What is the Minority Report?
The Minority Report is an annual compilation of diverse screenplays and pilots.
We aim to help Hollywood talent agents and managers discover the next generation of diverse storytellers.
Before being added to the list, each screenplay is reviewed and voted on by a committee of Industry Executives.
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Submissions have closed for this year's Minority Report. Stay tuned!
Underrepresented writers currently enrolled in a university, whose script has not been optioned. Screenwriters also may not have earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television. The Minority Report is intended to promote and assist amateur writers exclusively.
The Minority Report accepts feature scripts and original pilot scripts, both half-hour, and hour-long teleplays. Any script submitted must not be currently optioned at time of submission.
Your script will still qualify. In fact, we encourage writers to continue marketing their scripts while they wait for their scripts to be read.
Writers may submit a single draft of one script only per category.
Underrepresented writers (as defined by the Writers Guild of America, West Diversity Report, include):
Writers with disabilities
We accept submissions within the page count below for each category:
Screenplays – 80-135
Teleplays – 25-70
Scripts shorter or longer will be disqualified.
The Minority Report and any other partner, employee or agent associated with his contest claim no ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to this contest. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted remain with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.
In addition, all readers will sign confidentiality agreements to ensure your work is protected.
To ensure a meritocratic and anonymous judging process, we ask for the absence of a name and contact information. All your contact information can be found by us in your application.
There is no recommended genre, scripts from all categories are accepted and will be evaluated according to the execution of the story, originality, and dialogue.
A variety of analysts with script reading experience. This can range anywhere from executive assistants, directors, agents, writers and studio executives themselves.
The Minority Report does not provide coverage or feedback to submissions.
The Minority Report is environmentally conscious and only accepts digital scripts. Scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
You may enter the contest, but the script must be written in English so that our readers can read it. If a script has other languages in it as part of the plot, simply denote that the line will be spoken in another language using a parenthetical, e.g. (Speaking in Spanish).
No. The purpose of the contest is to judge the scripts on the merit of the writing alone. However, we encourage writers to prepare bibles for their teleplays for future marketing of their pilot.
You will be notified by email immediately after your script is submitted. If you have received a confirmation email, your script is in our system and no further action is necessary. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check your junk mailbox or junk filter. If the confirmation is not in either place, email us (company email) for a copy of your confirmation. We will contact you if there is any technical issue with your file.
Any script that is NOT currently under option or contract can enter the contract. If a pre-existing option has expired you are eligible to enter.
Yes, you may, however, you must have the agreement and consent of the people represented in the script unless this story is in the public domain. In order to enter, you must be able to grant the rights to the story you wrote to a producer, should he want to option the script. Securing the rights to the source material is the responsibility of the screenwriter. If you feel that the rights are available, you may certainly enter. Regrettably, we cannot offer any advice on whether or not the rights are available. We recommend that you consult an attorney if you plan to pursue the project, as the question regarding rights – even life rights – would eventually come up and need to be addressed prior to anyone’s optioning or buying the script.
Opens Submissions: May 10th, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: May 28th, 2019
Regular Deadline: June 28th, 2019
Late Deadline: July 10th, 2019
Yes, you may enter.
No, only solo writers may submit.
The list is announced in November.