2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$50
Ends April 15, 2017
Regular
$60
Ends May 15, 2017
Late
$70
Ends June 16, 2017
Final
$80
Ends July 14, 2017
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
September 12, 2017
Top 10 Announced
September 21, 2017
Feedback Notes Returned
September 21, 2017
Winners Announced
October 10, 2017
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition
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Welcome to the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. Following our inaugural manuscript competition in 2016, which saw 10 books land publishing deals, and more than a dozen picked up by film and television outlets, this year we’re continuing to expand the competition, by once again introducing exclusive first look partners with guarantees to be signed, mentored, optioned and published. Joining us this year will be three-time Oscar nominee Michael De Luca of Michael De Luca Productions (The Social Network, Moneyball, Captain Phillips) who has committed to acquiring at least one entry this year, manager / producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment and Adrian Garcia of Paradigm (both of whom have committed to sign at least one client from the competition this year, mentors Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire) & Zach Hines (Nine), who have each committed to mentor at least one writer from the competition, and finally out publishing partner Inkshares (The Punch Escrow, A God in the Shed), who have committed to publish a minimum of three books from this years competition.

Though this is only our second manuscript competition, we’re now entering our fourth year of writing competitions overall, and above you can see some of the numbers we’ve achieved since this journey began. Considering all of the numbers above best any other writing competition on the market, we’re very proud of the successes we’ve been able to be a part of, and the careers we’ve helped launch over the years. But it’s looking beyond the numbers to see where we do our best work. What truly sets us apart is our ability to work with and utilize our extensive pool of partners, mentors, and judges to not only introduce your competition entry to the world, but to introduce you, the writer, and your goals to the influencers and decision-makers that can start your career. Whether it be representation, publishing, a film or television deal, or a combination of all of these, we go well beyond a simple list of names on a website, to make sure every single one of our finalists is introduced to both the entertainment and publishing worlds.

So, what do you need to enter? Well for starters, you don’t need to have a 500-page manuscript ready to go. In fact, you don’t need to have ever written a book before. With the entertainment and publishing worlds more aggressively moving to acquire book partials over the past years, we’re instead inviting you to submit up to 50 pages of your best prose (including a minimum of a one-page synopsis). Show us your best work, hook us with your best cliffhanger, and give us an idea of where your story will go following those opening pages. You can of course submit 50 pages of a book you’ve already completed, but there is no requirement to have done so prior to entering. So, if you simply have an idea, have always wanted to write a book, or simply need a deadline to get your work done by, give us a shot, and see what we can do for you.

The Hottest Properties In Town

Did you know that 42 of the 81 Best Picture Nominees over the past decade have been based on books? Or, that in that exact same span of time, more than 50% of the highest grossing films have also originated from books? There’s no wonder that since 2007 Hollywood has acquired more books for film and television adaptations than any other origin type? To give you an idea of just how in demand manuscripts and books have become in Hollywood, here’s a very small sampling of those making the jump from page to screen in 2017, as well as a rundown on some of the most recent book sales in Hollywood.

Hollywood’s demand for tomorrow’s hot manuscript is at an all time high. With studios and networks actively setting up film and television projects based on both published and unpublished manuscripts, proves why this competition is the perfect platform for author’s to gain the exposure they need from the people who matter. Here are a few examples from just this year of high profile book acquisitions.

THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
In a heated multi-studio bidding frenzy, Lionsgate acquired the rights to first time author Tal M. Klein’s “The Punch Escrow” in a seven figure deal. The novel which hails from publisher and Launch Pad competition partner Inkshares, hits bookstores July 25th.
AFTERLIFE by Marcus Sakey
Just sold ahead of its July 11th publish date in a bidding war that saw the project land at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. This was the second deal of its kind for Sakey who sold screen rights for his bestseller BRILLIANCE to Legendary Entertainment for $1.25 million.
THE SILENT CORNER by Deen Koontz
His forthcoming book was optioned by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content ahead of the books June publication. Anonymous, is behind shows like MR. ROBOT, Epix’s BERLING STATION, Netflix’s 13 REASONS WHY and MANIAC, and TNT’s THE ALIENIST based on the Caleb Carr novel of the same name.
THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker
Her bestseller was recently acquired by AMC and is being developed by Sean Levy’s 21 Laps (STRANGER THINGS). This is one of several books in development for 21 Laps as they also recently secured deals with 20th Century Fox for A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE VAMPIRE UPRISING by Raymond A. Villarreal and the YA series THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake.
THE BLACK HAND by Stephen Talty
The book was acquired by Paramount Pictures for Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and star in. The New York Times bestselling author of six books also served as a ghostwriter on A CAPTAIN’S DUTY, which was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film CAPTAIN PHILLIPS.
I’M JUDGING YOU: THE DO BETTER MANUAL by Luvvie Ajai
Based on her debut novel which was acquired by ABC Signature Studios for GREAY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL creator Shonda Rhimes, to develop for cable TV.

