2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition
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Competition Dates
    Early

    Ends June 19, 2016

    $50

    Regular

    Ends July 5, 2016

    $60

    Late

    Ends August 7, 2016

    $70

    Finish

    Ends August 21, 2016

    $80

    Top 25 Announced

    November 8, 2016

    Top 10 Announced

    November 22, 2016

    Feedback Notes Returned

    November 21, 2016

    Winners Announced

    November 29, 2016

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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

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
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

AMERICAN HUSTLE meets UP IN THE AIR

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 girl is accidentally transported alive to the underworld during her village's human sacrifice ritual, and ends up teaming up with a demon to return to her world and save her little brother.

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
View On Inkshares

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 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Is Now Closed

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.

Launch Pad Success Stories

Learn about some of the people who have had their careers start with this competition.

Eleven days. That’s all it took The Tracking Board to literally launch my screenwriting career. Eleven days from my script Matriarch placing in the top 25 of their aptly named Launch Pad Features Competition to it being bought by Paramount. These guys know exactly what they’re doing – period

Eric Koenig Finalist, 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition

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Eric Koenig

Until recently Koenig could only boast about serving in the military, being a federal law enforcement agent, a massage therapist, or a dentist. But after his script MATRIARCH placed in the Top 10 of the 2014 LPFC, he found something new to brag about: selling a spec script for mid-six figures to Paramount Pictures with Red Wagon and Romark Entertainment producing. His reps, Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum and Daniel Vang and Jake Wagner from Benderspink, first noticed Koenig from the contest and helped him set up the project and make the 2014 Hit List and Black List.


Ahmadu Garba

2015 was a great year for Washington, D.C. native Garba. Years prior he would make a pivotal decision to drop out of law school and move to LA, pursuing his writing career. Having worked on various projects since, Garba placed in both the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots and Features Competitions with The Eleventh Hour and Augustus, respectively. His writing prowess and creative range landed him representation with managers Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter, but that’s not all. Just this year Garba was selected as one of the participants for the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive program, with a chance to be named the FWI Fellow and receive a development deal with a Fox-affiliated company.

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Bisanne Masoud & Talia Gonzalez

Masoud and Gonzalez have been writing together for the past five years since meeting at NYU’s Tisch. The team made their first splash with their original stage play FaceSpace, which debuted to several sold out New York performances and garnered multiple awards and nominations. After FaceSpace, the team decided to focus on screenwriting and landed a spot on the 2013 Launch Pad Features Competition with their script 20 Minutes South. This helped them acquire representation with Thruline Entertainment and UTA, and ultimately earned them a staff writing job on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Today, the writing team works on the hit CW show iZombie.

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