentors, partners and readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  • General manuscript entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your manuscript submission.
  • Each Grand Prize Winner will be reimbursed up to $500 USD for airfare to Los Angeles for our Exclusive annual Tracking Board / Launch Pad Event. Date of event is TBD.
  • The contest is open to all entrants 18-years or older residing in Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, or the United States of America, and any countries represented by the competition practices of the European Union.
  • All entry fees paid as part of a submission to the Launch Pad Competition are payable to The Launch Pad Competition and or The Tracking Board, and put into a pool of funds to cover competition costs, including but not limited to readers, administrative, printing and database costs. No fees are payable to any judges, mentors or partners.
  • The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Tracking Board and The Launch Pad. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

Manuscript Competition Exclusive Period for Selection and Publishing

  • All submissions will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest, however if selected as a finalist you agree to grant Launch Pad and partners an exclusive 90-day window (from announcement) to all film, television and publishing rights. During this period of time you agree to not submit your book or manuscript to a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or publisher other than Inkshares, without express written consent by Launch Pad. The exception to this is if you are already represented, in which case we look forward to collaborating with your representatives.
  • If within 90 days of being selected as a finalist you are not successfully signed by a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or selected to be published by Inkshares, you are free to submit your book or manuscript to any agent, manager, or publisher.
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, or Launch Pad employees, partners or judges in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the your submitted material.

Launch Pad Release Overview

  • OVERVIEW: Beginning at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on April 11th, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. PT on August 21st, 2016, The Launch Pad Competition (“LP”) will accept original manuscripts (each, a “Manuscript”) from eligible writers (each, a “Writer” and collectively, the “Writers”), which will be read at least two (2) times and judged by industry professionals. This is a skill-based Competition; the element of chance will not be present at any stage of this Competition.
  • WHO MAY PARTICIPATE: Competition is open only to writers who are residents of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and any country represented by the competition practices of the European Union who are at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence. A writer submitting a Manuscript with multiple co-writers must have all co-writers consent to participate in this Competition.
  • Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of The Tracking Board, LP, Scott Free Productions, Inkshares (together with LP, the “Promoter Parties”) and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns, officers, directors, contractors, partners, shareholders, representatives, members, agents, employees, and advertising and promotion agencies, web developers, and marketing agents (collectively with Promoter Parties, the “Released Parties”) are not eligible to participate in the Competition. Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, territorial, state and local laws.
  • HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Writers must submit Manuscripts online at https://www.tblaunchpad.com (the “Website”) follow the directions provided to complete the online registration form, and upload your Manuscript with a cover page containing ONLY the Manuscript title (without any of the writer(s) names or discernable marks, including but not limited to identifiable registration numbers, email addresses, or phone numbers) no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on August 21st, 2016. An entry fee (subject to the time of entry) must accompany each Manuscript submission. Entry fees will be between $50.00 USD and $80.00 USD. Failure to provide an entry fee for any Manuscript will result in such Manuscript being deemed void. All entry fees will be placed into a pool of funds to cover Competition costs, including but not limited to Manuscript readers, administrative, printing and database costs. No fees are payable to any judges, mentors or partners. All entry fee purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  • All Manuscripts must be submitted in the English language, be in PDF format with standard margin sizing, be no larger than 10MB in file size, include at least a 1-page synopsis outlining the entirety of your story, and be no longer than fifty (50) pages in length. Incomplete Manuscripts, including but not limited to those Manuscripts that do not address the requirements set forth in these Terms and Conditions, may be disqualified at LP’s sole discretion. By submitting a Manuscript, Writer hereby grants to LP a fully-paid up and royalty free, irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide license to use and display the Manuscript on the Website, other sites owned by LP, and third party websites and in other media now or hereafter known, and otherwise use the Manuscript in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, without compensation of any kind or further notice to or approval from Writer or any third party, unless otherwise specified by LP. Promoter Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Manuscript. Manuscript must be the original work of the Writer, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Prior to submitting a Manuscript, Writer must obtain any and all releases and consents from any and all co-writers, and any Writer and other parties necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Manuscript by LP in the manner set forth in these Terms and Conditions. LP reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to LP from any Writer at any time and, at its discretion, to disqualify any Manuscript they determine, in their discretion, fails to satisfy any of the above requirements. Manuscripts previously optioned are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the Competition, must remain the Writer’s property.