Let's Talk Partners

This year we’re teaming up with Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca to discover at least one new project for him to pick up for development. As a former writer, producer, executive studio head, and three-time Best Picture nominee (all for book to screen adaptations), De Luca is not only one of our most exciting partners to date, but also one of those most experienced in exactly what we’re aiming to accomplish in this competition. From discovery to development, production to screen and critical acclaim to box office smash, De Luca is not only one of the most strategically brilliant producers in Hollywood, but he is also one of the most well respected identifiers the entertainment industry has ever seen. Having served as President of Production for multiple studios, overseen dozens of Oscar-winning films, and having steered some of the most profitable and critically successful films of the past decade, De Luca is not only one of the most liked people in Hollywood today, but one of the most successful overall.

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After a wildly successful first year as our exclusive publishing partner in 2016 (which saw 8 books land publishing deals) Inkshares returns with a commitment to once again publish a minimum of 3 books from this years competition. With 75 books in bookstores worldwide since their launch just a few years ago and more than 85 new titles on the way, Inkshares has hit immediate success in not only becoming one of the fastest-growing publishers on the market, but in becoming one of the most coveted hubs for Hollywood to discover new talent. With several major book to screen sales coming from the publisher in just the past year, including breakout hits from newcomers J.F. Dubeau, Tal M. Klein, Mike Mongo and Filip Syta, as well as established screen vets such as Gary Whitta (Star Wars: Rogue One) and Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland’s Opus) turning to them to bring their prose to life, Inkshares has become the most innovative and exciting new companies to watch in the publishing world, and one we’re thrilled to partner with once again.

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Also returning as an exclusive partner in this years competition is manager/producer Brooklyn Weaver and his Energy Entertainment, who will partner with lit agent Adrian Garcia of Paradigm as part of a commitment to each individually select a minimum of one writer from the competition to represent. Weaver and Garcia have each been involved with the Launch Pad Competition since the very beginning, having signed, sold and launched careers of writers who began here. Whether it be in books, film, or television, both reps have an exceptional track record in creating and expanding opportunities for their writers. With writers across all platforms, some of their clients work includes Deadpool, Extant, Bates Motel, A God in the Shed, I Am Legend, Independence Day, Terminator, Run All Night and Timeless amongst many others. With both having signed and launched the careers of multiple Launch Pad writers in the past, we’re beyond excited to partner with them this year.

Introducing our 2017 Mentors

Daniel Wallace / Patrick Sheane Duncan / Zach Hines

Once again, we’re thrilled to announce the Launch Pad Mentorship Program. Making continual strides to continue to expand the educational platforms, and industry introductions new writers will face as their writing careers continue to blossom, we’ve invited three new mentors to join the latest mentorship program. From page to screen, best-sellers to Broadway, classics to cult favorites, newcomers to seasoned veterans, this year we’ve invited three writers we’re not only incredibly fond of, but who have conquered most all platforms as writers in demand. Whether it be seeing your debut novel become a smash hit on bookshelves, screens, and Broadway like Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish, or being the man behind one of the most beloved films of a generation like Patrick Sheane Duncan’s Mr. Holland’s Opus, or being the young new breakout sensation who went from his own HBO series to first time novelist like Zach Hines, there is little this group of mentors has not accomplished, or could offer insight on. So, whether its advice, tips, notes, looking for someone to bounce ideas off of, or looking for a confidant to ask all of those questions every new writer is afraid to ask, we’re confident our mentors will be able to help you, your project, and your career take shape as you prepare to navigate a newly minted writing career.

Real Notes, Real Feedback

Continuing with the same educational ideas behind the origination of the mentorship program, and continually looking to identify new ways to give our writers even more of a leg up when entering the Launch Pad Competition, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our Feedback Notes Program. Rather than receiving a few vague disconnected sentences or paragraphs from other coverage services or competitions out there, we’ve struck a deal with our professional readers (reading for places such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, UTA & more) to provide 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry. 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 the actionable notes and insight you deserve.


Books Are the New Specs

Last year’s inaugural competition saw a total of seven projects selected to receive publishing. The three Launch Pad Grand Prize Winners will be among those published in addition to four more manuscripts selected by Inkshares. This year we hope to see even more authors have their work published and land on physical and digital book shelves around the globe.

Is Your Book Next?

Here is your easy guide to submission eligibility. If your specific case is not covered here, please contact us.

Manuscripts

My Manuscript Is... Can I submit?
An unpublished work, that is my original story and characters, and I own all the rights to it. YES
A self-published work, that is my original story and characters, and I own all the rights to it. YES
A self-published or regular published work, that is my original story and characters, and I own the film and television rights to it, but not the publishing rights. YES, but must opt-out of Inkshares Prize
A published, self-published or unpublished work that is my original story and characters, but someone else owns or has optioned the film and television rights. NO
A published, self-published or unpublished work that I wrote and is based off of existing stories, characters, or literary figures that are public domain. YES
A published, self-published or unpublished work that I wrote and is based off of existing stories, characters, or literary figures that are not public domain. NO
A work that I didn’t write. NO
A work that has already received a Top 25 placement in Launch Pad competition or received a “TB Recommend” from coverage. NO

Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Prize Levels

Grand Prize Top 10 Top 25 Top 50 Top 75
Free 1-Year Membership To The Tracking Board.
You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
You will be introduced to the town via our Launch Pad Alumni Booklet and Launch Pad announcement newsletters to more than 5,000 industry professionals, featuring agents, managers, executives and producers.
Through the Tracking Board, Launchpad, and Inkshares websites, your project details will be distributed to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, or writers to hire for their work.
You will be invited to join our community of Launch Pad Alumni, where you can network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
Your project will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List.
Free Entry Into A Future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
Free Launch Pad Studio Coverage.
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.
Your project will be announced via a press release and the Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and Inkshares newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals.
You and your project will individually be introduced to agents, managers, producers, and executives.
You will be flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry event, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers.
Your project will be published in print and digital by Inkshares.

Prizes From Our Exclusive Partners

Michael De Luca Prize

At least 1 project will be selected from all entries that select the Guaranteed Option add on. You are not required to be a finalist to win this prize.

For decades Michael De Luca has been one of Hollywood’s elite producers. Having previously served as President of Production for both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, his eye for great storytelling is unrivaled. A master at identifying books ripe for adaptation, all 3 of his Best Picture Oscar nominations (The Social Network, Captain Phillips, Money Ball) have been based on literary works. Michael De Luca Productions will option at least one project from this year’s competition of those who select this add-on.


Energy Entertainment and Paradigm Prize

At least 1 project will be selected from each company from all entries that select the Guaranteed Signing add on. You are not required to be a finalist to win this prize.

When it comes to discovering new voices and emerging writers, both Paradigm Talent Agency and Energy Entertainment have a proven track record in taking projects from the page to film and television screens. Collectively their clients include Stephen King, Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers, and Deadpool creator Rob Liefield, to name just a few. Each company will sign at least one author to represent from those who select this add-on.


Inkshares Prize

In addition to the grand prize winners, up to 3 additional projects will be selected to be published from Inkshares from the entire entry pool.

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.


Mentorship Prize

At least 3 projects will be selected by our mentors from all entries that select the Mentorship add on. You are not required to be a finalist to win this prize.

Enter for a chance to land one of our 3 exclusive Mentorships for the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. Learn the ins and outs of both the publishing world, as well as the world of film and television, from established veterans at the top of their game. This year’s mentors include Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Zach Hines (Nine), and Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland’s Opus, Courage Under Fire).