  • JUDGING PHASE: All eligible Manuscripts received by LP will be judged by a panel of industry professionals based equally on the following criteria: composition, originality and creativity as applicable to premise, story, characters and dialogue (the “Judging Criteria”). Subject to verification of eligibility, compliance with these Terms and Conditions, up to [twenty five] Manuscripts with the highest overall scores will be deemed potential award recipients. In the event of a tie, the Manuscript with the highest score in the “originality” criterion will be determined a potential award recipient. LP reserves the right to provide fewer than [three] awards if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible Manuscripts of sufficient quality.
  • AWARD RECIPIENT NOTIFICATION: Judges’ and LP’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Competition. Potential award recipients will be notified via mail, email and/or phone and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility (or if an eligible Canadian resident, a Declaration of Eligibility), Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by LP, which must be returned within seven (7) business days of date appearing on award recipient notification. Return of award recipient notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of LP to contact a potential award recipient within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Terms and Conditions by a potential award recipient will result in disqualification and, at LP’s sole discretion, a Runner-Up award recipient may be notified.
  • GRAND PRIZE AWARD (3): Each award recipient will receive an invitation to attend the exclusive Tracking Board/Launch Pad event (the “Event”) scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California. Each award recipient will also be reimbursed up to $500 USD by LP to assist with the air transportation, ground transportation and hotel accommodation costs associated with attending the event. Exact date, time and location of Event will be determined by LP in its sole discretion and is subject to change.
  • Award recipients may not substitute, assign or transfer award or redeem any award for cash, but LP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute any award (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Award recipients are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes and withholdings, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with award acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. All award details are at LP’s sole discretion.
  • LICENSE/USE OF MANUSCRIPTS: Award recipients and those identified by LP as a Finalist Manuscript hereby grant to LP, as a condition of participation in the Competition, the right of first negotiation to all film, television and publishing rights, which shall be done in good faith, for LP to acquire certain rights in and to their Manuscripts. During this period of time you agree to not submit your Manuscript to a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or publisher other than Inkshares, without express written consent by LP. The exception to this is if you are already represented, in which case LP will look forward to collaborating with your representatives. If within 90 days of being selected as a Finalist Manuscript you are not successfully signed by a literary agent, TV or film, agent, manager, or selected to be published by Inkshares, you are free to submit your book or manuscript to any agent, manager, or publisher. Notwithstanding the foregoing, LP shall have no obligation to enter into a contract, or make use of the Manuscript.
  • In addition, you hereby grant to LP and the Promoter Parties the unrestricted, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, license (but not the obligation) for the maximum duration permitted by applicable law to store, copy, reproduce, communicate to the public, modify, edit, display, transmit, publicly perform, make available to the public, translate or make derivative works from, and otherwise use your Manuscript (in whole or in part) in any medium without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission or attribution, for the following purposes: a. administering the Competition; b. identifying you by name as the Writer of the Manuscript; c. displaying some or all of the submitted Manuscripts in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide; and d. advertising in any media, including to advertise the Competition and/or future competitions.
  • NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP: Nothing in these Terms and Conditions or any other agreement with Writer shall be deemed to create an employment or agency relationship between any of the Released Parties and Writer. Writer agrees that he/she shall not look to the Released Parties for any compensation, employment and other benefits. Writer hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between Writer and LP and any of its designees is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that Writer’s decision to provide a Manuscript does not place LP or any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public.
  • PUBLICITY RELEASE: Participation in this Competition constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Writer’s names, likenesses, voices, performances, award received, photographs, statements and biographical information (all at LP’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity and other purposes relating to this Competition in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
  • RELEASE OF TECHNICAL LIABILITY: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete, delayed or undelivered votes, and Manuscripts, all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for problems uploading or downloading any Competition-related information or materials from the Website, any errors or problems associated with uploading Manuscripts on the Website, or for any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Manuscript to be received by LP on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled or misdirected communications which may limit Writer’s ability to participate in this Competition. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Competition, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Competition, the processing, judging or voting of Manuscripts, or deletion of any Manuscripts.