2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Judges
  • Escape Artists has produced such films as The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, and The Equalizer.
  • Escape Artists has a first look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment for Feature Film.
  • Escape Artists is currently in production on Dan Gilroy's upcoming Inner City starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell.
  • Escape Artists is currently in development on several high-profile projects including and adaptation of the book The Billionaire’s Vinegar with Matthew McConaughey attached to star.
  • Hyde Park has produced such critically acclaimed films as 99 Homes and Bernie.
  • Hyde Park is behind the Ghost Rider series, Machete, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
  • They are producing Whitney Cummings' upcoming directorial debut The Female Brain.
  • Had writers on the 2014, 2015, 2016 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.
  • Represents Academy Award nominated writer and director Ciro Guerra.
  • With an eye for discover new voices, Garcia has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free has produced a number of award-winning films including The Martian, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Grey, Prometheus, and Gladiator.
  • An exclusive partner of the 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, Scott Free optioned two manuscripts from last year’s competition.
  • Scott Free is producing the upcoming sequels Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner: 2049.
  • Scott Free produces such television series as The Good Fight, The Man in the High Castle, Mercy Street, and Taboo.
  • Scott Free is producing Daniel Turkewitz’ Launch Pad script Earthless (FKA Tranquility Base) alongside Romark Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
  • 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 is behind the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It."
  • Vertigo Entertainment has previously served as a Launch Pad exclusive partner and optioned a project as part of our Guaranteed Signing Prize.
  • His clients include Rob Liefeld, (Deadpool), Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night, Out of the Furnace), Gary Graham (I Am Legend reboot) and Mark Mallouk (Black Mass).
  • He is the only manager to have had writers appear on every Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List since 2010.
  • Energy Entertainment has produced Run All Night, Out of the Furnace, Extant and the upcoming NBC show Reverie.
  • He was the top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Made Up Stories is the new venture for Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon's longtime producing partner at Pacific Standard where she worked on such projects as Gone Girl, Wild and HBO's Big Little Lies.
  • Made Up Stories is attached to the upcoming film The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent's follow-up to The Babadook.
  • Made Up Stories has purchased the rights to Elizabeth Klehforth's debut novel The House on Langley Lake for an upcoming adaptation.
  • Recently named as partner at UTA.
  • His clients include such successful writers as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), Diana Ossana and Larry McMurty (Brokeback Mountain), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
  • Consistently one of the top agents with clients on year-end lists, having 5 writers on the Hit List, 3 on the Young & Hungry List, and 4 on the Black List for 2015. While in 2016 he had 3 on the Young & Hungry List and topped the 2016 Hit List with 7 writers making the list.
  • UTA led all agencies with 18 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List
  • McEwen previously worked in development 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.
  • Good Fear represents such writers as Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures), David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), and Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).
  • Good Fear clients have written on shows such The Goldbergs, MacGyver, Superior Donuts, The Odd Couple, Community, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries.
  • Good Fear is producing the upcoming live action Mulan remake and the adaptation of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series.
  • Romark Entertainment recently sold Launch Pad script Marian to Sony with Margot Robbie attached to star and produce with Amy Pascal and Donald DeLine.
  • 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.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List and placed second on the 2015 Hit List. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is set to direct.
  • Their clients have written for such shows as Stranger Things, Superstore, CSI: Cyber, and The Middle.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents 6 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Lethal Weapon, Person of Interest, UnREAL, Queen of the South, MacGyver, Jane the Virgin, Grimm, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Reign, Teen Wolf, The Last Ship, The 100, Pretty Little Liars, and more.
  • His clients have written such films as The Walk starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and ARQ for Netflix.
  • Represented 6 writers on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, making him the top manager.
  • Echo Lake has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • His clients are writing projects for Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Bron Studios, and others.
  • Epicenter is producing the upcoming film Letters from Rosemary with Emma Stone attached to star.
  • His clients appeared on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2015.
  • 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 Fifty Shades of Grey series.
  • They are producing the upcoming TV series Collateral Damage, Shogun, The Wild Bunch Gang, and Embeds.
  • IM Global produced the upcoming film The Circle starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson based on the David Eggers book of the same name.
  • IM Global is behind such acclaimed films as Silence, Locke, Southside With You and more.
  • IM Global is producing the upcoming FX series Cat's Cradle from Noah Hawley, based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel.
  • USA Network has become a home for innovative and provocative original series like the Emmy-winning thriller Mr. Robot.
  • Upcoming projects for USA Network include the Jessica Biel/Bill Pullman thriller The Sinner as well as a limited series about the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls.
  • USA is currently developing an adaptation of the successful Purge film series as well as a possible spinoff of their hit original series Suits.
  • USA Network is well known for their string of successful hit shows past and present including Burn Notice, Psych, Covert Affairs and Queen of the South.
  • Rivers Edge is producing the highly anticipated adaptation of Paulo Coelho's bestseller The Alchemist with Laurence Fishburne attached to direct and star.
  • Rivers Edge is developing a film based on the Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzalez with Warner Bros and a remake of the Swedish thriller Black Ice with MGM.
  • Rivers Edge recently is producing a film alongside Amazon Studios from writer Greg Pritkin based on his manuscript. Director Andrew Adamson is set to direct.
  • Leif is a producer on the upcoming adaptation of the bestseller All the Bright Places with Elle Fanning attached to star.
  • Endgame produced the upcoming Netflix film The Discovery starring Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Robert Redford.
  • Endgame produced such films as Snowden, Freeheld, Looper and An Education.
  • 3 Arts produces such TV series as Better Things, Insecure, The Good Place, Baskets, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • 3 Arts clients are staffed on such shows as Empire, Stan Against Evil, The Flash, Saturday Night Live, and Survivor’s Remorse.
  • 3 Arts represents such writer/performers as Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Issa Rae, Jenny Slate, Louis CK and others.
  • 3 Arts produced such movies as 13 Hours, Unbroken, Edge of Tomorrow and the upcoming Rough Night.
  • 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, Black List and the Young & Hungry List for the last two years.
  • Captivate produces the successful Bourne series starring Matt Damon.
  • Captivate is developing several film adaptations of Robert Ludlum’s novels The Parsifal Mosaic, The Osterman Weekend, The Matures Circle and The Janson Directive which has Dwayne Johnson attached to star.
  • Captivate is developing a film about Sam Spade based on the character from the novels by Dashiell Hammett, which currently has Jeremy Renner set to star.
  • The upstart development fund, has optioned several books and articles for film and TV development.
  • Oil & Cattle is producing The Fall of Mt. Gox based on the Rolling Stone article and has Jason Bateman attached produce and direct.
  • Oil & Cattle is currently developing Octavia Butler’s Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning novel Dawn for adaptation.
  • ESA clients have worked on shows such as Billions, Game of Thrones Longmire, Sneaky Pete, The Blacklist, Masters of Sex, House of Cards, Supernatural, The 100, Powerless, Santa Clarita Diet, Mr. Robot and more
  • Client Niels Arden Oplev has directed multiple television adaptation of novels including Stephen King’s - Under the Dome and the upcoming NBC show Midnight, Texas based on the Charlaine Harris novel series.
  • One of the top agents on the 2015 Hit List, his writers also appeared on the 2015 Black List and Young & Hungry List, as well as the 2016 Hit List.
  • Millennium is behind such successful film franchises as The Expendables and Olympus/London Has Fallen.
  • Millennium has produced such films as Criminal, Mechanic: Resurrection, and The Legend of Hercules.
  • Millennium has several upcoming films awaiting release including The Hitman’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds and Chuck starring Live Schreiber and Naomi Watts.