  • RIGHT TO TERMINATE & MODIFY: LP reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Competition in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Competition in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Competition. LP reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Manuscript process or the operation of this Competition or any website (including the Website), intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Writer or User, LP or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Terms and Conditions and void all associated Manuscripts.
  • NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP: Nothing in these Terms and Conditions or any other agreement with Writer shall be deemed to create an employment or agency relationship between any of the Released Parties and Writer. Writer agrees that he/she shall not look to the Released Parties for any compensation, employment and other benefits. Writer hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between Writer and LP and any of its designees is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that Writer’s decision to provide a Manuscript does not place LP or any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public.
  • PUBLICITY RELEASE: Participation in this Competition constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Writer’s names, likenesses, voices, performances, award received, photographs, statements and biographical information (all at LP’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity and other purposes relating to this Competition in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: In the event of a dispute regarding Manuscripts received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of Manuscript will be deemed to be the Writer and must comply with these Terms and Conditions. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: Any attempt by a Writer to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, LP reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such Writer to the fullest extent permitted by law and to disqualify such Writer from the Competition.
  • SIMILAR MANUSCRIPTS: By submitting a Manuscript, Writer acknowledges and agrees that LP may obtain many Manuscripts under this Competition and that such Manuscripts may be similar or identical in title, theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Competition and/or created or developed by LP on its own or by those working on LP’s behalf, and/or other promotions staged and/or led by LP, and waive any and all claims Writer may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any similar Manuscript, and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by LP (or its designees) may be similar to Writer’s Manuscript. Writer acknowledges and agrees that LP does not have now, nor shall it have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Writer’s Manuscript.
  • PERSONAL DATA: Any information collected from the Competition shall be used for future potential marketing communications and in a manner consistent with the consent given by the Writer at the time of Manuscript, with these Terms and Conditions, and with LP’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, available at http://www.tracking-board.com/terms-of-use/ (such Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are incorporated herein by reference). Each Writer expressly agrees to the use of his/her personal information for such purpose. By participating in the Competition, Writers (i) agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, including all eligibility requirements, the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of LP, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Competition. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in disqualification from this Competition. LP reserves the right to permanently disqualify any Writer and/or any other person it believes has intentionally violated these Terms and Conditions and void all associated Manuscripts. The following information will be collected from each Writer for the purpose of administering the Competition, and may also be used by Released Parties and their affiliates to contact the potential award recipients: Writer name, date of birth, mailing address and email address. The Released Parties will not sell, share or otherwise disclose information collected in any manner with third parties, other than those parties necessary to fulfill the above purposes, unless entrant has given his prior express consent to receive additional information from the Released Parties or a third party. Writer’s information may also be transferred to countries outside of your jurisdiction, including the United States. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations similar to those of your jurisdiction. If a Writer does not provide the mandatory data required during entry registration, LP reserves the right to disqualify the Manuscript. Writers have a right of access to, modification and withdrawal of their personal data. Writers also have the right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances, in accordance with applicable law. To exercise such right, an entrant may write to: Service@Tracking-Board.com (“Data Controller” and “Data Recipient”). The Released Parties will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Writers’ personal information is treated securely and in accordance with LP’s Privacy Policy and these Terms and Conditions, but will not otherwise take steps to ensure compliance with the applicable laws.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering the Competition, Writer agrees to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from all claims, liability or damage caused or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with participation in this Competition, or acceptance or use of any award, the administration of the Competition, the operation of any website (including the Website) or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein (including any claims arising out of the use of third party content). Released Parties assume no responsibility for the conduct of any Writer or the responses of anyone appearing in any Manuscript.
  • ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Competition, Writer agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any opportunities provided, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the Writer; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Writer be permitted to obtain awards for, and Writer hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Writer’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Competition), and Writer further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  • DISPUTES: By submitting Manuscript into the Competition you understand that your participating and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions shall be interpreted under the internal, substantive laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof. Except to the extent prohibited by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, any controversy arising between LP as to the Manuscript, or otherwise relating to these Terms and Conditions, shall be conclusively determined by arbitration as provided by California law and the rules of JAMS, and any arbitrator will be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in California or a retired judge who is mutually selected by you and LP. The arbitrator's decision and authority shall be controlled by these Terms and Conditions. No award may exceed the lower of: (1) if applicable, the minimum rate that would be due, if any, under the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement in effect as of the date of entry of your Manuscript (the “WGA Agreement”). You agree that LP can suffer no damages in excess of any amount beyond the minimum requirements of the WGA Agreement. You understand that your sole remedy in any arbitration or any other proceeding relating to these Terms and Conditions or the Manuscript is money damages; in particular, You expressly waive the right to seek any other relief at law or equity (including, without limitation, injunctive relief) with respect to the your submitted Manuscript or these Terms and Conditions. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. I may only commence an action at law for the sole purpose of enforcing an arbitration award.