General Rules

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

Manuscript Competition Exclusive Period for Selection and Publishing

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

Launch Pad Release Overview

  • OVERVIEW: Beginning at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on March 31st, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30th, 2017, The Launch Pad Competition (“LP”) will accept original manuscripts (each, a “Manuscript”) from eligible writers (each, a “Writer” and collectively, the “Writers”), which will be read at least two (2) times and judged by industry professionals. This is a skill-based Competition; the element of chance will not be present at any stage of this Competition.
  • WHO MAY PARTICIPATE: Competition is open only to writers who are residents of Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and any country represented by the competition practices of the European Union who are at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence. A writer submitting a Manuscript with multiple co-writers must have all co-writers consent to participate in this Competition.
  • Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of The Tracking Board, LP, Energy Entertainment, Paradigm Talent Agency, Inkshares (together with LP, the “Promoter Parties”) and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns, officers, directors, contractors, partners, shareholders, representatives, members, agents, employees, and advertising and promotion agencies, web developers, and marketing agents (collectively with Promoter Parties, the “Released Parties”) are not eligible to participate in the Competition. Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, territorial, state and local laws.
  • HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Writers must submit Manuscripts online at https://www.tblaunchpad.com (the “Website”) follow the directions provided to complete the online registration form, and upload your Manuscript with a cover page containing ONLY the Manuscript title (without any of the writer(s) names or discernible marks, including but not limited to identifiable registration numbers, email addresses, or phone numbers) no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30th, 2017. An entry fee (subject to the time of entry) must accompany each Manuscript submission. Entry fees will be between $50.00 USD and $80.00 USD. Failure to provide an entry fee for any Manuscript will result in such Manuscript being deemed void. All entry fees will be placed into a pool of funds to cover Competition costs, including but not limited to Manuscript readers, administrative, advertising, printing and database costs. No fees are payable to any judges, mentors or partners. All entry fee purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  • All Manuscripts must be submitted in the English language, be in PDF format with standard margin sizing, be no larger than 10MB in file size, include at least a 1-page synopsis outlining the entirety of your story, and be no longer than fifty (50) pages in length. Incomplete Manuscripts, including but not limited to those Manuscripts that do not address the requirements set forth in these Terms and Conditions, may be disqualified at LP’s sole discretion. By submitting a Manuscript, Writer hereby grants to LP a fully-paid up and royalty free, irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide license to use and display the Manuscript on the Website, other sites owned by LP, and third party websites and in other media now or hereafter known, and otherwise use the Manuscript in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, without compensation of any kind or further notice to or approval from Writer or any third party, unless otherwise specified by LP. Promoter Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Manuscript. Manuscript must be the original work of the Writer, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Prior to submitting a Manuscript, Writer must obtain any and all releases and consents from any and all co-writers, and any Writer and other parties necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Manuscript by LP in the manner set forth in these Terms and Conditions. LP reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to LP from any Writer at any time and, at its discretion, to disqualify any Manuscript they determine, in their discretion, fails to satisfy any of the above requirements. Manuscripts previously optioned are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the Competition, must remain the Writer’s property.
  • JUDGING PHASE: All eligible Manuscripts received by LP will be judged by a panel of industry professionals based equally on the following criteria: composition, originality and creativity as applicable to premise, story, characters and dialogue (the “Judging Criteria”).
  • AWARD RECIPIENT NOTIFICATION: Judges’ and LP’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Competition. Potential award recipients will be notified via mail, email and/or phone and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility (or if an eligible Canadian resident, a Declaration of Eligibility), Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by LP, which must be returned within seven (7) business days of date appearing on award recipient notification. Return of award recipient notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of LP to contact a potential award recipient within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Terms and Conditions by a potential award recipient will result in disqualification and, at LP’s sole discretion, a Runner-Up award recipient may be notified.
  • GRAND PRIZE AWARD (3): Each award recipient will receive an invitation to attend the exclusive Tracking Board/Launch Pad event (the “Event”) scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California. Each award recipient will also be reimbursed up to $500 USD by LP to assist with the air transportation, ground transportation and hotel accommodation costs associated with attending the event. Exact date, time and location of Event will be determined by LP in its sole discretion and is subject to change. Award recipients may not substitute, assign or transfer award or redeem any award for cash, but LP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute any award (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Award recipients are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes and withholdings, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with award acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. All award details are at LP’s sole discretion.
  • LICENSE/USE OF MANUSCRIPTS: Award recipients and those identified by LP as a Finalist Manuscript hereby grant to LP, as a condition of participation in the Competition, the right of first negotiation to all film, television and publishing rights, which shall be done in good faith, for LP to acquire certain rights in and to their Manuscripts. Notwithstanding the foregoing, LP shall have no obligation to enter into a contract, or make use of the Manuscript. In addition, you hereby grant to LP and the Promoter Parties the unrestricted, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, license (but not the obligation) for the maximum duration permitted by applicable law to store, copy, reproduce, communicate to the public, modify, edit, display, transmit, publicly perform, make available to the public, translate or make derivative works from, and otherwise use your Manuscript (in whole or in part) in any medium without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission or attribution, for the following purposes: a. administering the Competition; b. identifying you by name as the Writer of the Manuscript; c. displaying some or all of the submitted Manuscripts in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide; and d. advertising in any media, including to advertise the Competition and/or future competitions.
  • NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP: Nothing in these Terms and Conditions or any other agreement with Writer shall be deemed to create an employment or agency relationship between any of the Released Parties and Writer. Writer agrees that he/she shall not look to the Released Parties for any compensation, employment and other benefits. Writer hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between Writer and LP and any of its designees is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that Writer’s decision to provide a Manuscript does not place LP or any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public.
  • PUBLICITY RELEASE: Participation in this Competition constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Writer’s names, likenesses, voices, performances, award received, photographs, statements and biographical information (all at LP’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity and other purposes relating to this Competition in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.
  • RELEASE OF TECHNICAL LIABILITY: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete, delayed or undelivered votes, and Manuscripts, all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for problems uploading or downloading any Competition-related information or materials from the Website, any errors or problems associated with uploading Manuscripts on the Website, or for any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Manuscript to be received by LP on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled or misdirected communications which may limit Writer’s ability to participate in this Competition. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Competition, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Competition, the processing, judging or voting of Manuscripts, or deletion of any Manuscripts.
  • RIGHT TO TERMINATE & MODIFY: LP reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Competition in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Competition in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Competition. LP reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Manuscript process or the operation of this Competition or any website (including the Website), intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Writer or User, LP or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Terms and Conditions and void all associated Manuscripts.
  • MISCELLANEOUS: In the event of a dispute regarding Manuscripts received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of Manuscript will be deemed to be the Writer and must comply with these Terms and Conditions. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: Any attempt by a Writer to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, LP reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such Writer to the fullest extent permitted by law and to disqualify such Writer from the Competition.
  • SIMILAR MANUSCRIPTS: By submitting a Manuscript, Writer acknowledges and agrees that LP may obtain many Manuscripts under this Competition and that such Manuscripts may be similar or identical in title, theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Competition and/or created or developed by LP on its own or by those working on LP’s behalf, and/or other promotions staged and/or led by LP, and waive any and all claims Writer may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any similar Manuscript, and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by LP (or its designees) may be similar to Writer’s Manuscript. Writer acknowledges and agrees that LP does not have now, nor shall it have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Writer’s Manuscript.
  • PERSONAL DATA: Any information collected from the Competition shall be used for future potential marketing communications and in a manner consistent with the consent given by the Writer at the time of Manuscript, with these Terms and Conditions, and with LP’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, available at http://www.tracking-board.com/terms-of-use/ (such Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are incorporated herein by reference). Each Writer expressly agrees to the use of his/her personal information for such purpose. By participating in the Competition, Writers (i) agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, including all eligibility requirements, the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of LP, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Competition. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in disqualification from this Competition. LP reserves the right to permanently disqualify any Writer and/or any other person it believes has intentionally violated these Terms and Conditions and void all associated Manuscripts. The following information will be collected from each Writer for the purpose of administering the Competition, and may also be used by Released Parties and their affiliates to contact the potential award recipients: Writer name, date of birth, mailing address and email address. The Released Parties will not sell, share or otherwise disclose information collected in any manner with third parties, other than those parties necessary to fulfill the above purposes, unless entrant has given his prior express consent to receive additional information from the Released Parties or a third party. Writer’s information may also be transferred to countries outside of your jurisdiction, including the United States. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations similar to those of your jurisdiction. If a Writer does not provide the mandatory data required during entry registration, LP reserves the right to disqualify the Manuscript. Writers have a right of access to, modification and withdrawal of their personal data. Writers also have the right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances, in accordance with applicable law. To exercise such right, an entrant may write to: [email protected] (“Data Controller” and “Data Recipient”). The Released Parties will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Writers’ personal information is treated securely and in accordance with LP’s Privacy Policy and these Terms and Conditions, but will not otherwise take steps to ensure compliance with the applicable laws.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering the Competition, Writer agrees to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from all claims, liability or damage caused or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with participation in this Competition, or acceptance or use of any award, the administration of the Competition, the operation of any website (including the Website) or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein (including any claims arising out of the use of third party content). Released Parties assume no responsibility for the conduct of any Writer or the responses of anyone appearing in any Manuscript.
  • ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Competition, Writer agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition, or any opportunities provided, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the Writer; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Writer be permitted to obtain awards for, and Writer hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Writer’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Competition), and Writer further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  • DISPUTES: By submitting an entry into any Launch Pad Competition You understand that this Agreement shall be interpreted under the internal, substantive laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof. Except to the extent prohibited by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, any controversy arising between LP as to the Submitted Material, or otherwise relating to this Agreement, shall be conclusively determined by arbitration as provided by California law and the rules of JAMS, and any arbitrator will be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in California or a retired judge who is mutually selected by You and LP. The arbitrator's decision and authority shall be controlled by the terms of this Agreement. No award may exceed the lower of: (1) if applicable, the minimum rate that would be due, if any, under the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement in effect as of the date of entry of Submitted Material (the “WGA Agreement”). You agree that LP can suffer no damages in excess of any amount beyond the minimum requirements of the WGA Agreement. You understand that your sole remedy in any arbitration or any other proceeding relating to this Agreement or the Submitted Material is money damages; in particular, You expressly waive the right to seek any other relief at law or equity (including, without limitation, injunctive relief) with respect to the Submitted Material or this Agreement. Judgment upon an arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. I may only commence an action at law for the sole purpose of enforcing an arbitration award.
  • PROVIDED BY: The Tracking Board (www.tracking-board.com) The Launch Pad thanks you for your interest in submitting material to our Launch Pad Competitions, which may include basic or detailed ideas, storylines, literary material, feature scripts, pilot scripts, pitches, manuscripts, synopsis’ or outlines (collectively Submitted Material) for our use. Because the Launch Pad, Launch Pad employees, partners, mentors, or judges (collectively “LP”) may receive submissions that are similar to other ideas or projects they have in development, we require each entrant (collectively “You”) to read, and accept the Rules and Regulations below prior to entering any competition.
  • By entering a Launch Pad Competition You acknowledge that You are submitting material voluntarily and not in confidence, and that no confidential, fiduciary or any other relationship whatsoever is intended or created between LP by the submission of the Submitted Material. Nothing in these rules or terms, nor the submission of the Submitted Material, shall be deemed to place You or your employees in any different position from any other member of the public with respect to the Submitted Material. Accordingly, You or your employees may use any part of the Submitted Material that any member of the public freely could use without liability to the LP. By entering a Launch Pad Competition, You declare that You have disclosed no other important features or elements of the Submitted Material to LP other than the materials requested for entry. You warrant that You have originally created the Submitted Material and that the Submitted Material is free from all claims or encumbrances and that no one else to your knowledge has any right to it.
  • You believe the Submitted Material and its features and elements to be unique and novel. However, You recognize that other persons, including your own employees, may have submitted to You or others, or made public, or may in the future create and submit, or make public, similar or identical material that You may have the right to use, and You understand that You will not be entitled to any compensation because of LP use of other similar or identical material.
  • You understand and agree that LP use of material containing features or elements similar or identical to those contained in the Submitted Material will not obligate You to negotiate with LP or entitle You to any compensation if You have an independent legal right to use that other material (for example, because the features or elements are not new or novel, were not originated by You, or were or may hereafter be independently created and submitted by other persons, including your employees).
  • You have retained a copy of the Submitted Material, and release LP from liability for loss of or damage to the Submitted Material.
  • These rules constitute the entire understanding with respect to its subject matter and no oral representations of any kind have been made to You or LP. Any modification or waiver of these rules must be in writing, signed by both of us. The invalidity of any provision will not affect the remaining provisions. This Agreement applies equally to any other material that You may submit to LP, unless agreed in writing to the contrary at the time of the submission.
  • No termination of this Agreement, and no acts with respect to the Submitted Material will be deemed to affect our respective rights under this Agreement (including those as to amount of compensation, agreement to arbitrate, and time for bringing any action), and all rights will survive any termination or acts.

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