  • PROVIDED BY: The Tracking Board (www.tracking-board.com)
  • The Launch Pad thanks you for your interest in submitting material to our Launch Pad Competitions, which may include basic or detailed ideas, storylines, literary material, feature scripts, pilot scripts, pitches, manuscripts, synopsis’ or outlines (collectively Submitted Material) for our use. Because the Launch Pad, Launch Pad employees, partners, mentors, or judges (collectively “LP”) may receive submissions that are similar to other ideas or projects they have in development, we require each entrant (collectively “You”) to read, and accept the Rules and Regulations below prior to entering any competition.
  • By entering a Launch Pad Competition You acknowledge that You are submitting material voluntarily and not in confidence, and that no confidential, fiduciary or any other relationship whatsoever is intended or created between LP by the submission of the Submitted Material. Nothing in these rules or terms, nor the submission of the Submitted Material, shall be deemed to place You or your employees in any different position from any other member of the public with respect to the Submitted Material. Accordingly, You or your employees may use any part of the Submitted Material that any member of the public freely could use without liability to the LP.
  • By entering a Launch Pad Competition, You declare that You have disclosed no other important features or elements of the Submitted Material to LP other than the materials requested for entry. You warrant that You have originally created the Submitted Material and that the Submitted Material is free from all claims or encumbrances and that no one else to your knowledge has any right to it.
  • You believe the Submitted Material and its features and elements to be unique and novel. However, You recognize that other persons, including your own employees, may have submitted to You or others, or made public, or may in the future create and submit, or make public, similar or identical material that You may have the right to use, and You understand that You will not be entitled to any compensation because of LP use of other similar or identical material.
  • You understand and agree that LP use of material containing features or elements similar or identical to those contained in the Submitted Material will not obligate You to negotiate with LP or entitle You to any compensation if You have an independent legal right to use that other material (for example, because the features or elements are not new or novel, were not originated by You, or were or may hereafter be independently created and submitted by other persons, including your employees).
  • By submitting an entry into any Launch Pad Competition You understand that this Agreement shall be interpreted under the internal, substantive laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof. Except to the extent prohibited by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, any controversy arising between LP as to the Submitted Material, or otherwise relating to this Agreement, shall be conclusively determined by arbitration as provided by California law and the rules of JAMS, and any arbitrator will be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in California or a retired judge who is mutually selected by You and LP. The arbitrator's decision and authority shall be controlled by the terms of this Agreement. No award may exceed the lower of: (1) if applicable, the minimum rate that would be due, if any, under the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement in effect as of the date of entry of Submitted Material (the “WGA Agreement”). You agree that LP can suffer no damages in excess of any amount beyond the minimum requirements of the WGA Agreement. You understand that your sole remedy in any arbitration or any other proceeding relating to this Agreement or the Submitted Material is money damages; in particular, You expressly waive the right to seek any other relief at law or equity (including, without limitation, injunctive relief) with respect to the Submitted Material or this Agreement. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. I may only commence an action at law for the sole purpose of enforcing an arbitration award.
  • You have retained a copy of the Submitted Material, and release LP from liability for loss of or damage to the Submitted Material.
  • These rules constitute the entire understanding with respect to its subject matter and no oral representations of any kind have been made to You or LP. Any modification or waiver of these rules must be in writing, signed by both of us. The invalidity of any provision will not affect the remaining provisions. This Agreement applies equally to any other material that You may submit to LP, unless agreed in writing to the contrary at the time of the submission.
  • No termination of this Agreement, and no acts with respect to the Submitted Material will be deemed to affect our respective rights under this Agreement (including those as to amount of compensation, agreement to arbitrate, and time for bringing any action), and all rights will survive any termination or acts.
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